Boom Booms bring reggae, pop-rock to Merritt
Fresh off a Brazil tour, The Boom Booms are now scheduled to appear at the Merritt Culture Club tomorrow (Friday).
The six-piece group has deep-seeded reggae and pop-rock roots, with influences that vary from Buena Vista Social Club to Paul Simon.
Their Brazil tour was a chance to perform their music from where it is inspired.
“Brazil was amazing, man,” said Geordie Hart, bass. “You know when you get your expectations up and then you do it, and then are let down... well, this was what we expected and more.”
Hart and several members of the band initially visited Brazil in 2007 at an event called “Carnival.”
“We got to know Brazilian culture a little bit and decided we wanted to go back with the whole band and breathe it into our systems,” he said. “I can already hear a lot of influences on this next album from the [recent] Brazilian trip.”
He describes the music as soul with a world groove undertone.
Theo Vincent, congas, said the group has been through Merritt a couple times, but they have never performed here.
“We had some problems in Merritt,” Vincent explained. “Our bus seized up and we had to get a tow. We stayed at [Aaron Ross, lead vocals’] cousin’s house in Merritt.
“We thought we’d stop by this time because we roll through there every time we go on tour anyway.”
The group is using Vancouver as a hub, returning home before performing other shows throughout B.C. and Alberta. Stops are also scheduled for Montreal and Toronto.
The group headlined the outdoor stage on Sunday at David Lam Park at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. The event attracted between 5,000 and 10,000 people last year.
One of their songs, “When the Night,” hit No. 6 on the Much More Music countdown in 2008. It was also optioned for an episode of 90210 in 2009.
The Boom Booms also won an award for Best Roots Song at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Nashville, and they finished second in the 2011 Peak Performance Project.
The group recently released the EP “Make Dat, Do Dat.”
In Merritt, The Boom Booms is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at Country Bug Books. Tickets purchased at the door cost $25.
The Merritt Culture Club is located at 2058 Granite Ave.