On an otherwise normal Friday night at the start of spring, Joe's Pub is a raunchy cabaret. A bro-y, middle-finger-flipping, expletive-shouting cabaret. Onstage that night is the Dan Band, the real-world iteration of the gross, sexually charged wedding band from 2003's Old School and 2009's The Hangover (and 2004's Starsky and Hutch bat mitzvah, too): Recall the scenes featuring the Dan Band, with singer (and ultimate driving force) Dan Finnerty striking dirty little dance moves and sprinkling in obscenities whenever possible.
Photo by Sean Zanni The Dan Band at Joe's Pub
"Yeah, fuckin' every now and then I fall apart," he belts in Old School, Frank (Will Ferrell) and Marissa (Perrey Reeves) trying hard to have their first real dance as husband and wife. "I fuckin' need you more than ever..."
The band, of course, is real even outside of film, with cross-country live gigs, original music, and merchandise. Their act is colorful and bursting with energy, but with so many things going on (and getting shouted), it's hard to know exactly what to look at.More »