Show Reviews: Small Kitchen Appliances, Deal’s Gone Bad and Mustard Plug put on awesome show
MNSka newcomer Bari Sax attended the big Mustard Plug, Deal’s Gone Bad, Small Kitchen Appliances show at the legendary Triple Rock Social Club last Saturday (September 13th) and was gracious enough to describe the experience in words. Check out his show review after the jump!
Last Saturday night, nationally recognized ska bands Deal’s Gone Bad and Mustard Plug came to the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. MNSka band Small Kitchen Appliances (Skitch) was given the opportunity to open the show for these two talented bands.
Skitch got the show started with a bang and never backed down. Their loud, high energy music set the pace for the rest of the night; even as people continued to file in towards the end of their set, the number of people on the dance floor continued to grow with each song.
Deal’s Gone Bad came out next. The Chicago-based band’s blend of reggae, ska, and soul provided an interesting, cool contrast to the high energy punk blend of Skitch and Mustard Plug. The cool grooves laid down by DGB helped to get more people dancing, slowing the pace down a little but keeping the energy high, setting the stage for Mustard Plug’s set.
Mustard Plug, hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, proceeded to pick up the pace and put it back where Skitch had started it. They began their stage time with relentless energy that never faltered, even at the end of the show or during the band’s on stage bantering. The band really showed an appreciation for the crowd and the fact that all these people had come to see them; you could tell it wasn’t fake either, but really an honest regard for the fans. By the end of the show, most of the crowd had gathered right up near the stage, and lead singer Dave Kirchgessner continually got the crowd involved by putting the mike out and letting the crowd do the singing. On the last song, members of Skitch (notably their trombonist, Jimmy) jumped on stage and sang and danced along with the band; soon, a majority of the crowd followed. Even after the set was over, the guys from MP played a couple of encores to the crowd that remained.
The concert went off quite well, and everybody had a good time. At one point, there were so many people on the dance floor that there wasn’t any more room, a sign that attendance was quite good. I myself had a good time, and brought with me a friend who had never been to a ska concert before. He had a great time, getting to hear new bands and meet new people in the ska community. All in all, the night was a great success.