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Vancouver band La Chinga to headline upcoming Indie Rock mini-festival

Psychedelic jazz, ska and rock bands playing in Campbell River in April
Vancouver band La Chinga will be headlining the next Indie Rock in the River festival. Photo courtesy Indie Rock in the River

Another night of psychedelic, stoner, blues, ska, jazz, and rock music is coming to Campbell River on April 6.

The next edition of Indie Rock in the River is slated for next month, with Vancouver band La Chinga headlining.

“We’re taking Indie Rock in the River to the next level, bringing a band like La Chinga in. They’re a world-class band. These guys are the next level, and the fact that they even said yes is really, really humbling,” said organizer James Wood. “I’m so excited that Campbell River is getting this level of band.”

Woods describes La Chinga as a hard-rock power trio, with influences like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and MC5.

“These guys are life lifers in the industry, and I’ve I’ve seen them all and in different really great bands,” Wood said. “Now they’ve come together with this new band and they are unbelievable.”

Also on the bill are Vancouver Island-band Wooler, an experimental rock/jazz band who have been working on a new record that Wood said is “unbelievable.”

“They’re ready to blow some minds at this show,” he added.

Duncan band The Helletones will also be gracing the stage.

“They’re just a good time band,” Wood said. “They’re kind of rockability, grunge, ska punk. They have a horn section. I’ve never seen them where people weren’t just dancing their faces off.

Wood’s own band Jim and the Legacies will be rounding out the bill. He will be joined by a keyboardist, a saxophone player and a bass player this time.

“We’re just going to try to have a nice psychedelic trip of a good time and just get people warmed up and ready for ready for another great night.”

The event will be at the Willow Point Hall, with Beachfire Brewing on hand as beverage sponsor. River Ink and Rocket Roger Moving are also helping out with the show. The show is for ages 19 and up, and tickets are available on Eventbrite for $35. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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