Rock & Roots strums into town

By Zaki JufriEvents - 30 January 2012 5:29 PM | Updated 27 March 2012

Rock & Roots strums into town

Eat, drink and party the March blues away. There's a wide variety of live music to be had at the third edition of the highly successful Timbre Rock & Roots Festival.

The 3rdTimbre Rock & Roots Festival will bring two nights of “soul-pumping music,” featuring the likes of Buddy Guy, Earth, Wind & Fire and Keb Mo on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 at the Marina Promenade located on the Singapore Grand Prix F1 tracks behind the Singapore Flyer.

According to Peter Noble, co-festival director, audiences can expect a little old school, a little new school, and an all-around weekend of great music and musicians. “Last year’s line-up was much more diverse with folk legend Bob Dylan to mainstream commercial artists the likes of John Legend and Imogen Heap. This year, it was a deliberate effort to programme acts that will get the crowds grooving and dancing from the start to the end.”

Opening the festival on Friday (Mar 30) will be ska band The Specials, multiple Grammy award winner Keb Mo and music legend Buddy Guy among many others; while legendary soul & funk superband Earth, Wind & Fire and SupaFunkRock dynamos Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will wrap up the festivities on Saturday (Mar 31).

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Here are the highlights:


The Specials

The undisputed kings of British ska, The Specials are formed in 1977. These ska revivalists took their danceable rocksteady beats with the energy and attitude of the punk era of the late 1970s, juxtaposing them with lyrics and messages focused around the racial and social issues of the time in Britain. It was this genius blend of music, movement and lyrics that kept the band going for more than three decades.


Keb Mo

Although he’s born Kevin Moore, fans will know him as blues troubadour Keb Mo. While he draws heavily on traditional country blues styles, he also applies his formidable acoustic, electric and slide guitar skills to his contemporary folk, jazz and rock oriented compositions. Keb's fans have packed his live performances all over North America and Europe, including major US tours with Celine Dion and Bonnie Raitt and countless headlining gigs. He has performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and Holland's North Sea Jazz Festival.


Buddy Guy

The legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favourite blues guitarist strums his way to this year’s edition of Rock & Roots. The flamboyant showman, incendiary guitarist and powerful vocalist who for 50 years has blazed his trail of energetic blues and blues rock, releasing over 60 albums has also bagged 23 W.C. Handy Awards, five Grammys, and been inducted into both the Blues and Rock & Roll Hall of Fames. If you’re a guitar fan, don’t miss this one. Awesome guitar histrionics guaranteed.


Earth, Wind & Fire

Four decades on, legendary soul providers Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) still knows how to bring the house down with their brand of funk, soul and disco. The nine-piece act, founded in 1969 has been wowing audiences with hits such as “September,” “Fantasy,” “After The Love Has Gone,” “Boogie Wonderland” and others. Rolling Stone even described them as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and has also declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop;” many of today’s pop and R&B artistes have said that EWF has influenced their sound. So prepare for a disco inferno this March 31.


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Most certainly, THE act to watch out for during Rock & Roots, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are known for their own explosive form of music called "Supafunkrock." Hailing from the jazz clubs of New Orleans, they are made up of legendary trumpeter and trombone player Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews and his talented band Orleans Avenue.

Timbre Rock & Roots is on March 30-31 at Marina Promenade. Tickets $70-140 available from Sistic from February 13.


FRIDAY, 30 MARCH 2012 - Gates open at 6.00pm


6.45pm to 7.30pm: 8.00pm to 9.15pm: 9.45pm to 11.00pm: 11.30pm to 1.00am:Blue Rascals (45-mins)
Keb' Mo' (75-mins)
Buddy Guy (75-mins)
The Specials (90-mins)

SATURDAY, 31 MARCH 2012 - Gates open at 5:30pm


6.00pm to 6.45pm: 7.00pm to 7.50pm: 8.10pm to 9.20pm: 9.45pm to 11.00pm: 11.40pm to 1.10am:Andre Harihandoyo & Sonic People (45-mins)
Checkpoint Jam featuring Goodfellas & Dasha Logan (45-mins) 
Hugo (70-mins) 
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (75-mins)
Earth, Wind & Fire (90-mins)