Ska music soared into Saint Louis with a night of superheroes and horns at the Pageant with a double headline bill. The dance-tastic genre which has gained mainstream popularity in the last twenty years, is constantly appealing to the next generation; each time I see them, their fans seem to get younger and younger.
The stage presence of Suburban Legends was impressive. Their entire set was choreographed and they were perfectly timed together all the while playing their instruments. The energy of their lead singer, Vincent Walker, makes them great to watch. The highlight of the set was their cover of "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from Disney's Lion King and their cover of Antoine Dodson's "Bed Intruder Song" was rather impressive.
The Aquabats stormed the stage and brought more Devo than Ska, but didn't leave out any of the pop punk the genre supplies. For those who don't know, the Aquabats claim to be superheroes, saving the world through music. At one point in the show, the Aquabats had to defeat a group of evil mad scientists and each band member has a superhero pseudonym and a back story. At the end of the show, he taught three children aged 5 to 8 how to stage dive, and then to top it off, they brought out the yellow robot from Yo Gabba Gabba.
The nights final heroes Reel Big Fish took the stage and even though a lot of the younger crowd flooded out (it was quite late at this point) , there were plenty of people left to have a dance party. Reel Big Fish have had a lot of tour experience and they know how to put on a great show. With great covers such as "Take On Me" and "Brown-Eyed Girl" and their own great hits with "Beer" and "She's Got a Girlfriend Now". The ska kids were out in force, dance and all.
The show may have seemed a little long (over four hours, but it was chock full of theatrics and entertainment not only for the years. Not to mention anyone who likes to dance, will have a great time seeing Reel Big Big Fish.