Billed as a “garage, rock, punk and psychedelic music festival,” the Nootka Sound Festival is a two-day music extravaganza taking place at two East Vancouver venues, the Rickshaw Theatre (at the corner of Main & Hastings) and the Astoria (769 E. Hastings).
This is officially the second year of the fest, which takes place Aug. 29-30. But this is the first year it’s bringing in acts from outside of Vancouver to help augment and showcase local talent. Below are some of highlights from this year’s lineup.
together Pangea – Hard, driving garage-y rock played by a Los Angeles trio. The band is on tour for their new album, Badillac.
Allah-Las – Another Los Angeles band, this one formed by three former employees from Amoeba Music (a West Coast music store chain). Their latest is called Worship the Sun.
Jacco Gardner – Baroque pop artist (think Brian Wilson, Syd Barrett) from just outside of Amsterdam. His debut album, 2013’s Cabinet of Curiosities, won acclaim from such august publications as Pitchfork.
The Entrance Band – A psychedelic rock group from Chicago that began as a solo project from leader Guy Blakeslee. The band now includes bassist Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Pixies, Zwan).
Hallow Moon – Psychedelic-rock four-piece from Vancouver. The band recently opened for UK group Temples. The website concertaddicts said, “Their sound is dirty and dreamy, the singer voice melded with the rest of the music so well that it was like another instrumental element rather than lyrics added over the music.”
Tickets for Nootka Sound Festival are $40 in advance, and $48 at the door. They’re available at Dandelion Emporium (2442 Main St.), Neptoon Records (3561 Main St.), Red Cat Records (4332 Main St.) and Zulu Records (1972 W. 4th St). Shows are 19+, doors at 6 p.m. For more info visit nootkasoundfestival.com.