Smash Magazine, Good Shit Entertainment, Sellout Productions & Ska Parade Present
VIVA SKA VEGAS, Reel Big Fish
The Chinkees, Let's Go Bowling, Suburban Legends, The Skeletones, Roncovacoco, Be Like Max, Codename Rocky, Potato Pirates, The Maxies
200 Water Street
Henderson, NV, 89015
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 12:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
VIVA SKA VEGAS
Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish were one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-'90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, they were distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when the single "Sell Out" became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Reel Big Fish's popularity gradually waned in the subsequent years, following the decline of ska-punk as a marketable genre. Nevertheless, the band restructured its lineup and continued issuing new material to a smaller (yet considerably rabid) fan base.
Based in Huntington Beach, California, Reel Big Fish were originally a trio comprised of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Barrett, bassist Matt Wong, and drummer Andrew Gonzales. At that stage, the group was a conventional rock band with pop-metal leanings that covered both classic rock and Top 40 songs -- essentially, it was music designed for frat parties. After several months, the band discovered ska and decided to bolster its lineup with the addition of horn players. Reel Big Fish had a difficult time maintaining a stable horn section, and it took several years before their final lineup -- featuring Tavis Werts (trumpet), Scott Klopfenstein (trumpet, vocals), Grant Barry (trombone), and Dan Regan (trombone) -- fell into place.
This definitive incarnation of Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, Everything Sucks, in 1995. Everything Sucks became a word-of-mouth underground hit in ska-punk and college circles, which gave the band enough leverage to sign with the indie label Mojo Records. The label's president, Jay Rifkin, and former Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila co-produced Turn the Radio Off, which marked the band's first album for Mojo. Turn the Radio Off was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, Reel Big Fish continually toured in support of the album's release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single "Sell Out" began receiving heavy airplay from several influential modern rock stations in the U.S., which soon translated into MTV support for the song's quirky video. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100. In July 1997, Reel Big Fish released the Keep Your Receipt EP, which contained "Sell Out" and several outtakes, new songs, and live cuts. Why Do They Rock So Hard followed a year later, and in early 2000 the band returned with a reissued version of Everything Sucks.
The guys wound up on Jive Records in fall 2001 when their current label, Mojo, was bought by Jive's parent label, Zomba. Reel Big Fish's first release for Jive, a rock-oriented record entitled Cheer Up!, appeared in mid-2002. Years of touring followed, during which the band shared stages with the likes of Sum 41, Catch 22, Lucky Boys Confusion, the Matches, and Zebrahead. Replacement drummer Carlos de la Garza (formerly of Suburban Rhythm) eventually decided to leave the lineup, and his last show with the group was recorded live at Anaheim's House of Blues in June 2003. A DVD of that performance, The Show Must Go Off!, was released by the end of the year, and the band's next album, the cynical yet catchy We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy, was issued in April 2005. By this time, the group's lineup had shifted to include Barrett, Regan, Klopfenstein, Wong, new trumpeter John Christianson, and drummer Justin Ferreira (who was later replaced by Ryland Steen).
Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album
Touring continued for the rest of the year, and Reel Big Fish happily parted ways with Jive in January 2006, having wished to be dropped from the label since Cheer Up!'s release. A co-headlining tour with MxPx followed that summer, allowing Reel Big Fish the chance to gain their footing as an independent band. In August, the group self-released a double-disc live CD (along with an accompanying DVD) titled Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album. A few months later -- and much to the annoyance of the band -- Jive issued its own Reel Big Fish album, a best-of compilation entitled Greatest Hit...and More. Reel Big Fish received no money from the album's sales, as Jive Records now owned the rights to the bulk of their songs.
Duet All Night Long
Nevertheless, Reel Big Fish returned with some new material in February 2007, splitting an EP (Duet All Night Long) with their friends in Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free followed several months later, marking the group's first full-length studio release since leaving Jive's roster, and 2009's Fame, Fortune and Fornication found the band covering songs by the likes of Poison, Slade, and Tom Petty. In 2011, longtime member Scott Klopfenstein left Reel Big Fish to focus on raising a family, with Goldfinger's Matt Appleton taking over for him. The following year, the band released its first album of new material in five years, Candy Coated Fury.
Let's Go Bowling
Let's Go Bowling is the premiere Third Wave Ska band, hailing from the Greater San Joaquin Valley. Since the band's inception in 1986, the band's traditional ska style, barbershop harmonies, wisely crafted instrumentals, and it's frentic live performances, helped set the standard for dress and culture for West Coast Ska. which in turn, set the groundwork for the Third Wave Movement in 1995.
Let's Go Bowling has shared the stage with many diverse musical acts, including Fishbone, No Doubt, Pearl Jam, Moe., Blues Traveler, David Byrne, The Skatalites, The Young Dubliners, Shaggy, Steel Pulse, The Violent Femmes, Busta Rhymes, and Third World.
Out of the cultural holocaust of Orange County comes the superhero-like brilliance of Suburban Legends. Six recklessly handsome boys have devoted their lives to creating a glorious variety pack of ska music, all for your enjoyment. So put down those antidepressants and forget what's waiting on TIVO because it's time to enjoy a rocking good adrenaline rush.
With a sound that resonates with the energy of rock and punk, the Caribbean "riddims" of reggae, ska, and dancehall as well as the rhythmic appeal of hip-hop funk and soul, "The Skeletones" deliver a fusion of sound that is as diverse as their Southern California roots… yet as easily accessible as a groove. It is with this distinction that they have commanded stage performances on 3 continents for nearly 20 years. Formed in 1986 by Paul "Prince Skeletone" Hampton, "The Skeletones" have honed their craft by playing alongside rock icons like No Doubt, Sublime, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Fishbone, Incubus, The Skatalites, Bad Religion, 311, The English Beat and countless others.
Roncovacoco is L.A.’s premier Latin Reggae Ska band. Founded in 2001 this 10-piece ensemble magically melds Ska, Reggae, Jazz, Cumbia, Big Band and Rock sounds to appeal to a truly diverse fan base. With uplifting lyrics, fast-paced Ska riffs, smooth horn lines, and the drive to please their fans with a powerful live performance, these guys and gal are set to make themselves heard and loved around the world.
Be Like Max
Formally known as Everyone Meltdown, Be Like Max is a Las Vegas based Ska/Punk band. With an explosive sound, catchy horn melodies, and edgy attitude Be Like Max’s goal is to produce something they can be proud of. As said by front man Charley Fine “We don’t give a fuck what the scene, venues, industry, or other bands think of our music. We’re not here to impress anyone, we play for ourselves.”
The Potato Pirates are a band comin' straight out of the underground from Lakewood, Colorado. Mixing the harder punk rock sound with those upbeat ska rhythms that, when combined, have never failed to get a crowd moving. We've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some amazing bands like: The Aggrolites, Synthetic Elements, The Unmentionables(RIP), The Toasters, Insomniaxe, the Fad, False Colours, Global Hour, The Vitamin Kids, etc..... We also recently added some bagpipes to the act which we're mixing with the ska just to try something new. The crowd response for the pipes has been amazing, so thank you to everyone who's been coming out to the shows. For booking information contact Kinnon Entertainment OR just send us a message. We'd like to thank all the kids and bands who've ever helped us out!! see ya on the dance floor.
$20.00 - $26.00
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