Like Christmas when it gets to be the end of November, and Easter when the trees start to sprout leaves after a long winter, it’s starting to feel like it’s almost here. Just so there’s no confusion, we’re not talking the night when the fat bearded guy stuffs himself down the chimney or when a white rabbit breaks into the house to strew chocolate offspring and rainbow coloured eggs everywhere.
No, we’re talking about the Squamish Valley Music Festival, taking place August 8-10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields. In anticipation of the big day, we’re spending the next few weeks rounding up local artists who’ll be playing this year’s event, and getting them to answer some important questions.
Like who they’ll be cueing up on the iPod for the Sea to Sky drive to the site, what they’ll be making sure to pack to make it through their set, the all-time dream festival lineup, and who they plan to stalk backstage. And that’s just the start of our probing. Read on, but not before you pick up your Squamish Valley Music Festival ticket. The last thing you want to miss is today’s featured local artist....
Aaron Ross fronts the Boom Booms, who, when they aren't mashing up the best bits of sliffed-out reggae, electric folk, and sweaty Latin world music, can be found dancing naked around a campfire.
Sea To Sky Playlist
Tabu Ley Rochereau “Christina”
Still my favorite artist to listen to any time.
Kanye West “Bound 2”
That Charlie Wilson chorus just gets you way down in your plums.
Gibson Brothers “They Called it Music”
We just met these guys at Atlin Music Fest in northern B.C. I now love bluegrass music.
Kevin Breit “Boom Chicka Boom”
Best guitar player I have ever seen. He has voodoo steam rising through him—so fun to watch. This was my favourite tune because it has "boom boom" in the title obviously.
Robin Thicke, Pharrell & T.I. “Blurred Lines”
It sounds like they sampled Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”. This is one of the best "huge" songs I have heard in a long time. Simple. Fun. Groovy. And I love the video. I mean come on, the guy has balloons that say "Robin Thicke has a big dick" and it works! Ha ha.
Chin Injeti “Big Black Skeletons”
Super-dope chune off our producer Chin’s album [THE REVERB] that he just finished. Stoked I got to sing some BGs too.
Star Captains “Love Is”
Big tune by musical family from Van—check these guys out!
Headwater “Your Love”
Great song by our bro Jonas. More big Vancouver talent to check.
Omar Khan “Shout”
Everything Omar does is gold.
Sophia Danai “Let it Fly”
Love the soul/hip-hop vibes and Sophia’s voice.
- A good hat as I have Vitiligo (aka the Michael Jackson disease) around my right eye, so it burns fast. And I’m not a big shades guy.
- A bottle of rum and some beers in the bus
- A cardboard box in case a breakdance battle is necessary
We'd Love to Hang With:
Well, most of the local acts we know, so obviously it will be good to see them, but I would say Gogol Bordello looks like they’d be the most fun and likely to wind up chanting and dancing naked around a bonfire with. That’s always the best afterparty.
First Festival Experience:
You know what? I don’t think I ever went to one before I played one. So Starbelly Jam on the east shore of Kootenay Lake, 2009 with the Boom Booms when we had just started and had two young girl backup singers, one of them—Janette King—is with the Ponderosas now. Our drink of the summer was called Polygamy, which was Fireball, tequila and, um, other stuff. I remember I was so pumped at the end of the show that I did a backflip and wound up freestyling and singing with La Comuna from Mexico at the afterparty ’til well after the sun came up. There was a naked dude in a rice-farmer hat, standing creepily silent and still, right in front of the little afterparty stage.
As stellar As This Year’s Squamish Bill is, What’s Your Fantasy Fest Line-up?
- Stevie Wonder
- Neil Young
- Tabu ley Rochereau
- Kanye West
- Celso Machado
- Jorge Ben
- Los Munequitos de Matanzas
- Manu Chao
- Al Green
What's Your Official Rider Request?
- One bottle rum
- One bottle tequila
- Flat of beer
- Veggie plate
Trivia time: What’s Squamish’s official slogan?
Um… "Saturated Neon Valley in the Shadow of the Chief”?
The Festival takes place at Hendrickson Fields & Logger Sports Ground. Quick—what’s your favourite logger sport?
Any log sport I get to play makes a good day!
The Boom Booms play the Squamish Valley Music Festival’s Market Square Stage at 9:10 p.m. on Friday (August 9).