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Passafire / Ballyhoo!

Drusky Entertainment Presents

Passafire / Ballyhoo!

Bumpin Uglies

Wed, April 12, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Mainstage Morgantown

Morgantown, WV

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Passafire
Passafire
On Passafire's fourth album release, Start From Scratch, the Savannah, GA-based rock outfit is truly starting from scratch. Injected with energy from a new member (keyboardist Mike DeGuzman), a freshly formed band-owned label (FlameGuy Records) and a new producer, Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime, Meat Puppets), the band have made their best album to date. Trekking down to Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso, TX, where Conor Oberst, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sublime and many more recently recorded, they expand their sound from their previous releases; deeply honing guitar tones, exploring synth sounds, and laying down tracks of harmonica and banjo. "We always wanted to have a good balance of organic and synthesized sounds and we finally had the chance to make that happen this time," recollects singer, Ted Bowne. Songs like "Dimming Sky," "Lorelie" and the title track, "Start From Scratch," exemplify this newly found balance.

Passafire was formed in 2003, by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the years they have become a perpetually touring band, playing hundreds of shows a year with bands like 311, Pepper, Rebelution, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, The Wailers and many more. Bowne doesn't mind the grueling schedule and adds, "Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see. We are in a new city every day so there's always something to go see or do. If we didn't tour constantly, we wouldn't be doing as well as we are. That's a fact."
Ballyhoo!
Ballyhoo!
BALLYHOO! is undeniably turning the world of music upside down and sideways as they blur the lines between rock, reggae, punk and pop to craft their own hybrid of music that can't be held down to one definitive genre. This signature sound of theirs is one they have been perfecting since their high school days in Aberdeen, Maryland - the sweet melodic voice of lead singer and guitarist Howi Spangl...er; the hard hitting beats set forth by brother and drummer Donald "Big D" Spangler; the skillfully added funk of bassist JR Gregory and Scott Vandrey (aka DJ Blaze) rounds it out on the turntables and keys.

BALLYHOO!'s unique sound, hardcore devotion to the road and to their fans, partnered with their irresistible "life of the party" approach have pitched them into the position of America's favorite feel good party band. They didn't get here by accident; rather, they had been single-handedly growing their empire through unparalleled hard work and dedication until Jan 2011, when they got a well-deserved nod from LAW Records and were signed to the Hawaii-based independent record label. Yesod Williams of the dub rock music mega-sensation PEPPER and owner of LAW Records says of his newest addition, "Having BALLYHOO! join the LAW Records family is a perfect fit. They are an incredibly talented band with a really catchy style". Now, with the backing of LAW, 2011 promises to be a paramount year on BALLYHOO!'s trajectory destined for greatness!

BALLYHOO! has toured the country with some of the biggest and most respected names in the reggae rock genre – 311, Authority Zero, Pepper, The Supervillains. "It's always intimidating when playing for another band's crowd, you never know how they're gonna react," explains front man Howi, "but then you see that they're enjoying it and the worry goes away. You're free to rock at that point!". BALLYHOO! will start their tour of the southeast with fellow label mates Iration in February 2011. Their rigorous, nonstop nationwide touring schedule has certainly been the catalyst for the exponential growth in their fan base. BALLYHOO! fans are some of the most loyal and enthusiastic fans out there and their love for the band runs deep.

In 2006, BALLYHOO! released Do It For The Money! which "opened a lot of doors for us and spread like wildfire in the underground" says Howi. Their follow up album, Cheers!, was released in May of 2009 and was an opportunity to work with 311's Scotch Ralston as the producer. In addition, BALLYHOO!'s stellar rendition of "40 Oz. To Freedom" is featured on the compilation album, Forever Free: A Tribute to Sublime, and helped stimulate a surge in their popularity. Fans can also hear their songs on the Rock Band Network and in feature films.

BALLYHOO! currently has a single out on iTunes ("The Front Porch") and when they aren't on the road, they are in the studio, finishing their new album, which is slated for release on LAW Records in the summer of 2011.
Bumpin Uglies
Bumpin' Uglies was formed by lead singer/guitarist/song-writer Brandon Hardesty in 2008, when he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It's the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin' Uglies are the rare act that does stand out in every way, making them utterly memorable to everyone the come across. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk. But they don't really care what bucket you want to put them in, either you love 'em or you don'tβ€”it's your choice to join the party or sit outside instead; and It's always more fun in the party.

With two full-length LP's, a live show LP and two EP's under their belt, Bumpin' Uglies prolific studio work is the product of continuous song writing and a desire to keep putting out fresh material for their ever-growing fan base. They achieved national recognition with the release of their 2011 LP "Free Candy", and they have continued to gain momentum with each subsequent release, including "Load in-Load Out" (live show LP), Ninjah Reggae Assassins (LP released in 2013 which reached #1 on iTunes Reggae chart), and EP's "Freak Out Hell Bus" and "Sublime with No One", both released in 2015.

Bumpin' Uglies match their output in the studio with a road-warrior approach to touring that makes it seem as though they rarely come off the road. To date, they have completed 8 national tours, and dozens of regional tours. They have toured as direct support for Ballyhoo! and co-headlined a tour with Bastard Suns, moving effortlessly between punk and reggae crowds who flock to Bumpin' Uglies in equal measures. Their touring dossier is topped off with some major festival experience, including California Roots in 2014, the Rombello Cruise in 2013 and Warped Tour in 2012.

Bumpin' Uglies have proven every existing maxim about hard work paying off in the last several years. Their DIY ethic coupled with their grassroots approach for building a major national fan base makes them the epitome of punk rock, but that description sorely sells their music short. Bold, a bit brash perhaps at times, but Bumpin' Uglies name, their songs and their work ethic get a definite point across: they make music their way, enjoying a freedom that is easy to aspire to, but most difficult to achieve together with success. In this day and age of political correctness and people growing more uptight and offended by the minute, it doesn't take long to realize that Brandon and Bumpin' Uglies "Eff you/can do" attitude makes them stand separate and apart as a band. And their fans love them for it.
Venue Information:
Mainstage Morgantown
444 Chestnut Street
Morgantown, WV, 26505