What: Crankworx Outdoor Concert Series
Where: Skiers Plaza
When: Aug. 5-6
Following in the footsteps of Whistlers other sport-based Festravaganza, this weekends Crankworx Freeride Mountainbike Festival will present a free outdoor concert series in Whistler Village.
Four shows will take place on Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6, on a main stage in Skiers Plaza at the base of the formidable "Boneyard" Slopestyle course.
Kicking the concert series off on Friday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. is Aqueduct, an eclectic, Seattle-based synth-pop project headed up by transplanted Okie David Terry.
A member of the über-hip corps from Seattle indie label Barsuk Records, which also features Nada Surf, They Might Be Giants, and Death Cab For Cutie, Aqueducts recent release i sold gold is described as being "crammed full of blown-out drum sounds, blip-pop synths, pianos, and a sense of both seriousness and humor," drawing comparisons to the Flaming Lips, Frank Black, Grandaddy, and Mates of State.
The Aqueduct show is nestled between the Pro-Invitational Slopestyle qualifier and the Nissan Biker X finals on the Crankworx schedule. Following the Biker X awards at 8:30 p.m. is the second outdoor concert of the series featuring Boy a five man band with members hailing from Whitehorse, Vancouver Island, Winnipeg and Toronto. Boys latest album, 2004s Every Page You Turn , suggests the bands potential to be a Sloan for a new generation of disheveled Canadian indie-rock kids.
Saturdays shows groove to more of a hip-hop beat, starting with Vancouvers Threat From Outer Space at 4 p.m.
The instrumental group is often in Whistler, purveying their distinct Bomb Beat Music.
The Bomb Beat incorporates elements of hip-hop, drum n bass, funk, jazz and ska, played organically by the Threat Boys, with vocal riffing by singer/MC Tameem B an urban assault of groove with an underground eclectic edge.
The Bomb Beat will soundtrack the lead-up to the celebrated star Crankworx event, the Pro Invitational Slopestyle Finals, which are to kick off at 5 p.m.
The Slopestyle comedown will flow a dancehall riddim with L.A. reggae/hip-hop artist Jah Orah. Also on the mic and on the stage will be West Coast duo Generous Sound System, a.k.a. Oakland-based skateboarder/MC Bukue One and Seattle DJ Zac Hendrix, a turntablist best known for his work alongside hip-hop legend Del Tha Funkee Homosapien.
The concert series is presented by Jim Beam, which is also bringing its Party Crew promo team to town for a series of events at various Whistler nightspots throughout the Crankworx festival.
A complete schedule of Crankworx sport and party events is online at www.crankworx.com.