Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Pacific Dub @ Roseland May 11

Written by on May 1, 2015

The first time that I was introduced with Less Than Jake was in 2001. In an outstanding set with Anti-Flag and Newfound Glory, they put on one of those performances that are one of those ones that just kind of stick with you forever. Little did I know that this was a start of long relationship I would start with the band, though I selfishly always tend to be on the receiving end. Lucky for us, they will be in town with Reel Big Fish and reggae group Pacific Dub at the Roseland Theater here in Portland on May 11th. For tickets and more information, click over to the Roseland Theater.

Consisting of Chris Demakes on lead/vocals, Roger Lima on bass/vocals, Vinny Fiorello on drums/lyrics, Buddy Schaub on trombone, and JR Wasilewski on saxophone, Less Than Jake is an extremely high energy band that always puts on a great show. When they come to town I believe that this will be the sixth or seventh time that I will see them live, and I can honestly say that they are a band that you don’t want to miss a chance to see. Their infectious ska music with blends of styles ranging from metal to pop-punk gets you riled up and excited, and you can’t help but dance and jump around and just enjoying being in the moment when you see them live. All of the members focus on their audience and make them feel like and intimate part of the show, bringing  you their unique style with a refreshing passion. Their songs are masterfully crafted, and their lyrics really show that they know the meaning of being a young person and coming into a world when you feel like an outsider. Below is their creative video for “My Money Is On The Long Shot” from their most recent album See The Light (spoiler alert: there’s a ton of cameos).

Reel Big Fish might be one of the hardest working bands in the ska scene today. They routinely put on over 250 shows a year, and their familiarity with the stage shows through in their performance. I had the pleasure of seeing them live for the first time with LTJ a couple of years ago and was definitely not disappointed. It really is a sight to behold seeing Aaron Barret dance and spin around the stage as he hammers on his guitar. He has also been known to play a solo or two behind his head. The whole band is made up of members that seem to truly love pleasing the audience. Here is a clip of them from the 2013 Warped Tour.

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