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Spanning 15 years, Mrs. Skannotto is bringing their brand of combination ska and reggae rock to the 7th Entry, in Minneapolis, on July 23. Mrs. Skannotto are: Evan Dobbins (Trombone), Justin Lloyd (Trumpet).…
Henry, who resembles Hurley from Lost, actually took a live phone call from a friend during the performance. He told his caller, "I am on stage in Minneapolis, dude. I gotta go!" The call added to the humor the band rendered, including a Hello Kitty guitar strap Henry used. Near the end of the set, he announced that all they do besides play music is watch TV, play video games and they still have 40 days left on the road so they need hugs from the audience, which they did get a few of. Very fun band. They are planning to be back in Minneapolis on October 18.
Headliner, Mrs. Skannotto, is also a Ska band but with more of an underlying classic Rock sound. Mrs. Skannotto formed in 1998 in Rochester, NY. Justin Lloyd, Evan Dobbins, Joe Harmon, Mike Frederick, Dan Carter, & Alex Bochetto, they have been compared to bands like; Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Toasters, The Police, but what I kept hearing was tones of the band Chicago, back in the 70's. Poll Dancer is a song about politics, not pole dancing they made a point of clearing up before they played it.
Get Up! was all about audience participation and very easy to figure out when to pump your fist in the air and yell "Get Up, Get Up!" Joe Harmon is the lead vocalist and man, can he belt it out! Powerful and with tremendous quality, he has a voice like nothing I have heard live in a very long time. Amazing! All of the bands musicians were sensational. I spoke to trombone player, Evan Dobbins, and he said that he is a music teacher at a college back in Rochester, NY. Mrs. Skannotto has such a big sound, they almost blasted off of the small stage at 7th Street Entry. Unfortunately, there were only about 20 people in attendance, but it gave everyone plenty of dance room. This band really has to be witnessed in person. Pass the word on!
Mrs. Skannotto at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (07/23/13)