BY CRYSTAL SMITH
SC Staff Writer
On February 27, 2014, Badfish visited our humble Sherman Theater.
Not even the bitter cold night could stop the four members of the Sublime tribute band to rock the stage.
The crowd represented a carefree attitude with broken in flannels and hula hoops with their own light show.
It felt as if a small part of California had transported itself inside the Sherman for one night.
Named after an original song off Sublime’s album “40oz to Freedom,” Badfish gained popularity playing local shows in Rhode Island and then quickly began selling out shows up and down the East Coast.
Since then the band has done countless national tours, and was even nominated as Best Tribute Band at the Boston Music Awards.
Badfish slammed onto stage with some of Sublime’s best songs that had the crowd on their feet the entire duration of the show.
The venue lit up with green, blue, and red lights as the speakers pulsed.
“Santeria,” “What I Got,” and “Smoke Two Joints” played throughout the evening and the crowd responded with cheers and lighters.
Lead singer, Pat Downes told the crowd that the band had taken a break for a couple months and that this show was their first one back.
The crowd responded with cheers as they went right back into their set list.
Mr. Downes was able to perfect the late Bradley Nowell through his demeanor and stage presence and the fans truly appreciated it.
As the night progressed, the crowd patiently waited to hear a fan favorite song from Sublime titled “What I Got.”
The band played their last song and proceeded to walk off stage with the crowd chanting for one more song.
Thankfully, the band rushed back on stage and the familiar song began playing.
Lighters were flicked on, cell phones began recording, and beers were raised and the crowd was forever happy.
It’s safe to say the crowd couldn’t have asked for a better show, including the setting with all the skank pits, flannel shirts, beanies, and hula hops.
Sublime is one of the most influential ska-punk bands that have hit the reggae scene and Badfish is able to cultivate their attitude and music so that they live on forever.
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