Mustard Plug, a West Michigan staple for over twenty years, brings their unique blend of ska and punk back to their stomping ground in Grand Rapids.
Mustard Plugplayed a concert at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March, 29, 2014. The tour featured local favorites, S.O.L. and The Campanellis. The Koffin Kats, of Detroit, completed the lineup.
S.O.L. is a Grand Rapids based band with a laid back flavor. Their music has a reggae/rock feel and they were a perfect opener to warm up the crowd. Front man, Tony Delbarrio, charmed the audience with his style and amazing voice.
Self proclaimed power pop band, The Campanellis, pumped up the audience with their feel good music, getting everyone dancing and feeling great. The singer even threw himself to the floor to grab the audience’s attention!
Next up were the Koffin Kats! They are an amazing Detroit act that had toured for many years. They came out with only three members and a huge bass as a center piece to their show!
Vic Victor takes dual roles in playing the upright bass and singing for the band. He climbs on it, he plays it, he stands on it, he devours it! I have never seen any one play an upright bass like this before! Vic and drummer Eric Walls enlisted John Kay to take over on guitar in early 2014. John had worked with the band in the past and has an amazing chemistry with Vic. They light up the stage together!
The Koffin Kats are promoting their seventh album, Born of the Motor.
The Koffin Kats are lively, crazy, and the music is contagious! When the last song came, I said to myself, “When can I see them again?”
Finally, it was time for Mustard Plug to hit the stage! The club was filled with excited fans!
Lead singer, Dave Kirchgessner had a comfortable rapport with the audience. He joked about playing at the casinos and why it took them seven years to get another album out. The crowd loved the easy banter from the band. They are promoting their new album Can’t Contain It and played new and old songs throughout the set. Crowd favorite, Mr. Smiley, had the fans dancing and singing. The ska punk style continues to be a hit for this band giving them a lighter, happier style of music that pleases their fans and packs the venues!
The excitement remained high as fans crowd surfed to the stage. Dave stopped between each song to joke with the fans making them feel like part of the family. Along with Colin Clive on vocals and guitar, Rick Johnson on bass, Nate Cohn on drums, Jim Hofer on trombone, Jim Hofer on trombone, and Brandon Jenison on trumpet, Dave helps to give the audience a great night of entertainment.
So whether you are a new fan or a twenty year vet, this was a show well worth your time and money!
Rick Johnson of Mustard Plug spoke with National Rock Review before the show. Be sure to take a moment and watch the video interview: Rick Johnson Interview
The Campanellis online: