MUSIC: Skalapalooza Invades Fete

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


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The Pietasters brought their jazzy, two-tone beats and R&B rhythms to the stage at Fete this weekend as part of Skalapalooza.

This weekend, everything was all right at Fete's lounge in the Olneyville section of Providence. A stellar lineup of third wave ska erupted from the stage with Spring Heeled Jack, The Pilfers and The Pietasters, who were making a stop as part of the Skalapalooza 2012 tour and making everybody kicking their feet up in the air and acting like a stone cold fool on the dancefloor. Spectacular music topped off with infectious vibrations made Fete the place to be on a Friday night.

Spring Heeled Jack

New Haven, CT's ska legends Spring Heeled Jack started off the night with no one stopping from skanking in their shoes to a great mix of soul, punk, old-school rock & roll and of course, ska. A jaw-dropping performance that included "Mass Appeal Madness", "Beggin'", "Tied Up", "Man of Tomorrow", a cover of Huey Lewis & The News' "Workin' For A Livin'" and another cover of Sam & Dave's "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" (yeah, I know, Elvis Costello did it too) followed up with the hit "Jolene" had the crowd going crazy. Back together since a series of reunion shows in 2010, it's really great to see one of the bands I enjoyed as a kid in the Nutmeg State rocking minds and souls once again.

The Pilfers

Next up were The Pilfers from New York City, lead by the funky moves of one Coolie Ranks. With a blaring trombone and an emphatic sound that had the audience jumping, "One Day", "Yakusa", "Lay", "From Far", "Jolly Jolly Jolly", "Roller Coaster", "Hypnotized", "Show No Fear", "What's New (Here We Go Again)", "Climbing" and "Shit's Up In The Air" brought some crazy antics and spectacular rhythms for a group that isn't your average ska band. Old-school toasting from Coolie and reggae dancehall rhythms mixed with punk angst made for a dynamic time from one of the best third wave ska bands still kickin' it today.

The Pietasters

The Pietasters from D.C. ended the night with their brand of jazzy, two-tone beats and R&B rhythms contributing to the never-ending dancefest amongst the crowd. "Freak Show", "Tell You Why", "Maggie Mae", a cover of The Four Tops' "It's The Same Old Song", "Night Before", "Girl Take It Easy", "Can I Change My Mind?", "Biblical Sense", "Movin' On Up", "Yesterday's Over", "Ocean", "Change My Ways", "Higher", "Chain Reaction" and "Out All Night" highlighted a memorable array of soul-ska that had everyone singing every word. The crowd kept on cheering with applause and The Pietasters had an encore for the ages with "Rachel", a cover of The Business' "Drinking and Driving" and "Wasted" to satisfy the masses.

Just another great night of kickass live music at one of the best live music venues in The Creative Capital. Log on to and check out the next show that will blow your mind.


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