Boom Booms make you move

When this group hits the stage, you'll be doing more than tapping your toes

The Boom Booms were a huge hit at the Hi Neighbour Day dance two summers ago at the Errington Hall and the groove-meisters are back at the old hall this Friday night.

The Boom Booms were a huge hit at the Hi Neighbour Day dance two summers ago at the Errington Hall and the groove-meisters are back at the old hall this Friday night.

The Boom Booms are bringing their Latin-soul-funk-rock-reggae vibe to the Errington Hall Friday, May 18.

With a soulful, reggae groove like Sublime and an eclectic world music sound like the Gypsy Kings, The Boom Booms play music that make people want to get up and dance and they had the crowd grooving the last time they played the old hall.

The Boom Booms are an East Vancouver band made up of a host of incredibly talented musicians that range from a few up to nine people.

Founding members Aaron Ross and Geordie Hart are lifelong friends who formed their first band in fifth grade. They discovered their mutual passion for Latin music and culture during a musical odyssey they embarked upon through Cuba and Mexico as 20-year-olds — so much so that many of Ross’ viscerally poetic lyrics are written and sung in Spanish.

Recently, African influences have begun to make their way into the Boom Booms’ groovy stew.

After a three-month European tour in 2011, the band competed in the Peak Performance Project sponsored by Vancouver’s 100.5 FM Radio, finishing as runners-up.

The talented lineup is Aaron Ross on vocals and Latin-friendly nylon guitar, Geordie Hart on stand-up, sit-down and strap-on bass, Sean Ross on vocals and ukulele/cavacino, Tom Van Deursen on black, sexy electric guitar, Theo Vincent on ragin’ percussion and drum kit, and Richard Brinkman on drums that he keeps deep in his pocket.

Forged in 2007 from friendships born on the school yards, soccer fields, cafe patios and eventually bars of East Vancouver, The Boom Booms are a band on the move … literally.

On any given day you’ll find the musicians around Vancouver’s Commercial Drive, on a hilltop in Barcelona, or traveling down the Amazon River.

Last winter they were off to Brazil for a film project that took them from the jungles of Manaus down the Amazon River to Salvador for a month, and then to Rio to perform at Carnival.

The documentary that’s in the works will show their cultural journey, focusing on the Boom Booms’ support for the efforts of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest to fight a major project, the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. The film will help share their message with the world.

The adults only May 18 show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at Cranky Dog Music in Parksville, Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach and at the Errington General Store.