Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

The Aquabats 

Friday, August 12; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)

A decade ago, wacky ska preceded bling-bling rap as an ostentatiously decadent musical movement. With choreographed horn sections inflating their ranks like air-filled cheeks, groups in this sub-genre traveled in trailers instead of tour vans. But brass is a luxury metal that ska bands can no longer afford. Downsized players don dingy suits and hold signs reading "will blow for food," "honk if you're horn-y" or "tromBoner for hire." Madcap to the end, bless their souls.

Once an octet, the Aquabats have slimmed to a five-piece and ditched ska for zippy synthesizers and sci-fi guitar leads. But even without tooting trumpets, this group could out-goof Gallagher. All of the song titles on its recent release, Charge!!, end with exclamation points, much like lines of dialogue in a MAD movie parody. Live, the masked Aquabats wear matching wetsuits and toss party favors into the audience. Even in tight-budget times, zaniness dies hard.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 618-274-6720 for more information.

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Latest in Critics' Picks

More by Andrew Miller

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation