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By Anita Stewart, Journalist and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer
UNRB — Tampa Bay’s Unique Ska Party Band Rocks Downtown’s Curtis Hixon Park
Tales of Band Nerds, the House on Lime Street and the Sojourning Pineapple
On September 3rd, 2015 Rock at Night caught up with Noel Rochford of Tampa Bay’s premier ska/reggae/party band before their show for the Rock the Park event that happens on the first Thursday of every month. Difficult to pigeonhole into a genre, Creative Loafing has called UNRB’s sound “ska fusion.” Clearly defined hooks and danceable grooves, this band and their music is just plain FUN!
We spoke a lot about the history of the band and why the ukulele as the lead instrument instead of the guitar. Long time friends and self proclaimed “band nerds,” being friends took priority and came way before they formed into a musical act. The band celebrated their 5 year anniversary by doing a special show at Tampa’s Skipper’s Smokehouse last August 14th.
We talked about their crazy and fun party video, The House on Lime Street and how the concept for it originated and the fun they had shooting it with their friends as the extras and videographer Mike Plante. (HINT: Look for the traveling pineapple throughout the video.)
Their 2013 offering is called Inform the Masses and their latest EP is called Collateral Jammage. Their long term plans include playing more music, hitting the music festivals and doing a lot of touring. Don’t miss them!
“Snippets of UNRB at Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa”
“House on Lime Street”
“PSA: Stop Musician Abuse”
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