The legendary ska-punk group Reel Big Fish stopped in Salt Lake City for their 2016 tour at the downtown In The Venue with musical guests Suburban Legends and The Maxies.
Punk tunes and humor galore are all around this show as fans of all ages pack into the local establishment for the three-act concert, which comprised skulls masks, brass instruments and inflatable whales and sharks.
Self-described bad boys The Maxies brought their own flavor of music and playful vulgarity to Salt Lake City, playing up their onstage antics alongside their dancing polar bear mascot. Sporting matching skull masks and red jumpsuit pieces, The Maxies are from Riverside, CA or Nuuk, Greenland, depending on who you ask.
The Maxies were followed up by the highly energetic ensemble Suburban Legends. With a mixture of cover songs—including classic Disney favorites—and their own hits, Suburban Legends are certainly an entertaining group of performers, combining a very ska-friendly mixture of brass instruments along with traditional rock guitar and drums.
Headliners Reel Big Fish played to an enormously lively crowd with some favorites, including hits of their own and covers of songs by other ’90s radio stars, including a few verses from The Offspring, Nirvana and Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
Correction: March 21, 2016 An earlier version of this article misnamed Ryland Steen as the drummer during Reel Big Fish’s set. As discovered and amended, Edward Larsen was the drummer.