2020 Artists Lineup
From just down the road to the deserts of Rajasthan, India, we present you with our 2020 festival lineup. Stay tuned for more announcements…
Chali 2na & the House of Vibe
Los Angeles, CA
With his unmistakable baritone voice and 6-and-a-half foot charm, Chali 2na has established himself as one of hip-hop’s preeminent and most charismatic personalities. He is currently touring with his 3 piece band, the House of Vibe.
Hailing from the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, Ian Tonino (Junk) comes to the festival with a belly full of hard-biting, worldly, profound, lyrical, aggressive and deeply conscious rap power. This hometown boy is rising quickly in the rap world, having amassed over five million streams, charting on iTunes and playing alongside some of the biggest in the business. Junk is glad to come home for Starbelly and shout out to his home crowd. Don’t miss this rising star!
Mexico City, Mexico
Antidoping reggae band formed in 1992 is one of the founders of the Razteca movement, a hybrid between Jamaica’s Rastafari culture and Mexican culture. Antidoping has maintained its seal of love, peace, and brotherhood for more than 28 years despite the political and social conditions that surround them.
Jhalaak w/ Adham Shaikh
Vancouver/ Kootenays, BC & Rajasthan, India
Jhalaak brings together the powerful sounds of Qawaali (devotional Sufi music from Pakistan and India), Hip-Hop, and EDM. Canadian born Desi Hip-Hop artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Ruby Singh has teamed up with brothers, Salim Khan, Khete Khan, Chugge Khan, 19th generation musicians from a caste called Manganiyars. To expand the spectrum of Jhalaak, Juno and Emmy nominated producer and DJ Adham Shaikh, contributes to their hypnotic and explosive chemistry.
John Reischman & the Jaybirds
New Westminster, BC
A stylish take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique band sound. Now in their 20th year, with seven albums and two Juno nominations, the band are simultaneously innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned yet still very contemporary. John Reischman is one of the world’s undisputed masters of the mandolin, famed for his outstanding tone and taste
These brothers are known for their diverse selection of music, each bringing their own unique style to the turntables. Their live sets are made up of various styles of house and disco that come together to create what they call ‘Space Disco’ and their energy on stage can not be mimicked.
Big Easy Funk Ensemble (BEFE)
New Orleans influenced BEFE (pronounced ‘beefy’) mixes many genres of funk, jazz, rock, and blues to create high energy infectious grooves.
Camaro 67 brings together classic Afrobeat influences (Fela Kuti, Tony Allen), and modern Afrofunk / Groove sounds (Antibalas, Budos Band, The Herbaliser) to produce a propulsive, high-energy, made-in-Vancouver heavy funk experience.
Instrumental Psychedelic Jazz Rock
Singer-songwriter & pianist; who is most well known for fronting the rock band Bend Sinister (www.bendsinisterband.com). He has toured and performed around the world with Bend Sinister for the last 15 years. In 2018 Dan decided to go into the studio to record his debut solo album, with help from a lot of friends and local musicians.
The Misery Mountain Boys
The Misery Mountain Boys are a 5 piece uptempo-swing outfit based out of Edmonton, AB. After rambling through bluegrass circles, western swing standards, and getting lost in the world of gypsy jazz, the Misery Mountain Boys have landed upon their own unique brand of swing, taking their traditional instrumentation to creative and sometimes unexpected places.
The Bill Lynch Trio
Bill Lynch has teamed up with Bessie Wapp and Mark Spielman to tour the Columbia Basin. Over the coming year, they will perform Bill’s original songs from his debut CD: Would You Speak on My Behalf. Bill has written a collection of what are essentially love songs. Never sentimental and only occasionally about romantic love, Bill’s songs express his conviction that love is what matters most.
This six-piece band (chapman stick, ukulele, guitar, piano, drums, and three-part harmonies) are recipients of multiple Kootenay Music Awards (2018 & 2019). Using this unique instrumentation The Hillties blend deep grooves and funk into original music to keep the dance floor bumping all night.
From deep in the heart of the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia, Alpine Conspiracy has been populating dance floors with original groove-focused disco funk rock reggae ska soul hip hop, using multi-genre morphing powers, as never before witnessed by Sasquatch or alien visitation.
Ymir, BC & Mt. Shasta, CA
Wav-Legion is a collaborative fusion music project created by Producer/Musician/Singer/Songwriter wav-Dr. & California Musician/Singer-Songwriter Bonnie Legion. Unique sounds come from constantly pushing the boundaries.
A recent arrival to the Kootenays, Sam Hurrie’s love of blues/roots music goes back to his beginnings as a musician in 1959. He was active throughout the 1960s in the burgeoning Toronto music scene. Sam moved to New York in 1968 as part of the band the Churls, recording and touring the country. He has stayed active since then and has done festivals across Canada, the US, and Europe.
RhythmDance Drum Orchestra
Slocan Valley and Nelson, BC
RhythmDance Drum Orchestra employs an enchanting array of drums, bells, shakers, percussion and dance to create an exhilarating synthesis of tribal drumming and 21st-century style. Powerful rhythms and high-energy dance are woven into an exciting spectacle by this dynamic collective.
The Oot n' Oots
CFMA and WCMA nominated The Oot n’ Oots make kids music that is, to quote Jerry Garcia, not for kids only. Drawing on diverse influences from the history of rock n’ roll, this is a band with chops, soul, and swagger. Their original songs are wildly imaginative, brimming with humour and inspiration.
Aboriginal Dance & Drum performance group from Kootenay Lake, Traditional and Fusion.