Atomic Fireballs

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If ever a name suited a band, this is it: These cats are hot. Their music recaptures the jubilant mood and the irresistable rhythms of pre-Elvis swing and jump (think of Satchmo, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway), with a generous mix of ska, reggae, and who knows what all. Frontman John Bunkley has energy to burn, and he'll use it to fire you up. Get ready to dance. Though they've only been stomping around since early '97, the Atomic Fireballs put on the kind of blow-up-the-house show that national neo-swing bands don't want to sweep up after. Which means you'll probably find the Fireballs headlining, if these swingers aren't out setting the Midwest jump-and-jive circuit ablaze.

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