Rhode Island Ska Productions will be hosting showcase of current New England ska bands on December 26th. The party planned to follow night one of this year’s Mighty Mighty Bosstones Hometown Throwdown. If you’re already headed to Throwdown, you’re already in the building. Just walk next door to the restaurant to the left if the main entrance. Doors open at 9 and music starts as soon as Bosstones finish playing, probably in the 10pm to 10:30pm vicinity. Cover is only $5 with your MMB ticket, $8 if you’re just coming for the showcase, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Music Forward Foundation. As part of the House of Blues franchise, the foundation aims to “remove the barriers between need and success by providing access to music education and music industry mentorships for youth nationwide.”
The showcase features The Copacetics from Providence, Rhode Island, Sonic Libido from Brunswick, Maine, and Hobo Chili from right here in Boston. Join the Facebook group and see who else plans to go.
The Copacetics released their debut album in January of this year but have been sharing their traditional ska sounds for quite some time. Listen to “The Conquest of Cool” below and read our review of their record.
Hobo Chili is by far one of the hardest working bands we know. They too released an album this year capturing their eclectic sounds and influences. Read our review of their record here and watch them perform “Entertaining Liars” and “Move Your Feet” at the Epic Problem in Tampa.
Sonic Libido vocalist Bryce Reed has been flying the band’s flag since 2009. The band has since released a demo, EP, and 4 live albums on bandcamp. In 2012, they took a brief hiatus.
The song below is from their first post-hiatus show, recorded at the Sad Cafe in Plaistow, NH. Shortly after publishing this post, the band promptly removed most of it’s catalog from Bandcamp and posted a brand new ska/punk jam called “Blackout.”
Watch the calendar for more opportunities to support local music!
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Massachusetts photo By pikespice [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Rhode Island photo By Morrow Long [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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