John Everhart 
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Re: “Reel Big Fish and the English Beat, Supervillains, Man Overboard

As a Second Wave ska survivor now enjoying a halcyon 50s lifestyle, it was encouraging and refreshing to watch Fourth Wave kids skanking to "The English Beat" playing "Rough Rider". Dave Wakeling looked a lot better than at his last Tucson gig where he showed up two hours late sans band and drank about a case of beer while singing karaoke style. Last night Dave was BACK!

Mom and dad were together with the kids just melting to the two tone beat. I reminsisced with a lot of middle ages farts about the Second Wave: "The Specials", "The Selecter" and their compatriots. "The English Beat" may be splintered into Ranking Roger's "Beat" back in Birmingham and Dave's American exploits out of the West Coast here; but thank God Dave is back with a professional lineup! The sheer musicianship of the "New English Beat" have matured into something as good or better than they ever were in the 70's.

"Man Overboard" did a wonderful job of representing The Old Pueblo. These local youngsters showed the old-timers what ENERGY is about. Their stage antics were reminscent of the epitome of British Ska- "Madness".

"The Supervillians" seem a bit preoccupied with being rude. Being a rude boys isn't about saying "fuck" and "dick" and making homphobic jokes- except apparently in Florida. These guys should be under heavy manners. It's too bad that the stage banter overshadowed "The Supervillians" music- because the music was excellent: Bad Brains meet ska on Jagermeister. The band charged back and forth between jungle reggae and head banging punk at the drop of a four letter word!

I was pleasantly surprised at how much "Reel Big Fish" continues to mature musically. My 55-year-old ego screamed, "Who are these punks to headline The English Beat"? "Reel Big Fish" blew the roof off of the Rialto! WOW! Tight! Funny! PERFECT! GLORIOUS! ENTERTAINING! FUN! Check out the Hendrix behind the back guitar showmanship frontman Johnny Cash on ska! These cool cats from Huntington Beach definitely are groovy two toners even if their line up is whiter than Wonder Bread! "Bad Manners" could not have done better and the horn sections eyewear was muy suave too!

My wife and I could have used a bit more space for sambaing but it was good fun watching the youth pogoing sweat to the two tone beat.

We hear the Rialto may be shutting down. It's too bad. Shows like last nights are lifelong memories.

John Everhart AKA "Old Viejo"

Posted by John Everhart on 08/06/2009 at 4:20 PM

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