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Big Sugar released a new album, YardStyle, earlier this year, which features new songs and new renditions of some classics. Article by  Mandi Hargrave Summer lovin’ is coming back to The Kee to Bala with the overdue return of Big Sugar.

The Canadian band that got their start in the early ‘90s will bring their rock and roll and reggae sound back to a local stage on Aug. 2.

“We did a 10-year run where we played twice a year at The Kee to Bala,” says band member Gordie Johnson. “It’ll be nice to be back in the room.”

Big Sugar released a new album, YardStyle, earlier this year, which features new songs and new renditions of some classics.

Their show at The Kee to Bala will be a rock and roll, summertime reggae dance party.

“It’s an acoustic rendition of some old material and new stuff to try and represent something we do quite often when we go to a radio station or we have a rehearsal for a smaller, more intimate setting. Playing acoustically comes very naturally to us and we’ve never recorded or documented that. Our summer shows are all electric.”

Their show at The Kee to Bala will be a rock and roll, summertime reggae dance party the band is known for, noted Johnson.

“Acoustically it has one of the best-sounding rooms,” said Johnson of The Kee to Bala. “People tend to be in a really good mood when they get there – something about a lake and the cottage, rock and roll and all that.”

The band is planning a cross-country tour of Canada, from January to March, where their acoustic sound will be front and centre.

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