Boom Booms heading to Denman

The musical brotherhood of Vancouver-based band the Boom Booms began in B.C.’s glamorous tree-planting camps.

THE BOOM BOOMS' first performance on Denman Island

THE BOOM BOOMS' first performance on Denman Island

Cumberland Village Works and Lotus Eaters Films are excited to co-present the Boom Boom’s first Denman show Nov. 17 at the Denman Island Community Hall.

The musical brotherhood of Vancouver-based band the Boom Booms began in B.C.’s glamorous tree-planting camps.

Planting trees by day and creating and performing music by night for their tree-planting posse was a typical spring season for the childhood friends. Once the season ended, they kept the momentum going by producing their very own neighbourhood block party.

The Boom Booms have built a loyal fanbase that stretches across generations. The video for their feel-good party anthem, When the Night, reached No. 6 on the Much More Music chart in 2008. Delivered, a surreal banjo ballad that conjures up images of a jungle river baptism, garnered an award for Best Roots Song at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Nashville.

In 2011, The Boom Booms released their debut album ¡Hot Rum! – which earned the indie band a spot in the Peak Performance Project, B.C.’s most prestigious contest for emerging musicians. They went on to win second place and picked up a cash prize of $75,000, which enabled them to combine their passion for music, travel, and culture and led them to Brazil.

With a camera crew on board to capture their journey, the Boom Booms ventured up the Amazon River. The footage that was captured was released as an online music and travel documentary called Boom Boom Brazil.

The documentary explores the rich and unpredictable adventures of an up-and-coming band on tour in Brazil and raises awareness for the impact of the Belo Monte Dam. The band’s journey is punctuated by live shows, interviews with activists, jams with local musicians, and even a cameo by the band’s idol, Manu Chao.

No stranger to the Comox Valley, the band has played the Big Day Up, Big Time Out and Rock the Block as well as packing the Waverley and the Bridge Lounge in Courtenay.

Special guest the Des Larson Trio will be on the Denman bill.

For more about the bands, see http://theboombooms.com and http://deslarson.ca.

Tickets are available at Abraxas Books, Bop City and online at cumberlandvillageworks.com. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

— Cumberland Village Works