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SKANKIN' PICKLE BRINGING ITS OWN FLAVOR OF `SKAFUNKRASTAPUNK' TO PROVO FRIDAY

Everyone's favorite dancing dill is back!

Skankin' Pickle, a Monte Sereno, Calif., six-piece that has drawn packed crowds in Utah since its original appearances at the oft-remembered "Skalapalooza" show in Provo and Mayfest '91 at the University of Utah, is returning on the strength of its new album, "Sing Along With Skankin' Pickle."The band will headline a concert Friday, Sept. 16, at the Lumberyard Skatepark, 1100 W. 400 South, Provo.

Mike Park, a.k.a. "Bruce Lee," the band's saxophone player and one of three singers, promised to feed the masses during a recent telephone interview.

"Please come to our record release parties," Park said. "There will be great bands, lots of free stuff and free chips and salsa. Actually, there won't be any chips and salsa, but I'll bring a loaf of bread for anyone who is hungry."

All kidding aside, he and other members are pleased with the new album and with Ian Miller, the band's new bass guitarist, who came from Oakland's Hoodlum Empire.

Without Mike Mattingly, the shaven-headed former bass guitarist, in the lineup, the band's music has lost a little of the funk from its self-described "skafunkrastapunk" style. But definitely not its "fun" part, as witnessed by its winning cover of the Vapors' "Turning Japanese."

Park had some light-hearted advice for the band's school- and college-age fans:

"Remember to watch TV as much as possible. When you do homework, do it in front of the TV. I guarantee results."

Joining the Pickle for this part of its U.S. tour will be the Tantra Monsters, a seven-piece band from Kailua, Hawaii, that Park described as "ska, with a boto flair," whatever that means, and a group that he said makes him "happy all over."

Along with the new Skankin' Pickle album, Dill Records will also release the Tantra Monsters' debut. Both bands are expected to have copies for sale at the show.

Opening the concert at 8 p.m. will be Logan ska-core act Model Citizen. Tickets are $6.50 in advance from the Provo and Salt Lake locations of Sonic Garden.