This month’s #ygkPlaylist is a celebration of The Skeleton Park Arts Festival, which takes place Wednesday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 26th 2016. The festival takes place at various venues around the Skeleton Park neighbourhood showcasing a wide and unique array of local arts including music, dancing, porch jazz, artisans, yoga in the park, live theatre, film, visual art and more. The bands included in this month’s playlist are all unique, giving us a taste of the eclectic mix that can be expected from this great, local festival.
Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son: If you’ve been in Kingston for more than five minutes, you’ve certainly stumbled upon Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son. You’ve likely heard them busking at Market Square, providing the tunes for a square dance or playing the main stage at past Skeleton Park Music Fests. Referred to as “The New Kings of Old Time”, their main instrumentation of banjo, fiddle and sousaphone is also complimented by harmonicas, jaw harps, contrabass-harmoniphonium and vocal harmonies. The trio’s Old Timey, Vaudevillian sound will bring a unique twist to two free aqua fit classes at Artillery Park as part of this year’s Skeleton Park Arts Festival. The classes will run on Thursday, June 23rd at 10am and 6pm. Space is limited so be sure to get there early to avoid disappointment! Find Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son on Facebook and YouTube.
Talk of the Street: This octet of Kingston lads plays tunes rooted heavily in R&B and Soul, with influences from Funk, Blues and Jazz, creating a diversity of rhythms and grooves. Adding a couple of saxes, a trumpet and two vocalists to the standard guitar, bass and drum outfit, these guys promise to make you dance til you drop. They’ll be performing as part of Porch Jazz on Sunday, June 26th around 2:15 at 13 Redan St. Find Talk of the Street on Bandcamp and YouTube.
Rueben deGroot: One of the hardest working musicians in town, you can find Rueben and his band Rocket Surgery performing Mondays at The Toucan starting at 10pm. Rueben deGroot is a song-writing machine. He has released five albums in a matter of seven years, including his most recent Live at The Toucan (which was a surprise to even him – gifted by his band and family). In addition to their weekly gig, the band plays regularly at other venues and festivals in the area and in cities nearby, has shared the stage with Sarah Harmer and did a Canadian tour with Greg Ball last summer. Catch Rocket Surgery on the Main Stage at McBurney Park on Sunday, June 26th at 6pm. Find Rueben on Facebook and YouTube.
Every month, we comb Soundcloud looking for sounds that are unique to Kingston. We are constantly seeking out active musicians to show off to the local community and beyond. If you’re a musician who wants to be included in a future #ygkPlaylist, the first step is to get your original music up on Soundcloud and then follow us. We promise to follow you back, listen to your work and consider it for the monthly #ygkPlaylist.
Credit to Adam Correia for the photo used in the background of of this month’s ygkPlaylist.