Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime

This past Saturday, I spent the evening shooting a truly unique tribute band – Badfish. Badfish conjures the spirit of Sublime, a unique band in itself during the late 80s and 90s playing their own brand of punk rock, reggae, ska, and dub. As many of you may know or may not know, shortly before the release of Sublime’s self-titled album in 1996, singer Bradley Nowell died from a heroin overdose. Sublime as whole would never play again. Which was a shame they had built a strong reputation, and with their ’96 release soaring to the top of the charts, we as fans were robbed of being able to watch, listen, and grow with the band. This is where Badfish steps in, named after a Sublime track, we now get to experience the music live and in person. I loved watching the group play with the energy and passion that has come to be known with Sublime’s music. Do yourself a favor and catch these ‘fish when they come to a city near you, they have new tour dates starting in December.

Badfish is: singer/guitarist – Pat Downes, bassist Joel Hanks, keyboards/guitarist Dorian Duffy, and drummer Scott Begin.


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