Saturday @ 10:45pm
Big Sugar make a much anticipated return to form with a fully electric record; 10 soul
selections with a rootical inflection. Big Sugar’s new album “Calling All The Youth”
encompasses what so many people love about Big Sugar: the mind altering dub of “Universal Vampire/All Aboard”, the funky reggae party of “Moving Up”, heavy electric blues of “Reckless and Dangerous” and the gospel-infused rock of “Just Can’t Leave You Alone”- a co-write with
the Trews. Frontman Gordie Johnson explains, “The Nyabinghi drums, the dub reggae, the Detroit soul, the Texas blues—all of those things are coming together, sometimes in the same song. Not consciously. We acknowledge all the cultures that collide to make our music, so it just comes out that way.”
Headlining multiple tours and festivals across Canada, Big Sugar has also opened for diverse acts such as the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Live, The Allman Brothers and the upcoming September 2015 concert with AC/DC. In the past year, Big Sugar has been recorded for the European broadcast ROCKPALAST, played with Triggerfinger on a sold out tour across Europe, completed a 45 city headlining tour of Canada, played Austin, TX during SXSW Music Festival and is currently playing select summer festivals ahead of a Canadian national electric tour.
Saturday @ 8:45pm
Platinum Blonde is a New Wave group that was first active from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. The band originally consisted of Mark Holmes from Mansfield, England on vocals and bass, Sergio Galli on guitar and Chris Steffler on drums. Scottish musician Kenny MacLean later joined the group as the bassist. The name of the band was inspired by the 1931 Jean Harlow movie Platinum Blonde. They were known also for their stylish glam rock-like appearance.
On December 6, 2010, an EP containing a cover of the song “Not in Love” was released by the electronic band Crystal Castles featuring the vocals of UK singer Robert Smith (The Cure) on the Fiction Records label .
Platinum Blonde have been touring since 2012 to promote their latest material. Drummer Chris Steffler who has developed severe hearing tinnitus has surrendered his drum seat to his good friend and former drummer Dan Todd for the coast to coast 2012 tour dates.
Shawn Lightfoot Band
Saturday @ 7:15pm
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.
Saturday @ 6:00pm
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.