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Also known as Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime
Origin Rhode Island, United States
Genres Ska punk
alternative rock
Years active 2001 - present
Website Official website
Members Joel Hanks
Scott Begin
Pat Downes
Dorian Duffy
Past members Dave Ladin
Ben Schomp

Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime is a Rhode Island-based tribute band dedicated to playing the music of Sublime. The band should not be confused with the southern California-based band of the same name. [1] [2] The group is named after a song appearing on the album 40oz. to Freedom. Formed in 2001 at the University of Rhode Island, the group's members, who were computer science majors, began playing local Rhode Island clubs and quickly began selling out shows.[3] They continued touring the East Coast and Midwest of the U.S., becoming popular on college campuses and among Sublime fans who never were able to see the band due to frontman Bradley Nowell's death in 1996.[4][5][6] Since then the group has done multiple national tours per year.[7] In 2008, the band was nominated for Best Tribute Act in the Boston Music Awards.[8]

The group played 152 shows across the United States in 2006, selling just under 100,000 tickets and grossing $1.4 million in sales.[3] The group has sold out venues such as House of Blues locations in Chicago, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas, the Toronto Opera House, the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey, and Lupo's in Providence, RI.[9] Members of the group also play in a non-tribute act called Scotty Don't, which sometimes acts as the opener at "Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime" shows. The band played at the Hoodwink festival in New Jersey in 2009, and Shwagstock in Salem, Missouri in 2010. [10]


  • Joel Hanks - bass
  • Scott Begin - drums
  • Quinn Carson - horns
  • Pat Downes - vocals, guitar (2007–present)
  • Dorian Duffy - keys, guitars, samples (2010-present)
  • Dave Ladin - vocals, guitar (2001–2006)
  • Ben Schomp - horns, keys, guitars (2001-2009)


  1. ^ The Badasses of Badfish. OC Music Magazine, June 8, 2011. Accessed October21,2011.
  2. ^ Badfish and Natural Heights at House of Blues- Anaheim., July 15,2011. Accessed October 21, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Steven Kurutz, Keep Sublime Alive. SPIN, November 2007, pp.68-76.
  4. ^ Tribute Band Channels Sublime's Unique Sound. The Daily Gamecock, February 18, 2005. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  5. ^ Badfish Rocks Sublime Cover Songs at Newport. The Lantern, October 1, 2007. accessed November 14, 2007.
  6. ^ Badfish, Alright. The Seahawk, November 9, 2006. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  7. ^ Badfish to Rock Lupo's With Tribute to Sublime. The Providence Journal, September 7, 2006.
  8. ^ Boston Music Awards Add Tribute Band Category. The Taunton Gazette, December 4, 2008.
  9. ^ "Badfish's Sublime Tribute". Konk Life (Key West, FL), March 20-26, 2014, p. 26. (link)
  10. ^ Ambrose, Anthony. "inTuneMusic Online: Hoodwink @ East Rutherford 5/1". Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
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