Mustard Plug brings their brand of ‘punk with horns’ to Loosey’s

The Grand Rapids, Mich., group Mustard Plug brings its horn-infused ska-punk sound to Loosey’s for a performance Saturday.

Courtesy of Mustard Plug
Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

One surprisingly unsupervised night about 15 years ago, I cruised around the Ocala mall parking lot with some older kids, who for all intents and purposes were terrible influences on me, except when it came to music. That was the night that I was exposed to the veteran Grand Rapids, Mich., ska-punk sextet Mustard Plug for the first time, or any ska music for that matter. It was one of the happiest nights of my life and it was all thanks to how awesome Mustard Plug was/is and the overwhelming fact that it is impossible to be sad while listening to ska.

“Mr. Smiley” is an actual song title (though it should be noted that lyrically, this is NOT a happy song). It should also be understood that Mustard Plug leans more toward “punk with horns” than actual traditional ska that the kids seem to be into these days, but that can be a good thing, and with Mustard Plug, it’s a great thing.

For the nostalgic or the curious, check them out at Loosey’s on Saturday along with Loki Danger and local reggae legends The Duppies, starting at 9 p.m.

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Orlando funk-rockers The Groove Orient perform with local southern jam-rockers Home Brew tonight at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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The Jam hosts a local showcase for the launch of Swamp Records, a new student-run record label at the University of Florida, featuring performances by D.P., The Savants of Soul, Will Brennan, VASS, Bells & Robes and Morning Fatty, to name a few, on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.

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High Dive also hosts a show dedicated to local bands, featuring the orchestral sounds of Pristine Stringz, III Bones, Dirty Spoons and Ancient Olive, on Friday starting at 9 p.m.

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Be prepared to embrace your inner metalhead Saturday at The Jam with performances by Embrace The Pain, Selfles and Vane, starting at 8 p.m.

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Apparently there are “indie/emo revival” bands now and it’s making me feel old, so if you want to relive the early 2000s, head to High Dive on Sunday and catch New Jersey’s premier indie-revivalist quartet, Front Bottoms, along with Orlando’s You Blew It!, starting at 8 p.m.

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