Canadas premier freeride mountain bike festival, Crankworx, ups the entertainment ante in year three with eight days of live concerts, DJ shows and mountain bike films Saturday, July 22 to Saturday, July 29. While the big coup for this years lineup is New Yorks hip hop troupe De La Soul performing the second Saturday night at the GLC (tickets can only be won by visiting Aftershok Apres parties), there are plenty of free mainstage shows to take advantage of. With the exception of Sweat Shop Union starting at 5 p.m., all mainstage shows located at the base of Whistler Mountain begin at 4 p.m.
She Stole My Beer
Saturday, July 22
Whistlers She Stole My Beer was a nationally recognized sound in the bands pre-1996 heyday when the seven-piece group lived out the roadie rock lifestyle with their percussion-heavy rock n roll punched up with country, blues and jam-band influences.
The single-minded pursuit of rock stardom was left behind in the mid-90s, as the members opted to pursue real lives, jobs and families.
The road dogs have retired from touring vans and instead play the odd show, a sort of reunion for both band members and devout fans who cant get enough of the hard-to-label sound.
Country, rock, blues, 60s psychedelica, whatever listeners call it; it is all good music just the same.
Join percussionist Franco Diligenti, keyboardist Jordan White, guitarist/vocalist Tom Taylor, drummers Dean Waisman and Geoff Hicks, and guitarists Chad Chillbeck and David Hughes for the Whistler reunion with plenty of originals and a few covers to go around.
Sunday, July 23
You probably have already heard the music of songstress Catlow and didnt even know it.
Fans of the Whistler television series on CTV tune into the singer/songwriter every Sunday with her vocals on the Dirtmitts track Ordinary Day.
Catlow, alias Natasha Thirsk, lead singer of The Dirtmitts, is now going solo with many more tracks from her debut CD Kiss the World played on various Whistler episodes. She also performed at the Whistler Series launch party at the GLC last month.
Check out her provocative lyrics and textured vocals again or for the first time at Crankworx.
Yuca and On Holiday
Monday, July 24
Yuca and On Holiday were two of 10 finalists battling it out at the 99.3 Fox Seeds Indie Music Competition in Vancouver earlier this year. The two bands beat out 400 other bands vying for a finalist spot.
Yuca is all about creating relevant accessible rock music for listeners everywhere.