There is no name more synonymous with ska music than Reel Big Fish, and perhaps no better group that exemplifies its values. Its live shows are legendary and prove why this band, which started as a Led Zeppelin tribute band, doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Frontman Aaron Barrett has been keeping the band in peak form through many lineup changes since 1992, and its cult following reflects the band’s talent. It’s the ultimate feel-good experience. Even if you’re not a fan of the genre, or haven’t heard a ska song in your life, this is a show worth checking out. With hits like “Sell Out” and “Beer,” it feels like one giant party when the Fish comes to town.
When Reel Big Fish returns for a show at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), it will bring a salvo of material from which to draw. Though the band hasn’t released a full album since 2012, it has eight records under its belt and a myriad of covers which is a staple of the Reel Big Fish live repertoire. By night’s end, you may have discovered your new favorite genre and band.
Tickets are $18.50 (box office, Ticketfly.com).