Friday, November 11, 2016

Concert Review: Sublime With Rome Swing By To Party At The Dome At Toyota Oakdale Theatre

California punk/ska band Sublime worked their way up the charts of popularity, performing their own brand of music that combined elements of reggae, ska, rock, punk and hip-hop. On the eve of their biggest release, their self-titled third album, lead singer Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose. The album went on to sell over five million copies and featured the hit singles "What I Go" and "Santeria."
 
Now, twenty years later, the remaining members of Sublime (bassist Eric Wilson & drummer Bud Gaugh) are still touring with a new front man Rome Ramirez. The new trio titled, Sublime With Rome visited The Dome at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre on Thursday night. They brought along a four-piece band named The Skints from London, England to open the show. The Skints were performing in Connecticut for the first time in their careers. Their set featured a ska/reggae-filled fifty minute set that won over tons of fans that were their mainly there for Sublime With Rome.
 
As The Dome packed with fans ranging from ages 16 to 60, a DJ introduction invited the trio onstage to a roaring applause. Sublime With Rome dove head first into their earliest single "Date Rape" as the audience sang-along to every word of the song. Other classic Sublime songs like "Wrong Way" and "40 oz To Freedom" got people grooving along to the reggae bass groove. Rome displayed his guitar skills during "Pawn Shop" and "April 29, 1992" featured Wilson on keyboards.
 
Sublime With Rome are touring behind a new album that was released in July 2015 and the night featured the single "Wherever You Go" and the Fishbone cover "Skankin' To The Beat." The other cover song of the evening followed closely behind, a hip-hop beats-filled version of the Grateful Dead's "Scarlet Begonias." The main set finished with the energy-fueled "Doin' Time" and "Badfish," but not before Rome poured his soul into the lyrics of "Let's Go Get Stoned."
 
The roar of the audience sounded huge in The Dome as Sublime With Rome took the stage once again for their encore, which began with "S.T.P" from Sublime's second album "Robbin' The Hood." Another new song, "Sirens" followed before Sublime With Rome closed the show with the two most well-known songs in the Sublime catalog, "What I Got" and "Santeria" as everyone sang along, drowning out Rome's vocals. It's great to see that the members of Sublime are keeping the music and the memory of Bradley Nowell alive as their music continues to inspire everyone to have a good time.
 
Setlist: Date Rape, Smoke Two Joints, Wrong Way, 40oz To Freedom, Pawn Shop, Garden Groove Medley, April 29 1992, Promise Land, Wherever You Go, We're Only Gonna Die For Our Own Arrogance, Panic, Skakin' To The Beat, Scarlet Begonias, Doin' Time, Badfish, Let's Get Stoned
Encore: S.T.P., Sirens, What I Got, Santeria

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