Bedouin Soundclash Headlines Reggae Lineup at Town
Town Ballroom featured a wide range of musical styles this past Saturday night. Therewas something for everyone, from old school punk fans to lovers of reggae, R&B andska.
Wolf Tickets, a Buffalo punk band opened the evening. The group has been performingtogether since 1992. Chris Malachowski led the vocals and played guitar. RussellBickert backed him on drums and Mike Snyder on bass.
A couple of teen boys began slam dancing, much to the dismay of a flock of youngwomen in sundresses and cardigans, but the boys gave up when no one else would join them.
Wolf Tickets played ³Long Walk´ from their soon to be released record,
Here Comesthe Hell
. They finished the set with, ³Down at the Casbah Club,´ a reggae inspirednumber that served as a great segue into the next band, The Great Train Robbery.
The Great Train Robbery has been part of the local music scene since the 1980¶s. Theband is difficult to categorize - their sound seamlessly blends jazz, reggae, R&B andska.
They have a large local following. David Watts is the lead vocalist, David Malia playsguitar, and Naheem Shabazz the trombone. Vincent Fossitt awed the crowd on bothtenor and alto sax assisted with vocals. Rodney Chamberlain rocked the bass and Andrew Case played drums.
The venue really came alive when Bedouin Soundclash took the stage. An Ontarioband, Bedouin Soundclash formed when lead singer Jay Malinowski and Bassist EonSinclair met at Queens College in Mississauga.
The band opened with "Until We Burn in the Sun", a hit from their 2007 album
, and went through a wide range of their play list, much of which the audienceknew well enough to sing along.
Malinowski smiled throughout the entire performance, jokingly prodding the techs at onepoint, "Turn down the lights a bit, it's like high school talent night"
Malinoski introduced ³Rude Boy Don¶t Cry´ from their 2004 album
ounding A Mosaic
with a shout-out to rude boys everywhere. ³Rude boys´ were originally street toughs inJamaica, but in recent years, the term has come to include fans of ska.
Malikowski joked that one of their biggest hits, ³Walls Fall Down´ was about crossing theUS-Canadian border.