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Event Archive - Long time Slackers side project comes to Canada's Westcoast for the 1st time! (VICTORIA BC): David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7, The Novamatics, Jules Chaz

Fri. April 8th 2011 - Fri. April 8th 2011 Lucky Bar (No Minors)
10:30pm - 2am doors at 10pm
$12.50 ADV+
Tickets on sale now at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records (on Fort Street), The Reef & VBCSS will also have the opportunity of purchasing early bird specially priced tickets until March 31, 2011.

For those of you that know David Hillyard, you know that he is the tenor saxophonist of one of the greatest ska bands in the world: The Slackers. But what many may not have known is he is also the leader of another New York ska wonder that has been around for close to 10 years. This is David Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7. This band is a shifting collective of musicians (i.e Easy Star All Stars) that are the masters of mixing jazz, ska, reggae and Latin sounds together for an undeniably unique and flavourful sound rare to most ears.

In addition to David Hillyard the band boasts Larry McDonald who began his career back at the inception of ska music with Carlos Malcolm’s Afro Jamaicans. He went on to perform on several classic reggae tracks such as Cherry Oh Baby, Funky Kingston, and Rivers of Babylon. Then he left Jamaica and played long stints with Taj Mahal and Gil Scott-Heron.

Joining David Hillyard & Rocksteady 7 will be Victoria's The Novamatics and Jules Chaz spinning some of the best in old school ska, rocksteady with reggae, Latin and soul riddims.


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David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 (Jazz/Reggae/Ska)

Tenor and soprano saxophonist, David Hillyard is one of the innovators of the American ska scene. His group, the Rocksteady 7, mixes instrumental Jamaican “roots” rhythms ala the Skatalites, Burning Spear, and extended jazz improvisation ala David Murray, Charlie Haden, and Pharaoh Saunders. His forthcoming cd, Get Back UP!, is a blinding t... more info

The Novamatics (Skaaaa)

8 piece skansemble that will drop the heat on your meat. more info