CARACAS (click to go to the bio!)

CARACAS (click to go to the bio!)

An explosive musical experiment that smashes together Punk rock, Ska beats, Jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, tons of Latin mojo and a kickass live show.

First gig with our new bandmates! 

After a few months in the jamspace practicing our songs with Isaac and Andrew, we were ready to hit the stage! Thanks to Ben from Elevator Music we got that chance by playing at one of the oldest pubs in Vancouver, Pat's Pub (first opened in 1914 and home to many amazing jazz musicians over the decades!).

Here's a video of our last song of the night, "Fairy Dust Mofo" (thanks Kathy!)

We played with our old friends, Some Kind of Acronym (S.K.A.) and the brass-laden Brehdren!

See you at our next gig!!


Feliz 2018! Introducing...the Godwin brothers! 

Its been a while since our last post so here it is -- we've been busy teaching our songs - and coming up with new ones - with our two new awesome band mates: Andrew and Isaac Godwin!

Andrew will replace our drummer Shawn who moved to Vancouver island with his family, and Isaac will replace our on-and-off bassist Luis for a more permanent position!

May you all have a rocking new year!!

Caracas plays with Desorden Publico! 

This is a longtime dream come true for us...on November 11th we'll be playing a show with our all-time heroes, Venezuelan ska legends DESORDEN PUBLICO!! We're beyond words - this year's been good to us, so thanks everyone for your ongoing support!!

Desorden Publico is on its 31st year playing ska for the world, and we couldn't be happier! It's the music that inspired us to pick up an instrument, get through our day jobs, and get over high school heartbreaks! It's the music of a couple generations of Venezuelans...and we get the opportunity to share the stage with them! Pinch us now! :D

Also on the bill are our friends from Los Furios and Santa Lucia LFR!

Tickets available now at

See you there!


The Princeton Pub Rocks + Shawn's first gig! 

It was our first show playing with our old friend and new drummer Shawn Martin! And he nailed. every. song. He even played one we had put in the backburner for the longest time (the odd time signature Leo Un Cuento).

The packed roomful of regulars had their eyes on us throughout the whole set, and cheered enthusiastically after every song. They even sang along to Dale A Tu Spanish. What an awesome crowd. We invited the drummer of The Twitch (who played a killer show after us) -- Colin -- to play some cowbells and shaker on Diez Años (even our old friend Heather jumped on stage to play some Guiro on it too!).

The Twitch slayed with their blues and shredding hard rock, and Two White (which was only one-half tonight with Beth White) played a smooth vocal/guitar set. Javier even jumped on stage to help her out with some background percussion. Overall, what an awesome night. Can't wait to do it again next Friday at the Displace Hashery in Kitsilano! See you there!


Previous events

Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2017

Dragon Boat BC, 1 Athletes way, Vancouver

Caracas is playing the 2017 Dragon Boat Festival! Come on out and enjoy the sun, the racing, the food, and the awesome live music (all weekend long)!

YucaFest 2017

The Fairview Pub, 898 West Broadway, Vancouver

Super Chido Productions, Yucastereo Radio, VanMusic, Radio Alicia and One Love Westcoast Festival presents YUCAFEST at the Fairview on June 15th.

Confirmed bands: Out of Control Army, Bone Daddies, Cawama and Caracas.

Out of Control Army is one of Mexico favourites new ska bands. They are formed by various members of established bands like Los de Abajo, Sekta Core, Salon Victoria and Señor Bikini to refresh the ska sounds of the city. Fronted by Deals who also manages the Non Stop Ska festival and the venue Gato calavera as well as their own record label Out of Control Records. A true sample of the best ska from Mexico.

Funky Beach Party at the Cobalt!

The Cobalt, 917 Main street, Vancouver

Summer is coming up quick so come on down to the Cobalt on May 27th to dance to the funk, ska and rock of The Maneuver, Caracas, and the chill sounds of Victoria's own Zoubi and the Sea!


Rickshaw Theater, 254 E. Hastings, Vancouver

Venezuelan ska legends Desorden Publico will be coming to Vancouver for the very first time, and we'll be here ready to party with them! Don't miss this once in a lifetime chance to see these ska giants as they celebrate their 31st anniversary of good times! Also on the bill are local favorites Los Furios and Santa Lucia LFR!


Vancouver Halloween Parade and Cosplay!

Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver

The annual Halloween Parade and Cosplay show will close off downtown Vancouver's core on the weekend of October 15th! Every year, thousands of people come out to walk and enjoy the family friendly parade and costume dress up, come out, and get down with your favorite Latin party punk band!


Rickshaw Theater, 254 E. Hastings, Vancouver

[This show has been postponed to OCTOBER 3rd. For more info, reimbursements or updates pls email]

Venezuelan Legends CARAMELOS DE CIANURO are on tour across North America and Caracas will be opening the show! Don't miss this unique chance to see these Venezuelan rockstars in Vancouver!

