Battle of Santiago
Starting at 12PM
Toronto-based Battle of Santiago combines classic Afro-Cuban rhythms and vocals with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit and sensibility. The result is a singular sound that tells a universal twenty-first-century story, reflecting one city’s immigrant experience.
As the name implies, there is an exciting sound clash that rises from the seven-member band having both a Latino section and a Canadian section. Founded in 2011, Battle of Santiago has been marked by transnational experimentalism since the beginning. It has evolved from an exploration of experimental rock grounded in drummer-less Latin percussion to an instrumental groove machine to the tight Afro-Cuban post-rock outfit it is today.
That evolution can be heard on the band’s two full-length albums, 2012’s Full Colour and 2013’s Followed by Thousands. The band was nominated for a SiriusXM Indie Award for World Music Artist of the Year in 2013 and is poised to break new ground in 2016 with the release of a new album, La Migra.
WiFEE and the HUZz BAND
Starting at 3:00PM
Best described as "new vintage," WiFEE and the HUZz BAND is sure to rock your socks off! Vocalists Ruby James and Stephen Cooper front this ten-piece powerhouse, leading the listener through an emotional love story with the reinforcement of a full horn section and a smokin' rhythm section. Let the music carry you back to the glory days of Motown without abandoning today's cutting-edge sound.
The band’s story begins with the chance meeting of Ruby and Coop and revolves around their whirlwind romance. In an unlikely marriage of musical styles, Ruby and Coop assembled rock ‘n’ rollers, jazz musicians, punk rockers, college-trained craftsmen, and self-taught savants to orchestrate a sound that has all the subtlety of a stick of dynamite!
This formidable lineup includes Ruby James on lead vocals, guitar, and percussion; Stephen Cooper on lead vocals and tenor saxophone; Greg Roteik on bass; Barrett Tasky on keyboards and backing vocals; Zach Vogel on guitar and backing vocals; Chris Scheer and Michael Underwood on drums; Kurt Shipe, Greg Garcia, and Quentin Volk on trumpet; Tom VandenAvond and Tyler Jennings Henderson on trombone; and Julio Reyes and Jerod Kaszynski on baritone saxophone.
Starting at 10AM
Come at 10:00 a.m. to see the Plutoniates start the Festival off with their uniquely Sheboygan rock sound.