Fri. June 21st 2019 9:30 - 2 (No Minors)
To all the Ska & Reggae Fest Massive, far and wide! We have heard your cries and we agree – It's a crime that it's been seven whole years since The Pietasters – inarguably one of the most soulful ska bands North America has ever produced – has made the cross-continental trip from DC to Victoria. This 8-piece balances grace and power, softness and edge, like few other outfits can claim. There aren't many better ways to kill a Friday night than getting soulful with The Pietasters, and we've put together an incredible evening headlined by this phenomenal band featuring a couple of our Victoria favs.
We welcome back our dear friends, one of Victoria's most reliably fun and consistently rioutous sources of ska goodness, SWEETLEAF. Channeling the horn-laden sounds of ska revival powerhouses like Reel Big Fish and No Doubt, the six-piece (Half horns! Real horny!), SweetLeaf long ago established themselves as warriors in the battle to keep classic ska sounds alive and infusing them with new, funky energy. Getting the bands kicked off for the party is power-trio SEXWEATHER. If you haven't seen Sexweather before, you are in for a treat. And if you do know, you know better than to miss this band. Gruff, soulful, powerful – Sexweather could be playing straight punk rock one minute and hypnotic blues-based hip-hop (Or anything in between) the next. Truly unpredictable but always a thrill, Sexweather is one of Vic City's hidden gems. Last but certainly not least, our friend and resident expert in all things funky, FUNKEE WADD will be keeping the dancefloor on fire between sets with his expert bass-dealing skills, vast musical knowledge and taste.
The Pietasters (ska/soul/pop)
The Pietasters are a 7 - 8 piece band that electrify their audience with their high energy performances that range from ska/punk to ska/pop to ska/soul. After 10 years they are still going strong and continue to be one of the best ska bands North America has to offer. more info
Formed in Victoria in 2011, SweetLeaf is Victoria’s hardest-working and hardest-partying ska band. The members of SweetLeaf are seasoned Ska & Reggae Fest veterans, this year marking their third consecutive appearance. The group began after singer-guitarist Chris Jones answered an online ad, with the band then forming in just a few months. Their ... more info
Sexweather is a high-octane jukebox of original songs. Hailing from Victoria, British Columbia, the power trio shares the role of lead vocalist and songwriter between each member, producing a sound ranging from blues to indie, soul to hip hop and everything in between. more info
The Funkee Wadd (Funk/Glitch Hop/DNB)
The Funkee Wadd, born of an extraordinary man deemed Montgomery, and an angelic being by the name Of Mary-Helen, he has come to the western coast of British Columbia to bring one thing, and one thing only, Bass. With a main focus on The Funk and Breaks, he is no stranger to elevating a dance floor with the likes of Jungle, Fist Pumping Electro, Sex... more info