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Thursday NUFUNK's Canadian Music Week Showcase w/ Mishka, Blue King B

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Thursday, March 12th

Revival Bar (783 College St.)


MISHKA (#1 on the Billboard reggae charts -- midnight)

THE DIRTY HEADS (SoCal surfpunkhop a la Sublime -- 11 pm)

BLUE KING BROWN (Carlos Santana’s favourite new band -- 10 pm)

SEAN JONES (leader of Juno-winning R & B band In Essence - 9 pm)

12 THE BAND (Trinidadian neo-calypso phenomenon -- 8 pm)

FREE with your $35 festival wristband!



This showcase is so good it makes the $35 festival wristband worthwhile all by itself. We’ve got: MISHKA, one of the most talented and captivating reggae artists in the world today who’s atop the Billboard reggae charts; THE DIRTY HEADS, who take you back to the glory days of Sublime and throw in today’s new hiphop vibes for good measure; BLUE KING BROWN, who are Carlos Santana’s favourite current band which is really all you need to know; SEAN JONES, the leader of Juno winning R & B sensations In Essence who’s now rocking out soulfully on his own; and finally, 12 THE BAND, who bring calypso, pan-Carib and rock influences together like never before.

Roots. Rock. Reggae. Rhymes. Revival. Next Thursday Night!


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Mishka’s socially conscious lyrics, seductive vocals, and hypnotic reggae grooves have garnered a solid worldwide cult following since 1999. His biography has an almost cinematic sweep. Born to a Bermudian father and Canadian mother, he spent most of his early life on a boat in the Caribbean, sailing from island to island with his seafaring parents and older sisters. A child of the islands, it was almost inevitable that he’d be drawn to reggae, Rastafari, and the natural mystic that inhabits his music and his soul. Above The Bones is his third album and the debut release for Matthew McConaughey’s j. k. livin label. Mishka is bringing his brand of soulful roots-reggae across Canada this October as part of the Exclaim! Fall Concert Series with Canadian headliner Bedouin Soundclash.




Those feel-good roots of the Dirty Heads are grounded in the Orange County community of Huntington Beach. Founded nearly a decade ago by Watson and guitarist/vocalist Dustin Bushnell, the Dirty Heads humble beginnings feature too many late night sessions in the garage with nothing but a four-track recorder and an abundance of great ideas. Years later with an extensive tour history under their belts and a solid fan base the band have played with bands like 311, Matisyahu, Unwritten Law, Fishbone, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Kottonmouth Kings, expendables, Rock the Bells, and many more.




"Blue King Brown is my favourite band right now. They embody everything I love in music from Ozomatli, African bands, Tower of Power to Santana. They are the voice of the street and the band of the future!" - Carlos Santana

Ummmmm … enough said!



Hailing from Toronto, Jones’ musical tastes embrace several different genres, and he has pulled from all of them in order to create his own sound – a fresh sound he describes as “soul over rockâ€. It’s a fusion of soulful vocals arranged overtop of varying shades of pop/rock, with a combination of electric and acoustic guitars. Jones’ has an amazing honeyed voice. His delivery is pure and smooth and highly appealing, and on the majority of songs featured, an influence of Lenny Kravitz and a touch of Prince can be heard.



12 has toured Britain playing in some of the prominent night clubs on the Central London music scene like The Sin Club, The Bar Fly, Momo's Cargo and Canvas and has performed live on the BBC Radio Show "Outlook ". 12 has also played at the Birmingham Carnival, Nottinghill Carnival and the Yaashantewaa Calypso Tent which is the first and only calypso tent in London. In June 2008, the Band completed its debut album Streets and Avenues and performed live at the prestigious Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica, accompanying one of Trinidad and Tobago's finest designers, Robert Young of the Cloth. Following this performance, they went on to perform at the London Calling Music Conference in London

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