Formed in 1979, Los Angeles-based band Fishbone owes its longevity to fans' dedication, members' genuine love of music and mankind's "exploratory nature," says longtime bassist John Norwood Fisher, one of the band's original members.
Fishbone's aim is "to do something no one else has done before," Fisher says. In the meantime, the band fuses elements of ska, punk-rock, funk and soul into an innovative, up-tempo soundscape that Fisher calls "nuttmeg music."
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31
Where: Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass
"It's nuts to mega proportions," he says. "We integrate dance hall and punk-rock and put together combinations that may seem far from each and see what comes of it. Whether it's something brand-spanking new or not, we won't know until we get there."
Fisher says "nuttmeg" music could mean fusing the sounds of Sun Ra, P-Funk and Frank Zappa or even Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits and Cab Calloway.
Since the band's first release in the mid-1980s, Fishbone has toured worldwide with such bands as Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Les Claypool, Fela Kuti, Slightly Stoopid and George Clinton.
The group's current tour — The World's Most Powerful Adhesive Tour — will take them to more than 30 cities nationwide. Fishbone will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass.
The band — Fisher, sax man Angelo Moore, trumpeter Walter "Dirty Walt" Kibby, drummer John "Wet Daddy" Steward, guitarist Rocky George, trombonist Jay Armant and keyboardist Dre Gipson — knows how to put on an energetic show.
"We are projectile entertainment," Fisher says. "We will land on you. We dance to our own music, and it really doesn't matter if there (are) five people or 5,000. We're up there, we're playing and we're going to groove to what we're doing."
Fisher says the band will present a retrospective of its music, including songs from its latest album, "Crazy Glue." The 2011 "gut-reaction record" was thrown together, barely rehearsed and is the product of quick decisions, Fisher says.
"So if you feel a sense of urgency in that recording, that's why."
Lyrically, the album is a social commentary expressing anger, "a lot of inward thinking" and the sentiments of the Occupy movement, although it was recorded before the October 2011 protests, Fisher says.
"We have songs about having fun, and there is a party element to the band, but more so in the last few records ... there's a conscious social element as well."