Live in The Atrium
Monkey, Vista Kicks
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 16 and over
SAVE FERRIS is a ska-punk band formed circa 1995 in Orange County, Southern California. Their name is a reference to the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
The band formed after the dissolution of a number of Southern California bands. With Monique Powell as manager, front person, and co-songwriter, the band began to book shows around Southern California to a great underground response.
Financed by Powell's sister, the band released their debut EP "Introducing SAVE FERRIS" on Powell's label, Starpool Records, in 1996. They ended up selling close to 20,000 copies of their EP out of the trunks of their cars, with huge support from Orange County independent record shops and fans. That year, Powell provided vocals on the Reel Big Fish song "She Has A Girlfriend Now" on their album "Turn the Radio Off" (Mojo).
With Powell as manager and lead, and as favorites of KROQ radio's legendary Rodney on the Rock, SAVE FERRIS created a presence on LA's KROQ radio, possibly being the first unsigned band to do this in LA alternative radio history. Later that year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave the band a Grammy showcase award for best unsigned band, earning them a recording contract with Epic Records (SONY).
The band released their debut full-length album for Epic in 1997. "It Means Everything" featured several re-recorded tracks from the EP, several new songs, and, on Powell's urging, a cover of Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Come on Eileen," which the band released as their first official single, and what was to become their most successful single. The band also released "The World is New" as a single which was featured in the film "The Big Hit" starring Mark Wahlburg. Olympic medal winner Tara Lipinski used "The World is New" in her debut program as a professional skater in the nationally telecast 1998 Skate TV Championships.
The band toured extensively in support of "It Means Everything", opening for bands such as Sugar Ray,
The Offspring, and Reel Big Fish. In April 1998, they made their television debut on HBO's music series
"REVERB" and made an on-screen appearance in the cult classic teen film, "10 Things I Hate About You".
The album sold over 400,000 copies, and spawned three Top Ten hits in both Japan and Mexico. With
two singles in the Billboard top 100 and full rotation on alternative radio all over the world, SAVE FERRIS
has managed to go Platinum internationally.
Winter 1998 saw the departure of their drummer. After a thunderously successful main stage tour with
the Vans Warped Tour, the band began writing their follow-up to "It Means Everything". The
appropriately-titled "Modified" was released in October 1999. The album saw the band moving away
from their ska-punk roots and into pop-punk territory. The band toured nationally with the band "Lit", of
hit single "My Own Worst Enemy" fame. SAVE FERRIS continued to tour in support of "Modified"
throughout 2000 and 2001. In August and September 2001 the band did a short tour of the UK. Winter
2002, SAVE FERRIS had the rare opportunity to play front and center at the nationally broadcast Winter
Olympics Snowboarding Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Still fronted by their original lead singer, SAVE FERRIS has been through a number of changes in their
musical lineup through the years…
Powell self-financed what she called the "For the Fans" SAVE FERRIS US tour in 2003. On March 29, 2003
at Ska Summit 2003 in Las Vegas, SAVE FERRIS played on the main stage to a thunderously positive
Other appearances of note Ms. Powell has made: "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" film, "Roswell" network
television show, "The Conan O'Brien Show", "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher", MTV's Loveline with
Dr. Drew, the "Keenan Ivory Wayans" show, and the "Late Show with Craig Kilbourne". The sold out Pacific Amphitheater at the Orange County Fair 7/27/13 marked the first appearance of SAVE FERRIS in ten years. Keep an eye out for Save Ferris' return to a town near you soon, as well as a new EP, due out Summer of 2016…
MONKEY is a 6 piece high-energy organ driven, Ska/Reggae group from the SF Bay Area. Their intense live shows and rock-steady rhythms not only get the crowds dancing, it has won them several awards, like the prestigious California Music Award!
MONKEY sets the pace for the local music scene. The band performs over 200 shows per year, while constantly recording and touring.
MONKEY has 3 full-length albums, and has also been featured on over 25 compilations, video games and film soundtracks, including the new independent horror-comedy Russ Meyer tribute "Pervert the Movie" on Stag Films.
MONKEY has toured the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, & Mexico. Currently, the band is gearing up support their international interests in Japan to support their new Japanese compilation release "Monkeyska" (Disc Union Ltd.).
MONKEY has supported world class acts like: Bad Manners, The Specials, The English Beat, The Skatalites, Fishbone, The Slackers, Hepcat and many more...
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: MONKEY is mostly influenced by traditional ska pioneers, but there are lots of other musicians and music styles that we encorporate in to our own brand of Northern California Ska music! See below:
TRADITIONAL SKA: Skatalites • Desmond Dekker • Alton Ellis • Clancey Eccles • Sir Lord Comic • Stranger Cole • Keith & Tex • Termites • Ethiopians
MODERN SKA: Bad Manners • Fishbone • Skankin' Pickle • MU330 • Johnny Socko • Warsaw • Let's Go Bowling • Los Hooligans • Hepcat • Slackers • Dave Hillyard & RS7 • Yeska • Aggrolites
REGGAE INFLUENCES: Bob Marley • Jimmy Cliff • Sly & Robbie • Toots & The Maytals • Peter Tosh
LATIN INFLUENCES: Tito Puente • Perez Prado • Esquivel
ROCK INFLUENCES:Elvis Costello • Oingo Boingo • Joe Jackson • David Byrne • Squirrel Nut Zippers • Beach Boys • Brian Wilson • Peacocks • Fratellis • Cat Empire • Tom Waits
Vista Kicks are a band making waves in the indie music scene. They're comprised of Derek Thomas, Sam Plecker, Nolan Le Vine, and Trevor Sutton. Four childhood friends who now travel, write music, and live together. The quartet combines deep grooves, spunky guitar riffs, and powerful vocal melodies to yield a full and energetic sound. They've performed across the west coast and just released the single 'Baby You're Right' in August, 2015.