Preview: The Pietasters at Black Cat on 3/27


By: Taylor Magill


The Pietasters originally formed under the name The Slugs in 1990 when a group of friends were attending colleges in the mountains of Virginia. The band’s name was Dance Hall Crashers for a few months, and then finally settled on The Pietasters originating from from British slang for “fat guys”. After hosting a slew of shows in the basement of some of the member’s rental house and playing shows at every dive bar in DC, Maryland, and Virgina, The Pietasters set out on their first national tour in 1993 in a used school bus they purchased for $900.

After numerous label switches from Slugtone Records! to Moon Ska to Epitaph to Hellcat and finally to Fueled by Ramen, The Pietasters have released a total of six full length studio albums and shared the stage with bands such as Flogging Molly, The Ramones, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, The Bouncing Souls, and Dropkick Murphys.

The Pietasters are often referred to by fans and critics alike as “the grandfathers of ska-rock and soul”. The Pietasters have always held to their own ideas, never selling out for fame or fortune, and therefore have been able to withstand ska’s high and low points.

Some of my personal favorite Pietaster songs include: “Out All Night”, “Girl Take It Easy”, and “Can I Change My Mind“. Check these songs and head out to their show at Black Cat!



The Pietasters will be at Black Cat on Wednesday, March 27. Tickets are $20.00 and the show is at 8 p.m.

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