THE KOOP STAGE – 5:45pm
If there is one item to avoid asking the POCKET DWELLERS about, it’s their biography. The band are frankly, tired of looking at it and done talking about it. Draft after draft is passed around seven strong collective. The calmly mannered, evenly dispositioned crew search for words they feel accurately reflect the intentions of the band and not just try to fill a page with empty semantics. The POCKET DWELLERS always have something on their minds, always have something new to say. They move too fast to be trapped by the words of the past.
When the group, comprised of NiGel (MC/vocals), Sheldon Moore (DJ), Dennis Passley Jr. (tenor sax), Christian Mckibbon (guitar), Johnny Griffith (alto/soprano sax), Gordon Shields (bass), and Marco Raposo (drums) — started working on shaping their second album, */Digitally Organic/* and recruited multi-Juno award winning Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics) on production detail. It was a cohesive meld of the bands varied influences and was infused with at times opposite yet easily co-existing musical approaches. It has become the norm for the band to consistently test and push beyond any set musical boundaries.
With hundreds of performances across Canada under their belt, these guys know they can entertain any audience. The POCKET DWELLERS have opened for a very wide range of different musical acts, including such notable performers as Maceo Parker, The Roots, Fishbone and jazz great Charlie Hunter. They have also performed at a broad range of festivals around the world, including The Montreux Jazz Festival. POCKET DWELLERS toured and unquestionably set fire to every stage they’ve been on.