Last week my friends at Sugar Nightclub gave me a call asking if I could come shoot a SkaFest show for them. I may not be a huge fan of ska or reggae, but I rarely pass up an opportunity to shoot a concert.
Apparently, the opening band didn't make it across the border into Canada. I wonder if they were trying to bring something that is readily available and accepted in Victoria across the border. I guess they didn't get the memo.
Because of this little mishap the opening band was replace by David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7. A New York based ska band with heavy jazz influences in their music. It was a refreshing take on ska. Hearing the experimentation between the horn sections was great. I think I need to go to more jazz concerts. Oh, and one of the members of the band used to perform with Bob Marley, so that's pretty cool.
The main event was New Zealand's Katchafire. I read somewhere that the band is predominately Māori, but I could be just making that up. I have worked 4 concerts in three days.
For what I saw and shot I thought they were great. Like I said in a post a week or so ago it makes a huge difference when a band is having fun, and is in tune with each other. I don't think I saw the bass player without a big smile on his face.
Okay, I'm off to shoot Weezer and the rest of the last day of Rock The Shores.