Gates open at 6pm. Music starts at 7pm. | Tickets start at $29.50*
Formed in Long Beach, Calif. in 1988, Sublime delivered an irresistible blend of ska, reggae, punk, surf rock and hip hop that captured the imagination of fans around the world. Over the course of its three albums—the double platinum 40oz. to Freedom (1992), gold certified Robbin’ the Hood (1994) and the six-time platinum self-titled major-label debut—Sublime has now sold more than 17 million albums worldwide. Nowell passed two months prior to the release of Sublime, which reached #13 on the Billboard Top 200, sold six million copies, and spawned hits such as “What I Got,” “Santeria” and “Wrong Way,” which remain radio staples across with country. Profoundly affected by Nowell’s death, Wilson never considered performing the group’s music live without their frontman. It took the talent and enthusiasm of Rome Ramirez—a genial newcomer and gifted songwriter and musician—to change that.
More than 20 years after forming legendary ska-punk band Sublime, band co-founder/bass player Eric Wilson met another singer/guitarist who would deeply affect his life. That musician – his junior by nearly two decades - was 20-year-old Rome Ramirez. Growing up in the Bay Area, Rome had been introduced to Sublime’s music by his uncle and credits the band with inspiring him to first pick up a guitar and start playing at age 11.
“It was the first time I ever really wanted to make music as opposed to just listen to it,” he says. Rome began singing and writing songs as a teenager and was playing solo gigs around the Bay Area when he met Wilson (the two were recording at the same studio). An instant friendship and musical bond was formed. The first big show as Sublime With Rome came in 2009 at Cypress Hill’s annual Smokeout Festival, performing in front of 20,000 people. A sold-out tour followed in 2010 with spontaneous sing-alongs and writhing mosh-pits at every stop.
That fall Ramirez, Wilson and drummer Carlos Verdugo entered the studio to begin recording their debut album. The result was Yours Truly, which was released in 2011. The album, produced by Paul Leary, both picks up where Sublime left off and builds on what they’ve accomplished, thanks to the fresh infusion of energy from Rome who brought in lyrics, melodies and chords he’d written over the past few years. Songs like first single “Panic,” “Take It Or Leave” and “You Better Listen” are reminiscent of vintage Sublime, while songs like “Lover’s Rock” and “Murdera” pick up on the reggae dancehall style the band had begun exploring in 1996. “Paper Cuts” has a distinct punk flavor, while “PCH” and “Spun” have more of a rock-pop feel.
With the release of Yours Truly, Sublime with Rome spent the rest of the year touring the world and treating fans to both new songs as well as Sublime favorites that many never had a chance to hear live. Bringing things full circle, the band’s first performance of 2012 was at this year’s Smokeout Festival, joined by celebrated drummer and longtime friend Josh Freese. The trio of Wilson, Ramirez and Freese later recorded the group's second album Sirens, which was released in 2015 and features hits “Wherever You Go” and “Sirens (featuring The Dirty Heads).
5079 West Northgate Rd., Rogers, AR 72758
Located on the west side of the Walmart AMP
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday & Sunday, opens at noon on concert days only.
Walton Arts Center
495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, AR 72701
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, noon-4pm; one hour prior to performances.
Walton Arts Center is the only authorized ticket seller of the Walmart AMP.