Fishbone came together in 1979 with a style all their own, primarily consisting of rock, infused with elements of jazz, ska, and a heavy dose of soul-funk. Currently consisting of founding members Angelo Moore who is one of the best frontmen in the biz, he brings it with vocals, saxophone, and theremin. John Norwood Fisher is on bass, his brother Philip “Fish” Fisher on drums, Christopher Dowd on keys, John Bigham on guitar, along with “Dirty” Walter A. Kibby II on vocals and trumpet.
I first became familiar with Fishbone while I was still in my single digits. I saw them featured in “Something To Believe In,” a music video by the Ramones, and their performance in the 1988 classic Tapeheads with John Cusack and Tim Robbins is unforgettable, they performed the song “Slow Bus Movin ” as “Ranchbone” in the bar scene of the film. Fishbone is all class and their message is simple, clear and beautiful… fuck racism!
Every show is a treat with Fishbone, they always pack the crowds together and deliver the goods. At Sea Legs on October 26, they started off their set with “Glasses“, and then grooved right into their anthems such as “Everyday Sunshine,” and “Party.”
Do yourself a favor and make sure you’re in the crowd when Fishbone comes to your town.
Article and photos by Maggie St.Thomas