Worldbeat Sessions finale Sat Nov 18 with guests DJ Hubbz and percussionist Raphael Geronimo at Backstage Lounge

Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical), guest DJ Hubbz (The Payback), and percussionist Raphael Geronimo (Rumba Calzada) on Saturday, November 18 for the final edition of Worldbeat Sessions at the Backstage Lounge.

You know what they say about “All good things…” Sadly, after almost four decades, the Backstage Lounge will shut down at the end of this year and eventually reopen as a restaurant without musical acts. So Saturday, November 18 will be the last call for Worldbeat Sessions at this legendary Vancouver venue.

Come help us mark the end of an era in this city and move to some fine global grooves. One last time, we’ll explore the space where Latin, African, funk, and electronic music meet — mixing sounds from the past, present, and future. Huge thanks to everyone who has supported this musical experiment over the past three years at this gem of a waterfront venue.

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Worldbeat Sessions, the long weekend edition, Sat May 21

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_May2016_Ernesto_Raphael_v1_640x960Celebrate your Victoria Day weekend in tropical style at Worldbeat Sessions. Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical), guest DJ Ernesto “Kut” Gomez (Tropidelica), and percussionist Raphael Geronimo (Rumba Calzada) on Saturday, May 21 as they kick off the second year of this night of danceable global grooves.

The May edition of Worldbeat Sessions surfs a Latin wave along the shores where cumbia, electronica, and Afro-Cuban music meet.

Ernesto “Kut” Gomez is a cross-genre DJ, musician, and producer based in Vancouver. He’s part of Tropidelica, a DJ trio (with El Garzita and Mr. Pablo) that takes you on a sensual trip that begins in a forbidden rural area of northen Mexico and teleports you through time and space, exploring the boundaries of mambo, Afro, cumbia, Latin TV pop, psychedelia, and future dance.
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Video: Electropical with Raphael Geronimo and Kobe Louis Charles

Here’s a clip from the Sat Mar 24, 2012 edition of Electropical featuring special guests Raphael Geronimo of Rumba Calzada on percussion and Belgian DJ Kobe Louis Charles on the decks. Huge thanks to the performers and everyone in the capacity crowd who helped us blow the roof off the Backstage Lounge!