Reel Big Fish, the really biggest ska-punk band to ever come out of Los Alamitos, today announced a hometown show at Anaheim’s House of Blues on Oct. 30.
“Fellow SoCal miscreants” The Maxies and post-apocalyptic swing band Marquis and the Rhythm Howlers are also on the bill, Reel Big Fish also announced.
Reel Big Fish emerged from Southern California’s third wave ska scene alongside No Doubt, Save Ferris and Sublime. In fact, I recall an outdoor festival show I attended in the ’90s or very early aughts when Reel Big Fish loaned their horn section to the Voodoo Glow Skulls. (Or was it the other way around?)
“Distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, sarcastic humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska, the group continues to tour the world playing shows to a hardcore fanbase that’s as devoted as ever,” reads their bio that accompanies the HoB announcement. “Most recently seen on the road with Bowling For Soup and The Aquabats and at this summer’s Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Show in Asbury Park, NJ, the band’s ninth studio LP, Life Sucks…Let’s Dance, was released in late- 2018 and has garnered some of the best reviews of their lengthy career.”
But you really want to see Reel Big Fish live, right? Pre-sale tickets for the House of Blues show go on sale at noon using pre-sale password “SKASHOW.” General tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
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