The Observatory in Santa Ana reminded Orange County of the power of the skank and the musical relish of the trumpet. Thursday night, Punk-Ska band Reel Big Fish pleased the venueâ€™s full house by putting on a performance to celebrate. Headliners The Maxies, left the audience wanting more of their polar bear costumes and white ninja looking masks. Suburban Legends followed the show and amped up the audience with punked up ska versions of classic hits that everyone could sing along to, like The Little Mermaidâ€™s â€œUnder The Seaâ€ and Queenâ€™s â€œWe are the Championsâ€.
The intimate venue was full of an array of faces, young to old. Reel Big Fish generated a mainstream following the summer of 1997 with their hit song â€œSell Outâ€. The late 90â€™s inspired the take off of Ska music with bands like No Doubt, Less Than Jake, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Reel Big Fish was one of the founding bands of Skaâ€™s popular foundation. The bandâ€™s loyal fans were all front and center in the pit, mixed in with a younger generation of Ska enthusiasts. The showâ€™s excitement was definitely fan driven with high fives being thrown around and crowd surfing overruling the scene.
Aaron Barrett let his electric energy burst into the crowd. Every time Barrett would raise his checkerboard guitar, the audience roared with applause. The Observatory proved that Ska music is very much still alive and flourishing.
Reel Big Fish is currently on their USA Winter Tour, from now until April, with special guests Suburban Legends and The Maxies.