This Thursday, March 11, is 311 Day, the annual celebration of the long-running rap/rock/reggae band 311.
The Los-Angeles-by-way-of-Omaha ensemble has cultivated a dedicated fan base over the years, a testament to the group’s heavy touring throughout most years (when there isn’t a pandemic getting in the way). In normal circumstances, 311 hosts an epic, hours-long concert event every other year to celebrate the occasion, and it’s basically a holiday that sees fans come together from all over the world. The most recent was last March, when 311 staged a three-day concert event in Las Vegas that wound up being one of the last mass gatherings the city saw ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The band’s commercial peak having taken place around the turn of the century, 311 does still manage to pop up occasionally in popular culture. The most recent example of this was decidedly unexpected and high profile … and, given its context, perfect.
**SPOILER WARNING** for those who have not completed WandaVision on Disney Plus, as this pertains to the show’s season finale, which aired on March 5.
In one scene in the finale, the “fake” Pietro portrayed by Evan Peters is in his “man cave,” keeping close eye on Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). He’s seen sitting on his couch strumming an acoustic guitar, and as it turns out he’s plucking a few quick chords from “Amber,” 311’s mega-hit from 2001.
It’s one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments, but it’s definitely there:
The chorus of “Amber,” of course, is Amber is the color of your energy. Later in the episode, Rambeau jumps in front of some bullets to deflect Wanda’s sons Billy and Tommy Maximoff, and both her torso and eyes glow an amber hue … because amber was actually the color of her energy.
There’s a very quick shot of Rambeau’s eyes glowing amber in this teaser clip for the finale:
That’s quite a sneaky reference.
311, meanwhile, will be hosting a full album performance of its 1997 double-album Transistor to celebrate this year’s festivities — click here for more details.
As for the bond between the band and its fans, here’s guitarist Tim Mahoney in our 2017 interview:
“We’re so thankful for that, and really never lose sight of it. We take it to heart, that’s who supports us, and that’s who allows us to keep playing music. That’s always a consideration in everything we do. For me, you hope fans like the record, and people that like our band love the record, and for us we’re always growing and hoping to reach new, younger fans, just people who haven’t heard us since we have a lot of room to grow. But the most important thing we’re thankful for is the folks who support our music and the band.”