The Pietasters are Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia's premier soul ska band, and have been for about 20 years now. They've put out a bunch of albums during that time, and these are the three that we would recommend starting out with:
Oolooloo (1995): The centerpiece of The Pietasters canon, this cleanly-produced, laid back record oozes with tasteful, soul-filled ska and now-classic drinking songs. It's about to be reissued by Connecticut's own Asbestos Records on limited edition vinyl.
Strapped Live! (1996): A roudy, drunken mess of a show that captures the band at the height of their powers. The stage banter about beer and blowjobs only enhances the experience.
Willis (1997): The band's debut on Tim Armstrong's Hellcat Records, they found a dirtier, more-rock and Motown-laced sound that kept the band moving forward.
The Pietasters at Fairfield Theatre Company's StageOne, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Sat., March 17, 7:30 p.m. $22. (203) 259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org.
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