Monday, February 7, 2011


It's not surprising that a small town band that grew up on the Chesapeake Bay ended up making beer soaked boat music, but Aberdeen, Maryland's Ballyhoo! is much more than a summer fling. Combining reggae, pop rock, and punk, the infectious quartet blends together a refreshing dose of 311, Sublime, Pepper, and blue crab fueled fun that serves as a perfect soundtrack for any beach bum, boater, fisherman, or beer drinking buddy.

Forming in their early high school years, Ballyhoo! continued to gain momentum year after year by writing catchy radio ready tunes and sing along party anthems like "Cali Girl" and "Cerveza" from their first album, Do it for the Money! (2006). Their anticipated 2009 follow-up, Cheers!, was produced by Scotch Ralston (311) and brought the band to new heights, while touring opportunities, features on movie soundtracks and skate videos, and their version of "40 oz. to Freedom" on the Sublime tribute compilation album, Forever Free: A Tribute to Sublime, made "Ballyhoo" a musical force to be reckoned with rather than just mere fish bait.

2011 is going to be a huge year for the band as they prepare a East Coast tour (Fresh Grounds Tour) with fellow Reggae rockers, Iration, who just released their Fresh Grounds EP on February 1st. Ballyhoo! will be playing their new song, "The Front Porch", which has quickly become a BandSoup favorite since they uploaded a few weeks ago and is now available on iTunes, and more from their forthcoming album that is set to release later this summer!

If you live in VA, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgie, or Florida-- make sure to check out the tour dates below and show your support for a great BandSoup band. Dates and cities can be found below. 

Check back soon for an interview with Ballyhoo!

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