Punk bands Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake will perform at Quadrangle Club for next weekend's Lawnparties, along with Welbilt, a rock band from Washington, D.C., which will open the show.
"This is going to be an exciting show," USG social chair Andrew Heyman '07, who was involved in choosing the band lineup, said. "It's exciting, but it's also music you can unwind to."
Heyman called the music "unifying" and reminiscent of students' musical interests in high school. Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake, which were formed in the '90s, are part of the ska and punk-rock genre that has influenced today's music by Fall Out Boy, Sublime and No Doubt, he said.
Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit "Sell Out" sparked the ska band's popularity. An independent band since Jive Records dropped them in 2006, they are currently on tour for their newly released album, titled "Our Live Album is Better Than Your Live Album."
"I feel like the USG, in the past years, haven't taken note of the popularity of the punk-ska demographic of listeners," Heyman said. "People have been requesting these bands for years, and we haven't listened."
After a world tour featuring concerts in the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland and Brazil, Less Than Jake, a band from Gainesville, Fla., will play hits from their new record, "In With the Out Crowd."
"I really like them," Maria Fasolino '10 said of Less Than Jake. "I think they will be a good band to have because you can dance to them." Fasolino said she plans to attend the event.
Welbilt, which started out as a small local band in the nation's capital, has been building momentum as an "up-and-coming band," according to its website. Some of the band's albums were financed by Anheuser-Busch through the Budweiser True Music Live Program, which made it the official band for the Washington, D.C., area.
"[Welbilt] play around here a lot. They have a loyal following among the students here on campus," Heyman said. "Judging from feedback we have received so far, people are very excited about this."
Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish are on a North American tour together this summer.
The Lawnparties concert, scheduled for May 6, is cosponsored by the USG, Alcohol Initiative and Quad.