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Live at Squamish, BC festival – Day Two Preview – August 21st, 2011

The pressure is always on the first performers on the second day for two reasons; one, most people don’t arrive early on day two (unless the artist is extremely recognizable and consistently draws huge crowds), and two, if they do have an audience, the audience is expecting something exceptional as they’re a smaller, “more eager” group. Henry Mah (Stawamus Stage @ 1:00PM) and George Osei (Garibaldi Stage @ 1:00PM) have this challenge to face as Sunday begins.

Brasstronaut – Stawamus Stage @ 3:05PM
Vancouver’s Brasstronaut are defined as a mixture of indie rock and jazz. The six members, all possessing a great amount of talent with their particular instrument will be playing material from 2007’s Mt. Chimaera amongst other songs. The set is bound to stand out due to their unique vibe.

The Belle Game – Garibaldi Stage @ 3:20PM
Vancouver’s The Belle Game are Sunday’s METRO presents winners, gaining the opportunity to perform their material to a captivate crowd. This will be The Belle Game’s opportunity to gain a significant following, so the pressure’s on. We’ll definitely be in the crowd looking to hear how they sound. Expect to hear “Tiny Fires” and “Shoulders & Turns” during their set.

Bend Sinister – Stawamus Stage @ 4:00PM
10 years deep, the Vancouver progressive-indie band Bend Sinister will be taking the Stawamus stage in the afternoon. The band takes it’s name from a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, and because their website was down for a few days, that’s all the bio info. I could find. Their music sounds great though.

Shane Koyczan – Garibaldi Stage @ 4:00PM / Stawamus Stage 5:50PM
The spoken word artist and author Shane Koyczan will be performing the most amount of times during Live At Squamish, and so there’s absolutely no excuse if you miss him. If that’s the case, it’s because you were deliberately avoiding. Take in one of his sets today, they’re short and expected to astound.

Panda Watch – Garibaldi Stage @ 4:20PM

The Zolas – Stawamus Stage @ 5:00PM
Sunday’s definitely Vancouver’s day, proof comes with yet another Vancouver band, The Zolas stunning from the Stawamus stage.

Guilty About Girls – Garibaldi Stage @ 5:15PM
For those that don’t know, Mark Henning and Jordy Birch make up Guilty About Girls, a group whose sound comes across as a new wave/electronica mesh. Their buzz has been growing a lot recently, expect them to perform the hit ‘Candy Candy’ amongst others.

The Dudes – Stawamus Stage @ 6:10PM
Nearly 15 years deep, the Calgary, Alberta group The Dudes (yes, Sunday features more than just Vancouver artists) will be holding your attention. Be sure to take in a song or more…

Luciterra – Garibaldi Stage @ 6:05PM
Who doesn’t enjoy beautiful girls involved in fusion belly dancing? If you don’t, then avoid Luciterra, but for the rest of us, be sure to check out their piece before Luke McKeehan.

Luke McKeehan – Garibaldi Stage @ 6:25PM
For those unfamiliar, Luke McKeehan is a fantastic House DJ that established himself into Toronto’s warehouse scene in the 80’s. Whether House is your genre or not, his Squamish set has been whispered about being worth waiting for.

Black Mountain – Stawamus Stage @ 7:10PM
Though three albums deep, the Black Mountain buzz really increased after the release of Wilderness Heart. This Vancouver band composed of Stephen McBean, Amber Webber, Matt Camirand, Jeremy Schmidt and Joshua Wells have been taking over festival stages throughout North America and served as one of my highlights at Sasquatch.

Dubtribe Sound System – Garibaldi Stage @ 7:35PM
The San Francisco based Dubtribe Sound System have been going for nearly two decades. Consisting of Sunshine Jones and Moonbeam Jones predominantly, they’ve also featured guest singers and musicians over the years. You don’t manage to make a living off of music without some talent for twenty years, take heed and check out their set.

Metric – Stawamus Stage @ 8:20PM
Fresh from yesterday’s acoustic set, Emily Haines, James Shaw and the rest of Metric are certain to captivate audiences this evening. If you haven’t already done so, check out our old Emily Haines Interview & James Shaw Interview

Doc Martin – Garibaldi Stage @ 9:10PM
Doc Martin –EDIT– The variation in his style of music is endless. What makes him so different from the rest? A unique ability to spin everything from deep house vocals that have much depth and meaning to us all in some way, to his funky tribal Bass lines mixed with threads of acid, his passive collection of classics rare records that are only to be heard at his gigs. Doc Martin has developed the respect as a house DJ that so many of us admire. It is this respect that keeps him constantly touring; from New York to London, Japan, and everywhere in between.

Weezer – Stawamus Stage @ 9:40PM
I was never a Weezer fan. Like many there was the occasional hit which I gravitated towards, but by and large they didn’t do anything for me. That was until Bumbershoot 2010, at which time Rivers Cuomo et al blew me away. Their set was passionate, energetic and fun, thus forcing me to be waiting front and center for their headlining Live at Squamish set. Be there.

Major Lazer – Garibaldi Stage @ 10:45PM
It’s great to experience artists at other venues/festivals because you can talk with greater insight as to how their performance is likely to be, based on the past. Major Lazer are a dance music anomaly for me, in their short life as “Major Lazer,” the Diplo & Switch project has consistently blown away audiences. If Sasquatch earlier in the year was any indication of their Squamish live set, you’re in for an exhausted Monday morning.

Don’t miss The Zolas, Black Mountain, Weezer and Major Lazer

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