Badfish (Tribute to Sublime)
JD Legends ~ 65 Millard Dr. ~ Franklin, OH
Saturday, June 9
$12 ADV/ $17 DOS, 7 pm, 18+
On April 13, 2001, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime, played its first show in Matunuck, Rhode Island to 500 fans, many of whom drove an hour or more to celebrate the music of a band whose run ended far too soon amid the tragic death of lead singer Brad Nowell in 1996. But no one could have predicted what was about to happen next. Fans were calling this a “rebirth” of Sublime, and Badfish went on to break attendance records up and down the East coast. 11 years later, the band is still going strong, and — despite the fact that the original Sublime has re-formed with a new singer— Badfish still maintains the spirit of Sublime and helps to carry on their legacy with grace.
Sublime was arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, but ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, Badfish, a tribute to Sublime has continued to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for quite some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts.
Formed in 2001, Badfish has become one of the biggest club and theater acts in the Northeast and Midwest. Consistently selling out many shows at some of the most prominent venues throughout the country, promoters continue to be in awe that a tribute band is turning several hundred fans away from the doors each night. Badfish rivals the biggest tributes in the music business. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does. The attitude of Sublime cannot be faked, so Badfish doesn’t try – its own tribute is one that works.