Netherlands - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 26 - 12/03/98
Heineken Skank Party
Melkweg, Amsterdam November 19th 1998
Most times when a beer brewery has some amount of money to spend, it goes to uselss
things. This time they somehow got smart and organized a Skank party through the
Netherlands. Not just a Skank party, but one w/ Postmen, Hepcat, Scofflaws, New York
Ska Jazz Ensemble and Laurel Aitken. Only to see Laurel Aitken is enough for me to go
to that show. It all started a bit late but I made sure in advance that I didn't have
to worry about catching the last train home.
So, when I entered the building The Scofflaws just started playing. Not many
people were in the mood to skank. They didn't impress me that much, but I knew almost
none of their songs. Maybe if I listen to some more stuff I might like it. After that
it was time for New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, which was a lot better. It even got
me in a moving mood. I was paying more attention to the lyrics, because I've never heard
any of their songs either. At the end of this show I went to the other room to watch
The Postmen, the only band from the Netherlands at this party. Their music is like the Vu-gees
mixed w/ Ska. I didn't like it and left after a couple of songs.
Next up was the Godfather of Ska, Mr. Laurel Aitken. The New York Ska Jazz
Ensemble supported him with the musical part. From the beginning people were skanking
their asses off. This was relly great, watching this old man sing and all. Even mixing
two songs into one. A lot of old Ska songs were sung, like Longshot Kick the Bucket
and Rudy Got Married. After this huge amount of fun, it was time for Hepcat.
The Max was packed with people. It was sometimes hard to Skank. Somehow playing after
Laurel Aitken wasn't a good thing. They never came close with their Jamiacan Ska from
the 60ies, although they put up a good show.
Copyright © 1998 Marcel Etten