KKS 2020 ON STAGE
MOST EXPLOSIVE 2020
Saturday at 9 PM
J. Tex & Frank Borgaard
Singer/Songwriter Jens Einer Sorensen aka J. Tex was born in Detroit, Michigan – growing up in Denmark. Playing instruments from the age of 6. Playing for a living on the roads of Europe, mainly in Italy and France in the early 90´ties. The inspiration is clearly from the great wide open, "Dustville" America, but J. Tex is truly an urban cowboy and at the age of 20 he went back to the States to search for his musical roots starting out his journey in Nashville, Tennessee. With a guitar in one hand, and a paintbrush in the other, he traveled all over the back roads of the South. He had a great companion and mentor in the fire-burning carnival painter and artist "the one legged man" John Heiner. This trip was a lifetime experience for J. Tex – learning the trade of art, and living the wild life on the road. When traveling long hours up and down interstate highway 75, he always found the time for writing songs when jamming with old-timers and everyday Americans.
Saturday at 9:45 PM
Yilan Kabilesi ia a Helsinki-based fusion bellydance group. The name means "tribe of snakes" and these enchanting ”snake dancers” perform among other things with deadly sharp swords.
Saturday at 10:30 PM
Fat Chance was formed 2014 in Helsinki area by five musicians. Based on 1940–50´s era sounds Fat Chance plays swinging rythm'n blues which tempts audienco to dance their socks off.
All band memebers are seasoned root music veterans with previous and current experience palying in groups like Boppin’ Pete Trio,Boogie Machine, The Hogs of Rhythm, The Toreadors, Monaco, Mike Westhues Band,Berryman & Bullet, The Kasino Kings, The Sun Connection and Good Rockin’ & The ShortTimers. And these are just few to mention here…
After original vocalist Ria Korholan left the active service end of the summer 2019 Merikukka Kiviharju stepped in as a new vocalist of Fat Chance. As a skilled jazz singer Merikukka has a voice that fits perfecty to perform black R&B jand she became an organic part of the band fluently. So far Fat Chance has recorded one album published by Goofin’ Records, “Right On Time” (2016) and a vinyl single featuring music from that album. The plan is to get Fat Chance and its new vocalist back to recording studio soonish and produce some new music for the keen audience. At its best rythm'n blues played by Fat Chancen is of course live! Small clubs or big dance halls, anything goes. All is done with full heart and and feeling. For the dancers and listeners equally.
Fat Chance is
Merikukka Kiviharju, voc.
Gona Lehtinen, gtr.
Hessu Pirhonen, p.
Jan Smedberg, b.
Artsi Taskinen, dr.
Saturday at Midnight
The Ravishing Shangri-La Rubies - the suave but not always sober, glitter-drenched feather-shaking ultra productive performer-producer-studio owner-teacher superstar burlesque duo that is Tinker Bell and TurrrboCherry!
Whether it is an unforgettable show that you are looking for, or perhaps even someone to put together the entertainment for your evening; some dazzling ladies to host an event or pose for some pictures, somebody to teach you the secrets of burlesque - the Rubies have it all!
TurrrboCherry and Tinker Bell have both been performing since 2008. They were among the first performers in the Finnish burlesque scene that sprung up during the late 00's. They are also part of Finland's probably most know burlesque troupe The Itty-Bitty Tease Cabaret. They've performed all over Finland and abroad including the Burlesque Hall of Fame event in Las Vegas (2011), The Home of Burlesque in Hamburg, the Bohemian Burlesque Festival in Prague, the legendary Helsinki Burlesque Festival, Berlin Burlesque Festival, Milano Burlesque Awards and many more.
The Rubies organize and host clubs and events, run their own burlesque school The Shangri-La School of Showgirls - the only of its kind in Finland - and are great at putting together shows and creating concepts for clubs, photoshoots and acts. The Ravishing Shangri-La Rubies co-produces the Pin-Up Finland competitions and show since 2015, being in charge of the artistic part for the whole project as well as coaching the girls for the finals. They have collaborated with bands and musicians over the years, and participated in the Finnish national selection for the Eurovision Conest UMK together with Knucklebone Oscar in early 2017.
Saturday starting from half past midnight
Marjo Leinonen & PubliCans
Marjo Leinonen & PubliCans is a swinging funk'n soul band with a rooty kick with bass played by sousaphonist Ville Niemelä... and willfull stage charisma by vocalist Marjo Leinonen who brings you one treat after another with her Full Body Vocalist performance of which she was known for already in the 1990's! Petri Kautto gives no mercy with his quitar performance, Harri Taittonen beats the soul out of keyboards and all is given a furious beat by Sami Vettenranta. New and old, original and borrowed with cool head and hot heart. Put your best dancing boots on... here we go and there's no standing still!!