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The Ivy Operation


The 30th Anniversary of the Operation Ivy LP

The Ivy Operation

Doing 20+ Op Ivy Classics

With Guests: The Farrell Bros. & Quagmire

California's Bay Area was home to many seminal punk bands.  One of the most influential being iconic ska-punks, Operation Ivy, who blended thrashy punk rock, second wave ska and socio-political lyrics to create something that hadn't yet been heard in 1987.  Though, co-founders Tim Armstrong & Matt Freeman found broader success with their 90's outfit, Rancid, it was Operation Ivy who laid the framework for a whole era of angsty ska-punk. Jesse Michael's lyrics of social justice and unity among divisive times that made the band just as poignant today as they were three decades ago.

Here in Winnipeg, a cast of local who's-whos unite to pay tribute to Operation Ivy upon the 30th anniversary of the band's epic 27-song self titled LP, put out just months before they disbanded - calling it quits after just two years.

"We had done a couple of gigs nearly a decade ago.  The response was overwhelming.  The amount of energy a room can hold while those songs are performed live really depicts the level of impact this band had on the world," states singer Johannes Lodewyks (SubCity Dwellers, Noble Thiefs) as he recalls the tribute gig his band (deemed "The Ivy Operation") played to a sold out Royal Albert Arms in the summer of 2010.  "It's time again to throw back to the band that brought us all to where we are now."

Lodewyks is joined by fellow Kids on Fire bandmate, Leif Gobeil (Vibrating Beds), on bass, Slow//Steady frontman, Dylan James, on drums and country troubadour, Greg Arcade playing the part of Tim Armstrong.

The night will be rounded out by twenty-seven-year-running rockabilly act, The Farrell Bros., and grit'n'roll punks, Quagmire.

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm

Advance - $12.00 [Mezzanine - $17.00]
Door - $17.00 [Mezzanine - $22.00]

Earlier Event: May 31
Silent Witness Project
Later Event: June 2
Half Moon Market