Take a reggae band out that Rastafarian Mecca known as Grande Prairie, mix that with an Okanagan-based group that plays music right out of a Newfoundland kitchen, throw in a few creative costumes, and you have the makings for one heckuva Halloween party.
It all happens Friday at Paddlewheel Park Hall, when Alberta reggae band Tasman Jude plays guest to Cod Gone Wild at the Vernon band’s Masquerade and Costume Ball.
“We met Tasman Jude this past summer in Alberta when we shared the stage with them at a couple of festivals,” said Cod Gone Wild’s Andrew Mercer. “These guys are super talented and we just had to bring them to Vernon for a show. The people that are lucky enough to get tickets for this one are in for a real treat.”
The city of Grande Prairie may seem like the last place you’d find a killer reggae band, but that’s exactly where Tasman Jude was formed.
The band officially started when musicians Al Peterson and Caleb (BraveHart) Hart decided on a whim to climb on stage together back in January, 2013. After only three improvised songs, they were surrounded by a crowd of people asking where their music could be found and so Tasman Jude (now including Adam Paananen and Derek Wilder) was established.
“We don’t have fans, we have family members,” says lead vocalist Hart. “These people support us, love us and we hope to give them something more than music back.”
Tasman Jude’s show in Vernon is part of its national tour in support of new album, Green, which reached number one on the iTunes reggae charts and is the first in a series of three planned concept albums for the band.
“The Green, Gold, Red package is meant to encompass the diversity of reggae music with each album taking on a different form of the genre: Green takes on the rootsy, earthy side of reggae; Gold will have a bit more island pop, and Red will be a little more ska- aggressive,” said Hart.
After Tasman Jude finishes its Canadian tour, the band plans to keep the momentum going with tours in Australia and the Caribbean (Hart is originally from Trinidad-Tobago). The band is also giving back with this album. A dollar from every Green record sold will be given to Tree Canada, which will equal one tree planted for every four albums.
“By the end of this tour, we will have driven about 20,000 kilometers, played 30 plus shows, done various media interviews and are loving every minute of it,” said Hart. “We are not stopping in Kelowna or Kamloops on this tour, so we invite all of our fam (a word that Hart uses to label the band’s fans) from those parts to make the scenic drive to Vernon to come to the most unique and fun Halloween show they’ve ever attended.”
Cod Gone Wild’s Masquerade and Costume Ball will see both bands playing throughout the evening and there will be prizes for best mask and best costume, added Mercer.
Paddlewheel Hall is located at 7801 Okanagan Landing Rd. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door if available. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Seller, online at www.ticketseller.ca, or by phone at 250-549-7469. (This is a licensed event.)