We look forward to seeing you at our venue to enjoy the highest quality music from all over the world. Live music presented by Berry Music Company Ltd.
Upcoming Music Events
Friday, April 26th @ 8pm
$10 at door
Fans of guitar-driven, blues-based classic rock will want to keep their ears open for Big Pacific.
Big Pacific wears its influences proudly; listeners will be reminded of a gamut of 70s music, from Cream to Little Feat and even Huey Lewis and the News, all wrapped in the tight professionalism of musicians who have entertained audiences across Canada and around the globe.
Meet the Band!
Roly Sandoval, guitar & vocals
Is a veteran of Western Canada’s professional music scene. Starting off in Calgary in the 80s he went on to work in some of Alberta’s premier rock bands. He’s also done extensive studio work, appeared on radio and TV, and has played great rock and roll from the Arctic Circle to Mexico.
Gavin Dixon, bass & vocals
Grew up in Yorkshire, England, where he played on the local circuit and hung out with the likes of Robert Palmer and ‘The Rats,’ who would later inspire David Bowie’s ‘Spiders from Mars.’ Other career highlights included opening for The Hollies, The Searchers and the Pretty Things. After arriving in Canada he did a couple of short tours opening for Rare Earth and Kiss and hooked up, for the first time, with Nick Dockter in the band “Fragile Band”. He’s happy to be playing with Nick again.
Nick Dokter, drums & vocals
Started his music career in South Africa at the tender age of 14, quickly becoming a sought-after session player. He continued his studio work in London at the PYE Studio where he rubbed shoulders with Ronnie Wood, Arthur Brown, and Van Morrison. Nick carried on his session work upon arrival in Canada, working with the Juno-nominated Richard Stepp Band, Oliver and the Elements and Jimmy D lane son of late Muddy Waters guitar man Jimmy Rogers.
John Hannah, keyboards
John Hannah aka Johnny Blitz is a multi-talented musician featured on keyboards, guitar and vocals. John has done extensive studio and TV work. He has performed on a litany of fabulous music shows including (but not limited to) Live Aid, David Letterman, The Princess Diana Trust Concert, Solid Gold, American Bandstand and Tina Turner’s performance on the Juno’s back in the day! Even more impressive is John’s 2.5 years in Heart’s touring band and 8 years touring with Bryan Adams! Needless to say, John is a musician’s musician and Big Pacific is proud and thrilled to have him join the band.
Saturday, April 27th @ 8pm
$15 on Eventbrite or at door
The County Line with Full Band
The County Line is a Victoria BC duo known for their vocal harmonies, high energy performances, and captivating on-stage chemistry. Comprised of singer/songwriters Megan Johns and Hayden Cyr, they perform with vocal styles, influences, and personalities that are contrasting but highly complimentary. Megan’s incredible voice soars above the music, and Hayden’s throaty timber brings a grit and fullness to their sound.
Sunfest Country and Rockin’ River Music Fest are just some of the high profile festivals and events where The County Line has begun to make a mark on the Canadian Country Music Scene. The County Line has been riling the crowd and making fans during opening slots for international artists including Dierks Bentley, Dallas Smith, and The Band Perry, as well as direct opening act performances for Brett Kissel, George Canyon, The Washboard Union, Aaron Goodvin and The Chris Buck Band.
Their debut self titled EP was released internationally in spring 2017 and featured two singles that garnered airplay at Canadian Country radio: “Always Got Time” and “Backyard Mexico”. Songs from this EP have also been licensed and featured on Hallmark Network’s hit international TV Series: Chesapeake Shores. Songs “Always Got Time” and “Mary” were used onscreen with the band making special appearances as performing artists on screen.
Five years since their start, the duo has refined their music and performances at over 550 shows. They are currently in the studio working on a follow up single to their debut EP, and are incredibly excited about what 2019 will bring.
Friday, May 3rd @ 8pm
$10 at door
Paul Black Trio
‘Internationally renowned recording artist Paul Black will be joined by the exceptionally talented Malcolm Cooley and Todd Sacrety. Together these three make a funked up grooved based blues trio, with their solid, soulful and high energy originals. The Paul Black Trio is guaranteed to show you a good time.’
After moving south to Victoria BC, Paul formed various blues bands until releasing an album under the name TAXI. On their inaugural CD release, TAXI won a spot on the Rocktoria compilation CD (100.3 the Q FM).
From there, Paul, with his slow-burning, soulful sound, has been featured with the likes of Etta James, Robert Cray and Robin Trower on the North American syndicated show Blues Deluxe out of Arlington Texas. The CD was also rated an impressive 8 out of 10 by ROLLING STONE.com.
