The Cranking and Skanking Fest 2018

Worcester, Massachusetts (August 25, 2018) – Featuring The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Toots and the Maytals, The Bouncing Souls, Fishbone, Bid D & the Kid’s Table, The Pietasters, The Planet Smashers and Doped Up Dollies.

It was a beautiful day for an outdoor festival at the Palladium in Worcester Massachusetts. The show had two stages – one outside, which was a first for the venue, and the second was inside, upstairs from the normal indoor stage at the venue. It was a smaller nightclub type room. I was only able to catch one of the bands in there which was a local Massachusetts punk band, Color Killer, which is a 4- piece  band made up of  9-year-old Lincoln on lead vocals and guitar, 10-year-old drummer Matt, 12-year-old  Nate on bass and vocals and 12-year-old Dylan on guitar. It was very inspiring to see such young kids with a passion for music!

I went back outside to the mains stage where it was a very festive scene. There were food trucks, a beer garden and lots of people having a very good time. I caught the third band to go on, a Ska/soul band from Washington DC, The Pietasters. They played a very energetic set, which included the sones “Ocean”, “Change My Ways”, “New Breed”.

Next up was Big D and the Kids Table, a Boston based Ska/Punk band who seemed to be well known with the crowd singer David McWane was wearing a shirt with “Boston” on the back. They tore into it with the song “Checklist” and continued the pace throughout their set including the songs “My Girlfriend’s on Drugs”, “Shining On” Steady Riot” and “Noise Complaint”.

Following them was Los Angeles based band, Fishbone, who absolutely tore it up!  Their fusion of  Ska/ Rock/ Funk was unlike any other. I was able to talk to Norwood the bass player after their set and told him they gained a new fan he said “right on man” and gave me a thumbs up.

The Bouncing Souls from New Brunswick, NJ were up next and they came to play; a hard-driving punk band that very much interacted with the crowd. Singer Greg Attonito went down to the crowd and jumped up on the barrier and sang with people at one point much to one fan’s delight, he took the fans cellphone who appeared to be live and holding it up filming himself, the crowd and the rest of the band on the stage. By this time there were tons of people crowd surfing and a moshpit/circle had formed and people were really having a good time!

After their set came the Reggae band Toots and the Maytals, whose career spans over 50 years led by Toots Hibbert who for a 75-year-old gentleman had the same energy of some of the much younger acts to play earlier which says a lot seeing the energy level was very high that day. They brought a fiery Reggae vibe to the show. Their set was highlighted by a new song called “A Song Call Marley” in which Toots told the crowd was about his “friendship with the legendary Bob Marley”.

The headliners The Mighty Mighty Bosstones came out swinging as this was a semi-hometown show as they hail from Boston which is about 50 miles from Worcester. The played a blistering 25-song set, which included songs that spanned their 35+ year career. “The Rascal King”, “Royal Oil” and the hit “The Impression That I Get” after which some of the crowd thought the show was over and started to leave but then they came back out with the apt titled “Where’d You Go?” “Green Bay, Wisconsin” “Unified” and “The Constant which singer Dickey Barrett dedicated “to the city of Worcester”  were some songs, very energetic to say the least, from their latest release “While We’re At It”, which is available on Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and Apple music. Full setlist can be seen here.

Their next show is Saturday, October 20 at San Diego Waterfront Park… Don’t miss this one!!

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