The band in question is Contraband, who describe themselves as a fusion of Ska and Reggae. Not a small group, they consist of nine (yes, nine) musicians, including trumpet, trombone, two saxophones, two guitars, bass, keys, and drums. And they all managed to squeeze onto the tiny stage at the Skylark Lounge for JUK’N and JAM’N for JIMSTOWN, a benefit show to raise money to help rebuild flood damage in Jamestown, CO.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, particularly since I don’t believe I’ve ever attended a Ska performance, but I quite enjoyed myself. The music was lively and so were the performers. I’ve always felt that the music itself is really only half of a good performance, it’s the musicians and the mood they project that can really make or break a performance.
These musicians, they were comfortable, they were confident, and they were having fun. And when the band is having fun, I assure you that the audience is too. In fact, they conveyed such a feeling of lightheartedness in their performance that they managed to create a much more intimate atmosphere than I expected in a bar.
Intrigued? Contraband will be returning to the Skylark Lounge on Friday, February 21, 2014.
On a side note, I got to pull out an old friend for the event (my Canon 60D) and revisit my past persona of band photographer. Many photos were taken (including a pretty excellent group shot) and some of them even turned out pretty well. Once those get sorted and edited, I’ll splice a few in here. Edit: Photo splice complete.
And don’t get me started on the guilt trip I’m giving myself about how long it’s been since I touched my clarinet…