An avid singer-songwriter, Paul has gone on to win the Vancouver Island Original Music Competition and seized first place in the province-wide Shaw Star Discovery Competition with judges from EMI, House of Blues and Sony Records. Paul has jumped onto the International scene winning first place in the Song of the Year competition for his song “About You,” beating out thousands of entries for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
In 2010 Paul released his 2nd album (Blue Words) with rave reviews and international rotation in Europe and the US, he has enjoyed success selling albums world wide and been captivating audiences with his live performances.
Paul is planning to release his third CD in the fall of 2018.
Saturday, May 4th @ 8pm
$20 on Eventbrite or $25 at door
Supernatural – A Santana Tribute
On the eve of Cinco De Mayo we bring you the finest in Latin Rock with Supernatural: A Santana Experience!
Paying homage to a true icon of modern music. Santana’s music crosses cultural boundaries and excites audiences world wide. He is an architect of latin rock and a true guitar hero. Supernatural honours the man and his music.
A six piece band recreates the experience of a Santana concert with all the energy and musicianship of the real thing. Spanning an over 50 year career the show takes the audience through all of Santana’s greatest hits and modern classics. From his seminal performance at Woodstock to the 1999 smash album “Supernatural” (from which this tribute derives it’s name) this is an unparalleled career faithfully reproduced by musicians of the highest caliber.
Friday, May 10th @ 8pm
$10 at door
Mark Crissinger w/Full Band
Mark Crissinger is a 2017 Maple Blues Award nominee. His band is a contemporary blues band featuring an all-star cast of musicians from the Nanaimo area.
Their multiple performances at blues festivals in Nanaimo, Victoria, Chemainus, Parksville, Duncan, as well as pubs and clubs and private parties, have gained them friends and fans across Vancouver Island, the lower mainland, and beyond. Blending traditional themes with clever lyrics and modern arrangements, the band combines different styles to give their show plenty of variety.
You will hear some Boogie Woogie, Funk, Rock, Shuffle and Swing. Dancing, singing, clapping, and laughing are all encouraged. The Mark Crissinger Band ignites audiences every time they play!
When you combine fresh ideas, excellent musicianship, and audience participation the result is a good time for everyone!
Saturday, May 11th @ 8pm
$10 at door
The Soul Shakers
The Soul Shakers have entertained Victoria area audiences for more than a decade with their own brand of funky R&B dance music. They combine superb musicianship with five strong vocalists led by lead vocalist Joyce “the voice” Allensen. Their superb harmonies and intriguing take on popular songs set them apart and make for an entertaining evening of music.
The Soul Shakers have two CDs in their repertoire. “Live at the Yale” was recorded off the floor at the venerable Vancouver blues club in 2009 and their 2015 release “Love Is Love” is an album of Soul Shakers original tunes. The band is in the process of writing new tunes in preparation for another new album of original tunes for release later this year.
Recent performances include Victoria International Jazzfest, Vancouver Island Blues Fest, Ribest, Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival, numerous music in the park concerts as well as a regular gig at Barts pub. Their show in undeniably entertaining and audience engaging led by powerhouse front person Joyce Allensen. The band includes Henning Kanstrup (bass), Sean McCool (guitars), Paul McLellan (drums) and Alexander B. Ferguson ( keyboards).
Their repertoire includes tunes from the ‘60s to current popular songs featuring artists like Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye, Santana, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Adele and George Michaels to name a few.
Not to be missed, this is a polished, professional group of entertainers.
Friday, May 17th @ 8pm
$10 at door
Arbutus Roots & Kevin’s Bacon – Two Bands!
Arbutus Roots are a Vancouver Island based, up and coming band. They play west coast rooted, high energy, acoustic guitar driven music written with a love for harmonies and lyrics.
‘Arbutus Roots is the ultimate blend of melody, rhythm, and tone. Imagine Dave Matthews crashing into Donavon Woods with the harmonies of Mumford and Sons and you have it; Arbutus Roots.’ – Malcom Owen-Flood, Music Producer / Band of Rascals
Nanaimo-based trio Kevin’s Bacon performs an upbeat, danceable mix of Classic and Modern Rock from the 60’s to today!
The group draws on influences that read like a Rock & Roll Encyclopedia, from the Beatles to The White Stripes and lots and lots in between. While primarily a cover band, the group has recently been working on demo recordings and hope to release some original music in 2019.
