2017 Music Line-up!


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The following acts have been confirmed to perform at the 2017 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.  And we are only getting started!  We are still in the process finalizing the rest of the acts for this years festival, but we will give you at taste of what to expect in Spences Bridge this August.  Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for further announcements.


Here is a sneak peak at some of the confirmed musical performers that will be appearing at the 2017 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!

 

NORINE BRAUN

Emotional, heartfelt and eclectic: Norine Braun in 3 words. A Vancouver based singer-songwriter Norine Braun is an award winningartist (Canada Council For the Arts Award, Los Angeles Music Awards, Artists For Literacy) who has a slew of festival appearances under her belt. Her music blinks an eye to the past, while firmly looking forward, blending timeless elements such as blues, folk and soul, presenting them to the audience with a freshness and balance that are in tune with today’s sensibilities. Norine’s eclectic approach to songwriting and her prowess as a heartfelt performer are the fundaments of her solid reputation within her local scene, and beyond.

 

ZONNIS BAND
This folk-roots duo first took the stage together New Year’s Eve of 2009, married in 2010 and formed Zonnis in 2013, a celebration of the birth of their son Zander. With a full commitment to love in every mold imaginable, they regularly tour Western Canada, sometimes dipping into the coastal United States and taking touring, writing and family trips throughout Central America. Anywhere an audience is open-minded and engaged is Zonnis’ favourite place to perform. Some festivals they have enjoyed rocking include Artswells, Arts on the Fly, MoM, Soul Fest and Hootstock. With enough originals to fill an evening and enough beloved cover tunes to fill a lifetime, a Zonnis show is about engaging and entertaining an audience through a musical adventure.

THIS WAY NORTH

Hailing from Melbourne, guitar/drums two-piece This Way North are Leisha Jungalwalla (Jungal) and Cat Leahy (Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel).  They first met in the north…Canada in fact; at the renowned British Columbia ArtsWells Festival. While hanging at the festival, they discovered that their permanent homes were both north-side… Melbourne that is…half a world away but only 500m apart. A few post-tour blues jams lead to something good…really good. This Way North began as a means of finding a way back… to find direction again, and it damn well worked. Punchy, left of centre, with a universally appealing groove and melody. Cat brings solid groove based, dynamic power drumming, while Leisha sways with swampy slide guitar, slimmed down soul vocals, live looping and compelling alt-pop melodies. Sometimes likened to The Black Keys, Tame Impala and Ainslie Wills, their unique musical connection creates an explosive sound that’s rarely realised by just two artists on stage.

Their playful, yet deep connection, with each other, and the audience, reels people into their on-stage world.

THE JOHN WELSH BAND

With a sound that blends high energy Latin, West African, reggae and folk rock rhythms the John Welsh Band gets crowds moving wherever they perform. A world traveler by nature, John Welsh lived and studied in Mexico and Guatemala where he was heavily influenced by the music, language and culture. After several years of playing with various bands he and brother Chris(bass) met Nigerian born Courage Eigbike who brought his reggae and West African influenced sound. Together they began creating songs with the vision of bringing their world music sound to a mainstream audience.

The band began performing locally and recorded with producer Tyler Johnson(Joshua Hyslop/Bestie/Austin Basham). With the release of the EP and music video “On the Road” their popularity quickly grew across British Columbia and soon they were playing venues and festivals all over western Canada. To fill out their sound for larger performances the band added drummer Nathan Larsen and lead guitarist Devin Modugno. With strong support from CBC and college radio across Canada “On the Road” soon landed in the top 50 on the national Earshot! Charts.

 

COCO JAFRO

Coco Jafro is a hard hitting force to be reckoned with, unifying the masses with their electrified, funky global rhythms. They bring
together the schools of Funk, Soul, Jazz and Afro-beat providing a unique sound that flows from a foundation of deep set grooves. Moroccan born, lead guitarist Amine Said’s musical roots provide an exclusive sound with the proven power to instantly synchronize your soul forcing the crowd to bend and sway.

 In 2016 Coco Jafro added a BreakOut West nomination for Urban Artist Of The Year and CBC Searchlight regional finalist ranking to their arsenal; alongside a Van Isle Music Award nomination for ‘Best Live Act’, numerous festival performances, North African tour and 3 EPs. With their unique brand of “Vintage Funk & 21st Century Urban Cool” (World Beat Canada), the incredibly passionate and dedicated Coco Jafro return to the studio inspired and eager to lay down their anticipated World infused 4th album; set to be released early 2017.

http://cocojafro.wixsite.com/cocojafromusic

SABRINA WEEKS & MIKE HILLIARD – REFLECTIONS OF BOB SEGER

Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard are a high energy bouncing boogie blues duo hailing from British Columbia.  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. 

 Their extensive touring and hard work has resulted in several accolades including:

  • Runner up for a 2014 Blewzy Award
  • Winner for 2011 Maple Blues Award – Best New Artist
  • Nominated for BCIMA Blues Album of the Year Award
  • Voted Pick to Click by Sirius/XM Radio
  • Charted in the Top Ten on the global blues RMR charts and ranked top 100 on the annual Roots Music Report.
  • Voted Top Ten by the Blues Underground Network.*  Voted The Years Best CD by CFBX.
  • Voted Top 100 by Real Blues.

 

  JOHNNY P. JOHNSON

Johnny P. Johnson loves tractors, farm machinery, farming, his wife, his three sons and writing songs. Johnny started writing songs after he graduated from the University of Lethbridge where he played intercollegiate hockey (he spent a lot of time singing at the back of the bus), gained a degree in recreation with a major– as Johnny likes to say– in leisure, and where he met his wife of 25 years. 

 As a song-writer, JPJ writes about both the simplicity and complexity of life in their most raw forms, inspired by decades of both his own experiences and those close to him. Growing up on the family farm in rural Saskatchewan, Johnny’s passion for music most likely stems from his parent’s love of singing gospel hymns. There is a strong detection of gospel in some of Johnny’s songs.

https://johnnypjohnsonmusic.com/

 
 

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