Reel Big Fish

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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
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2011-04-14 14:02:07

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Reel Big Fish
Venue/Date: Daytona International Speedway (Daytona Beach, FL)
Concert Date:  
April 9th, 2011
Reviewer: skruslicky

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Partying in the parking lot before the show, punk rockers, college students, and punk rock college students seemed more than eager to pack into the large gymnasium at Embry Riddle on a Saturday night. The mostly pierced masses huddled patiently, waiting for Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish to take the stage. It's been a while since I've seen either of these bands live, over 6 years, but I felt as happy to see them now as I did back then. The show held in Embry Riddle's gym was free to the college's students. Less Than Jake hit the stage a bit after 8:30 and ran through a pretty broad set list, mixing plenty of old songs with some new ones, “History Of A Boring Town,” “Plastic Cup Politics,” “How’s My Driving Doug Hastings?” and my all time favorite ska track “Dopeman,” were all included. The intensity of the crowd from the beginning seemed to catch a lot of the security staff off guard, the moshing and crowd surfing started right after the first note. As usual, crowd interaction played a huge role in Less Than Jake's show. Lead singer, Chris Demakes first remark of the night was about a kid in the crowd with a large mustache, eventually Demakes invited the mustached gentleman on stage for a thorough interrogation. Roger Manganelli, the bassist, later asked a young lady to come forward for kiss, and although neither of them went through with it, they danced together on stage for one song. There is no introduction needed for this next band, if you skanked in the 90’s you know about Reel Big Fish, the band best known for their 1997 hit “Sell Out.” Once Reel Big Fish took the stage at about 9:45, they started to blast their way through a powerful ska-punk set. The band out of Huntington Beach, California, took control of the audience with an insane fire of fists pumping and people jumping. After seeing these guys live over 6 years ago, their sound still flows smoothly through my now jaded punk rocked ears. With a front man as fascinating as Aaron Barrett and a crew of retro dudes wearing huge sunglasses, it was easy to win over the audience in Daytona Beach. As the security staff on the barricade will tell you, the third wave of ska is still alive and kicking. Aaron Barrett was fully involved with the crowd during the entire show, cracking jokes with the audience between each song. Halfway through the set they played one of my favorite live songs "Beer;" as a groove of reggae passed through the crowd I could not help but sing along with crowd “I think I’ll have myself a beer." Reel Big Fish continued to play their most popular songs “She’s Got a Girlfriend Now,” “Take On Me,” and “Everyone Sucks,” mixed in with some lesser known tracks. Towards the end of the gig an enormous circle pit broke out catching me off guard. After being thrown into the pit, I had no choice but to skank for a few seconds to show my gratitude for the band that created the soundtrack of my teen years. If you would like to see pictures from the night please visit for more concert reviews and photos.

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