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One of the classic acts on this year’s Warped Tour is Save Ferris. Ska fans have never forgotten the band, as they still rank as one of the handful of the genre’s acts that broke into the mainstream. Because of this, even if you were just casually listening to music in the ‘90s you probably remember Save Ferris from their appearance in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, or their cover of the Dexys Midnight Runners classic “Come On Eileen.”
After checking out their set at Warped Tour, it’s great to see that nearly two decades later Monique Powell and crew are still giving people an excuse to have a good time.
Want to know more? Here are three reasons you should see Save Ferris live.
1. They’re as Bouncy and Youthful As Ever
Ska is a genre that’s full of energy, and through some musical miracle it seems as though many ska bands don’t age. Does it have something to do with the reggae? Does it have something to do with the horns? I have no idea, but what I do know is Save Ferris’ Monique Powell is still having a blast on stage, bouncing around while performing.
The band’s bassist also had quite the moment during their set. At one point he was using a traditional upright bass, positioned so that it was at an angle. While it was like this he stood on top of it while strumming. It was a very cool visual, and however many times he fell while teaching himself how to play in that position, it was worth it just to have that moment each time they perform.
2. They’ll Have You Putting On Your Dancin’ Shoes
If you’re going to a ska show there’s a pretty good chance you’re looking to move to the music, and Save Ferris still provides the inspiration to do just that.
The skanking was especially rampant, and joyous, when the band broke into their cover of “Come On Eileen.”
3. Monique Powell Loves Working The Crowd
Monique Powell knows her crowd, and with the exception of one slip up (she flubbed the state she was in, but the crowd forgave her), Save Ferris’ frontwoman had a great rapport with the audience.
Powell treated everyone both as fans, and friends, which created a really nice atmosphere.
In a funny moment, before one song she asked everyone to jump up and down, but added if you’re older it’s cool if you just bounce on your feet.
To find out when, and where, Save Ferris are performing next, check out their Facebook page for show dates.