Toasters to Brawl at Eddie C's
Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 12:25 a.m.
Rude boys and dancehall queens, it's time to shine the wingtips.
Dust off your pork-pie hat. Gas up the Vespa. Grab your checkered socks. Dig out the two-tone suit (or Fred Perry's if you're edgy) and get ready to crank the skank.
Remember the glory days when bands like MU330, Mustard Plug, Hepcat and even the reformed Specials would come through town, enlivening an already healthy Florida ska scene? Well, people come and go, and bands do the same, but it's fantastic to see The Toasters making a triumphant return to Gville on Tuesday at Eddie C's, 1315 N. Main St., headlining the Ska Brawl 2005 tour.
With feet rooted in the second-wave/2-tone sound of the early '80s, longtime Toasters guitarist Rob "Bucket" Hingley even ran the seminal NYC record label Moon Ska for a while, proving his dedication to keeping roots music alive.
Ska also has had a pretty loyal following in Gville for years now, from Less Than Jake to The Know How to One and Done and One Pump Chump. And although most of these groups stuck more closely to the punk side of third-wave ska, there was always a band that reflected the more traditional/oi/2-tone sound.
That band was The Usuals, and the Tuesday Toasters show finds them playing their first show in more than a year. So come on out and show them how much you miss their classic, buoyant sound. Also on the bill are Supervillians and locals The Duppies.
This will be a fun one, no doubt.
As for this weekend, you can continue your ska/punk frenzy on Saturday at Common Grounds, 210 SW 2nd Ave., with The Know How, Against All Authority and Led Astray. Get sweaty to keep warm.
The Chris McCarty Band returns to town on Saturday at Market Street Pub, 120 SW 1st Ave. Best known for their energetic-yet-polished live show, McCarty and Co. have been on the road off and on for a while now. Here's your chance to catch them again.
Also Saturday, catch one of the more eclectic shows to come through town in the form of George Shrub at the Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave. As the darker half of satirical singer/songwriter Dave Lippman, Shrub is the quintessential anti-folksinger from the CIA (Committee to Intervene Anywhere).
Shrub shares his "point of view (the Right One) so that people won't need their own. He employs ... interventionary anthems to explain (and enforce) that the business of America is none of your business, that unions are never civil and that the proper place for himself, like Wal-Mart, is everywhere."
As for Friday, Eddie C's will have Jabberwocky playing a show celebrating their new CD "Bleed The Way." If'n you like tough metal, then get out there already. Hollow Days and Monroe Brown also are on the bill.
Suffer, eardrums, suffer.
This entire weekend also includes Soul Cypher 4, the annual event put on by the fantastic and active UF HipHop Collective. Friday night takes place over at Santa Fe Community College with breakdancing and the Freestyle Olympics. Saturday night switches over to the UF Reitz Union, and Sunday will be BBQ all day long. More info can be found at http://grove.ufl.edu/ ~hhc/SoulCypher/home.htm.
Speaking of SFCC, Bob McPeek's VERY original musical play "Really Leary" will rear its ugly head starting tonight. Picture this: The year is 2052, and the cryogenically revived bodies of Walt Disney and Timothy Leary (head only) compete for the presidency on the popular reality TV show "Choose Your Chief." That alone should be enough reason for you to go.
What's more, McPeek's original soundtrack is another example of cross-pollination between live local music and theater.
And, of course, Camper Van Beethoven will be performing at Common Grounds with the Hackensaw Boys tonight. If you know of them, then you'll be there. If you don't, then check out what you've been missing.
Support local music as part of a healthy breakfast.
Conor Mitchell can be reached at soundcheck firstname.lastname@example.org.
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