Let’s go back to 1997, a time when Ska music was really, really popular. D.C.’s own Pietasters were riding a wave of popularity, having just been signed to Epitaph’s Hellcat Records, releasing an album called “Willis” and playing the Warped Tour. There was a ton of buzz about a new band called Pilfers, fronted by Coolie Ranx (late of the Toasters) and featuring members of Bim Skala Bim and Skinnerbox. Spring Heeled Jack had released its debut on Moon Ska Records, and would soon be opening for the likes of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Reel Big Fish. Man, weren’t those the days? You can relive them all at the Skalapalooza 2012 show at the 9:30 Club. The only down note: Due to the 2002 death of Spring Heeled Jack drummer Dave Karcich, the freshly reunited band will be performing acoustic.
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