One of our generation’s great orators, Jack Black, once said: “This is not the greatest song in the world. No, this is just a tribute. Couldn’t remember the greatest song in the world. No, this is a tribute.”
Now I can remember Sublime, a trio of shirtless Californians who hit it huge in the mid-1990s with hit singles like “What I Got” and “Santeria” before lead singer Brad Nowell died of a drug overdose in 1996.
They weren’t the greatest band in the world, but they were pretty good at what they did, which is mix reggae and punk and tales of good times under the sun. If that’s your thing, Sublime was, like, king of the hill.
But Nowell’s death means Sublime is no more. Enter 40 Oz. to Freedom, also not the greatest band in the world, but a tribute to what I’d guess they believe is the greatest band in the world: Sublime.
Like Sublime, 40 Oz. is pretty good at what they do. While I was writing this, I had their music going in the background and forgot I was listening to a tribute band. Give credit where credit is due, I say.
40 Oz. to Freedom, with Aaron Rehn; 9 p.m. Saturday, doors open 8 p.m.; $12; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www .randompresents.com.
— Ben Salmon