The Beach Bum’s Ball comes to Squamish 

Victoria-based reggae rock group, Mindil Beach Markets, headlines summer show


Who: Mindil Beach Markets

When: Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m.

Where: Oceanport Hotel (Squamish)

Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

A typical day at the beach usually involves a few staples: a cooler of chilled, illicit wobbly pops (a.k.a. beers), the scent of sunblock, a good book and some laidback tunes you can unwind to. So it makes sense that a reggae rock group, Mindil Beach Markets, has been tapped to headline Squamish's upcoming Beach Bum's Ball. They'll be playing original "everyman anthems" like Drink Up and Working Man Blues.

In fact, summer seems to be this band's season to shine.

"I haven't really sat down and thought about it too much, but I think our music does kind of have a real summertime vibe to it," Rod Campbell said with a laugh. "But hopefully we'll have some songs you can listen to in the winter, too."

The five-person group hails from Victoria and features front men Daniel Kingsbury "DK" and Pat Codere on guitars and vocals, Matt Posnikoff on bass and guitars, Campbell on keys and vocals and Cam Ainslie on drums.

Late last week, the band was in the midst of gearing up for back-to-back nightly performances as part of the annual Victoria Ska Festival, which featured Fishbone as a headliner. They were to play alongside two very well known groups from New Zealand, The Black Seeds and Katchafire, who coincidentally just played to a packed house at the GLC.

"Those are basically the number one and two reggae bands in New Zealand right now, so we're super stoked," Campbell said. He added that Mindil Beach Markets would like to travel to New Zealand to tour some day.

Just over a year and a half ago, the five joined musical forces and started Mindil Beach Markets with a very loose vision in mind. All from the Sunshine Coast, these musicians kept crossing paths on projects before finally setting up shop in Victoria.

"We kind of went into it not really having a sound that we wanted to make," Campbell explained. "We all come from really different musical backgrounds and really have our own influences and it kind of just came to be what it is."

Campbell and Ainslie are classically trained pianists, though Ainslie briefly dabbled in what Campbell calls "semi-screamo." DK came from a more reggae and folk-inspired background, while Codere and Posnikoff are self-taught musicians who were more into the '90s grunge scene. A motley crew, indeed. But their diverse musical tastes make their road trip game of "Pass the Pod (iPod)," very interesting.

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