Known for a distinctive and period-defining blend of ska, reggae, punk, surf-rock and hip-hop, Sublime arose out of Long Beach, California to dominate the modern rock airwaves for years with a scant few singles. Lead singer Bradley Nowell passed away in 1996, shortly after the band’s mega-platinum major-label debut.
In 2010, founding member Eric Wilson joined forces with musician and singer Rome Ramirez to form Sublime with Rome. They brought Sublime’s material back on tour in 2010 and also hit the studio to record their debut album, Yours Truly, with guitarist Paul Leery of the Butthole Surfers, who also produced Sublime’s third and final album. Yours Truly yielded the hit singles “Panic” (which climbed to No. 4 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart), “Lovers Rock” and “Take It or Leave It”: music reminiscent of the ska-punk glory days when bands like Fishbone, No Doubt, Reel Big Fish and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones ruled the airwaves. The band released their new album Sirens in 2015.
The WRRV 20th-anniversary concert series continues this fall as Magic City Productions, SLP Concerts and 92.7 & 96.9 WRRV present Sublime with Rome at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie on November 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $35 general admission and are available at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center is located at 14 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie.