I had the pleasure of being invited to the launch of Booka Shade’s North American tour in Montréal this last Wednesday at Club Soda. I was looking forward to the music but dreading the mosh-pit mentality of Montréal party folk as they tend to amass into quite the rowdy bunch but that’s the beauty of Booka Shade; the music is less of a head-bangers delight and more of a hip shaking sex beat.
The setup was simple with Walter stage left in control of a mixing board, some synths, and some software and Arno stage right beating a set of drum pads and cymbals. You could tell by their smiles and effortless movement that they love their jobs.
Their tour continues on and if you have the chance, come out to the show!
20.10.10 – Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec (CAN)
21.10.10 – Mod Club, Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
22.10.10 – St. Andrew’s, Detroit, Michigan (USA)
23.10.10 – Congress, Chicago, Illinois (USA)
25.10.10 – Royale, Boston, Massachusettes (USA)
26.10.10 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn New York (USA)
27.10.10 – Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
29.10.10 – Cow Palace (Live 105 Event), San Francisco, Cal. (USA)
30.10.10 – DJ SET @ Dallas Convention Center Arena, Texas (USA)
31.10.10 – Shrine (Hard Halloween), Los Angeles, Cal. (USA)
This is one of the acts I’d really like to see (I know there are many) but with their future forward approach to music and their firm grasp on the roots dance music culture came from, Booka Shade are near the top of my list.
October 20th @ Club Soda – Montreal, QC
October 21st @ Mod Club – Toronto, ON
October 22nd @ St. Andrew’s – Detroit, MI
October 23rd @ Club Congress – Chicago, IL
October 25th @ Royale – Boston, MA
October 26th @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
October 27th @ The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
October 29th @ Cow Palace – San Francisco, CA
October 31st @ Shrine – Los Angeles, CA
Their also giving away a track from their latest album More. You can peep it below, then head over to bookashade.com to get it.
Seriously, if you’re in London this weekend, get to this party! By grabbing your tickets here, you’ll save yourself £12, so don’t hesitate. (Sorry, discount tickets are sold out.) All four stages look pretty sick – so the only downside to this would be deciding who to watch. Taking place at Clapham Common on Sunday 30th August (no work Monday!), Get Loaded in the Park is your one-stop festival shop, right in the heart of London. No 1 hour treks to the site, no mud, no camping, no re-mortgage plans needed to finance your fun… and just about every electronic genre is covered across 4 stages in the glorious sunshine! (Good weather not guaranteed.)
The lineup for GET LOADED is pretty sick and it keeps getting better. Just thinking about all these djs / producers / etc. kinda makes me giz in my pants. If you’re in London at the end of August, don’t hesitate and grab yer tickets here. By buying your tickets through this link, you save yourself £12 which is an effing steal, especially when considering what you’re getting.