CARACAS (click to go to the bio!)

CARACAS (click to go to the bio!)

An explosive musical experiment that smashes together Punk rock, Ska beats, Jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, tons of Latin mojo and a kickass live show.


Caracas shoots music video! 

We spent a number of weekends with film director Shaun Walford from production outfit Shot by a Ninja, shooting the awesome music video for our upcoming re-vamped version of "Bring on the Playtime" (available in our upcoming 4 song EP of the same name). We spared no punches and this video has it all - from street shots to beach parties, from high def RED cameras to drone aerial shots! We seriously can't wait until its all done and ready to share with you!

Video screening party date and awesome supporting bands TBA soon!

Here are some preview pics so you can share our excitement! :D









 

Caracas in the recording studio! 

We are in the process of recording our new EP under the expert guidance of South African producer/engineer Dylan Ellis (Hokum, Rami Lakkis, etc). It will take a few weeks to record 4 songs: "Bring on the Playtime", "Fairy Dust Mofo", "Running" and "Pond of Dreams".

Although these are titles we've recorded in the past, don't be fooled - you've never heard them played this way before! Thanks to our new family members Heather (trumpet), Enmanuel (drums) and Luis (bass), we have finally achieved the way the songs were always meant to sound like -- big enough to blast through any festival sound system! :D

We're very excited for what we will share with you in the coming year..and beyond!

 

Pre-production at Vancouver Rockspace Studios


Tracking trumpets, drums, guitar and bass at The Farm Studios

Recording guitar overdubs at DeVille Studios
 


Producer Dylan Ellis shares a little preview of what's to come!

 


 

Caracas shoots their third photo-shoot! 

On an early Sunday morning in April, stellar photographer Paul Joseph (www.PaulJosephPhoto.com), stylist extraordinaire Ana Jost (Official Facebook page) and superb makeup/hair artist Merrissa Vogan, met us at the East Van Studios to shoot the band's new awesome promo shots!

Here's a behind the scenes video of how it all went down! (The soundtrack is our song "Pond of Dreams" live at the Jarabe de Palo show at the Rickshaw Theater!)
 

 

What a show at the Rickshaw! 

The Jarabe de Palo / Los Furios / Caracas show at the epic Rickshaw Theater was one for posterity! The sold-out venue packed almost 650 dancing and singing fans under one roof, everyone bringing their best face to see Pau Dones and his band Jarabe de Palo play for the first time in Vancouver, as part of their massive "Tour Americano 2015". We also celebrated the 15th Anniversary of long-running CiTR 101.9FM music and variety show "The Morning After Show", hosted by the excellent (and very busy!) Oswaldo Perez, who has been also throwing shows across the mainland featuring local talent and Latin imports, such as La Gusana Ciega, Mama Pulpa, and now, Jarabe de Palo! Many thanks to all the sponsors and supporting organizers, including Acsenda School and VanMusic, who have supported Caracas since the beginning!

Caracas played a tight 30 minute set, getting the crowd warmed up and excited! We got them to sing along to "Dale a Tu Bongo", entertained them with our Venezuelan rhythms and Cuatro strumming, and left them primed for our follow-up, the awesome ska-punk rockers Los Furios!

We have some videos to share with you all soon! Thanks for all your support, if you were there, or there in spirit!
Keep on keeping on!
Javier, Victor, Luis, Enmanuel and Heather!

Previous events

Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2017

Dragon Boat BC, 1 Athletes way, Vancouver

Caracas is playing the 2017 Dragon Boat Festival! Come on out and enjoy the sun, the racing, the food, and the awesome live music (all weekend long)!

YucaFest 2017

The Fairview Pub, 898 West Broadway, Vancouver

Super Chido Productions, Yucastereo Radio, VanMusic, Radio Alicia and One Love Westcoast Festival presents YUCAFEST at the Fairview on June 15th.

Confirmed bands: Out of Control Army, Bone Daddies, Cawama and Caracas.

Out of Control Army is one of Mexico favourites new ska bands. They are formed by various members of established bands like Los de Abajo, Sekta Core, Salon Victoria and Señor Bikini to refresh the ska sounds of the city. Fronted by Deals who also manages the Non Stop Ska festival and the venue Gato calavera as well as their own record label Out of Control Records. A true sample of the best ska from Mexico.

Funky Beach Party at the Cobalt!

The Cobalt, 917 Main street, Vancouver

Summer is coming up quick so come on down to the Cobalt on May 27th to dance to the funk, ska and rock of The Maneuver, Caracas, and the chill sounds of Victoria's own Zoubi and the Sea!

DESORDEN PUBLICO on tour!

Rickshaw Theater, 254 E. Hastings, Vancouver

Venezuelan ska legends Desorden Publico will be coming to Vancouver for the very first time, and we'll be here ready to party with them! Don't miss this once in a lifetime chance to see these ska giants as they celebrate their 31st anniversary of good times! Also on the bill are local favorites Los Furios and Santa Lucia LFR!

Oct15

Vancouver Halloween Parade and Cosplay!

Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver

The annual Halloween Parade and Cosplay show will close off downtown Vancouver's core on the weekend of October 15th! Every year, thousands of people come out to walk and enjoy the family friendly parade and costume party...so dress up, come out, and get down with your favorite Latin party punk band!

CARAMELOS DE CIANURO on tour!

