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Event Archive - VICTORIA BC SKA SOCIETY'S REGGAE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!: John Brown's Body, Shane Philip, Athena Holmes

Thu. December 18th 2008 Element (No Minors)
10pm - 2am doors at 9pm
$16.50+ advance
Merry Christmas in advance! Usually we're getting ready for Christmas around now but we couldn't resist when we heard that John Brown's Body wanted to do a show (their only BC appearance for this tour;) In case you haven't heard of Easy Star Records' JOHN BROWN'S BODY, they're one of the most exciting reggae bands coming out of the US. Hailing from Cambridge John Brown's Body has gone through ups and downs throughout being a band - perhaps the biggest loss being their original bass player Scott Palmer who died of cancer in 2006. But despite that, the band bounced back and now have a brand new album to get the reggae community around the world excited about once again. That album is called "AMPLIFY" proudly released through Easy Star Records. The album features twelve original tracks, showcasing the group's broad palette of influences - from classic UK reggae of the 70's to West African instrumentation, and even spaghetti westerns. This album, which is debuted on the Reggae Billboard Charts at #1 is the group's first release since 2005's Pressure Points (Easy Star), features a new band lineup and many special guests.

Opening for John Brown's Body will be Shane Philip, who is one of Canada's best didge players. His new album "In the Moment" is still being discovered and his live shows are solid every time.

And finally Athena Holmes (formally in Southern Chakaras) has been making a name for herself in the east (Montreal) and is excited to be a part of the VICTORIA BC SKA SOCIETY REGGAE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. And spectacular it will be!

Advance tickets on sale now at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records, The Reef, Strathcona Hotel, Fascinating Rhythms (in Nanaimo) and


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John Brown's Body (Reggae/Dub/Electronica)

When John Brown’s Body released their fifth studio album in 2005, the band looked forward to the happy grind of touring to support the release. With Pressure Points hailed by critics as “their strongest, most consistent effort to date,” [Popmatters] JBB set out on tour and continued their efforts to conquer the world. Little did they know tha... more info

Shane Philip (Tribal, Folk, Funk, Island Soul Music)

Swelling in primordial pulses and wholloping whoops, the tacit tones of Shane Philip's didgeridoo hold the power to still listeners into silence or encourage audiences to rise up in a tribal swell of intoxicating spirit -- with sometimes but a heartbeat in between. Meanwhile his hands will be skilfully juggling between shaking up rhythms with his a... more info

Athena Holmes (Jazz, R&B, Rock)

Singer, songwriter Athena Holmes grew up in Victoria B.C. where she accessed and developed a love for many styles of music. From an early age it was apparent Athena had adopted her father’s love of entertainment and her mothers strong will. It wasn’t until 2003 that Athena picked up the guitar and began songwriting, a process that would prove t... more info