If they taught ska in high school the Potluck Communists would ace the class. Students Nick Carlson-Becklund, Jake Vainio, Ian Erickson, Robert McGrady and Hans Arvidson-Hicks have been locked in the classroom with teachers like the Reel Big Fish, Bigger than Dan and the Suicide Machines for close to three years. The group features a spiral notebook filled with original songs, a horn section louder than a sophomore lunchroom and a backbeat as powerful as a 72-passenger bus. Forget the homework, the Potluck Communists put on an all-night dance party guaranteed to earn a two-week suspension.

8pm Thurs 5/5 at Red Mug Coffeehouse