Roots Roundup, with DOA
Rock Against Racism
A rock fundraiser featuring an array of local talent, raising money for local organizations that are standing up for people of all races, fighting racism, enabling our youth and working to make reconciliation a reality.
Organizations to benefit include:
- Nation Skates Youth (https://nationskateyouth.com/)
- South Burnaby Metro Club (https://southburnabymetroclub.com/)
- We will be adding other grassroots organizations.
Joe Keithley, leader of D.O.A.:
“We are in a tough and unsettled time right now and as we have gone through the pandemic we have seen racism grow in Canada, to the point where racists organizations are seemingly getting stronger. So as a way of trying to fight this scourge I thought back to the Rock Against Racism rallies that D.O.A. played on in the late 1970’s. Those rallies were a great success and they motivated people to stand up to this kind of BS. So the Rickshaw Theatre and I have asked musicians to join this cause. I really believe this will work because music has always had the effect of making us stronger and it has the power of healing at the same time.”
D.O.A. are Vancouver’s legendary Punk Kings, who helped spread punk rock counterculture around the world. The band’s sound and philosophy has been held together by Canada’s Godfather of punk Joey “Shithead” Keithley’s songwriting, singing and guitar playing.
Although rooted in punk rock, D.O.A. have managed to create a fair bit of consternation for those who would like to choose musical boxes. It’s punk, but it incorporates rock n’ roll, reggae, metal, and ska. Whatever the hell their sound is, it’s pulled out a “Yeah, that’s the shit!” from the likes of Henry Rollins, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, Jello Biafra, Bif Naked, John Doe, Randy Bachman, Dave Grohl, Pete Seeger, Yada, Yada, Yada, you get the picture.
The band has travelled the globe almost continuously since they formed in 1978, when they released their first snarling piece of vinyl, the “Disco Sucks” EP. That slab of plastic opened the door to international prominence, riots, rip-off record companies and three generations of fans.
Roots Round Up
Vancouver’s original folk funk roots rock reggae ska dance party!
Roots Roundup plays a high energy hybrid of globe-spanning music, mashing up the sounds of rock’n roll, reggae, ska, afro-beat, folk, funk and punk!
China Syndrome is a rockin’ melodic power pop band from Vancouver BC, Canada, who combine the driving pop hooks of The New Pornographers, Sloan and Teenage Fanclub with liberal dollops of classic rock influences. Their 2018 album, Hide in Plain Sight, produced by David Carswell (The New Pornographers, Tegan & Sara, Destroyer, Apollo Ghosts), has been highly praised–the Georgia Straight states the album “continues to showcase superb songwriting… with songs every bit as engaging, tuneful, angsty and varied in their influences;” The Vancouver Sun says it exemplifies “power pop done right… with a good sense of self-deprecation is always fun,” while BeatRoute feels the album demonstrates “interesting new layers to their sound.”
Asian Persuasion All Stars
Asian Persuasion All Stars is a super-ish group of Vancouver-based Asian and non-Asian indie rock musicians. They joined forces together as a way to combat the rise in anti-Asian racism and discrimination in general. In 2021, they released a single of their cover of the Special AKA ska classic, “Racist Friend.” The band and single was intended to be a one-off fundraiser for local anti-racism organization Elimin8Hate, but thanks to the overwhelming positive response to their music and message, the band has stayed together and will continue to perform.
Roots Roundup plays a high energy hybrid of globe-spanning music, mashing up the sounds of rock’n roll, reggae, ska, afro-beat, folk, funk and pure old school punk rock.The Roots Roundup lineup has evolved over the years as members pursued various musical interests including performing, writing, recording and teaching. Core Roots members Greg Hathaway, Dave Hannah (Dym-E-Tree), Barry Taylor, Keith Rose, David Hathaway, Mark Campbell, Shuggy Milligan and special guest trombonist Andy Cakes reunited in 2005, treating a full house of loyal and new fans to a truly rip-roaring two-night performance at the Fairview Pub in Vancouver.
Originally formed in 1985 in a small apartment in East Vancouver, Roots Roundup became widely known through the late 80′s and early 90′s as one of Canada’s hardest working, hardest touring and hardest rockin’ worldbeat dance bands. They released numerous independent recordings including “Get Rooted”, “What We Do”, “Syzygy” and in 1997, “Rootrospective”, a 16 song collection spanning their entire recording career.