REEL BIG FISH
8:30 p.m., The Village. $13 adv., $16 d.o.s.
Without question, Monica is going to take hundreds of folks in Robinson back to those icky, dazed days of 'tweenhood. But me? I skanked into my teen-age years with a checkered bowling shirt on my back and "Why Do They Rock So Hard?" by Reel Big Fish in my Discman. I thank my lucky stars that my ska phase began and ended with that one release, but, man, it was a helluva album. All screeching horns and white-boy harmonies behind bubblegum punk guitar riffs and lyrics about your girlfriend being a vegetarian — the type of real heady, grown up stuff I was heading into, y'know? And the guys were witty, to boot. I mean, Reel Big Fish has an entire song about how big of a dork their trumpet player, Scott, is. It's called "Scott's a Dork." Long story short, if you're into ska, you know these guys, you know they're one of the biggest genre acts to come out of the '90s and you know the elder statesmen of third-generation ska put on notoriously wild live shows. I'm there, and I'm bringing my goofy inner 13-year-old with me. I owe that little fat kid a night on the town.
Reel Big Fish plays, apparently, by themselves. Sweet.
Whale Fire has been added as a last-minute opener. Thanks, Sammy!