Thirsty for music that is both dangerous and danceable, refreshing as a mojito and as eye-opening as a whiskey sour?
A cocktail party mix of reggae, punk rock, jazz, hip-hop, and ska? This is Dope Soda. Dope Soda formed in late 2011, a fresh concoction of six of the top jazz, rock, and Jamaican-music-inspired musicians from Vancouver Island, with membership in acts such as Current Swell, The Bananafish Dance Orchestra and the Kiltlifters. The band is led by a three-piece horn section with roots in the highly-regarded Vancouver Island University Jazz Department, buoyed by a funky rhythm section that serves up sips of bubbling Hammond’s and Wurlitzers, shots of distorted guitar, and heavy bass in your face.
Dope Soda jumps back and forth between reggae jams, punk-rock assaults, happy ska romps, and hip-hop throw-downs — a thirst-quencher for audiences who need good rhymes and good times.
— Bridge Lounge