Friday, June 9, 2017
Bar & Restaurant: 5:00pm
Barika is a 6 piece funky, dubbed out, psychedelic West African flavored band from Burlington, Vermont. The group is led by Craig Myers who, in addition to leading Barika on the N’Goni, is also a current member of the Mike Gordon Band, and was one of the original founding members of Rubblebucket. He has performed alongside many artists and bands including Midnight, Toubab Krewe, Djeneba Seck, and John Brown’s Body
Formed in a basement in Ontario, Canada, in late 2012, BLAKDENIM blends genres like no Canadian act today. The group fuses hip-hop, funk, rock and soul with lyrical content that ranges from identity issues to daily issues, like picking yourself up after a bad day, perseverance, self-esteem and hope. Influenced by artists like The Roots to Trombone Shorty, there’s no shortage of musical expertise with the line-up consisting of an emcee, female vocalist, trumpet, sousaphone/tuba, trombone, flute, bass guitar, piano and drummer. They soon became known as an incredible live act not to be missed within the Nation’s Capital across a spectrum of music genre fans alike.
As finalists in the Live 88.5 Big Money Shot radio competition in 2013, the band was awarded a small sum of money that allowed them to record their debut EP. “Vanguard(EN)” was independently released in 2014, and made top hip hop charts on college radio and selective rotation on commercial FM stations. Their professional music videos quickly gained traction with thousands of views each.
Serious media buzz came from a highly successful club tour in February 2015, and well-attended showcases at Indie Week, where they were a top finalist. BLAKDENIM was destined to become a festival favourite across Ontario and Quebec, and soon found themselves opening for iconic artists like Charles Bradley and Karim Ouellet. The Scene Magazine proclaimed of their 2015 RBC Bluesfest performance, “BLAKDENIM proved that Ottawa is more thancapable of putting out truly elite talent.” For an emerging band to have been invited to play these festivals and showcases, including Canadian Music Week this May, indicates the great potential for career longevity that major festival promoters and industry recognize in them.
The band recently released their sophomore project, Complexus (May 2016) and have received attention from both commercial and college radio, as well as performances at top festivals (which includes opening for legendaryTrombone Shorty).
“BLAKDENIM are the complete package. If you’re looking for passionate lyrics, infectious rhythms, expertly layered instrumentals, or simply something to move your feet to, this is a band you have to check out.” – Indie Blender