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Sublime sounds from Badfish

Article Published: Mar. 18, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 19, 2011
Sublime sounds from Badfish

Sublime tribute band Badfish will perform Wednesday, March 24, at Legends in Boone.

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Reproducing some of the most hypnotic music in recent history is a bold step that Badfish takes.
Badfish has been playing Sublime songs since 2001 and have been so successful that they now play nationally throughout the year.

Formed while in college at the University of Rhode Island, the group realized that fans of Sublime wanted to hear those songs live. Badfish presented them well enough to be get respect for taking on the challenge and pulling it off.

The group takes its name from a song off of Sublime's 40 Oz. to Freedom album.
Badfish is comprised of Joel Hanks with bass, Scott Begin at the drums, Pat Downes with vocals and guitar, and Dorian Duffy with keys and guitar.

The lead singer of Sublime, Bradley Nowell, died in 1996. Sublime's music continued to receive much exposure long after they stopped touring. Badfish saw the desire for younger fans to experience Sublime music live and have crafted their own style out of the sound left to them. They respectfully carry the memory and sound of Sublime to a younger generation.

They will be playing their first show ever in Boone on Wednesday, March 24, at Legends in Boone.
"We'll be playing close to a two hour set," Begin said, "pretty high energy, hope to play the songs that people came out to hear. We'll also be playing a set of our own material beforehand."

Scotty Don't is the Badfish crew without the responsibility of replicating Sublime. Begin said that their original music is their own, but the influence of touring Sublime songs has impacted their sound. The starting members of Badfish didn't expect that their cover would be such a success.

"It was conceived as an idea to do a show and have some fun," Begin said. "We didn't know it would end up a full time thing for us. It went over really well and we started playing more and more. We started touring down the east coast. Now we're at the point we are playing across the country."
Many fans of Sublime have been concerned that Badfish would flop. Many of them have found a refuge in Badfish's replication.

"We try to play the songs true to the album, what people are used to hearing, but we do take some leaps of liberty with a few of the songs, doing some extended instrumentals and improvised jamming out," Begin said. "We try to keep things fresh for us and fresh for the audience. I don't think we stray too far from the things that people are used to hearing."

Tickets cost $8 for students of Appalachian State University in advance and $10 for guests and students at the door. The show will begin with Scotty Don't, and doors will open at 9 p.m. Audience members can bring their own beer with a limit of six drinks with an ID.

For ticket questions, call (828) 262-3030. Legends is located at 190 Hardin St. in Boone.

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