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Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival 20th Anniversary FREE Main-Stage Closing show!: Brooks, The Scotch Bonnets, Boogát, Boomshack

Sun. June 23rd Ship Point (Inner Harbour) (All Ages)
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 their west coast debut and headlining the night is Montreal funk powerhouse THE BROOKS. Brought together by their shared love of that real authentic funk shit, their music is definitely informed by that music they love, but their tunes are no homage; The Brooks are a true north original. One of our country's hidden musical gems, The Brooks won't be hidden for much longer and we couldn't be more excited to bring them to you!

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.

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Brooks (Funk)

Brought together by their mutual love and appreciation for authentic Funk & Soul music. The Brooks never ceased to amaze since the release of their first album in 2014. Aside from being part of the most recent Montreal Jazz Festival as the opening act for Charles Bradley and setting the main stage on fire twice with their funky rhythms. The Brooks ... more info

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 Amer... more info

Boogát

Boogát is a multi award winning Canadian-Mexican musician from Québec who mixes Hip-Hop with Latin music like Cumbia, Salsa, Reggaeton and more… The son of immigrant parents from Paraguay and Mexico, he was born in Québec City and raised in Beauport Beach. In 2001, he moved to Montreal where his career started. Singing first in French, ... more info

Boomshack (Latin/Funk/Jazz/Reggae/Ska)

Just dance. Those two words have been the driving force behind Boomshack since the beginning. Aiming to straddle the line between what is pop and what is hip, everything from rock and reggae to jazz and latin can be found in their music so long as it gets toes tapping and feet moving. Boomshack got its start in the summer of 2013. This is when the ... more info