Tonight: the Slackers at the Bluebird

Living through the third-wave ska movement of the mid-'90s and still keeping an admirably visible profile in 2011, the Slackers are a musical anomaly. Like labelmates Hepcat and Stubborn All Stars, the Slackers' success hinges on a penchant for the swing of blue beat while ditching the silliness made popular by former contemporaries. (Remember Reel Big Fish?)

A dozen studio albums into a two-decade-long career, the Slackers are on tour in support of 2010's The Great Rocksteady Swindle, giving ska a good name and reminding us that sometimes it's okay enjoy music that is happy -- and not cynical or ironic in the least. Tonight's show is sixteen and up. Doors are at 7 p.m., show starts at 8, and tickets are $15-$18.

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