The Roberts Creek Legion will be rocking Saturday night, Feb. 1, as Mindil Beach Markets (MBM) return for hometown show — a night of hard rock, funky reggae, and groovy hip-hop.
They'll be celebrating the release of their newest single, “Erotic Novel.”
Since their last visit to the Legion was a sell-out, they've decided to bring along some friends from Vancouver Island.
The Deep Sea Gypsies draw inspiration from the blues and rock originators of the early to mid 1900s. With the incorporation of hip-hop and funk into their sound, they've been described as the Allman Brothers meets Rage Against the Machine. Both bands recently returned from a joint tour of B.C. and Alberta ski towns.
Admission is $8 for members and $15 for guests with a member. The show starts at 9 p.m.
After the Legion show, MBM will take their environmental initiative, The Jellyfish Project, to schools around the Lower Mainland.
The Jellyfish Project aims to generate awareness among youth about the declining health of our world's oceans and our environment at large. Combining a live rock show with a dynamic slide show presentation, the program has now been presented in more than 70 schools across Canada to more than 40,000 students.
Last fall, MBM travelled to Halifax and back, spending three months in their 30-foot motorhome.
“Either the day at Niagara Falls, or the private tour of the House of Commons with Elizabeth May,” said band member Rod Campbell of the highlight of the tour.
The low point?
“Well, our furnace broke in Moose Jaw when it was -38. That certainly isn't good for morale,” he said.
New to this tour, The Jellyfish Project will be joined by the Vancouver Aquarium's mobile education program, AquaVan.
Both a classroom and an aquarium on wheels, AquaVan will visit biology classes to bring the wonders of the ocean to students during a session on intertidal marine biology. Educators will discuss the need to protect and conserve our aquatic environments through interaction with a variety of live marine invertebrates, such as sea stars, crabs, anemones and sea urchins.
As demand for the program continues to grow, and MBM's regular touring schedule becomes increasingly busy, the band finds it difficult to keep up with the sheer volume of requests.
“Many bands are aware of these issues, and care deeply about the state of our environment, but don't know how to be a part of the solution in an impactful way,” added band member Daniel Kingsbury. “Our goal is to turn The Jellyfish Project into a coalition of bands committed to spreading awareness about the environmental realities of our time. We already have an amazing band being trained to do what we do in schools, and many more have come on board to promote the program, and the environment, from the stage.”
The Jellyfish Project held its annual summit meeting at the David Suzuki Foundation in December.