The 2014 A&W Funtastic Music Festival boasts a famed line-up that has something for all fans of Classsic and Modern Rock.
10:30pm - June 28 -
MOIST Is Back
Citing unfinished business, bassist Jeff Pearce, keyboardist Kevin Young, guitarist Mark Makoway and singer David Usher have reunited as MOIST and are announcing upcoming tour dates and plans for new music.
From 1993 to 2001, over the course of three multiplatinum albums, MOIST led the vanguard of the Canadian alt-‐rock scene, sold over a million records and toured relentlessly from sea to sea to sea, literally. MOIST criss-‐crossed the nation from Victoria, to a cliff edge in Paradise, NFLD, to the shores of the Beaufort Sea in Tuktoyaktuk headlining shows for thousands of fans in arenas, theatres, concert halls and festivals across the country.
MOIST’s impact was felt well beyond Canada. The band made its mark internationally touring extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia appearing on Top Of The Pops in the UK, as the musical guest on a pilot for a new show in NYC called The Jon Stewart Show and being lampooned by Beavis and Butthead.
With chart topping hits such as ‘Push’, ‘Silver’, ‘Tangerine’, ‘Resurrection’ and ‘Breathe’, MOIST dominated rock radio through the 90s, won multiple Juno awards and received numerous accolades for both their music and devastating live show. A highly sought after live act, MOIST shared stages throughout the 90s with virtually all their Canadian contemporaries and a veritable pantheon of international superstars including Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Collective Soul, Neil Young among many others.
After an exhausting decade, the band went on hiatus in 2001 to take a breath, pursue divergent personal and professional trajectories, build families and find their lives outside of MOIST. “There was no timeline for the break,” says Mark Makoway. “We all got off the tour bus in a bit of a daze after years of living and working together and just needed some time to figure out what else we wanted from our lives.” Now, twenty years after the start of it all and with renewed vigour and an irrepressible urge to rock, MOIST is back and “The Resurrection” is upon us.
8:45pm - The Young’uns
Voted “Best of the Okanagan” 2014, The Young’uns have been a staple of the Funtastic line up for many years. The Okanagan’s most versatile band is better than ever this year with many new songs and mash-ups that will keep you going all set long. Formed in 1989, the Young’uns are a group of veteran musicians that have worked the valley for many years.
The bands line up includes: Tim Reardon on guitar and vocals, Don Mutter on Drums and Vocals and Shane Sperling on Bass and BG Vocals.
7:30 - Shawn Lightfoot Band
Get ready for an inspiring and memorable live show! This 4-piece Vernon based powerhouse is going to take you on a musical journey you won’t soon forget. Performing a vast and diverse range of hits covering Rock to Country to Pop along with their highly acclaimed Neil Diamond tribute, the group has become well known for creating an authentic and engaging musical experience. “The Shawn Lightfoot Band” features veteran performers Shawn Lightfoot (Vocals/Guitar), Tim Osbourne (Bass/Vocals), Kevin Lane (Drums/Vocals) and Dale Johnston (Keys/Guitar/Vocals). As one of the North Okanagan’s most popular live acts, this is a show you don’t want to miss.
6:30 - The Dirt
Vernon's very own, The Dirt, will rock you like a hurricane with their artillery of hard rock and 80's metal classics! The Dirt has been rocking stages since 2007, and this will be their 6th appearance on the Funtastic main stage. You're guaranteed to be bangin' your head to hits from Ozzy, Metallica, to AC/DC, Van Halen and many more.
The Dirt has made their mark opening for acts such as Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Honeymoon Suite, and Great White.
The Dirt is Dusty “The Legend” Sampert on vocals, “Fireguy” Walker on Guitar, “Rover” McGuinness on guitar, “Hollywood” Lane on drums, with “Rough” Waters on bass guitar.