Vancouver duo Moontricks

Vancouver duo Moontricks

Moontricks goes beyond the decks

Vernon’s 13th Floor Entertainment is bringing a sliver of Shambhala to the recently renamed night club, The Max, on Saturday.

Vernon’s 13th Floor Entertainment is bringing a sliver of Shambhala to the recently renamed night club, The Max (formerly 2929), on the Labour Day long weekend Saturday.

Taking over the decks, and other more traditional instruments, will be Vancouver duo Moontricks as well as Vernon electronic soul-rock duo Sway, of Know Tomorrow fame.

Kelowna hip hop act Bob Smoke will also be in the house.

Moontricks, who just destroyed their set on the mountain at Salmo’s Shambhala Music Festival just a few weeks ago, are known to put on a show that should not be missed, said Josh Brazier, with 13th Floor.

“Moontricks is one of the hottest up-and-coming acts right now and a must see for any music lover. The duo from Vancouver is making some serious noise in the industry and is definitely on the come up,” he said.

A collaboration between longtime childhood friends NOG and Mr. Mercy, Moontricks blurs the lines of analog and digital, acoustic and electronic, beautiful and dirty.

They weave together soulful instrumentation with NOG on the bass, beats and harmonica and Mr. Mercy on guitar and mandolin.

Moontricks’ debut EP, Ignition, is available now on Really Good Recordings.

Sway is made up of producer/DJ/pianist Jamie Rudrum and producer/guitarist Andrew Malnic, the two remaining members of Vernon’s groove rock band Know Tomorrow. The two have teamed up to continue their passion for music.

Rudrum has played lead guitar in a punk/metal band, produced hip hop beats and emceed for years under the moniker Ominous, and played piano in Know Tomorrow, as well as released two albums as the electronic artist known as CLRFLXRY (Colourful Luxury).

Malnic grew up playing saxophone and guitar, and was a member of the folk-rock band The Big Jungle Cats and co-founded Know Tomorrow in 2006.

Together, the two have combined their diverse history and influences as musicians to create Sway, which they say sounds like “progressive electronic soul-rock, whatever that is.”

More distinctly, the music melds “timeless guitar licks, jazzy piano, and soulful vocals with hard hitting bass, buzzing synths and bouncing rhythms.”

Formerly known as Dynamic, Bob Smoke has been part of the Okanagan’s hip-hop scene for more than a decade.

“He has lately been shaking dance floors up and making asses shake with a bass-heavy G-house sound – sometimes pushing into jackin’/garage, hip hop or anything else,” said Brazier.

True to his roots, Bob Smoke is known to keep it live with some beatbox or freestyle on the mic.

Tickets for Saturday’s 19-plus show at The Max Nightclub are $10, available in advance at the Downtown Internet Lounge, located at 2912 30th Ave., next to the Towne Theatre.