Saturday, May 18th @ 8pm
$10 at door
The South Island Rhythm Kings
Love that Harp! Laying it down with the kings of cool…
At the nucleus of the South Island Rhythm Kings is the Father/Son team of ‘Lazy’ Mike Mallon on Vocals & Harmonica, & Carson Mallon on Guitar & Vocals. These two have been a mainstay in the Vancouver Island Blues scene for over a decade in various projects including Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners. Together they create a musical bond with a fresh spin on traditional down-home Blues! With Dan Dube’ adding colour on Piano and Vocals, Ricky Renouf laying it down on the Stand-up Bass, & rock steady Drummer ‘the Groove Doctor’ – Nick Dokter locking in to drive the bottom end, forging the bands ‘down-home blues’.
Saturday, May 25th @ 8pm
$20 on Eventbrite or $25 at door
Lovestruck – Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute
LOVESTRUCK Celebrates the music of the Legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan, and taps into the fire and passion of this incredible artist who left us way too soon. This project had its debut a year ago January, with four sold-out shows at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock.
Russell Earl Marsland and LOVESTRUCK pays respect to the life of SRV through music. LOVESTRUCK BABY!! Russell and Stevie both had much love and Respect for Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Albert Collins, Albert King along with Wes Montgomery, Dick Dale, and many other guitar greats!
Russell has performed with hundreds of artists, and has shared the stage with the Allman Brothers, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Steppenwolf, and War just to name a few!
Direct quote from Lovestruck sold out shows: ‘It’s a bucket list show…must see
and hear this show!’
An excerpt from an article about Russell Marsland and his show:
‘Lovestruck differs from a lot of tribute shows in one strict sense. New Westminster-based Marsland, who turned 64 in April, is only six months older than what Vaughan would be had he lived. So Marsland plays Vaughan as he would be in 2018 — not as he was, at age 35, in 1990, when he died in a helicopter crash. “I wonder, what he would be like today? It’s an interesting position to stand in,” Marsland said.
He chose the set list carefully, knowing that Vaughan devotees are among the most
diehard music fans. He added some Jimi Hendrix and Dick Dale to the set, a tip of the fedora to a pair of artists who greatly influenced Vaughan’s playing. “I try to turn it into a storytelling thing. We go on a little journey, and the journey starts with the Kings [blues legends Albert, Freddie and B.B.] and ends up with a bunch of things that maybe the audience doesn’t know about, in terms of his influences.”
Marsland is an accomplished guitarist, so his first focus was on Vaughan’s playing. He found the right tone and feel, thanks to a replica of the most famous guitar used by Vaughan, a Fender Stratocaster with a 1963 body and a 1962 neck, complete with Vaughan’s initials in reflective lettering. Every detail and nuance of the replica was modelled after Vaughan’s original, right down to its unique nitrocellulose finish, Marsland said.
He debuted the project in January with four sold-out shows at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. It was an emotional experience for both Marsland and the audience, which consisted of more than a few leather-clad bikers who were moved to tears at the memory of the blues great.
That was mission accomplished for Marsland. “The idea of the show is to remember him, and let people know that he is not forgotten. The emotion that he rips out of those tunes, man, you’ve got to own that as a performer.”
It wasn’t difficult for Marsland to adopt Vaughan’s manner of playing, having played the guitar in various forms for close to 50 years. And having met Vaughan, Marsland had a bit of a feel for who the Texan was offstage, too.
But he wasn’t prepared for the physicality of Vaughan’s playing style. “He was in a trio, so he was hitting all the guitar parts, while soloing on top and singing. He just never stops. He can’t stop. It’s like you’re being shot out of a cannon. After 90 minutes, you’re a pile of sweat.”
Saturday, May 31st @ 8pm
$10 on Eventbrite or $15 at door
Brett Smith-Daniels with Five Piece Band
Internationally renowned virtuoso guitarist and singer-songwriter Brett Smith-Daniels has performed on stages with music legends such as Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones Whitesnake’s Mickey Moody and Randy Bachman of The Guess Who & Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Brett has been described by Matt Sorum of Guns N Roses as “The Future Of Rock N’ Roll”.
Citing early musical mentors Andy Fraser of Free, Jim Rodford of The Kinks, and
guitarist Femi Temowo (Amy Winehouse), Beginning his career with a record breaking performance at Torontos Massey Hall aged 14, in 2010, Smith-Daniels has since been featured on CBC’S Dragons Den, performed in Britain, Canada, USA, Cuba, Mexico and India and been interviewed by BBC Radio 1, and The Independent.
Brett will be joined by some of the top musicians from the Victoria Music Scene:
- Duncan Richter-Sly – Bass/Vocals
- Dana Patrick Tower – Drums
- Paul Wainwright – Trombone
- Barrie Sorensen – Saxophone