The Aquabats – VooDoo Glow Skulls – Koo Koo Kangaroo – at The Music Box – Los Angeles, CA
February 11, 2011
It was Party Time at the Music Box in Hollywood on Friday night. The Aquabats brought their usual mix of music and somewhat controlled mayhem to the stage in celebrating their first new CD in six years, “ Hi Five Soup!”. It had been a year since their last show here and the packed theater was up for the show.
The first group were a two man Rap combo” Koo Koo Kangaroo” from Minnesota that describes itself as a combination of “ the Beastie Boys and Sesame Street”.
With songs about peanut butter sandwiches and letters of the alphabet, this group probably won’t win any awards for social relevancy, but their high energy dance moves got the crowd dancing and singing along with them.
The next group was the VooDoo Glow Skulls from Riverside, Ca. They are a long time favorite ska punk band, whose singer, Frank Casillas, is always in motion and whose music really got the circle pit moving. The security at the stage really had their hands full from all the crowd surfing that was happening.
The intensity of the horn section, consisting of Mark Bush on trumpet and Brodie Johnson on Trombone, playing at punk rock levels was exciting.
The Aquabats came on stage after playing a new short video of them flying through space to come back to Earth to do the concert. They opened with a new song ,”The Legend is True!” and followed that with one of their oldest songs,”Martian Girl”. They then kept the action moving with songs like “Pizza Day” and “Nerd Alert”.
It was then time for the “Gas Ghosts from Outer Space” monsters to come on stage with their mind numbing gas that almost put the Bat Commander and the rest of the group to sleep. Fortunately, the Kids in the audience had the sense to start Shouting,” Aquabats!, Aquabats!”, which woke up the Bat Commander and gave all the Aqubats the energy to fight off the “Gas Ghosts”.
The group played “Radio Down!”and “Poppin a Wheelie!” off their new CD and then it was time for the Sea Horse Races. This time it was two young boys on top of inflatable Sharks being crowd surfed to the back of the theater and then back to the stage, everybody cheering along.
The winner, from the west side of the theater, got to take home his inflatable Shark. The loser got a handful of confetti to throw at the crowd.
The best part of the concert was the encore since they played three of their best songs. They played “Fashion Zombies,” “Shark Fighter!” and “Pool Party”. The inflatable’s mixed with the confetti and the music drove the audience wild. It was another great Aquabats Super Show and I can’t wait for the next one!
Big Wheel Reporter
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