Date: November 13th, 2015
Opening Bands: Survay Says!, Rude Boy George, The Sunnyside Social Club
I haven’t been to a show in over 2 months since the birth of my son. I figured this would be a great first show to come back to. Unfortunately, with the tragic events in Paris, the mood was a little more somber. That still didn’t stop people from going out and enjoying themselves like they usually do. The Paris events might have kept a few people home but it was still a decent sized crowd for a ska show.
I wasn’t even sure if I was going to go after what happened in Paris. Whether or not club owners would cancel their shows or if mass transit would be extremely delayed or whatever. I decided to go and glad I did because the show was a lot fun. Just like last year’s Mustard Plug show, this lineup was solid from top to bottom. First up was The Sunnyside Social Club and they had a Dixieland, Swing, New Orleans’ Blues sort of thing going on. They had a lot of energy on stage and great stage presence. The singer/trumpet player was singing with a megaphone a lot of the time. Towards the end of the set, he jumped into the crowd and was getting donations from the crowd. You can clearly tell they are a busker type of band.I wasn’t sure how they would fit in with a ska show but they did nicely.
After Sunnyside Social Club, were my buddies in Rude Boy George. They always deliver a fun set! Who doesn’t like hearing ska versions of 80s songs?! Since the last time I saw them, they introduced two “new” songs into the set with The Cure’s “Close To Me” and Wang Chung’s “Dance Hall Days.” They started off with The Pretenders’ “Middle of the Road,” which is perfect song to start off with. At one point, singer Megg got a little feisty with someone up front who was checking her phone. Glad she called someone out on that because that would have annoyed me too. Other songs they played included “(Keep Feeling) Fascination,” “Always Something There To Remind Me” and “Kids in America.” Mustard Plug enjoyed their set too and even said they did this tour just to see Rude Boy George play. Couldn’t have asked for more of an awesome praise. They always play at Toshi’s Living Room every month so you can check them out there too.
Survay Says played after RBG, and brought the punkier side of ska to the show. I’ve seen those guys quite a lot over the last few years. The crowd started to fill in when they came on. The circle skank pit was out in full force for them. They played songs like “I Aim to Misbehave,” “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” and I think “Some Me Potato Salad.” At one point they played a fun cover of Dance Hall Crashers’ “Lost Again.” They said they learned a bunch of DHC stuff for a private gig last week and decided to play another song that night. Glad they played that one.
Finally, Mustard Plug came on stage and started things off with “Send You Back,” followed by “Skank By Numbers” and “Go.” By this point, everywhere who wanted to see Mustard Plug was inside the Knitting Factory and all in all, it was a decent sized crowd. Practically the entire crowd was a circle pit for certain songs. The crowd was a little rambunctious at times and throwing stuff around. I witnessed one guy throw a water or beer on stage. Not sure why you would do that when you could have hit a band member or hit some wires that could have shorted out the sound system. People need to think before doing stupid shit.
Mustard Plug was one of the first ska bands I got into back in 1996 so I always love hearing their music live. Hearing songs like “Mr Smiley,” “Everything Girl,” “Throw A Bomb,” and “Mendoza” puts a smile on my face. In the middle of the set, they broke out their cover of “Waiting Room” by Fugazi. The singer/trumpet player of The Sunnyside Social Club popped on stage to play with the guys during “Life’s Too Short.” The last song I saw was “Beer Song,” which is still a crowd favorite after all these years.
I was definitely glad to get out of the house and see the show. Beats sitting inside and watching the depressing news all night long. If there’s any type of show in your area, be sure to go to it because we need to keep concerts and other events going. Just because some dickless cowards want to disrupt our way of life, doesn’t mean we should stop doing that stuff. Ok, off the soapbox. Mustard Plug will be out on the West Coast in January so check them out if they play your town.