2018 Music Line-up Announced!

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The following acts have been confirmed to perform at the 2018 Desert Daze Festival – and what a stellar line-up it is! We are bringing back some favorites from festivals past plus some new names you are sure to love. 


Here is a look at some of the confirmed musical performers that will be appearing at the 2018 edition of the Desert Daze Festival! …

Every summer the Desert Daze Music Festival features a eclectic mix of fantastic local and “imported” musicians and bands. From rock to pop to folk to country to roots and beyond. Music you can move to, groove to, clap along, sing along and dance along to.  There is sure to be something to please everyone in the family! 

Take a look! See the photos, watch the videos, read the bios and click the links! We are sure you will agree this is a tremendously fabulous and diverse line-up of musical entertainment awesomeness!

 

THE KWERKS

I’m leaving my career and I’m pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a rock star. Yes, in my 30s, after having “settled down”, after 15 years of marriage (which continues, ahem), a mortgage, a career, 3 kids, a dog, and everything else that comes with those. And yes, it IS a bit crazy. Oh, and Ryan’s doing it with me.”

In the spring of 2015, Laura was hit over the head by a single, very compelling conversation. A long suppressed dream unearthed itself and made its way to the front and centre, and she, along with her husband, Ryan, dove in head first. She left her career, sent her previously homeschooled kids to school, and dusted off her guitar. 

Their music, while difficult to nail down in a particular genre, can be described as a unique, snappy kind of folk-pop, peppered with hints of bluegrass and pop-rock. They infuse their live performances with sassy dance moves by Ryan and stories flowing from their journey of dropping everything to live life more intentionally and authentically. They have a way of making audiences laugh to tears, and leave happier than a bunch of carrot-filled bunnies. Inspiring? Oh yes. Fluffy and chicken-soup-for-the-soul-ish? No way. These guys bring the kind of authentic honesty that leaves you hungry for more. 

http://www.thekwerks.com/#home-section

THE FORTUNE KILLERS

Victoria, BC based alt-pop/rock outfit Fortune Killers (formerly Isobel Trigger) strikes you with their dynamic synth-scapes and high-voltage performances. With exotic vocals, soaring lead lines, and heart-thumping grooves, the band weaves a musical web that pulls your hips into a sultry sway. The lovechild of Lana Del Ray and Metric, Fortune Killers make glitter and grit collide. Having just released their debut album Temper TemperRolling Stone  calls them “one of Victoria’s best up-and-coming acts.”

Described by Victoria Music Scene as “one of the most entertaining local bands to watch,” Fortune Killers is widely recognized as a band that “has to be experienced live to be fully appreciated” (Ride The Tempo). Since the release of their 2014 EP Nocturnal, the band has toured nationally with performances at Indie Week, Canadian Music Week, BreakOut West, and Rifflandia Music Festival, and many more. 

 

 

http://www.fortunekillers.com/

COMPASSION GORILLA

Compassion Gorilla has a relentless drive to translate earthy and folkloric sounds into an explosive performance fit for the modern dancefloor.  Their unique brew has been the life of wild dance parties for almost a decade, and while its music defies categorization the band keeps audiences feeling comfortably at home.  

The band’s recent travels have taken them to festival stages across western Canada, including highlights at the Victoria International Jazz Festival, Starbelly Jam, Robson Valley Music Festival, Northwest Folk Life, Juan de Fuca Music Festival, Victoria Ska Festival, Bella Coola Music Festival, Campbell Bay Music Festival, and Kispiox Valley Music Festival.  They also spent a long stretch of 2013 touring in Mexico, playing over 50 shows in 4 months and coming home with a new album under their belts. “Colibrís en Vuelo” features songs written and arranged on this journey.

 

http://www.compassiongorilla.com/

 
  

SWING CAT BOUNCE

Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard are the head of a high energy bouncing boogie blues band hailing from British Columbia, Canada.  Sabrina’s voice is a ménage à trois between Etta James, Fae West and Doris Day writhing beneath black satin sheets.  Add Mike Hilliard who is by far one of the most underrated yet insanely talented guitar players in Canada and you have something exciting and fresh.  When attending a Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hlliard performance, you laugh out loud, dance uncontrollably, sing along, loud and proud, and get lost in a series of unforgettable moments. connection, with each other, and the audience, reels people into their on-stage world. 

“Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce are a sizzling, scintillating, swinging, soulful band who deliver a first-class show wherever they appear- original and fresh with a new twist to the blues and a dance beat that just won’t quit. Their show is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and this gal can REALLY sing! Sabrina is a Canadian treasure in the making.” Jack Lavin, Powder Blues

 

http://www.sabrinaweeks.com/index/

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS 

Conscientious Objectors was formed in 2015 by Wayne Schmidt – Vocals, & Guitars, and Steve Tomiuk – Keyboards, and Bass. The duo plays acoustic shows as well as full band shows. Wayne and Steve also play in a Buddy Holly tribute called Buddy Holic. Wayne also played guitar in Femme Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin tribute) with Steve (Keys/Bass) that gained a great local following in Vancouver, Canada between 2012 – 2015. For many years Wayne had fronted and co-founded the original progressive rock band called Nomadic Sanctuary playing the Experience Music Project in Seattle Washington, opening shows for Blue Oyster Cult, Jefferson Starship, Nick Gilder, And Sweeney Todd. 

 

http://conscientiousobjectorsmusic.com/

PERNELL REICHERT BAND

From Vancouver, BC, The Pernell Reichert Band is a three-piece group that has been together for 13+ years. Well received at folk festivals, pubs and coffee houses throughout Western Canada, the band features singer-songwriter Pernell Reichert on guitars, banjo, harmonica and vocals, Ross Christopher Fairbairn on bass and backup vocals and Tom Tischer on drums and backup vocals. Their music is razor sharp folk, alt-country or cow punk. The band’s witty banter with the audience accompanied by their fast folksy songs, electric slide and foot-stompin’ banjo tunes, interspersed with melodic self-penned ballads by Pernell, provide for a great evening of all around entertainment.

 

 

 

https://pernell.ca/home

 

 MURFITT & MAIN

 

Comprising the core of the band are the two song-smiths Warren Murfitt (guitar and vocals), and Kate Main (upright bass and vocals). Other musicians who add their considerable musical talents on frequent occasion: Chris Dawson-Murphy (banjo, guitar and vocals), Matt Kennedy (mandolin and vocals). Murfitt & Main make their home on the West Coast of Canada in Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

http://murfittandmain.com/bio/

 FLINT & FEATHER

Flint & Feather are a free-spirited husband and wife duo who are deeply passionate about connecting with people through folk/roots music, stories, and laughter. Based in Calgary, Alberta, band members Joal and Lauren Kamps blend storytelling with songwriting to create charming ‘Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop’ songs inspired by Canadian history, rocky mountain folklore, and their own personal journeys. 

Joal and Lauren first began exploring professional performance together after both being invited to attend Canada’s Music Incubator’s Artist Entrepreneur Program in Toronto, Ontario. Soon afterwards they performed cross-Canada as a duo in partnership with VIA Rail’s Artists On Board Program, followed by a 27-date European Tour

https://www.flintandfeather.com/patio

 CASSANDRA MAZE

Zone Records recording artist, Cassandra Maze, is a fiery performer and looper-extraordinaire who transfixes audiences with her exclusive fusion of alternative dance-pop.

Maze released her debut single “Wait” earlier this year, bringing good things to the ears of her fans. The song was inspired in part by the expression, good things come to those who wait, but as Maze puts it, “when it comes to chasing your dreams, waiting doesn’t exactly give you legs.” Co-written by Maze and Tanner Aguiar, and produced by Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Van Damsel), “Wait” kicks off with a gritty, heart-pumping intro and culminates in a powerful, anthemic chorus that beckons listeners to sing along and take home the message of “I can do this – what am I waiting for?”

https://www.cassandramaze.com/

BEST NIGHT EVER

Since 2013 BEST NIGHT EVER have been bringing their unique brand of meticulously crafted neo-motown tunes to music festivals and live venues around BC. Treading the line between modern & vintage, fresh yet familiar, their soulful sound is reminiscent of golden-era Michael Jackson or Stevie Wonder with a helping of modern R&B influence.

2017 CBC Searchlight regional finalists, the band has had a string of successes centered around their stunning live performances, including winning both the 2014 ROCK THE MIC and 2015 ROXY Launch Party contests. Along the way they’ve shared the stage with Canadian hit makers Nick Gilder & Sweeney Todd (“Roxy Roller”), viral YouTube sensation B. Rich (“Out for a Rip”), and Vancouver mainstays Bend Sinister & Tonye.

http://www.bestnighteverband.com/

 

JENNY AND THE GENTS

Jennifer Ferguson and the boys created quite the buzz in the wake of their debut public performance at last years Desert Daze Music Festival. The members of this party of home grown musicians hail from Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Kamloops and Logan Lake – and each brings many years of performance experience and ideas to the mix. Jennifer’s voice – an astounding blend of power and lyrical subtly – is propelled by a foursome of multi-talented multi-instrumentalist who excel in bringing the energy, joy and power of everyone’s favorite music to the live stage.  From The Tragically Hip to the Dixie Chicks; Amanda Marshall to Allanah Myles these guys (and gal) cover it all with a style, tenacity and virtuosity that will have everyone clapping and dancing and singing along!

 

 

 Stay tuned and check back soon!  Lots more to come!