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.

Thanks for a rocking 2015, see you in 2016! 

We had a blast playing our last show of the year with Disco Funeral and Reset to Beautiful at the amazing Red Room Ultra Bar. Thank you to everyone who came out to dance and have a good time - what a great way for us to start our much needed break to rest from a crazy awesome year and to write new material! Keep on keeping on, gang, and see you in 2016! Check out these pics taken by our friends Kevin, Gemma and Thomas! PLOMO CON EL HAMPA!


Watch "Bring on the Playtime" Music Video, and come to our last show! 

After months of hard work, polishing and mixing the song with our producer buddy Dylan (plus adding percussion tracks with our new drummer Greg), and working with our filmmaker buddy Shaun Walford, shooting video around Vancouver, we finally crossed the finish line - and are now super proud of the result! Can't wait to share it with you! Check out the video on YouTube below, or go to our Facebook page and watch it there (over 12,000 views and over 50 shares in less than two weeks! woohoo!)

Huge thanks to Shaun Walford (his company Shot by a Ninja is def worth your time!) for the spectacular work on the video, and to Dylan Ellis (his official Facebook page has all the goodies!) for the incredible work recording and mixing "Bring on the Playtime"! (And just wait until he's done mixing the other three songs that will be included in our upcoming EP in the Spring of 2016!)

For now, we will be playing our last show in a few months as we take a break to write new songs and rest from the crazy year that just passed! Don't miss your chance to catch us live this coming Saturday, December 5th at the Red Room Ultra Bar on Hastings and Richards, downtown Vancouver (check out the poster below). What an awesome venue, and what a great way to close the year!

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive so far in this journey with us - hard to believe it's been almost 5 years! :D See you in 2016!
Go Caracas Go!


Caracas shoots music video! 

We spent a number of weekends with film director Shaun Walford from production outfit Shot by a Ninja, shooting the awesome music video for our upcoming re-vamped version of "Bring on the Playtime" (available in our upcoming 4 song EP of the same name). We spared no punches and this video has it all - from street shots to beach parties, from high def RED cameras to drone aerial shots! We seriously can't wait until its all done and ready to share with you!

Video screening party date and awesome supporting bands TBA soon!

Here are some preview pics so you can share our excitement! :D


Caracas in the recording studio! 

We are in the process of recording our new EP under the expert guidance of South African producer/engineer Dylan Ellis (Hokum, Rami Lakkis, etc). It will take a few weeks to record 4 songs: "Bring on the Playtime", "Fairy Dust Mofo", "Running" and "Pond of Dreams".

Although these are titles we've recorded in the past, don't be fooled - you've never heard them played this way before! Thanks to our new family members Heather (trumpet), Enmanuel (drums) and Luis (bass), we have finally achieved the way the songs were always meant to sound like -- big enough to blast through any festival sound system! :D

We're very excited for what we will share with you in the coming year..and beyond!


Pre-production at Vancouver Rockspace Studios

Tracking trumpets, drums, guitar and bass at The Farm Studios

Recording guitar overdubs at DeVille Studios

Producer Dylan Ellis shares a little preview of what's to come!



Caracas shoots their third photo-shoot! 

On an early Sunday morning in April, stellar photographer Paul Joseph (, stylist extraordinaire Ana Jost (Official Facebook page) and superb makeup/hair artist Merrissa Vogan, met us at the East Van Studios to shoot the band's new awesome promo shots!

Here's a behind the scenes video of how it all went down! (The soundtrack is our song "Pond of Dreams" live at the Jarabe de Palo show at the Rickshaw Theater!)



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Previous events

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.


Abbotsford's The Network Concert

Brothers Bowling and Billiards, 33550 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

13 great bands at the excellent Brothers Bowling and Billiards - it's THE NETWORK, Abbotsford biggest rock concert event of 2015!

Featuring My Mother the Carjacker, Liars and Lions, Chilled Clarity, Bridges to Royal, 10 Ton Tiger and 8 more awesome bands!


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 rocks Big Rock Eatery!

Big Rock Eatery, 310 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver

Caracas performs at the newly opened Big Rock Eatery, next door to the ever popular Big Rock Brewery!

Come early, have a bite, and don't miss our friend John Michael Lind perform solo material from his latest record "Out on the Land"! (


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".


Caracas Okanagan Mini-Tour 2015

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Penticton Farmer's Market, 100 Block Main St, Penticton

Our second show of the Okanagan mini-tour is a semi-acoustic set outdoors - as part of the Penticton's Farmers' Market 25th Anniversary.

We will be playing with our friends of Barefoot Caravan, who will be promoting the release of their EP "Echoes".

Music goes from 9am to 1pm!


Caracas Okanagan Mini-Tour 2015

Grateful Fed, 509 Bernard Ave, Kelowna

Our first stop in our weekend-long mini tour of the Okanagan with our friends Barefoot Caravan, who will be celebrating the release of their new EP "Echoes".

Opening the evening will be the upbeat dance Kelowna band Rainbow Rhythms.

Come on out to dance at one of the best live music venues in the Okanagan!


27th Annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

Millennium Village Plaza on False Creek, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

Caracas will play the World Beat Stage on June the 20th! 10 local global music bands on a big outdoor stage at the Millennium Village Plaza on False Creek. Beer garden, pro lights and sound. Admission is FREE!

Free Age limit: All ages



Dance night at the Railway

The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver

A night to make you sweat, with the energetic performances of Mellomanic, Warless and Caracas!

Age limit: 19+



Latin rock at the 7 DIning Lounge!

Seven Dining Lounge, 53 West Broadway, Vancouver

Come on down to the 7 Dining Lounge for some great food and even better bands! :D

Caracas is playing songs from their latest collection, and a few new surprises!

TBA Age limit: All ages



Caracas rocks the Big Rock Urban Brewery!

Big Rock Urban Brewery, 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Favorite local craft beer brewers Big Rock is opening their new eatery on West 4th, and to celebrate this epic event they are getting bands to play every day!

So come on out to discover why this excellent beer goes so well with their menu - and with Latin rock!

To seal the deal, the opening solo act for the evening will be no other than Kyle Fury, of Los Furios!

If you're coming with a group, make sure to book a table online here:

see you there!

No Cover Age limit: 19+


Barefoot Caravan - Vancouver Debut

The Woods Studios, 7 West 2nd Ave, Vancouver

Barefoot Caravan will make their debut performance in Vancouver, BC with amazing local supporting acts Caracas The Band and Chicken-Like Birds at Woods Studio.

Promoting their EP Single "Echoes" (Pre-EP Release) the Caravan is excited to make there presence known in the big city. Having toured all over BC and playing with various well known acts, it's about time they make their way to the music hub of the province.

10 Age limit: All ages


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