A Free Ska Show Caps Off the LA Kings’ Stanley Cup Victory

Posted: June 17, 2014 in Events, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Ska
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Coincidentally occurring on the night that the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup, a free ska show took place at Centerfield Sports Bar in Huntington Beach last Friday night. Although this show had an original lineup of three bands, one of the bands announced earlier in the week that they could not make it to the show. Luckily, another band stepped in to play the show, completing the night for all the fans that showed up.

Once the Kings had scored their game-winning goal, Not A Chance had already set up their equipment on stage. They jumped right into their set hard and proud, a set that consisted of a blend of new and classic songs. They did not play with their full band on this night – specifically, I noticed that they lacked their keyboard, trumpet, and trombone players. Regardless, these guys always deliver audio explosions at any show they perform in, and perfectly depict the “skacore” genre, a genre rarely represented. Fans of Voodoo Glow Skulls and/or Against All Authority will absolutely love Not A Chance.

A lot of hype surrounds the next band, either for the name or their music. In any case, I finally got to see Stupid Flanders for the first time. This ska band from Orange County often receives more attention for their name rather than their music. Stupid Flanders deserves more credit than just their name, as they perform to entertain the masses. Playing a set of both original songs and cover songs, Stupid Flanders reaches out to all generations with their varying degrees of instrumentals. As a ska band, they perform ska covers of classic songs, some more recognizable than others. Sure many people may recognize Pretty Fly (For A White Guy), but the band also covered Scotty Doesn’t Know, a song from the movie Eurotrip. Because their songs speak to a broad audience, Stupid Flanders has fans from all backgrounds, whether they listen to ska or not.

The originally scheduled third band, Failed To Victory, announced earlier in the week that they could not perform at this show. Luckily, The Longshots could step in to perform as the night’s third band. This band from Oregon plays ska/reggae music, thus closing the night with a more mellow set, as opposed to the fast set of Not A Chance and bouncy set of Stupid Flanders. I think after all the ruckus of Kings fans celebrating, a smooth band like this proved just the right remedy to calm everyone back down and bring them back to a relaxed state.

While The Longshots have not announced any concrete plans for upcoming shows, both Not A Chance and Stupid Flanders have a show in less than two weeks at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Contact any of the performing bands for discounted tickets!

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Comments
  1. Jason says:

    Hi, this is Jason from Not A Chance, I just wanted to see we really appreciate your great reviews, you coming to our shows, and everything! Thank you very much, and we hope you keep spreading the word and coming out. It means a lot!

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