4th Burrard Inlet Fish Festival

Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray St., Port Moody

The 4th Burrard Inlet Fish Fest will be held August 12 to 14 2016 at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Once again Sunday’s event will be hosted at Noons Creek Hatchery. Watch for a host of activities and entertainers including DJ O Show, Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright, Port Moody’s own Joyelle Brandt, OS Twelve, The Carnival Band, Caracas and so much more.

Caracas and friends at the Red Room

Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St, Vancouver

One of Vancouver top spots for live music, Red Room will host Caracas for the second time! We will be sharing the stage with the awesome Disco Funeral and Reset to Beautiful. Come join us for one last show before we take a break to write new songs and rest from a busy year!

Kman and the 45s with guests

Rickshaw Theater, Main and Hastings, Vancouver

Montreal legendary skapunk band Kman and the 45s is touring Canada and Vancouver is one of their stops! Join Caracas and Brass Action in giving them a great west coast welcoming party! Bonus: Caracas will premiere their newest music video on the giant screens by the stage, along music videos from Kman and Brass Action!

Dia de los Muertos Show!

The Hall (ex-Astorino's), Commercial and Venables, Vancouver

A fully loaded Mexican party for the beloved departed! A traditional celebration with vendors, sugar skulls, shrines and lots of music! Party starts at 3pm for All Ages, and then turns into a 19+ show after sunset. Don't miss this special annual fiesta!

Burrard Inlet Fish Festival 2015

Rocky Point Park, Port Moody

It's the 3rd Burrard Inlet Fish Fest at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody!

This community engaged art event begins Friday evening with bannock and “jam”, food and music.

Caracas will perform along other great musicians on Saturday, September 26th.

Returning to this year’s event is a green, solar, wind and bicycle powered performance stage, by the totally excellent GPE Green Power Events!

Caracas, Mngwa and Mellomanic at the Railway!

Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir, Vancouver

Saturday, September 12th IMU presents CARACAS, MNGWA & MELLOMANIC @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 9:30pm / $10 cover

CARACAS - Formed in East Van by Venezuelan brothers Javier and Victor Badillo, Caracas is defined by upbeat, melodic, syncopated Latin-influenced original punk rock with a penchant for genre crossovers. Compared to bands like The Stranglers, Pixies, Talking Heads and White Stripes, the Badillos previously played in seminal Malaysian punk rock band LyMe, learning from and influencing a generation of Malaysian DIY punks.

MNGWA - A 9-piece collective of Russians, Mexicans and Canadians with vocals in four languages, Mngwa injects the local music scene with a fresh global perspective, mixing elements of Latin, cumbia, dub, funk, reggae and African rhythms. They've earned a reputation as a juggernaut party band, hosting underground shows featuring video projections, costumes, puppets, live artwork and a colourful entourage of weirdos.

MELLOMANIC plays a mix of rock, folk, reggae and funk with soulful, interweaving vocals and dynamic, original songs. A group of friends who've been playing music together for ten years, they have a collective passion for music and a collaborative approach to songwriting, resulting in carefully crafted songs that touch on the common themes of our lives.

Deep Cove Daze 2015

Deep Cove, Panorama Park, North Vancouver

Deep Cove Daze Aug 30th 11:45 am - 8:00 pm Panorama Park, North Vancouver Deep Cove Daze 2015 Cost: Free!

When: August 30th, from 12-8pm Where: Panorama Park, North Vancouver (Deep Cove)

The Deep Cove Daze festival takes place on August 30th at Panorama Park from 12pm to 8pm. The festival kicks off at 11:45am with the big band and the children's parade and the official opening ceremonies start at noon.

Deep Cove Daze includes food, children's entertainment, local wares, art, music and beer. Kids will want to visit the midway with rides, games, and attractions. The midway will be located in the first parking lot at the top of the hill.

Trout Lake Summer Series 2015

Trout Lake Park, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Bring the family for a FREE live show at Trout Lake Community Centre outdoor performance area (eastside of building).

There will be a BBQ and a kids art station.

And a loud, fun Latin rock band playing for everyone!

Cates Park Summer Concert Series 2015

Cates Park, Cates Park Road, North Vancouver

Cates Park Concert Series is organized by the fine folks of

Bring a picnic basket or buy a burger at the concession. Sit on the grass, and enjoy the live music by the water!

Caracas Okanagan Mini-Tour 2015

Mission Creek Country Inn, 2-3652 Spiers Rd., Kelowna

Caracas last show in the Okanagan mini-tour is an annual house party event at the heritage 1909 Manor-turned-Bed & Breakfast, Mission Creek Country Inn!

We will be playing with our friends from Barefoot Caravan, supporting them in their release of their new EP "Echoes"!

Caracas Okanagan Mini-Tour 2015

Kerry Park, 1480 Mill St., Kelowna

Caracas will play a short-but-sweet set for Francofete 2015, the free, outdoors, annual Francophone summer party of the Okanagan!

We will play with our friends of Barefoot Caravan, who are releasing their new EP "Echoes".

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