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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones stay true in Denver

Here's everything you need to really know about the The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: They’ve got a guy -- a full-fledged band member for more than 30 years -- whose entire job is to wear nice suits and dance around on stage.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performed Aug. 9 at Denver's Ogden Theatre.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performed Aug. 9 at Denver's Ogden Theatre.
Matt Farley
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performed Aug. 9 at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.
Matt Farley

The veteran -- and arguably seminal -- ska-punk band took the stage at Denver’s Ogden Theatre on Aug. 9. The guys are getting older, but their attitude and style remain striking and singular.

Singer Dicky Barrett, who just turned 50, was as sharp-dressed and hard-boiled as ever. He’s often compared to a carnival barker, but these days he’s more of an elder statesman – gruff, sure, but finally learning to enjoy his argyle-patterned slice of fame.

The Bosstones are famous for packing the stage with brass, and the Ogden show didn’t disappoint. Aside from Barrett, there was Joe Gittleman "the Bass Fiddleman" (bass guitar), Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton (tenor saxophone), Ben Carr the aforementioned dancer (also the manager), Joe Sirois (drums and percussion), Kevin Lenear (alto saxophone and baritone saxophone), Lawrence Katz (guitar) and Chris Rhodes (trombone).

Some the night’s most exciting moments came when the band members stepped from behind their microphones and switched roles. Rhodes showed off some dynamite singing chops, while Burton brought the “sex appeal” (at least according to Barrett).

Barrett seemed to relish his break from his family friendly announcer job on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” taking several opportunities to swear and comment on the quality of the mosh pit. It came off as slightly drunk uncle-ish, but that’s always been part of the band’s charm. It’s strange to realize that now, they actually fit the role.