The wild man of jam bands returned to Madison Theater Saturday night for a once again 110 percent effort in becoming the world’s greatest bar band. Andy Frasco and the U.N. have made a name for themselves by being the wildest show on stage and at festivals. With Frasco coming out each night taking pulls from a bottle of Jameson to smoking joints on stage to just recently taking a stage dive onto a folding table to engage in the ever-popular Buffalo tradition of smashing a collapsable table. Frasco certainly made Bills Mafia proud that evening.
However, there would be no table smashing Saturday evening, but instead, Frasco and the U.N. put on a solid performance. In the past, Frasco would be the first to tell fans that there are times that he’s not 100 percent. Of course, how can you be if you’re partying as hard as he is? But over the pandemic, Frasco seemed to have found healthy alternatives to his still very wild lifestyle.
On his podcast, Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast, the singer-songwriter reflected on life, getting older, and the longevity of what he and his band have always done while quarantined. It seems though now the band has managed to find a sweet spot where they sound better than ever while still providing that wild Frasco experience.
As he and the band came out, they, as many bands, have found a new sense of rejuvenation and inspiration. In support of Frasco’s 2020 record, “Keep On Keepin’ On,” the band played a more consistent set of their originals. Song’s like “Change of Pace” an 2019 original and “Love Is a Gun,” off the new record the band seemed more interested in building off of their own catalog.
Ripping through originals with Frasco bashing on his keys the crowd as always, continuously grew more and more engaged. Until it seemed like the entire place was just a party full of friends, watching a friends band. That’s always been the mission of Frasco, which is to bring people together through his music and have a crazy party. In 2021 going into 2022 that’s all we can ask for really. We don’t need as much introspection as we just need to release the anger and sadness built up from the last year. Frasco and the U.N. are the band to do this, just like his podcasts name, Frasco continues to try and “save the world” through music and partying.