It will be an afternoon and early evening of crazy dancing vibes when the Kingstons kick off Basement Reggae Fest 2020 with 3 inter-stellar reggae-influenced local bands.

Wielding an armoury of classic Rocksteady and Ska hits as well as brand new originals, The Kingstons are true to the feel of 1960s Jamaica and London when they get grooving.

Following on is latest 3oB dub bass incarnation: Shadow Ministers, featuring Coolio Desgracias (drums), Matt Lustri (guitar) and Joel Dreezer (keys/flute). Spacious Rockers rhythms are the perfect place to dub some crazy jazz masters. Instrumental action with guest singers.

Headlining the event is Canberra’s favourite Latin-ska party group Los Chavos. This tight 9-piece ensemble knows how to rock you with more bounce to the ounce.

It promises to be a colourful and vibing day of live music to help welcome Spring.

5.00-9.00, Sunday September 27, The Basement Belconnen, 2 Cohen Street Belconnen ACT 2617.


Having been collecting music since the mid 1990s, 3oB has amassed a fairly decent collection of vinyl, CDs and MP3s in the genres of dub, roots reggae, rap, hiphop, dancehall on one end of the vibe spectrum, and on the other end (as it were), a stack of early jazz (1920s – 1950s), rnb, shuffle, blues and soul. A dj3oB mix usually crosses 2 main genres and hints at up to 3 others, whilst smoothing out the edges between continents and styles.

Each show runs from at least 30 up to 120 minutes, usually without announcements. Check out the latest instalments below.

Shadow ministers exists where the accumulation of generational change meets the right to stay the same. Some have identified them as potentially the next Mount Rushmore. They may play versions of your long forgotten jam of yestercade. Raw hot steppas and rockers beats are provided by Coolio and Shadow Minister 3oB, while on guitar Matthew Lustri reinvents the spaceous and surreal. Out front is renowned flautist and keytar aficionado Joel Dreezer. The group aim to break new ground with a few classic manoeuvres.

Live at Blackbird, Canberra’s latest live music spot – photo by Cultura Clandestino

Debut gig, freshly popped venue

It was sensational to be playing in a new City venue with great ambience, acoustics and alcohol. The staff at Black bird are so friendly and warm it basically felt right at home to be entertaining the lovely punters who grooved in their seats or cheekily with the band. Glad you liked the psychedelic dub jams and even the slightly random rocksteady meets triphop vibes we dropped. Props to Joel for busting his first gig. You slayed it. next gig is locked in for Tuesday 25/08/2020. Doors at 7.00, music starts at 8. Check with the venue for other great bands on Tuesday nights.