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MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU WANNA DANCE.


BEER THAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN.


UPCOMING EVENTS AT OUR NEW VENUE Visit bellsbeer.com for show times.


DEC 1 The Macpodz • $7


DEC 2 Frontier Ruckus wsg Daredevil Christoper Wright • $10


DEC 3 Henhouse Prowlers • $6 DEC 8 Afro Zep and Afro Zuma • $5 DEC 9 Eccentric Day - Come as you aren’t DEC 10 Dave Bruzza: Unsafe at any Speed • $7 DEC 15 Valentiger wsg The Crane Wives • $5


DEC 16 Super Happy Funtime Burlesque Show $12* advance, $15 day of


DEC 17 Corn Fed Girls Holiday Show • $10 DEC 22 Sophistafunk • $6


DEC 23 Holiday Movie Extravaganza • Come watch holiday movies with NO COVER


DEC 24 Bell’s Eccentric Café will be closing at 5pm DEC 25 Closed - Happy Holidays DEC 29 Organissimo • Free


DEC 30 Pre NYE Party w/Strange Arrangement wsg The Coop • $10*


DEC 31 Come bring in the New Year w/Strange Arrangement wsg The Twin Cats • $15*


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Thank you for supporting live music at Bell’s Eccentric Café. 52 | REVUEWM.COM | DECEMBER 2011 OLD AND EXPERIENCED:


The Current State of Reel Big Fish


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S 19-YEAR VETERANS OF the ska scene, Huntington Beach Calif.’s Reel Big Fish can attest to the underground success of today’s brand of ska.


“Like all the scenes, it’s not sort of forced


upon the public by the radio or MTV or any- thing like that,” said Dan Regan, trombonist for Reel Big Fish. “It’s strictly word of mouth and friends getting together and that sort of thing, which is beautiful. That’s where the ex- citing energy comes from – it’s authentic.” But ska bands, such as Reel


Big Fish, didn’t always need to rely on word of mouth to pro- mote their music, especially in the mid-‘90s, where ska bands were all over the radio. With help from the single,


REEL BIG FISH AND STREETLIGHT


MANIFESTO The Orbit Room, Grand Rapids Dec. 6, 6 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of show orbitroom.com, (616) 942-1328


“Sell Out,” Reel Big Fish’s 1996 album Turn the Radio Off sold more than 500,000 copies under the independent Mojo label. Then Jive Records bought Mojo Records. “When we got onto Jive, they were deal-


ing with Britney Spears, and we were just kind of a novelty and just something to have on their roster,” Regan said. “And so we sort of waited. There were months where we wouldn’t hear from them.”


PHOTO: ROB INTERRIEDEN


| by Patrick Nothaft In 2005, Jive officially dropped Reel Big


Fish, much to the relief of the band. From there, the band started its own


label and recorded four albums in five years, with lead vocalist and guitarist Aaron Barrett producing each one. Recently Reel Big Fish added former


Goldfinger saxophonist Matt Appleton and parted ways with trumpeter Scott Klopfenstein. “(Matt) is a great player,”


Regan said. “Actually, our first record had a lot of sax solos in it, so we can finally play all of those songs the way they’re sup- posed to be played … he’s doing a damn fine job of it. He’s a very talented human being.” Despite losing long-time


member Klopfenstein, Regan says that the band’s lineup is one of its best. “At this point I think we


have some of the best musicians we’ve ever had playing with us,” he said. “That sort of makes everybody play better.” As for now, Reel Big Fish plans to tour


eight months out of the year in 2012 – the year that marks its 20th anniversary, which Regan says makes him feel both experienced and old. “Before the show each night, I feel expe-


rienced; after the show each night, I feel old and wet.” n


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