The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at The Pageant – September 12th, 2014

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Friday night started off my weekend so awesomely because I was able to photograph a band that takes me back to high school when I think about them.  If you are between the ages of 30-35 you probably have a string of bands from the 90’s that completely take you back to your days as a teenager.  The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are defiantly included in my list of triumphant acts that helped shape that time period of music in a way that expanded past the norm of the grunge or alternative acts that mostly came out of the 90’s.  With the Bosstones having main stream success they helped bring to light a style of music called “Ska” that was underground, much like the early punk scenes that spawned bands such as The Misfits, Black Flag, and Pennywise.  Ska is this great marriage between punk, big band, and reggae that has the unique quality of being songs that you can both dance and scream your lungs out to as you enjoy it.  Coming into the concert club on Friday evening only seconds before the stage lights went up, I quickly remembered why The Bosstones are such a great band.

Hurrying to the pit before the first song started I threw my camera over my shoulder and got tossed right into it.  With a band that hasn’t toured in a while and has members that are at least 15+ years older than the last time they were hitting the concert circuit, you might be expecting a more laid back performance.  This was not the case with the Bosstones.  Forgetting just how many performers are on stage at once, which I think totaled 8 for that evening, it is a site to see.  Not alone does frontman Dickey Barrett rule the stage running from side to side making growling faces in-between gravely vocals that cut through the horns perfectly, you also have another band member that sings backup and energetically dances throughout ever song in their set.  It was awesome and you should totally check this tour out if it is passing through a city near you.  It’s not only a fun trip down memory lane, but it’s also a chance to see a band that puts on an amazing show.

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