The Abruptors Pick It Up at Scotty’s

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 11:00 AM
The Abruptors Pick It Up at Scotty’s by Nick Warren

Saturday, April 15

After you submit your taxes, you’ll need something a little more upbeat in your life. It’s easy to forget the world of audits and receipts when you’re listening to ska. Have no fear, rude boys and girls, because Buffalo’s seven-piece band, the Abruptors, will return to Scotty’s Martini Lounge just in time. The band made quite an impact when they were in town last October, their high energy winning over many a fan. Carrying the torch lit by countless bands of earlier generations, The Abruptors wear the ska mantle proudly. Originating in Jamaica in the early 1960s, ska music rose to prominence, and laid the foundations for rocksteady, as well as reggae. The genre saw a healthy resurgence thanks to British 2-Tone bands of the early 1980s. The 1990s gave birth to the “third wave” of ska, often blending elements of punk, finding wide mainstream popularity. Recent years have not been kind to ska, but if the genre’s history tells us anything, it’s that this is a resilient sound. The Abruptors blend the 2-Tone sound of traditional upbeat strumming, major tonality, and healthy horn sections with a hearty mix of soulful singalongs. With vocal duties shared by Kaley Lynch and guitarist Mike Geraci, they exude a tone reminiscent of The Dance Hall Crashers and early Pietasters, respectively. Evan Kaminski’s baritone saxophone adds that growly, low rumble that works perfectly with the group’s danceable feel. The band has a true love for the music that shines through. Opening up the show will be the Steve Trohoske Trio, with a set filled with dub grooves and virtuoso fusion sounds. If last October’s performance was any indication, this show will be packed to the brim with skanking fans. – Nick Warren

9 p.m to 1 a.m. // 301 German St. // facebook.com/Scottys.Martini

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