Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival - Axe Concert Series Music Guide 

All these bands will play for free in Skier's Plaza


Friday 4 p.m., April 15

Fort Knox Five

Well, they're not from Fort Knox and there are only four members but let's try not to hold it against 'em. This Washington, D.C.-based electro-funk quartet has never played B.C. before, and are apparently wildly excited about it, which means their set, normally quite excitable, may just be, like, explosive, with even heavier bass and beats and handclapping and so on. - Stephen Smysnuik


Saturday 4 p.m., April 16

Swollen Members

The Vancouver-based hip-hop duo seemed to have disappeared off the face of the Earth, but 2011 looks like their comeback year, whether we like it or not. Mad Child and Prevail's new album Dagger Mouth was released on Tuesday and now they'll grace Whistler Village with their West Coast flavoured hip-hop. - SS

Mat the Alien, 7 p.m.

Did Mat really get abducted by aliens? You'll think it's plausible when you take in his extra-terrestrial sound that spans the realm of hip hop, glitch hop, dubstep, funk, dancehall, break beats, electro, drum & bass and rock. - Susan Hollis


Sunday, April 17

Brother Twang

Local, laid back, lounge-y and legendary, Brother Twang are a mix of styles and influences, all of them good. They are one of those rare bar bands that doesn't play covers as much as score homages to their musical influences. - Andrew Mitchell


Spirit of the West

They're a Celtic-inspired bar band that has managed somehow to sell out theatres and remain a staple of the Canadian music industry for over two decades. They're this week's quintessential parent-pleasing act that will force everyone to get their jig on. - SS

Delhi 2 Dublin

It's a kaleidoscope of world music, fusing urban electro with traditional Hindi music and a whole lot of Celtic fiddle. The Vancouver-based quintet blew Olympic audiences away with their set here in 2010 and maybe, just maybe, they'll do it again. - SS

Monday, April 18

The Acorn Project

Blending electro-funk grooves with and indie songwriting sensibility, Acorn Project takes listeners on a sonic journey accompanied by hard-hitting dance beats, lush soundscapes and thought provoking lyrics. Utilizing collective improvisation, Acorn Project promises that no two live shows will ever be alike. -  SH


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