music preview: Bim Skala Bim at The Middle East Friday July 24

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Ska– cool beats, swinging horns and upbeat attitude. Third-wave ska band Bim Skala Bim formed in Boston in 1983. I’m almost positive that they played Simmons College when I was there in the early 90s. This band makes me happy–you must dance to ska– and that’s not an easy feat.

remember this amazing cover of Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage?”

Bim Skala Bim is:

Dan Vitale (vocals)
Mark Ferranti (bass)
Jim Jones (guitar, vocals)
Jim Arhelger (drums)
Vince Nobile (trombone, keyboards)
Dave Butts (keyboards, saxophone)

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discography:

Bim Skala Bim (1986)
Tuba City (1989)
How’s It Goin’? (1990)
Bones (1991)
Live at the Paradise (1993)
Eyes & Ears (1995)
American Playhouse (1995)
Universal (1997)
The One That Got Away (1998)
Krinkle (2000)
Chet’s Last Call (2013)
Musical Biscuits (2013)

Bim Skala Bim play The Middle East Club in Cambridge, Mass. on Friday, July 24.

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