Victoria singer-songwriter Sam Weber is just 21, but already he has the credentials of a performer much longer in the tooth.
Weber, a graduate of Stelly’s Secondary, has been playing music fulltime for years, amassing along the way a resumé that includes being drafted into the lineup of Juno-nominated Jets Overhead at 19.
He officially went solo soon after and has been crafting well-versed indie folk in the two years since. His full-length independent debut, Shadows in the Road, released a little over a year ago, was one of the local highlights of last year.
Weber is back Tuesday with a revamped version of the record, along with a handful of newly recorded material, bearing the imprint of local label Cordova Bay Records.
Weber premièred the video for the album’s first single, August, on Aug. 18. His national tour in support of the new recording began Aug. 22 in Revelstoke and will continue until the trek wraps with an anticipated Sept. 13 date at Victoria’s Rifflandia Festival.
Don’t miss him, if you have the chance.
To watch the video for August, visit timescolonist.com/entertainment. For more on Weber, visit samweber.me.
A benefit concert featuring Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars is on tap Wednesday at the former Club 9one9, which rebranded itself as Distrikt over the weekend (Aug. 29).
The singing group was formed in 2002 by refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone civil war.
The concert will benefit the Victoria-Taiama School Project, which provides funding for medical use in Taiama, Sierra Leone.
To date, the project has built classrooms, latrines and a health centre in the tiny West African community.
Blackwood Kings will also appear at the concert. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20 at Lyle’s Place, Eventbrite.ca, Ditch Records and the Reef.
Local rockers Isobel Trigger, another new signing to local label Cordova Bay Records, are adding to their catalogue with help from social media.
The group recently released their new EP, Nocturnal, but a social-media promotion now in its final stage will produce a remix of their single Tiger Shark from a producer yet to be named.
The band, which consists of Felicia Harding (vocals/synth), Brett Faulkner (guitar), Kyle Lowther (bass) and Ariel Tseng (drums), recently wrapped a contest through isobeltrigger.com seeking Tiger Shark remix proposals. Contributions were received from Spain, Germany, the United States, Finland, Brazil, Estonia, Poland, Ireland, U.K., Norway, the Netherlands and France, out of which 10 finalists emerged. A winner will be chosen in the coming weeks.
Isobel Trigger has staged a similar contest with their song Dust and Bones. A remix by producer Rough Child was uploaded to the band’s YouTube channel in June. It can now be downloaded for free through Isobel Trigger’s page on soundcloud.com.
The five-song Nocturnal EP was produced in part by Victoria studio whiz Adam Sutherland, with contributions from Dear Rouge producer Ryan Worsley.
The EP is available on iTunes and through maplemusic.com.
The band’s national tour will commence with an appearance at Rifflandia on Sept. 12.
The Victoria Gospel Music Festival is set for Sept. 19-20 at Alix Goolden Hall.
The inaugural festival will feature local and international performers, including artists from Dallas, Nashville and Los Angeles. Local singers Maria Manna, Maureen Washington, April Gislason and Aaron Scoones will also appear at the two-day event. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the music therapy program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Tickets are available at Christian Book and Music, Ditch Records and Lyle’s Place.
For more information, visit victoriagospelfest.ca.
New York City ska greats the Slackers will perform at the Upstairs Cabaret on Oct. 23, the Victoria B.C. Ska Society has announced.
The band has long been a Victoria favourite, having played numerous editions of the city’s annual ska festival over the years. The performance will most likely sell out, so plan accordingly. New Jersey’s Sammy K and the Fast Four and Victoria’s Sweet Leaf are also on the bill.
Tickets are $22 at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records and ticketweb.ca.
Local indie folk act West My Friend will celebrate two milestones in concert tonight.
The group, which released their second album, When the Ink Dries, in March, is marking its fifth anniversary as a group and its 200th show, starting at 7 p.m. at First Metropolitan United Church.
Tickets for the all-ages show are $10-$15 at Ivy’s Books, Lyle’s Place, Larsen Music and First Metropolitan United Church.
For information visit westmyfriend.com.