Life on Long Island
Dr. Madd Vibe has a pair of LI appointments
If you were involved with LI’s alternative music scene during the 1980s and '90s, you may recall lots of the college students and other young people of that era wearing T-shirts featuring a distinctive, day-glo drawing of a fish skeleton – which indicated that the wearer was likely a fan of the band Fishbone.
Known for its signature ska-inflected, punk-meets-funk rock sound, Fishbone occasionally placed on the music charts – its track “Party at Ground Zero” is still considered an alt-rock classic – but the act never found steady commercial success. Nonetheless, the band’s high-powered, manic, moshpit-inducing concerts remained musts for both the hip and the party crowds between 1985-1995. Always considered a draw, Fishbone frequently toured and played festivals, even when the band wasn’t supporting new material.
Consisting of several musicians, one of its founding players was Angelo Moore. Providing vocals while also handling a number of different instruments, Moore is often recognized as the group’s most animated member – which, in a band as energetic as Fishbone, makes the man’s presentation highly distinctive. He remains with the group today, but also has an active solo career – and for Fishbone fans, or anyone else looking to catch him live, he’ll be performing twice on Long Island before 2014 arrives.
Moore – who also works under the moniker “Dr. Madd Vibe” – is upbeat, driven and likable, and he tends to mix poetry, singing and saxophone moments into a wild and engaging stage show. However, despite his grandiose approach, he’s scheduled to first take the stage at the intimately sized Velvet Lounge (10 Woods Corner Rd., East Setauket, 631-751-7575) on Friday, Dec. 13 for a 9 p.m. show -- followed by a 6 p.m. performance at the somewhat larger Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bay Shore (150 E. Main St., 631-665-9696) on Sunday, Dec. 15. Both shows will also feature sets from band Rebelmatic and MC Prop Anon, with tickets available for both shows in advance for $10 (at eventbrite.com for the Velvet Lounge show; ticketfly.com for Even Flow, which is also charging $12 at the door).