Mad Caddies Open
Well, these guys are fun! They came flying out of the stage wings and showed Abbotsford what ska punk really is. Hailing from California, this band has enough energy to fly to gigs without the plane! Fast-paced driving beats and a horn section of two that would make the Eveready Energizer Bunny look lethargic, Mad Caddies have a great sound and solid chemistry. Definitely a band worth seeing live; lots of action, lots of colour, lots of fun.
Sublime With Rome
Sublime With Rome have a great reggae sound that has amassed a huge audience over the years. Each hit brought huge cheers from the sell-out crowd and a sing-a-long lasted all night. Ten years after the death of Sublime lead singer Bradley Nowell, Rome Ramirez finally became the missing piece of the ‘post-Nowell’ Sublime puzzle and the band continues under the new name, due to a lawsuit. The ‘Rome” version of Sublime (with drummer Carlos Verdugo) continues the reggae rock style and bangs out the old MaryJane-inspired tunes the crowd loves.
If you came out for all those hits from the ’90’s, you had a great time tonight. Dexter and Noodles have aged, obviously, but their energy and personalities still shine just as bright. ‘Self Esteem’, ‘Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)’, ‘Gotta Get Away’ all bring the house to its feet and get them dancing. Although The Offspring didn’t have Guy Cohen from the video with them, ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’ is another song that stirs the frenzy on the floor. This was a fun concert to photograph with a ton of room in ‘the pit’ which, as it turns out was not for a large number of photographers, was to facilitate the huge number of crowd surfers getting tossed. Everyone had a blast and Dexter had them in the palm of his hand.