Version City Monthly Review

October 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm (Culture)

Hi, welcome to yet another concert review. This is a few days late though, because I was pretty busy the past couple of days. This time I went to the Knitting Factory for one of their Version City parties. What is a Version City party you ask? Well these parties generally involve 5 or 6 bands that fall under the Reggae, Dub, or Ska genres. In the case of the bands that were there, they were predominately Ska bands. I only saw the first 3, because 3 bands are enough for a concert. Those were Infinite Detour, Silver Dollar, and Magadog.

The concert was not held in the club I was in when Stereo Total came in 2002(3?). This was held in the first lower level, known as the Tap Bar. This club is more or less a bar type setting with more seating than the mainstage. The mainstage has about 6 seats. This area has about double or slightly more seating. Plus you could actually see sports from this part of the club. They had on College Football of course, but it was there.

The first band that came on was… you guessed it, the band of the night for the third concert in a row. This band was called Infinite Detour. They were the only band that did not have brass instruments, they started off with a song title “Travelling On.” The music was very well played and was the highlight of the night. I actually scored a free demo EP from them. That helped them score points with me also. 5/5

The second band was Silver Dollar. These guys were pretty good also. They played a few instrumental Ska songs, plus they also performed some with lyrics. They weren’t as good as Infinite Detour, but they were great on their own merits. 4.5/5

The last band that I saw, (yes, there were more bands after this one) was called Magadog, who did not impress me that much. They mainly deal with the political parody side of music, as a few of the songs were dedicated to the President and Presidential hopefuls. I am neutral on political issues and so on. Overall they scored 3.5/5

Overall a pretty solid concert that was a no frills way to experience Ska, and probably at future concerts, Dub and Reggae. Final score 4.25/5

Version City Parties are held at the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St. in the Tribeca section of Manhattan every first Saturday of the month at 7:00 PM.

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