The first ever opening concert for the Seasplash Festival is bringing the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, Brain Holidays and Bass Culture Sound System to the St. Michael’s Fortress in Šibenik!

The year 2019. is really full of novelties for the Seasplash Festival. In addition to the wonderful new location, the Seasplash festival for the first time in its 17-year-old history has an opening concert that will take place on one of the most beautiful stages of the Adriatic. On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the great musicians will perform at the St. Michael’s Fortress in Šibenik, led by the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble. Along with this unique concert attraction and a group that founded the jazz-ska genre, the opening concert will be enhanced by famous local roots reggae band from Zagreb, Brain Holidays, as well as the legendary duo Bass Culture Sound System.

Do not miss the opportunity to experience the unique experience of the first Seasplash opening concert at the top of the St. Michael’s Fortress, which offers incredible acoustics and beautiful views of the Šibenik archipelago and the city itself, along with the amazing sunset and later, below a pure starry sky.

Early bird tickets for the price of 90 kunas are available at the following link:

New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (NY)
The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble is an internationally renowned recording and touring group. Since the band’s inception in 1994, they have released fifteen albums and have performed regularly throughout Europe, Canada, USA, The Caribbean, and South America. NYSJE’s recordings and performances have garnered them critical acclaim for their high energy, creative originals, kinetic ska interpretations of jazz standards, as well as their potent mix of dance hall, reggae, rock steady and jazz. Performance highlights include: The North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Quebec Festival de Musique, Musiques en Ete (Geneva), The Bob Marley Reggae Festival with Israel Vibration and Sister Carol, and The Discover and Bell Atlantic Jazz festivals in the U.S. In addition, NYSJE has the singular distinction of being the first American Ska band to play in Poland after the wall came down. The band had been featured in Downbeat, Reggae Nucleus, The Beat, Ragga and Jazziz magazines. NYSJE s music can be heard regularly on television– on the Nickelodeon network, MTV’s Road Rules, as well as two nationally,  airing Campbells Soup Commercials. In Italy, their video, Properly, airs on MTV. NYSJE’s Arachnid can be heard in the HBO documentary “Redemption” which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Brain Holidays (ZG)
The oldest Croatian reggae band is now an adult. Their music career is marked with four studio albums, “Stereo Roots“, “Save Peace Babylon Delete“, “System Error“ i “System Error Remix Side“ and large amounts of concerts. Album “System Error“ has been nominated for discography award Porin 2018. in category “Best alternative and club music album”. Themes that intertwined through their songs vary from love to actual economic problems, with music based on positivity of everyday life. Positive vibrations, as the unavoidable theme of reggae music, are sort of trademark of the band who, in good and bad times, spreads the brightness and opens its hands to all people of good will. The warmth of the Caribbean rhythms of Jamaica is best represented in the Brain Holidays live performances where the spell of the seven-piece band comes to full expression.

Brain Holidays

Bass Culture Sound System (ZG)
Bass Culture Sound System was founded in 1999, when for the most people their name already associated on the distant past and the legendary third album of Linton Kwesi Johnson. At that time, the rare ones considered the bass culture as a permanent origin of the different style of club music rooted in the Caribbean soundsystems. Bass Culture encompassed the legacy of the old school roots-reggae and the innovations that the producers of electronic dub and jungle were bringing on the scene every day. The expansion of bass culture began with monthly residences in Močvara and SKUC, and among them, written in the chronology of the oldest reggae crew in Zagreb, happened the performance at the first Seasplash.

Join us on the magical fortress as a unique intro for the 17th Seasplash festival that we want to share with you. This year we are putting a new stamp on the new part of the coast!

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