Show Review: 6/14 “A Musical Knockout in 3 Rounds!” at the Triple Rock Social Club
with Rocksteady Breakfast and Panther Ray
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
Every once in a great while a show comes along in the MNSKA scene that’s an “Event”. On Friday, June 14th, we were witness to one such show. And, what a show it was!
Minneapolis’ very own The Prizefighters released their eagerly awaited 7” vinyl series, “A Musical Knockout in 3 Rounds!” (Available for purchase at Hymie’s Vintage Records). Long in the works, the set was unveiled to the public for the first time, after months of advertising and an extremely successful Indiegogo preorder campaign. Fans were able to purchase up to 3 different 7” 45rpm records for their collection. Each record, or “Round” as the band had dubbed them, consists of ska, rocksteady, or reggae, depending on which one your happen to be spinning. The concept is fun and if you give them a listen you can hear the love and time The Prizefighters put into each recording.
However, those details are for a forthcoming review of the vinyl set, not a show review. And, as they say, the show must go on. So must this review…
The night was kicked off by Panther Ray. Unfortunately I was unable to make the Panther Ray set and I apologize to them for that. I am normally at shows before doors but some unforeseen family circumstances kept me away from my beloved Triple Rock Social Club until almost 10. Next time, Panther Ray.
The second act was the rowdy lads of Rocksteady Breakfast. Have you ever seen Rocksteady Breakfast? No? Well, friends, you’re missing out on a very fun, energetic group. These guys are experts in their sound and every time I have seen them they always have the crowd dancing. Rocksteady Breakfast also has a pretty good group of hardcore fans which come out to see them so it’s always nice to see folks excited for the band on stage.
The boys started their set off with “Shame and Scandal” and moved quickly into a fun cover of Laurel Aitkin’s “Sally Brown.” The location we were at was given some love with “West Bank Boogie” and their set closed with some great tunes belted out in Spanish.
Rocksteady Breakfast always delivers the goods and they got the crowd warmed up for the night’s Main Event!
The Prizefighters have been a staple of the MNSKA scene for seven years now and it shows. They have a solid fan base that were there to help them celebrate their vinyl series release and cheer them on as they performed the songs from the three 45s for the audience.
And, staying true to the theme of the vinyl series, The Prizefighters came out swinging and entered Round 1 (Ska) with a cover Don Drummond’s amazing instrumental “Bellevue Special.” The first round was mixed with the two new tunes from the 45, “One Thousand Words” and “Lost at Sea” and also included crowd sing-along favorite “Before Tonight.”
Things were getting a little heated up so in Round 2 (Rocksteady), our heavyweight champs cooled it down a little with slower tunes, including “No Use Crying” off of their second 45, a great cover of “Endless Memory” by Roy Panton, who they had the privilege of back in Chicago in March, and putting the finishing touches on this Round with “There’ll Be A Day” off of their full-length LP Follow My Sound (available on vinyl and CD HERE).
Our final round of the night, Round 3 (Reggae) picked the pace back up with new scorcher “Cold Shoulder.” After introducing the crowd to the new song, the majority of Round 3 consisted of old favorites from Follow My Sound and the main set was wrapped up the killer instrumental “Sukeban,” the final song from “A Musical Knockout in 3 Rounds!”
Fun fact, the only song not played live at this show from the vinyl series was Round 2 B-side “Night Breeze.” I guess you’ll just have to keep coming out to Prizefighters gigs and hope they decide to play it that night.
With Round 3 done and over with, The Prizefighters left the stage, thinking they had conquered the night. However, the crowd made a resurgence and more music was demanded. Our intrepid heroes returned to the Triple Rock stage and delivered the final, knockout blow with a cool cover of Stranger Cole’s “Run Joe” and made sure we all stayed down for the count with their instrumental Brujeria.
It was an amazing night and a true joy to see over a year of hard work and commitment pay off for The Prizefighters. They sounded the best they ever have and the fans were treated to an amazing set and an overall fantastic show from top to bottom.
With “A Musical Knockout in 3 Rounds” official on the record books I look forward to whatever The Prizefighters are training for next. I know I won’t be disappointed and neither will you.
The Prizefighters play the Triple Rock again on July 28th with local favorites The Dropsteppers and touring maniac and song writing machine Sammy Kay and the Fast Four.
- Shame and Scandal
- Sally Brown (Laurel Aitkin)
- Rude Boy Riot
- Day Drunk
- West Bank Boogie
- Capitol Deals
- Vale Verga
- Uno Dos
- La Noche
- Bellevue Special (Don Drummond)
- One Thousand Words
- Before Tonight
- Rudies All Around (Stranger Cole & the Seraphines)
- Lost At Sea
- No Use Crying
- Endless Memory (Roy Panton)
- There’ll Be A Day
- Cold Shoulder
You Got It All Wrong
- Each Time (The Ebony Sisters)
- Follow My Sound
- Truth and Lies
- Encore: Run Joe (Stranger Cole)
- Encore: Brujeria