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
You never know quite what's around the next corner or the next chord change when you take a sonic trip with Sargeant & Comrade. Yolanda Sargeant's rich, smoky vocals – playful or melancholy, joyful or pensive – come in over top of a fresh and unexpected mixture of elements in each song. Sometimes it's ‘40s swing piano riffs tinkling over a languid hip hop beat. Sometimes it's haunting flamenco guitar mixed with reggae styles blended with soulful trip hop. Always, it's distinctive and fascinating. Always, you can bet on it to draw you in.
This Calgary duo have been creating their unique music melange for more than six years, and it shows in the polish of their delivery and the confidence of their risk-taking. Sargeant's vocal style infuses inspirations like Billie Holiday, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu into a style entirely her own. It comes together with the sonic architecture of rapper-producer Evgeniy Bykovets – formerly known as Whatevski, now the “Comrade”— to form a sound that is exciting and challenging, featuring unexpected and captivating juxtapositions of elements and genres. Comrade has described it as: “The purest definition of ‘Canadian’ music there is – a bunch of cultures coming together creating something brand new.”
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