Must-Watch: TIMBRE ROCK & ROOTS 2011

In its 2nd year running, Timbre Rock and Roots 2011 sticks by its mandate of ‘bringing quality musicians to Singapore audiences’ and does so indeed with this year’s 2 night stellar line-up of world-class musicians, multiple Grammy Awards winners and nominees.

Each festival night will see at least three headline acts taking to the stage and playing full sets. v.a.u.l.t brings you through the list…some  who are well on their way to musical rockstar-dom and some of which, need no introduction.


Raw Earth


Ain’t no better way to kick off a soul-spinning festival in Singapore than with the best of our local blues and rock musicians, starting it out old school with music from the ’50’s to the ’70’s!

Raw Earth consists of Danny Loong & Francis Chan of Ublues, Surath Godfrey & Lin Hanrong from rock outfit Reverie as well as Victor Chen, who won Wala Wala’s Strip Acoustic session





Toots & The Maytals


Since the release of their 1964 debut album Never Grow Old – Presenting The Maytals, Toots & The Maytals have gone on to win a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for their 2004 True Love and have had their 2006 album Light your Light nominated in the same category. It is timely then for them to show their reggae prowess at Timbre Rock & Roots 2011, with their 2010 release Flip and Twist, revealing their skant beat, in their perfected, rocksteady style.

They are credited with coining the word “reggae” with their 1968 single Do the Reggay you know? FACT.



Bob Dylan


This dude belongs to the category which needs no introduction. I mean, this American singer-songwriter is hailed as THE definitive songwriter of the 1960’s counter-culture and  protest movement. His lyrics alone are revolutionary and  his music screams  BOB DYLAN!! in a bevy of musical genres which range from Folk to the Blues, Gospel to Rock & Roll, Jazz to Swing, and even across English, Scottish and Irish Folk Music.

Bob Dylan is truly a living legend, and one we all need to see perform live, in our lifetime.



Michael Franti & Spearhead


Known for merging music genres of funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock with a strong hip hop beat, it is also using their music to front Michael Franti & Spearheads’ advocacy towards peace, environmental and social justice issues, which has gained them worldwide acclaim. The band have also toured and produced the annual Power to the Peaceful festival since 1998.

In 2000, the Stay Human album’s central theme was their stand against social issues like the death penalty, mass media monopolization and corporate globalization. In 2008, the album All Rebel Rockers showed their endeavours to make the world a better place, with their own commentary on U.S. politics. With the recent release of their latest album The Sound of Sunshine on 28th March 2011 here in Singapore, it’s not hard to guess the band is gearing towards shining their rays of optimism on anyone looking for some of it – particularly so in the modern landscape of today.





The story of 53A started six years ago as Alvin and Sara jammed together in the dusty attic of a shop along 53A Haji Lane. Six years on, they’ve roped in Hidir and Irwan to complete the band that it is today.

With a melting pot of diverse musical inspirations, this band which has regular nights at Timbre  is known for an eclectic range of pop rock and fun, and has recently released a debut original album called Settle the Kettle. If you haven’t checked them out before, now’s your chance! Hit the link above to head to their official site.





Imogen Heap


Imogen Heap has emerged in a class of her own as an all-rounded musician, exhibiting her electronic prowess, musicality and enchanting vocals in a form like no other.

With her latest album Ellipse winning the Grammy last year for Best Engineered Album and having had performed to a sell-out concert this time last year, this is your chance to witness her dedication to her artistry and be prepared to be throughly enthralled and captivated.




Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue


Grammy Nominee Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews is known to be a prodigy on both the trombone and the trumpet, with his band Orleans Avenue holding their own with Mike Ballard on bass, Pete Murano on guitar and Joey Peebles on drums – each a virtuoso in his own right.

Performing for the first time at Timbre Rock & Roots, they are going to raise energy levels to new highs in what Shorty calls “Supafunkrock” – their very own hair-raising concoctions of funk, rock, R&B and hip hop!




John Legend


If you haven’t heard of this guy by now, you must be living under a really big rock. John Legend is stuff that soul is made of. With six Grammy awards to boot and a 2007 recipient of the special Starlight award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, John Legend is a soul phenomenon.

Legend has collaborated with the likes of Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, Pink, Black Eyed Peas and more recently Kanye West. ‘Nuff said.




Timbre is locally known for its support behind live music and acts, and together with their festival partner Bluesfest, are to be credited for making such music accessible to us! Get your soul fix today!

Ticketing details

15 April & 16 April 2011, 6pm, Marina Promenade (F1 tracks behind Singapore Flyer)

Get your 1 or 2 day passes from Sistic here or call them at (65) 6348 5555

For the most updated set timings, go to the official Timbre Rock & Roots 2011 website here

* Be spotted at Timbre Rock & Roots in Levi’s® apparel and stand a chance to win prizes (naturally, terms & conditions apply)


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