I checked out The Mike Pinto Show at the House of Blues on December 4th, and it was great! It was an all-ages show with four other bands, which included HI Roots, High Tide, Stranger, and The B Foundation. â€“What a great collaboration!
I missed the opening band, HI Roots, who started at 7pm. I was looking forward to seeing them after I heard some of their stuff online. Unfortunately, there was back-to-back traffic on the 163 South, and Fourth Avenue was a mess.
Iâ€™m familiar with members of High Tide and Stranger. High Tide introduced two new songs, including â€œEye for an Eyeâ€ and â€œSatisfiedâ€. They played a song released earlier this year called â€œDrive Me Wildâ€, and their old school song â€œRound the Dubâ€ set a great reggae tone. Stranger opened for Mike Pinto and did an outstanding job of getting members of all the bands together for their cover of the Beatlesâ€™ â€œCome Togetherâ€. They rocked that song and helped pump up the crowd for Mike Pintoâ€™s appearance. Stranger also introduced new songs and played â€œThe Only Oneâ€, which is a favorite of mine!
The B Foundation is a lively â€œreggae/rock/skaâ€ band, which is how Jason, the bass man, describes them.Â They complement Mike Pinto really well. Their style is similar to his, and both Mike Pinto and The B Foundation included enough rock to start mosh pits. Both are great rock/ska bands with reggae style.
Speaking of which, Mike Pinto â€œkilled itâ€ that night! I heard Mike Pinto once before in Oceanside, and Iâ€™ve heard his album. That was four years ago and I was moderately impressed, with my favorite song being â€œBackburnerâ€. Mike Pinto has stepped it up! Horns were included in the beginning and ending of his appearance, which made it unique in tuning the audience in and out â€“ good call! Anyone who enjoys rock and ska genres with a bit of reggae style would enjoy Mike Pinto. He really works his electric guitar play and his switches â€“ nice work, Mike Pinto Band!
The cost for the show was around $20 for five reggae/rock/ska bands. I canâ€™t state how HI Roots performed because I missed them, but The B Foundation and Mike Pinto alone were worth it. High Tide and Stranger are great California-style reggae bands; I wish they would collaborate more together because their styles are similar and complement one another. But, if youâ€™re more for the rock and ska with reggae style, definitely check out The B Foundation and Mike Pinto. Iâ€™m definitely going to ask for more!