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Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival 20th Anniversary FREE Kickoff Show!: Chainska Brassika , The Leg-Up Program, Meryem Saci, Brehdren

Wed. June 19th Ship Point (Inner Harbour) (All Ages)
4pm - 10pm
Free
*This show is FREE, Fully licensed and all-ages!*

We're hitting the ground running for our 20th birthday with another packed FREE, all-ages show for our Ska & Reggae Massive. We wanted to get things started in seriously rhythmic style so we packed Night 1 with those good, good grooves – ska, reggae, hip-hop, soul and funk are all here to help us get our bodies moving and the blood flowing.
Headlining this kickoff extravaganza is UK ska rabble-rousers CHAINSKA BRASSIKA. This powerful 8-piece from London is at the forefront of a new generation of British ska and is regarded as one of the best live bands in the genre. Winners of the prestigious World Reggae Contest in Poland, despite being a straight-up ska band, Chainska Brassika has toured Europe and Jamaica and we figured it's about time they landed here on the west coast. Joining them for the party is Victoria's own THE LEG-UP PROGRAM. A true Victoria original, this 16-piece funk/soul/hip-hop behemoth is one of the city's most reliable sources of grooves and great musicianship. Fresh off the release of their debut album, you can bet that they're gonna be even more full of energy than usual.
Coming from Montreal is phenomenally talented singer and rapper, MERYEM SACI. A member of Montreal's hip-hop gurus Nomadic Massive, Saci's own music is a soulful celebration that mixes hip-hop, r&b, soul, afrobeat and reggae into a potent groove cocktail. Finally, the honour of kicking everything off this year as they take the stage first, is Vancouver 9-piece ska/reggae monster BREHDREN. After opening up for The Slackers in Vancouver this past winter, we pegged these cats as a group that needed to part of Year 20!

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Chainska Brassika

This mischievous rabble from London have been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious horn driven ska anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond. Chainska Brassika are firm party favourites, getting crowds rocking from Glastonbury to Nottinghill Carnival, Rototom Sunplash to Outlook - and even touring the island of Jama... more info

The Leg-Up Program (Soulful Indie LeftCoast)

The Leg-Up Program is a collaboration of Victoria artists. Formed in late 2013 to fill-in for a local block party, The Leg-Up Program tore the roof off with their hip hop funk rock soul orchestra and musical collective with approximately 17+ members who contribute to their huge sound. Made up of members from many other local bands, the collectiv... more info

Meryem Saci

Meryem Saci is a singer, songwriter and emcee with a vibrant vocal range that reflects the diverse influences of her upbringing. She commands the stage with her powerful voice, and eclectic fusion of sounds ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, Soul/jazz, Reggae to celebrating resilience with primal, high energy Afro-Arabian rhythms. Meryem explores ways ... more info

Brehdren (???)

With varied musical backgrounds and a combined love of ska and reggae, the nine members of Brehdren bring in elements of jazz, indie pop and progressive rock to create their own unique flavour. Based around a crazy, energetic front man, the rhythm and horn section cover a range of ground, from extended jams to two-minute freak outs. more info