A night of nostalgia and fun

A night of nostalgia and fun image

This past Wednesday night at The Orange Peel was a nonstop party. The warm summer weather had everyone feeling great and ready for a night of fun. As always, the vibes at The Peel were upbeat and the crowd was happily dancing and chatting with their drinks waiting for openers Save Ferris to take the stage. 

The ska veterans wasted no time in getting the crowd totally pumped. Frontwoman Monique Powell was truly a powerhouse of performance and took every opportunity to crank up the punk rock energy on the dance floor. Dressed in a black lacy bustier and heels, Powell gave us every ounce of passion that their impressive set list deserved. 

Her soaring vocals and magnetic stage presence took the performance to new levels as the full band behind her gave us their all. Equipped with an extremely talented horn section, this band was completely unstoppable. The crowd was loving every second of it, and the hits just kept coming. Eventually it was time for Save Ferris to bid the crowd farewell, and after a quick and lively cover of Dexy's Midnight Runners' “Come on Eileen” it was time to say goodbye.

After a quick break and a lot of giddy anticipation, it was time for the dudes we all came to see: Bowling for Soup. The guys were as happy to greet the audience as we were to greet them. Their attitudes were all friendly and excited as they waved hello. They immediately connected with the crowd, making jokes and promising not to play too much new stuff, even though the new stuff totally rocked. 

The guys were gracious and played crowd favorites like “Girls All the Bad Guys Want” and “1985”. They even made time for a cover of Shaggy's “Angel” much to the crowd's delight. The connection with the crowd throughout the whole show really was amazing. It was such a fun and nostalgic experience and the whole band made it a truly memorable night. Thanks for swinging by Asheville BFS! 

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All images by Holden Mesk of Asheville Music Guide