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Event Archive - THE PONDEROSAS VICTORIA DEBUT WITH THE NEW GROOVEMENT (VBCSS Membership Event): The Ponderosas, The New Groovement, Dope Soda

Sat. January 12th 2013 10pm - 2am doors at 9pm @  The Hidden Gem (No Minors) 10pm - 2am doors at 9pm
Admission with Victoria BC Ska Society Membership
This Victoria BC Ska Society membership event will be our first event of 2013. Those that have current VBCSS Memberships will be admitted into this show.

THE PONDEROSAS (VANCOUVER)

The Ponderosas mix soul, reggae, funk & R&B using a solid rhythm section with beautiful vocal harmonies, brass and percussion. The eight-piece band features the vocal harmonies of singer/songwriters Janette King and Kristie McCracken. The Ponderosas merge diverse cultural backgrounds, individual interests and different musical paths into a sound that is instantly recognizable amid the flurry of sonic flavours in today’s music.

While singing, Janette and Kristie play keyboards and guitar, and are joined by a rhythm section including Ian Cardona on drum kit, Chris Couto on congas/percussion/vocals, Dave Taylor on lead guitar, Jason Smith on bass. The band takes that powerful sound and then kicks it up a level with Kevin Tang on trombone and Lucas Teodoro da Silva on trumpet/vocals.

Ponderosas members regularly collaborate with a diverse group of musicians including Richard Brown, Omar Khan, Natural Flavas, The Boom Booms, Kutapira, Miami Device, Rude City Riot and 11 Hour Orchestra. Members of the band have recorded on albums in genres as diverse as marching band music, salsa, jazz, ska and hip hop.

THE NEW GROOVEMENT (formerly Victoria Dreamteam) - (VICTORIA)

The New Groovement is a high-energy funk band with all the elements to get you dancing! Formerly known as Victoria Dream Team, this 11-member band is taking Victoria by storm. The band is truly local, and is stacked with talented musicians from Camosun College, UVic Music School, Vancouver Island University and others (most of whom were born or raised on Vancouver Island). Known for their massive shows and great parties, they've headlined Fernfest and played numerous venues around Victoria.

The New Groovement employs their trademark formula of infectious grooves, punchy horns, sweet vocals, clever rhymes and tight percussion to get party people moving. The music has been described as James Brown meets Jamiroquai with a dash of soul and a generous helping of hip hop.


DOPE SODA (NANAIMO)

Thirsty for music that is both dangerous and danceable, refreshing as a mojito and as eye-opening as a whiskey sour. A cocktail party mix of reggae, punk rock, jazz, hiphop, and ska. This is Dope Soda.
Dope Soda formed in late 2011, a fresh concoction of six of the top jazz, rock, and Jamaican-music-inspired musicians from Vancouver Island, with membership in acts such as Current Swell, Rocky Mountain Rebel Music, The Bananafish Dance Orchestra, The Kiltlifters, and Kings Without.

The Ponderosas (Ska/Funk/Jazz)

The Ponderosas take soul, r&b,reggae, and blend together in a musical blender until they’ve got everyone in the crowd moving and grooving to their festive and lively rhythms. this Vancouver eight-piece have worked with groups such as Natural Flavas, The Boom Booms, and Rude City Riot. Their infectious music is sure to start a dance party througho... more info

The New Groovement

The New Groovement is an eleven-piece funk machine that blends elements of R&B, soul, and hip hop to create a funk-i-fied feast for the ears. If James Brown and Run DMC had a love child this would be it. The band’s sound is as unique as it is versatile with its punchy horns, sweet vocals, clever rhymes, and tight percussion. Combined with an ener... more info

Dope Soda

Thirsty for music that is both dangerous and danceable, refreshing as a mojito and as eye-opening as a whiskey sour? A cocktail party mix of reggae, punk rock, jazz, hiphop, and ska? This is DopeSoda. Dope Soda formed in late 2011, a fresh concoction of six of the top jazz, rock, and Jamaican-music-inspired musicians from Vancouver Island, with ... more info
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