Originally influenced by ska bands such as the Specials and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Pietasters quickly rose to the top of the regional ska scene in the mid-’90s. After being discovered, the group shared bills with bands such as NOFX and Less Than Jake on the Warped Tour and a run with punk legend Joe Strummer. A plethora of albums soon followed, including 1995’s “Oolooloo,” 1997’s “Willis” and 1999’s “Mix Tape No. 6.” The Pietasters continued to play the Warped Tour, and opened for such acts as the Reverend Horton Heat, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Ozomatli. Its music even caught the attention of James Brown, who asked the Pietasters to be his backing band at a sold-out concert in Washington in 2002. After a period of inactivity, 2007 saw the release of a new studio album, “All Day,” which is still going strong with fans. In 2011, Connecticut’s Asbestos Records and Chicago’s Underground Communiqué Records launched a fundraiser on Kickstarter to release “Oolooloo” on vinyl. Fans responded by quickly reaching and surpassing the goal (the re-release will be out later this year). The Pietasters perform with Murphys Kids, the Bastard Suns and Capital 7 at Kingdom on Friday, June 1. at 7 p.m. $12. kingdomrva.com.
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