There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Wait, isn’t Sublime broken up? Well, yes—the band fell apart after the death of lead singer Bradley Nowell in 1996. But this isn’t Sublime, it’s Sublime with Rome—a name change dictated by a particularly contentious lawsuit between the executors of Nowell’s estate and Sublime’s remaining members—and it’s more or less a really authentic tribute band filled in with the band’s original bassist, Eric Wilson. Sure, it’s not quite the same as seeing the original band, but it’s pretty close; the band’s new lead singer, Rome Ramirez, can belt out rapidfire lyrics with nearly the same proficiency as Nowell. Though drummer Bud Gaugh is also absent, he’s replaced by industry veteran Josh Freese, a musician who’s filled in for Devo, the Replacements, and Weezer. Could this performance usher in the return of mainstream ska rock? Probably not (let’s hope not, at least). But for one night only, you don’t have to hide the fact that you still know how to skank. Sublime with Rome performs with RDGLDGRN and Pasadena at 9 p.m. at the Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $41.50–$65. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com.