Sublime tribute band 40oz to Freedom plays show at three20south in Breckenridge on Thursday, Dec. 19
If you go
What: 40oz to Freedom
Where: three20south, 320 S. Main St., Breckenridge
When: 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19
More information: Show is for ages 21 and older. Visit www.three20south.com.
Tribute bands are an interesting breed of live music — some do well, some don’t. The bands that do a good job not only can bring favorite bands back to life or back on tour, they also can provide exposure to a whole new audience that never got to see the original. Fortunately for Sublime fans out there, 40oz to Freedom does just that.
Since winning the 2010 San Diego Music Award for Best Tribute, 40oz to Freedom has toured the United States and Canada for more than six years, developing one of the largest tribute band followings in the world. Providing soul-quenching vocals that sound eerily identical to late Sublime front man Bradley Nowell, 40oz to Freedom lead singer Dane Scott continues to exemplify why he earned six San Diego Music Award nominations.
After Scott’s original band broke up and his best friend’s band broke up, the two musicians decided to form a group that paid tribute to one of the most notorious Southern California ska punk bands.
“People have always said I sounded like Bradley, so to remain working musicians, we decided to start the tribute,” he said.
Along with having a lead singer who sounds almost identical to the original, tribute bands must have musicians who can duplicate the music. Featuring a lineup of talented musicians with impressive resumes, 40oz to Freedom is able to play Sublime tunes so well they sound like the original albums.
Keyboardist Jeremy Miller co-founded the band with Scott; bassist Terry Davis is known as a “jack of all trades”; drummer Mark Leblanc has been playing music since he was a child; Berkeley School of Music graduate Tom Burda currently teaches at The New York School of Guitar; and percussionist Chad Cocuzza is known for his excellent stage presence.
In addition to playing with 40oz to Freedom, each musician plays with other bands that write and perform their own music.
Although there are other Sublime tribute bands out there, Scott said that what sets 40oz to Freedom apart is its “highly energetic live show.”
“Not only do we play the hits as you’d hear them on the CD; we combine that with a jam-like live show that gives us that edge over the rest when playing,” he said.
Because Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996, the Sublime catalog is limited, but Scott said the narrow list of song options has never been an issue.
“It’s not difficult having the limited catalog because our live show makes it new every time we play,” he said. “We don’t usually play a show the same way twice, which allows us to stay creative and original.”
Expect to see their original show live on Thursday, Dec. 19, at three20south.
“We’ve always had really great shows at three20south, and I think it’s the crowd’s energy that makes it such a great time,” Scott said.
For updates on the band, check out http://www.sublimetributeband.com.
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