Rickshaw Theater, 254 E. Hastings, Vancouver

[This show has been postponed to OCTOBER 3rd. For more info, reimbursements or updates pls email radio@ozonico.ca]

Venezuelan Legends CARAMELOS DE CIANURO are on tour across North America and Caracas will be opening the show! Don't miss this unique chance to see these Venezuelan rockstars in Vancouver!

4th Burrard Inlet Fish Festival

Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray St., Port Moody

The 4th Burrard Inlet Fish Fest will be held August 12 to 14 2016 at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Once again Sunday’s event will be hosted at Noons Creek Hatchery. Watch for a host of activities and entertainers including DJ O Show, Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright, Port Moody’s own Joyelle Brandt, OS Twelve, The Carnival Band, Caracas and so much more.

Caracas and friends at the Red Room

Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St, Vancouver

One of Vancouver top spots for live music, Red Room will host Caracas for the second time! We will be sharing the stage with the awesome Disco Funeral and Reset to Beautiful. Come join us for one last show before we take a break to write new songs and rest from a busy year!

Kman and the 45s with guests

Rickshaw Theater, Main and Hastings, Vancouver

Montreal legendary skapunk band Kman and the 45s is touring Canada and Vancouver is one of their stops! Join Caracas and Brass Action in giving them a great west coast welcoming party! Bonus: Caracas will premiere their newest music video on the giant screens by the stage, along music videos from Kman and Brass Action!

Dia de los Muertos Show!

The Hall (ex-Astorino's), Commercial and Venables, Vancouver

A fully loaded Mexican party for the beloved departed! A traditional celebration with vendors, sugar skulls, shrines and lots of music! Party starts at 3pm for All Ages, and then turns into a 19+ show after sunset. Don't miss this special annual fiesta!

Burrard Inlet Fish Festival 2015

Rocky Point Park, Port Moody

It's the 3rd Burrard Inlet Fish Fest at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody!

This community engaged art event begins Friday evening with bannock and “jam”, food and music.

Caracas will perform along other great musicians on Saturday, September 26th.

Returning to this year’s event is a green, solar, wind and bicycle powered performance stage, by the totally excellent GPE Green Power Events!

Caracas, Mngwa and Mellomanic at the Railway!

Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir, Vancouver

Saturday, September 12th IMU presents CARACAS, MNGWA & MELLOMANIC @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 9:30pm / $10 cover

CARACAS - Formed in East Van by Venezuelan brothers Javier and Victor Badillo, Caracas is defined by upbeat, melodic, syncopated Latin-influenced original punk rock with a penchant for genre crossovers. Compared to bands like The Stranglers, Pixies, Talking Heads and White Stripes, the Badillos previously played in seminal Malaysian punk rock band LyMe, learning from and influencing a generation of Malaysian DIY punks. http://www.facebook.com/caracastheband

MNGWA - A 9-piece collective of Russians, Mexicans and Canadians with vocals in four languages, Mngwa injects the local music scene with a fresh global perspective, mixing elements of Latin, cumbia, dub, funk, reggae and African rhythms. They've earned a reputation as a juggernaut party band, hosting underground shows featuring video projections, costumes, puppets, live artwork and a colourful entourage of weirdos. http://www.facebook.com/mngwa.vancumbia

MELLOMANIC plays a mix of rock, folk, reggae and funk with soulful, interweaving vocals and dynamic, original songs. A group of friends who've been playing music together for ten years, they have a collective passion for music and a collaborative approach to songwriting, resulting in carefully crafted songs that touch on the common themes of our lives. http://www.facebook.com/mellomanic

Deep Cove Daze 2015

Deep Cove, Panorama Park, North Vancouver

Deep Cove Daze Aug 30th 11:45 am - 8:00 pm Panorama Park, North Vancouver Deep Cove Daze 2015 Cost: Free!

When: August 30th, from 12-8pm Where: Panorama Park, North Vancouver (Deep Cove)

The Deep Cove Daze festival takes place on August 30th at Panorama Park from 12pm to 8pm. The festival kicks off at 11:45am with the big band and the children's parade and the official opening ceremonies start at noon.

Deep Cove Daze includes food, children's entertainment, local wares, art, music and beer. Kids will want to visit the midway with rides, games, and attractions. The midway will be located in the first parking lot at the top of the hill.

Trout Lake Summer Series 2015

Trout Lake Park, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Bring the family for a FREE live show at Trout Lake Community Centre outdoor performance area (eastside of building).

There will be a BBQ and a kids art station.

And a loud, fun Latin rock band playing for everyone!

Cates Park Summer Concert Series 2015

Cates Park, Cates Park Road, North Vancouver

Cates Park Concert Series is organized by the fine folks of Musart.ca

Bring a picnic basket or buy a burger at the concession. Sit on the grass, and enjoy the live music by the water!

Caracas Okanagan Mini-Tour 2015

Mission Creek Country Inn, 2-3652 Spiers Rd., Kelowna

Caracas last show in the Okanagan mini-tour is an annual house party event at the heritage 1909 Manor-turned-Bed & Breakfast, Mission Creek Country Inn!

We will be playing with our friends from Barefoot Caravan, supporting them in their release of their new EP "Echoes"!

Caracas Okanagan Mini-Tour 2015

Kerry Park, 1480 Mill St., Kelowna

Caracas will play a short-but-sweet set for Francofete 2015, the free, outdoors, annual Francophone summer party of the Okanagan!

We will play with our friends of Barefoot Caravan, who are releasing their new EP "Echoes".

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