Trinidadian recording artists and performers, Kes The Band are hitting California
from May 28 to June 11th for performances at the 26th Annual UCLA
JazzReggae Festival, a private industry showcase at Sayer’s Club in
Hollywood (sponsored by Trinidad’s top rum company, Angostura), public
performances at L.A. staple underground parties Afro Funke and Bacchanal, to
conduct various interviews, as well as to record with Billboard Top 10
Dance/Pop music producer DJ Ammo aka Damien Le Roy, Grammy winning
producer Poet Name Life, and more.
The trip will be the most impactful west coast run to date for the band who recently
collaborated with rap legend Snoop Dogg on the official remix of their hit
single, “Stress Away”!
Frontman Kees Dieffenthaller is eager to bring the group’s unique, genrebending
and energetic sound back to the West Coast of America, stating: “The rest
of the world has already been so receptive to our sound and energy and we can’t
wait to bring it back and to continue spreading our positive party vibes while picking
up some West Coast flavor at the same time.”
Kes The Band has been touring the Caribbean and overseas extensively since
winning the Caribbean’s top musical honor, the coveted Soca Monarch award in
Feb 2011 with the single “Wotless” – which is a spin-off pronunciation slang of the
word, ‘worthless’.
Their touring/performance schedule within the last two years has been jam-packed
with high-profile gigs from Europe to Asia and from North America to the Americas,
including over 40 shows just within the small window of this
year’s Carnival festivities. After Carnival, the momentum didn’t stop, with a soldout
show of over 2,500 patrons at New York’s Best Buy Theatre in March 2012.
Kes The Band brings live entertainment into a new experience for many outside of
their native ‘bacchanal’ land with enthralling performances that combine the
traditional elements of a Caribbean band with the innovative DJ/danceproduction
techniques of the electronic music world, and high energy dancing
a la America’s Best Dance Crew.
Their music is a mix of Soca (the traditional music of their native Caribbean island,
Trinidad & Tobago), high-energy Club/Electronic Dance Music laced with hints
of Rock n’ Roll and modern-day Pop sounds. With their common theme of feeling
good, letting loose n’ letting go, each Kes song is to be played at maximum volume
and enjoyed in a care-free (‘wotless’), party-like atmosphere reminiscent of
Trinidad’s world-renown annual Carnival, the 2nd biggest in the world to Brazil’s
‘Rio Carneval’, where masquerading, dancing and all forms of revelry (debauchery
too!) are celebrated by all without regard for race, creed, color, age, class or
gender. If you haven’t been yet, Kes is here – soon to bring it to YOU!
2012 West Coast Tour Dates
5/28 26th annual UCLA JazzReggae Festival @ UCLA Campus
5/31 Private Industry Showcase @ Sayer’s Club, Hollywood, CA
6/1 Bacchanal @ Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice Beach, CA
6/7 Afro Funke @ Zanzibar, Santa Monica, CA
6/9 Soca Fete 4 @ New Karibbean City, Oakland, CA

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