Sargeant & Comrade, Kobo Town and Taj Weekes & Adowa: A Block Heater Event

The Calgary Folk Music Festival presents Block Heater:

Sargeant & Comrade, Kobo Town and Taj Weekes & Adowa: A Block Heater Event

Sat · February 11, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

Festival Hall

Calgary, AB


This event is all ages

Sargeant & Comrade - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Sargeant & Comrade
Take my picture / Caught on camera / Guilty pleasure… Love your body!

The demise of Calgary rap duo Lexington + Whatevski birthed this pairing of rapper-producer Evgeniy Bykovets (a.k.a. Whatevski) with singer Yolanda Sargeant under the moniker Sargeant & Comrade (Bykovets is Russian). On their 2014 debut Salvage the Soul, Bykovets branches out from his usual dark horrorcore production. Sargeant's rich and textured vocals are the star attraction, bringing in old school jazz plus hip hop and reggae, along with her positive-but-fun message of empowerment. From witty songs "My Swag" and "Dear Afro" to work with heavy hitting guests Blackalicious frontman Gift of Gab and Ouda Ouda, they’ve created a sound that fuses jazz, soul and trip-hop into a something completely different. KC

Hails from: Calgary, Alberta
Kobo Town - (Set time: 9:20 PM)
Kobo Town
Mr. Monday has something to say / Would never get the time of day
Mr. Monday has a story to tell / So he talking to himself

Trinidadian/Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves formed Kobo Town in 2004 with fellow expats in Toronto and musicians from his first band, named after the storied Port-of-Spain neighborhood in Trinidad and Tobago where calypso was born. His own take on that style is inspired and derived from the music of his homeland but is also a conscious departure to revive West Indies’ folkloric music by taking it in new creative directions. Kobo Town’s music is a contemporary expression combining joyful Afro-Caribbean beats and melodies with astute, socially conscious lyrics. The result is intelligent, relevant and undeniably fun, with elements of funk, ska, disco, rock-reggae and jazz adorning Kobo Town’s music with a matchless sparkle. Kobo Town’s new Where the Galleons Sank album release coincides with their appearance at Block Heater. CV/KC

Hails from: Toronto, ON
Taj Weekes & Adowa - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Taj Weekes & Adowa
“I don’t write songs ‘cause I want to say something, I write songs ‘cause I have something to say.”

Let your vibes be high and your message mighty! This is what Taj Weekes wants for all of us: to raise each other up, to speak up for our brothers and sisters. The music of human rights advocate, humanitarian, UNICEF champion for children, reggae musician and poet Taj Weekes will fill your heart with hope while Adowa, a multicultural dynamo of a band, will move your hips with purpose and swagger. A marriage of music and message, where all are welcome. “Love is a human rights issue. I don’t care who you love, all that matters is that you love.”

Hails from: St. Lucia
Venue Information:
Festival Hall
1215 10 Ave SE
Calgary, AB, T2G 0W6