Here's one of those cases of a band making it purely on perseverance and positive attitude. 311 has come a long way from unsuccessful stabs at studio work in L.A., prodigal son-like returns to the Midwest, dog-food poverty in Van Nuys, and the great exploding RV incident of '93. During its 15-year-plus career, the band has steadily increased its fan base through its ultimate tool: touring. In their late 30s now, they'll once again take to the road to support a new album, Don't Tread on Me, a skankier continuation of the dub/reggae/rocksteady/punk sound. The album was produced by Ron Saint Germain (of Bad Brains and Soundgarden fame), who also produced 2003's Evolver. Expect a varied and long set: 311 prides itself on spanning its entire career on stage, as well as throwing a rarity or two into the mix.
311 performs with Papa Roach and Unwritten Law at 5 p.m. Friday, September 2, at Sound Advice Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. The show is all ages; general-admission tickets cost $35. Call 561-793-0445.
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