Sunshine Coast roots/reggae gurus, Bearfoot have had a massive 18 months, and after some quiet time, as well as days in the studio, the boys are BACK with a string of dates.
First stop, we’re back in Brisbane on May 19th to play the Zoo with friends Fat Picnic, Kayso Grande, and Jesswah (with Bearfoot’s Asher).
$10 pre-sale tickets, or $15 on the door, for a huge night of Roots, Reggae, Dub and funky goodness. Doors at 8pm.
��Blending So-Cal, Hip Hop and dub reggae with a dash of the Endless Summer soundtrack thrown in, Bearfoot’s sun-soaked-yet-dark take on roots, reggae & dub has sent ripples through the country, and even over the ditch.
You could blame their highly energetic, sweat-drenched live performances, or their ability to create catchy melodies, but whatever the case, Bearfoot have been turning heads wherever they (and/or their music) go.
Mixing a solid rhythm section made up of fat bass and steadfast drums with percussive flare, bubbling keys, dubby guitars, horn lines that won’t quit, and vocal harmonies to support vocalist Asher Chapman’s passionate rapid-fire vocals, Bearfoot unashamedly bring their own take on Australian Roots/Reggae music.
Debut single, ‘Babylon’ got them noticed, and grabbed the attention of community radio. ‘Impolite’ – produced by Paul Bromley at the Tanuki Lounge in Brisbane’s West end – put them on the map (Roots’N’All on Triple J dug it, being used throughout 2016 as part of the program’s intro), and scored them a Queensland Music Award in the process (Best Blues/Roots Release).
Come to 2016, and the era of the ‘TRiBE’ EP was put into effect, including later singles ‘Dreamer’ and ‘Could Be Worse’ which kept the ball rolling.
When you add all these releases (including two remixes, in a short time, too) with constant performances and festival appearances, including massive shows at Woodford Folk Festival (2015/16), Caloundra Music Festival (2015/16), Ocean Street World Festival, Big Pineapple Music Festival, Australian Music Week (Sydney) and a showcase at BIGSOUND 16, then it is without a doubt that Bearfoot would be looking forward to their 2018.
Having already clocked up festival appearances in 2017 (including a visit to Luminate Festival in New Zealand), expect brand new material from Bearfoot mid-2018, which will expand on, and progress from the ‘TRiBE’ EP, as well as a huge East Coast tour.
Fat Picnic –
��Fat Picnic is a soul-ska explosion that preaches punchy horn lines and bangin’ reggae beats – culminating in an energetic and infectious live show! Corrupted by an unquenchable lust for groove and outstanding noises, their music ranges across dub, funk, soul & ska. Simply put, there just ain’t no party like a Fat Picnic party!
Kayso Grande –
KAYSO GRANDE are the shape-shifting, earth-quaking band that makes you and your friends want to holler and shout, and have the kind of fun your mother warned about. Exploding on the scene in June of 17′, the Brisbane Based quintet formed under one pure goal: to use their own eclectic brand of blues fused rock & star shaking soul in order to bring sonic heaven to earth. And ever since their first live show at Sonny’s House of Blues (RIP), they’ve been telling their fans: ‘You’re Welcome’.
2017 also saw KAYSO GRANDE record their debut single ‘When Will I Ever’ and film clip to boot for track which is out now. And in 2018 the band are set to take the bull by the horns and come out swinging with follow up shows at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, 4ZZZ studio, The Greaser, the Milk Bar, the Bearded Lady in West End and many more as well as tours and festival appearances planned. So, look sharp! And all aboard the One Band Thrill Ride, as KAYSO GRANDE take the wheel sending you spinning, shaking, moving, grooving; All. Night. Long.
Jesswah – �Jesswah takes his audience on a journey, through Infectious body- melting bass rhythms. Not locked to any particular genre, but having a strong foundation in Hip Hop roots mixed with electronic funk! Drawing influence from inspiring artists like Opiuo, B.Visible, Bil Bless and Tipper.
Jesswah has played support for artists such as, Dub Fx, Opiuo, A.Skillz, Featurecast ,JFB, Stickybuds and The Funk Hunters. Amongst the big- bill notches on his musical belt are sets on Sprung Fest, Manifest festival, Earth Frequency and Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival, plus a myriad of local Queensland events, from cultural festivals, club gigs, outdoor festivals and youth events.
A Jesswah set of strictly original productions, will no doubt take you through multiple genres, tempos and vibes, expect the unexpected!
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