Drusky Entertainment Presents The Don't Stop Skanin' Tour
Reel Big Fish
Five Iron Frenzy, Beautiful Bodies, Beebs and Her Money Makers
1620 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 12 and over
Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish was 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, the band was 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 their single "Sell Out" became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Their appearance in the movie "Baseketball" as the halftime band also gained them more fans and helped the bands popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett, they continue releasing albums and touring relentlessly, playing more and more countries and bigger venues all over the world.
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 Reel Big Fish's first album for Mojo. "Turn the Radio Off" was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, the group 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.
Five Iron Frenzy
Five Iron Frenzy has made a triumphant, fan-funded return to recording with their 10th album, Engine of a Million Plots.
In 2011, it took Five Iron just shy of an hour to raise $30,000 from fans new and old. But eager listeners didn’t stop there: The band made Kickstarter history by earning $207,000–almost seven times their initial goal. That singular show of support launched Engine of a Million Plots, their first album in a decade.
With their new album, Five Iron pushes their characteristic sound into new territory. Eschewing nostalgia, the members bring a fresh and evolved perspective to their songwriting. Enjoying complete freedom in the studio, Five Iron was able to exploit their full range of talents without the restraints and pressures of a label. As a result, Engine displays a creativity and confidence of sound that will delight long-time followers and newcomers alike. In it the band explores darker themes, both lyrically and musically, without sacrificing their sense of humor. Available on CD, LP, and Digital Download, Engine of a Million Plots arrives in stores and online November 26th, at the tail end of a Fall tour in support of Reel Big Fish.
Five Iron Frenzy first formed in 1995 with vocalist/lyricist Reese Roper, former bassist Keith Hoerig, guitarist Micah Ortega, and lead songwriter Scott Kerr. They soon added Dennis Culp on trombone, Andrew Verdecchio on drums, Leanor Ortega-Till on saxophone, Nathanael Dunham on trumpet, and Sonnie Johnson on guitar. They gained national exposure with the songs, “Oh, Canada” (Our Newest Album Ever!, 1997) and “Where the Zero Meets the Fifteen” (Upbeats and Downbeats, 1996). Up until they disbanded in 2003, the band entertained audiences with spirited, interactive shows, sometimes in full costume. They announced their reunion in 2011 with the release of their free single, “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night.”
Fans’ enthusiastic response to Five Iron’s return is a testament to the lasting impact of their music and message. The self-described undead band is excited to make waves in the digital age with genre-pushing new work. Engine of a Million Plots is available November 26th.
When guitarist Thomas Becker approached singer Alicia Solombrino about playing music together, one small thing stood in their way: 4,500 miles to be specific. Becker, a Harvard-educated lawyer, was living in Bolivia, where he was suing the former president for human rights violations, and Solombrino was in Kansas City, making music with bassist Luis Arana.
Despite the distance, the three began writing songs together, sending rough recordings back and forth. Quickly, they realized that the chaotic blend of punk, dance, new wave, and rock they were creating clicked, so Becker put his law career on hold and joined the band. Within only a few months, the band released a single that received regular rotation on modern rock and college stations in the Midwest, and they were sharing the stage with groups like Smashing Pumpkins and My Chemical Romance. Becker moved back to the U.S., and the band has been barreling forward ever since.
Known for their "charismatic" (HITS Daily Double), "hard rocker" (USA Today), "high energy" (Kansas City Star), even "orgiastic" (Pitch Magazine) live shows, Beautiful Bodies have played with an array of artists ranging from Jane's Addiction to Paramore to TV on the Radio, making converts of concertgoers everywhere they play. Solombrino's magnetic – and at times, mischievous – personality has conjured up comparisons to Blondie, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Runaways. Their music – a combination of habit-forming hooks and blisteringly loud guitars – has been featured on television programs and at professional sports games and New York Fashion Week. The band recently got off tour with Reel Big Fish, and the band was crowned the winners of Ernie Ball's Warped Tour Battle of the Bands, which included 32,000 bands. The band heads to LA this spring to record a full-length album with John Feldmann (Panic at the Disco, The Used, Neon Trees). Expect fantastically chaotic results.
Beebs and Her Money Makers
With the kazoo wielding songstress Beebs as their fearless leader, BaHMM is taking audiences by surprise with their high energy performances, and a refreshing never before heard blend of psychedelic rock, funk, blues, and hip-hop. Beebs and Her Money Makers, or "BaHMM!" for short made a BIG bang in 2011 with the release of their EP, "Welcome to Bartertown".
Boasting a huge lineup of performers, including "Glow Hoopers" and "JamBots", BaHMM hit the road armed with nothing but their sassy songs and funky hard pounding grooves. In two short years they've forged their way to the top of their music scene, selling out nearly every show they've played to date.
Some of the acts BaHMM has rocked the stage with include Zach Deputy, Keller Williams, The Lee Boys, BadFish, Dumpstaphunk, 100 Monkeys, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Perpetual Groove, and many more! With the upcoming release of their highly anticipated new full length studio album, and a comic book based on the superhero alter egos of the band by comic book artist Tony Baldini, 2012 looks to be another year of powerhouse performances by these evolutionary revolutionaries of love and music!