Joie de Vivre


We saw Fishbone last night. It was so good! So happy to have been able to see them again with Chloë and take Beverly for the first time.

The Slackers on stage at the Baltimore Sound Stage.

The Slackers opened – we had not seen them before. They have a song in the yet to be released Renfield film. The Slackers were outstanding. A lot of fun, and their sound was clear, tight, and joyful.

Norwood Fisher's pedalboards

Norwood was exceptionally loud, clocking in with 4 separate cabinets and two hefty pedal boards. From where we were sitting, it was pretty bass heavy. He doesn’t seem to wear earplugs, so maybe he needs that much muscle (the amps, I mean). Conversely, Norwood is awesome, and I got to watch/hear/feel him to things I’ve never seen another bass player do – namely a three fingered triplet splap/pluck technique.

Fishbone on stage in Baltimore
Beverly and Me
Cars doing burnout dounuts in the inner harbor

As a bonus to a fun night, several morons in fast, loud cars peeled burnouts in the harbor. It looked like their pals blocked up the intersection so they could do this. I heard the cops don’t chase them because it’s too dangerous, but they also caught one of the cars last night, too. So much excite! So much danger!

Joie de Vivre


It’s a great honor and privilege to introduce my daughter to the hardest working live band in the world – the mighty Fishbone. At the Baltimore Soundstage. I told Angelo it was Coco’s first Fishbone show, and he kissed her on the cheek.

Coco, Myself and Angelo Moore

fishbone 3 18 17 Baltimore


Joie de Vivre


Chas and I caught a Fishbone/English Beat show in DC.  Fishbone remains a hurricane of loud, sweaty, mosh-pit dance fun, while English Beat satisfied the easy listening, feel-good swaying needs of gray haired dudes in blazers and their wine sipping dates. Dave Wakeling was in fine voice, and his backing band of slick, highly polished fellows were precise, if not too young to remember when the English Beat records actually came out.

Upon taking the stage, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore walked out into the middle of the audience on the floor and MADE everyone dance like ska-monkeys (which we did) before Fishbone would start their engine. Then it was on to Ma & Pa, Lying Ass Bitch (pointed directly at “anti-Obama, Tea Party mother-f*ck*rs who should just let the man do his job”), Bonin’ in the Boneyard, Cholly, Party at Ground Zero among others.  At one point, HR from Bad Brains joined the band on stage  – words cannot describe the awesome. I’m so happy I got to experience that.

Post sweaty fun.

@ 9:30

Angelo Moore after coming off stage.

Angelo has long been one of my heroes – he’s unstoppable. Chas is, too, really. It was a great night.  Completely Awesome.

Set list as I remember it:

  1. Skankin’ To The Beat
  2. Ma & Pa
  3. Cholly
  4. ?
  5. Suffering
  6. Alcoholic
  7. Give It Up
  8. Bonin’ in the Boneyard
  9. Behind Closed Doors
  10. Let Dem Ho’s Fight
  11. Lyin’ Ass Bitch
  12. Banned In DC (Bad Brains cover with HR)
  13. Party At Ground Zero