Concert review: Pink it Up!, a ska concert for breast cancer awareness

From pink checkered ribbons (you can’t have a ska concert without checkers) to the pink arm bands, Market on 7th was covered in pink. The show kicked off with the vibrant and witty host Jeremy Gloff and then it began a storm of ska all in the name of helping boobies.

Now, to be fair to the local ska scene, I am rather new at this. Though I've listened to plenty of ska, Pink it Up! was only my second official ska show. Here are a few things I learned:

You can’t stand still when listening to ska, whether you are skanking or trying to avoid the skankers. It is nearly impossible.

Ska is about life, the lyrics are funny and are usually about real-life situations, which makes everything even funnier.

While ska does have a base set of instruments, anything is welcome, such all manner of variations of drums, guitars, trumpets, saxophones, bass guitars, trombones, keyboards, and tubas.

The lineup featured a slew of popular local and regional ska acts: Johnny Cakes and The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypso, the Long Johns, Shady People and SuckerFish.

Both the Long Johns and SuckerFish featured female singers, a rarity in the ska scene. I can say as a girl that hearing the higher vocals was a nice change of pace. Each of the bands brought something new to the table in terms of sound, style and rhythm.

Johnny Cakes and The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypso had a fun, upbeat and different sound, their cover of "Shake Your Body" bringing the crowd to their skanking feet. The Long Johns' girl singer had a very punk-rocker tone while Sucker Fish's own lady singer had a voice that contrasted nicely with the band's fast moving beats. And the Shady People were, as promised, Shady but still rockin'.

Overall, the show taught me a lot about the ska scene and raised over $1,000 for breast cancer awareness.


Pink it Up at Ybor City's Market on 7th featured two things: Ska music and boobs. The benefit was founded by Bylli Peiper, in honor of a friend and colleague Kim Campbell, who fought the long battle against breast cancer and won.

Now they are on a mission to fight back against the disease that takes the lives of so many men and women each year. With boobs on the brain, ska lovers came to skank and support a cause bigger than the Tampa ska scene. All of the proceeds went to breast cancer screening, treatment and education.

Wade Slater, an artist and full-time instructor at the Art Institute of Tampa brought out his horror-inspired artwork, giving all proceeds away to breast cancer research.

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