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12th Annual Ska Fest Set for
March 2 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 16, 2007

Mustard Plug
Mustard Plug

EAU CLAIRE — Internationally recognized ska-punk band Mustard Plug will headline the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 12th annual Ska Fest concert Friday, March 2. Doors will open at 7 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

Mustard Plug first gained national attention with the release of "Big Daddy Multitude," its 1993 debut on the seminal ska-label Moon Records. The band toured relentlessly for the next four years. In 1997, just before the peak of American mainstream acceptance of the ska-punk genre, the band released its breakthrough recording, "Evildoers Beware." The influential album sold more than 70,000 copies, an amazing figure for independent punk label Hopeless Records. Over the next five years Mustard Plug released two more albums: "Pray for Mojo" (1999), and the self-produced "Yellow #5" (2002).

After 14 years, five LPs, 200,000 albums sold and more than 1,200 shows, Mustard Plug released "Masterpieces: 1991-2002," its first-ever greatest hits CD, in 2005.

Mustard Plug lead singer Dave Kirchgessner is also credited with helping breathe new life into the ska scene by organizing the "Ska Is Dead" tour. The inaugural tour kicked off in 2004 and featured Mustard Plug and other notable acts such as Catch 22, Big D & The Kids Table and The Planet Smashers. The all-ska package tour created a resurgence of ska and drew crowds across the United States and Canada.

Joining Mustard Plug at Ska Fest 12 will be popular Minneapolis ska band Umbrella Bed. Part of European ska label Mad Butcher, Umbrella Bed has four full-length CDs, two videos, a hatful of Minnesota Music Awards nominations, music in two movies, and presence on more ska compilations than you can count on your fingers. Umbrella Bed boasts a nine-member lineup consisting of drums, a twin-guitar assault, singer, bass, and a four-piece horn section they call the Horns of Mass Destruction.

Also appearing will be Wisconsin-based fan favorites Something To Do. Winning a national songwriting competition put on by Henkel Consumer Adhesives' Duck brand duct tape in 2003 brought the group mentions on CNN Headline News, National Public Radio, and in over 150 other media outlets. Something To Do has continued on, gaining popularity along the way, playing shows across the Midwest, the East Coast and Canada. In 2005 the group was nominated for two Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards, including Band of the Year.

Chicken Poodle Soup will open the show. This high-energy Minneapolis ska band combines ska, reggae, punk and funk to create energetic hooks, catchy horn lines and intricate vocal harmonies. Formed in early 2003, the band released its first EP, "The Legend of Scottie Guild," two years later. Chicken Poodle Soup has been working on "Fridge Full of Dreams," a new EP that is to be released this spring.

The show is open to all ages. Proof of age will be required for alcohol purchases.

Tickets are $7 ($5 with UW-Eau Claire student ID card) at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door. Patrons may also charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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