An Umbrella Bed Headline Without Ska Puns
Two years ago, fan Aaron Porter joined on guitar and helped launch MNSka.com, a web site and message board that connects a couple dozen groups that play the brass music originated in '60s Jamaica. The Skastronauts and the GYLBOTS ("Get Your Lazy Butt Off the Sofa," in which Porter plays drums) are among a growing number of "third-wave" bands moshing up the all-ages scene. (Hear more on Radio K's "Rude Radio" every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon, 770 AM.)
"The crowds are definitely getting younger," says Washburn. "But your audience has to get younger for a band to keep a crowd."
Umbrella Bed celebrates the release of their fourth album, One Small Skank for Man (on Germany's Mad Butcher Records) with two shows this weekend: Friday, Noveber 4 at the Uptown Bar (612.823.4719) with Leroy Smokes (late ID show), and Saturday at the Triple Rock (612.333.7399) with SHSK and Chicken Poodle Soup (early all-ages show).