The Scotch Bonnets
Punky reggae rockers from Baltimore whose infectious energy keeps the party jumping all night, The Scotch Bonnets have been bringing the heat and the good-love vibe since their debut in 2009. The crew is fearlessly lead by singer-guitarist Kristin Forbes aka Lady Hatchet, whose tunes blend classic Jamaican groves with a funky fresh approach to American singer-songwriting. The Bonnets self-released their debut album Live Ya Life in 2012 and dropped Quest in 2014, an EP done in collaboration with their legendary friend HR of Bad Brains. In April 2015, the band supported and backed guitarist Roddy Radiation of The Specials on a tour of the eastern states. That same month, the Bonnets released a video for their contribution to Hooligans United, a Smelvis Records’ tribute to Rancid.
Last year, the band released The District, their first 7” on Jump Up Records, along with their second video for its A-side. They also had a song released on Recutting The Crap, a Crooked Beat Records’ LP that reinterprets The Clash’s swan song, Cut The Crap. The Bonnets had the privilege of recording their track at DC’s punk pantheon Inner Ear Studio with owner Don Zientera. They also have a track on Baltimore Does Bowie, Morphius’ upcoming tribute to David Bowie, and their second full-length album will drop this year. The journey is continually evolving for these reggae cats, mee-yowza!
Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival 20th Anniversary FREE Main-Stage Closing show! @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Sun. June 23rd 2pm - 10pm Free
*This show is FREE, fully licensed and all-ages!*
We figured to help us wind down one of our most musically diverse lineups to date, we'd shut down Ship Point for Year 20 by giving the festival Massive something of a musical sampler platter, and hit as many of those sonic satisfaction spots as we could. Making his Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest debut and headlining the night is New Zealand electronic reggae emprersario ISAAC CHAMBERS. Fusing soulful reggae and hip-hop with electronic flourishes and deft live instrumentation, Isaac Chambers creates luscious, engaging rhythms to get you moving and back in touch with your funky inner child. He and his band of musical friends are sure to close down this years' main stage in seriously groovy style.
When a musical legend keeps whispering to you about a band, you kind of have to listen. That's how we found THE SCOTCH BONNETS – thanks to the constant insistence from David Hillyard of The Slackers. The Baltimore crew plays some of the bounciest punk-reggae tunes going today and are sure to be a shot in our arms on day 5, as we're all dragging just a little bit. Heating things up before The Scotch Bonnets is one of Canada's hottest purveyours of groove, BOOGÁT. Fresh off a Juno nomination for Best World Music album for his phenomenal San Cristobal Baile In, Boogát is setting the music world on fire with his powerfully funky mix of hip-hop, salsa, cumbia and reggaeton. The Quebec City native, born to immigrant parents from Mexico and Paraguay, sings in French and Spanish, paying homage to his whole, rich musical heritage. Getting things kicked off for our main stage closing showcase is inarguably one of the straight-up smoothest bands Vancouver Island has ever produced, Nanaimo's BOOMSHACK. The festival favourites are guaranteed to get your feet moving while concurrently soothing your soul with their warm, funky grooves.