I arrived at Sunday's Sublime With Rome concert at Musikfest's RiverPlace stage just as the first opening act, The Movement, was finishing up so I didn't pay much attention to them. (For my thoughts on the venue itself, check out the first part of this two-part blog post.)
The second opening act, The Dirty Heads, sounded similar to Sublime With Rome so I could groove along with their set even though I'd never heard of them before. It was during their set I was introduced to Rome Ramirez, the lead singer/guitarist of Sublime With Rome who replaced the late Bradley Nowell, when he came out to sing a song with The Dirty Heads.
Sublime With Rome isn't fun in the way that Green Day is as Billy Joe Armstrong runs around on stage and interacts with the crowd - although Rome did interact with the crowd by:
1. telling them to start a mosh pit
2. asking them what song they'd like to hear next
3. after a guy threw a t-shirt on stage at him, asking for ladies brassieres to be thrown instead, of which he ended up with at least three hanging off his mic stand by the end of the night.
What made this show so much fun was the music. Whether you're a fan of the original Sublime or not, their songs "Santeria", "Wrong Way" and "What I Got" are pretty hard not to have heard at least once in your life. The California surf-rock reggae-fusion style of Sublime With Rome's music - deep bass lines, short "chug-a-chuga" guitar riffs, the occasional wail of a saxophone/horn - is just fun to groove to. The music's about "the party", which I could tell that the crowd definitely understood.
Here's a video, which does the real show no justice, but apparently the person taking the video (thanks, YouTube user Kuz912) was right in front of me, so it gives a pretty good idea of the view I had along with Sublime With Rome's performance.
Have you ever seen Sublime With Rome?