A VERY BONG CHOW HISTORY
"The Bong Chow is a masterclass in progressive reggae. Be sure not to miss their live show - there's a whole different sound to it. They are Vancouver's number one live band"
- Some Random Drunk Dude -
Bong Chow is a raw, heavy dub reggae, Latin and funk fusion band influenced by groups such as Sly & Robbie, The Wailers, and Scientist. Other influences include music from James Brown, The Budos Band, Monomono and The Meters. Heavy side comes from bands such as Black Sabbath, Maiden and Amorphis…
Bong Chow was formed by lead singer Rob Krys and guitarist Hour Chopper. Chop asked his friend and fellow musician David Garzon to join. Garzon plays multiple instruments… keys, guitar and latin percussion. Bong Chow frequented local pubs, casinos and parties playing classic tunes from Sublime, Marley and The Police.
After a brief retreat, Bong Chow re-grouped and joined with Callevra Sturch on drums and Dan Fizzl on bass. This is when Bong Chow decided to pursue their own direction. In July 2018, Oleg Barsukevich joined Bong Chow playing saxophone to complete the six member band.
At the end of 2019 Sturch decided to leave the band for personal reasons. Orlando Paco Faustino and Brian Brigz joined on the kit. Each of them bringing two unique styles.
Faustino has a funk and blues background.
Brigz brings the ska and reggae jam into the mix.
Summer 2019, Oso Fiore (the 27th born son to the late, great Tito Puente) joined Bong Chow to add his accents on the timbales and congas to compliment the percussion section of the band.
Early 2021 David Garzon decided to leave the band to pursue other goals.
Rod Navarro joined with congas and kit in the spring of 2021.
Bong Chow continues rehearsing and recording in east Van..
Rob Krys: vocals
Hour Chopper: guitar
Dan Fizzl: bass
Oleg Barsukevich: sax
Orlando Paco Faustino: drums
Brian Brigz: drums
Oso Fiore: timbalero
Rod Navarro: congas/ drums
Timmy Lall: drums
Corey D Vogrig: bass
Callevra Sturch: drums
David Garzon: keys/ percussion/ guitar