So the AZ Moonstomp facebook page inspired this. Someone had posted a flyer of a Skatelites/Kongo Shock show from back in the mid-90's, and my friend Dave said it was his first ska show. (quite a first show eh?) So what was yours?
My first Ska show was The Insyderz in 96 or 97 at a church (of course), It was the summer before 8th grade. They were touring for their first album, Motor City Ska, which I think is still a pretty good ska-core album. A hand full of shitty local christian bands opened (the Echoing Blue and someone else). I only knew one of the Insyderz songs off of a sampler I got for free at a Christian book store.
The whole experience kinda blew my mind. I was into a few Christian ska-punk bands (Supertones, Five Iron Frenzy, Squad 5-0) and 2tone stuff my dad had ("that's not ska son, the specials are ska" "ok dad"), and the Bosstones. I stood in the back most the time with my mom and my younger brothers and sisters, because I didn't know how to dance and it seemed like everyone knew eachother and all knew the same dance.
I went home and practiced "that dance." I also drew checkerboard all over my shoes (purple puma's w/ neon green laces). That's what all the cool ska kids did.