SHOW REVIEW: Fishbone (Scene Magazine 8/15/2019)

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photo by Adam Perry

Fishbone In Fort Collins
by Adam Perry for Scene Magazine 8/15/2019

Last December, I saw legendary Fishbone singer-saxophonist-madman Angelo Moore play the annual winter solstice party in Muir Beach, Calif., feverishly leading his new band, the Brand New Step, through new originals; entering the crowd of about 50 people to teach us dance move; and covering David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream.” Moore and Fishbone, formed in Los Angeles in 1979, have a legitimate case for belonging in the Rock-and-roll Hall of Fame, at the very least as influencers, so seeing Moore at a neighborhood party overlooking the Pacific Ocean was a treat, but then so was seeing Fishbone blow the roof off the 350-capacity club Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins last night.

Longtime Fort Collins promoter Scoo Leary put together the show, which packed the tiny venue, as Fishbone is in Colorado to open for George Clinton at Mission Ballroom tonight. Local band 12 Cents for Marvin, which opened for Fishbone at Hodi’s 15 years ago, got the buzzing crowd ready, covering the English Beat’s classic “Mirror in the Bathroom” and at one point joining the horn section from early opener Roka Hueka in the middle of the audience for an epic brass battle.


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