Review: Rupa and the April Fishes 

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There are few things sweeter than rolling to a club (in this case, on a bike to the Jazz Kitchen) and seeing the dance floor already jumping.

Such was the case on Friday night, Oct. 12, with Rupa and the April Fishes, a San Francisco band, taking the stage and giving dancers much delight with which to play.

This five-piece band is comprised of guitar/vocals (Rupa), trumpet, cello, bass and drums, and you could spend a lot of time — and fun — coming up with neologisms that describe their music:

Skaggae. Punkabolly. Rezmer.

Whatever it is, it's cumbialicious. And absoLUTEly danceable. In between songs, the mesmerizing frontwoman, Rupa, told a story or made a political plea.

Her story before their encore — about being harassed by police —inspired what may be their breakthrough tune: "I don't want to be arrested." An infectious ska-flavored piece of music, it's irresistible — and a cautionary tale about our creepy, police state underpinnings.

Somebody bring them back to town.


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