LACONIA — The Tower Hill Club, located at Weirs Beach, 290 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, will host Badfish – a Tribute to Sublime on Saturday. Reggae artist Cody James & Relevation will open the show at 6 p.m. Advanced tickets are available at www.towerhillclub.com Show is 18+
Sublime was arguably one of the most energetic, original, and uniquely eclectic bands to emerge on the international music scene in the 1990s. In 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 Sublime (whose run ended far too soon after the tragic death of lead singer Brad Nowell in 1996).
But no one could have predicted what was about to happen next. The tribute band took off.
Fans began calling Badfish the "rebirth of Sublime" and the tribute band went on to break attendance records up and down the East coast. 12 years later the band is still going strong, maintaining the spirit of Sublime while carrying their legacy with grace. And in that time Badfish has become one of the biggest club and theater acts in the Northeast and Midwest. Promoters continue to be in awe that this tribute band must often turn fans away when tickets run out, as they are consistently selling out many shows at the most prominent venues throughout the country,
Opening the show Saturday are Cody James and Relevation, a roots and reggae band that have a contagiously good attitude and compelling musical agenda. Cody (a New Hampshire native who has called Laconia his home for the past 15 years) has shared stages with bands Slightly Stoopid, 311, and as it so happens, Sublime. James remarked that it is "awesome to be asked to play this show. I am a huge Sublime fan, and I've seen Badfish a gazillion times. Tower Hill is the perfect place for this–they're all about the music!"
James returns to the stage after a brief hiatus dedicated to song-writing, and he's in fine form. "It feels so right to get back on the horse, right here in Laconia, with my Lakes Region super-band." His current lineup includes sax-man Jon Lorentz, keyboardist Joe Deleault, bassist Mike Rossi and drummer Rick Page (the latter three who tour internationally with blues artist Mighty Sam McClain).
The Tower Hill Club is a 350 capacity live music and dance space. Located upstairs of Tower Hill Tavern and the recently opened Jazz Bar, the club space features a large stage, state-of-the-art sound system, pro light show, and a full bar.