Ballyhoo! Kicks Off Vans Warped Tour

The reggae/rock band Ballyhoo! will be kicking off their first full run of the Vans Warped Tour, today, June 16th in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Baltimore-based band started off their summer with a bang, performing on 311’s Five-Day Caribbean Cruise and at Bamboozle Festival, with headliners the Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi. The band has been gaining momentum since signing with LAW Records for their Fall 2011 album, Daydreams, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and #4 on Amazon. MTV.com predicted that Ballyhoo! would be a band to watch this year, and this foursome has certainly been living up to all of the hype.

Performing on Warped Tour has always been a goal for the band, ever since Ballyhoo! formed over a decade ago. Howi Spangler, lead singer and guitarist for Ballyhoo!, says, “It’s an honor to be invited by Kevin Lyman on such a world­ famous tour. We’ve been trying for years to get on this tour and are excited to finally be joining the ranks!” The band teamed up with Director, Raúl Gonzo (Thom Yorke, David Lynch, Enter Shikari, Versa Emerge) to create the music video for “Last Night,” which was shot in L.A. and just released on May 29th. Ballyhoo! has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in rock and reggae including 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, Pepper, Authority Zero, Toots & The Maytals and Matisyahu.

Spangler has a reputation for mixing slick lyrics with his smooth but powerful voice and drummer Donald “Big D” Spangler lays out the hard-hitting beats, which are underlined by JR Gregory’s funky and witty bass lines. Scott Vandrey (aka DJ Blaze) rounds it out on the turntables and keys. Ballyhoo!’s relaxed sound mixed with the band’s energetic performance style has been turning heads in the rock radio scene as well. WRFF Philadelphia, DC 101 in Washington, DC, and the syndicated rock giant, Sirius Faction, have all been featuring the band’s tunes in preparation for their Warped Tour debut. Please head to www.ballyhoorocks.com for more updates.

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~ by upbeatmag on June 16, 2012.

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