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The String Cheese Incident

Over the past decade, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of America’s most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 10 albums, 6 DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their 20 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. They have been recognized for their commitment to musical creativity and integrity, for their community spirit, philanthropic endeavors, and for their innovative approach to the business of music.

www.stringcheeseincident.com

Steve Kimock And Friends

A master of improvisation, Steve Kimock has been inspiring music fans with his transcendent guitar speak, voiced through electric, acoustic, lap and pedal steel guitars. While one can say that his genre is rock, no one niche has ever confined him. Instead, through the years, he’s explored various sounds and styles based on what’s moved him at the time, whether it’s blues or jazz; funk or folk; psychedelic or boogie; gypsy or prog-rock; traditional American or world fusion.

www.kimock.com

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Garaj Mahal

5 Sets of Music in a rare appearance!

Afro-Pakistani-Klezmer-Gospel-Germanic-Roots funk with Indian influences and a serious jazz sensibility.

Reuniting the original lineup for the first time in almost a decade Garaj Mahal is Fareed Haque on Guitar, Kai Eckhardt on bass, Osam Ezzeldin on keys, and Alan Hertz on drums. The lucky combination of four individuals, highly educated in music while coming from vastly diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, all sharing a thirst for something unique of very high quality in the intimacy of real improvisation.

www.garajmahal.us

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Five Alarm Funk

The Vancouver-based band is eight men strong and over a decade deep into a career that has seen it release five acclaimed albums and burn up stages across the country on six national tours. And this vehicle isn’t about to slow down.

In fact, Five Alarm Funk is just picking up steam. Set to release their 6th studio album, Sweat, on March 3, 2017, Sweat gets right to the roots of what Five Alarm Funk is all about: epic, intense arrangements, heavy groove and a ton of fun. 

www.fivealarmfunk.com

Genetics

Genetics is a five piece progressive rock band that creates a new and unique sound while encompassing a large variety of genres. The band was founded in 2010 in Grand Rapids, MI by guitarist, Jeff Ervine and drummer, Nathaniel Snow. In the summer of 2012 they decided to move the project to Colorado, where they were then joined by bassist, Joel Searls in 2012 and Phil Johnson (formerly of Jet Edison) in 2015!

The band has a wide scope of influences and they create their own brand of music that is heavy in both composition and improvisation. Their dynamic performance makes for an amazing and unique show, embodying the nature of progressive rock.

www.geneticsmusic.com

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Big Easy Funk Ensemble

The Big Easy Funk Ensemble celebrates the amazing variety of music that has grown out of New Orleans. With influences ranging from 60’s funk legends The Meters and Dr. John to more recent groups like Galactic and Trombone Shorty, bring a tremendous amount of energy and fun to any performace.

BEFE (pronounced ‘beefy’) mixes many genres of funk, jazz and blues to create awesome grooves. The 9 member band includes a 3-piece horn section comprised of Andrew Benton (Sax), Kevin Tang (Trombone) and Ryan Naso (Trumpet). The rhythm section includes Reece Worth (Guitar), Eric Stephenson (Bass), Tyler Gibson (Keyboards/Organ), Ryan Davis (Drums), Jeffrey Kornblum (Percussion) and last but not least the mesmerizing Chris Berry on Vocals.

www.befe.ca

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Brickhouse

Vancouver’s Hippest Blue Funk Band is Original, Tight & Funky! 

For more than 10 years, Brickhouse was the official late-night house band for the famous Yale Hotel. It was on the Yale stage that the band built a legion of fans as diverse as you can get: hipsters, university students, baby boomers, tourists and musicians from 19 to 55+; all experienced the band live and soon grew to love Brickhouse and their brand of groovy, bluesy funky music. 

It’s rare for anyone who hears Brickhouse not to want to get up on the dance floor and find some “Room to Move”.  Inevitably, you wait to catch that magical groove the band gets into; where 6 musicians turn into the Brickhouse machine…an almost-hypnotic meld of mind, body and soul where the audience, by singing and dancing along, becomes part of one of the best live music experiences you can find anywhere.

www.brickhousevancouver.com

BIG FUN Circus!

The "Avatars of Joy" who specialize in circus performance, kiddie kat korners and festival fun will be contributing their exciting brand of experience enhancement for attendees big and small! Be on the look out for stilt-walkers, jugglers, face-painters
BIG FUN Circus! The “Avatars of Joy” who specialize in circus performance, kiddie kat korners and festival fun will be contributing their exciting brand of experience enhancement for attendees big and small! Be on the look out for stilt-walkers, jugglers, face-painters & more! www.facebook.com/BIGFUNCIRCUS!

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