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Moomba movement



All day, all-ages festival features Maceo Parker, family events

What: Zoophorus, all day music festival

When: Aug. 31; gates at noon, music 1-9 p.m.

Where: Fairgrounds of the Boot Pub

Moomba is from the Australian Aboriginal word which means "joining together to have fun." The first Zoophorus Festival aims to do just that.

"And it’s not going to rain!" says Boot manager Paul McNaught.

Zoophorus is an all-day, all-ages outdoor festival featuring four bands, vendors, and a beer garden.

Funk godfather Maceo Parker, formerly with James Brown, Michael Franti’s Spearhead, The Living Daylights, and San Francisco’s Los Mocosos bring zest and joy to the lineup.

"What we’re trying to do is create a family-oriented, fun festival," says McNaught, who together with Derek Arrowsmith of Upstream Entertainment came up with the festival concept.

Parents attending other Upstream concerts expressed interest in bringing their children along, and the idea for an all-ages festival in Whistler was born.

Proceeds from the event and ticket sales go to the B.C.-based program Camp Moomba, the summer camp sponsored by the Western Canadian Pediatric AIDS Society.

"Concert goers are guaranteed to have the best Labour Day weekend they’ve ever been too, with eight hours of top quality music for a good cause," says Arrowsmith.

"We’re super-stoked to have Maceo," adds McNaught.

Tickets for the four-band festival are $45. Considering tickets to see Parker at the Commodore in Vancouver are $38, Arrowsmith says the Zoophorus package is a sweet deal.

"There’s a good range of jazz fusion, Latin and funk music," says Arrowsmith.

Michael Franti’s Spearhead brings socially conscious hip hop to the festival.

Franti consistently serves up fresh versions of his own songs, that talk about everyday people in everyday life as he sees it. His improvisational sets generate audience magic – he brought down the house this past season with his performance at the Whistler Conference Centre.

Always a treat from the joyous and the serious lyric, Franti performs songs from Stay Human (2001), in addition to previous album including Live at the Badbab (2000).

The Living Daylights and Los Mocosos are bands three and four in the festival. The Village Voice said of the Living Daylights: "the Seattle sax trio Living Daylights blow hot spaghetti-Western funk and deep Bulgarian pop."

They blend soul jazz and world music with their jams from new CD, Electric Rosary . The Living Daylights appeared at the 25th Annual Atlanta Jazz Fest in May.