A few days ago, I went to see a concert with a friend of mine. Specifically, I went to see Reel Big Fish at the Boston House of Blues. I’ve been a fan of RBF for a long time. At this point, my friend and I were some of the older people there simply by not being teenagers. Still a fun band, though. Anyway, I’ve been dancing to Reel Big Fish’s music for many years. I’ve certainly never blues danced to it. Until now.
Ska music is a very danceable music. But there is generally a specific form of dance that goes with it: skanking. Or, for the more hardcore fans, moshing. Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of moshing. Been kicked in the head, elbowed in the gut…etc. But skanking can be quite fun. 🙂
I didn’t really expect to do anything other than skank at this show, except for maybe blues dancing during the blues version of S.R. 😛 However, much to my surprise, I found that some of the slower, more reggae songs actually lent themselves to blues dancing quite well. I would just extend my hand to my friend, and the two of us would start blues dancing in the little circle we’d carved out for ourselves on the back of the dance floor. It was so much fun!
We certainly got a fair number of looks for busting out the blues moves at a ska concert. But in a way, that made it more fun for us. At one point, someone stopped my friend when she was walking to the bar to compliment her on the dancing she and I had been doing. My friend thought she meant skanking, and invited her to join us, but no, she was talking about the blues dancing! Needless to say, it made the both of us smile. 🙂
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!