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Shucking Bubba By RJ

Sorry Cincy, but my never-ending hunt for the fresh & the fun rock bands in the local club scene has me thinking Columbus has top notch talent that rivals our own local cover bands. The ridiculously popular Naked Karate Girls are from Columbus, as is Swagg (another local club superstar band). In the top 5 Cincy club bands only two are from Cincy (I judge by crowd attendance). The Menus & The Griswolds are both Cincy bands but the rest of the names at the top of the list are all from Ohio’s capitol city.
These days if you own a 300+ capacity club and want to fill it, you’ll eventually need to import your talent from Columbus. One such import would be Shucking Bubba.
Shucking Bubba has played big events all over the country (check out their 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl performance on youtube). Their set list reads like a 90’s MTV (when MTV played videos) video hit list show. Bubba’s brand of high energy pop rap rock is all about gettin’ the girls dancing stage front, and that they do. When Bubba busts out a Prince tune the girls get giggly. When they dish out some “This is how we do it” or Naughty By Nature tune, the dance floor fills up. You’ll hear dance tunes from Outkast, INXS, The Cure, Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, Kool & The Gang, Depeche Mode and other 90’s mega pop hits. They play rock from Tom Petty, Journey, Kid Rock, U2, Cheap Trick and Elvis. They even play George Michael. And the girlies dig that too.
Long story short, Shucking Bubba is a party band. They play to entertain the crowds who want to party like it’s 1999. Sure the band has strong musicianship. All the band members are accomplished musicians. Sudhir Ranganath (vocalist), Rick Soga (guitar), Eddy Browning (bass), Tony Bonardi (keys), and Dave Boyce (drums) each show proficiency and expertise throughout the show. But! Much like their Columbus brother bands, the focus is on the fun.

Sure there are Rick’s screaming six string solos, the drum kit and lighting is a show in itself, the bass player not only kicks ass on the 4 string but sings his ass off too. Lead singer Sudhir gets wild & wacked with his unique brand of showmanship. He lays on some fine vocals too, sometimes sounding much like the original singers, sometimes sounding nothing like them and putting his own sound to the tunes. It all comes together in big push to lure the ladies to the dance floor, shakin’ swayin’ and singin’ along. That’s what it’s all about... the Party!
Check out the schedule at www.shuckingbubba.com while you’re there check out the cool videos too. The band will be back at Bar Seventy One on September 17th. Until then you’ll have to make the trip to Columbus to check them out. If you’re heading up there anyway it will be worth your time to see the show.

 

 

 

 

 

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