Knitting Factory Presents
Ballyhoo!, Kash'd Out, Brother Jerome
Formed in Aberdeen, MD reggae-pop band BALLYHOO! have crafted a sound distinctly their own. The band has supported for 311, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, The Dirty Heads, and more. They are a rock band with punk energy and pop reggae grooves. These road dogs have tirelessly toured coast-to-coast taking their music to the people. Composed of 3 members, lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, has a reputation for mixing slick lyrics with his smooth but powerful voice. Drummer Donald Spangler lays out the hard-hitting beats, which are underlined by JR Gregory’s funky and witty bass lines. Scott Vandrey layers in the finishing touches to the band’s signature sound on keys. In 2011, after concluding the Last Calls and Liabilities tour with respected contemporaries, Pepper, they were honored with being included on the ever-popular Hollister Holiday Playlist. They were listed on MTV’s Top 100 Bands to Watch and even featured 2 downloadable songs on the popular video game ROCK BAND. BALLYHOO! released their 5th studio album Pineapple Grenade on June 25th 2013. It broke through the Billboard Top 200 at #189 as well as reaching #4 Billboard Heatseekers and #5 at iTunes Alternative charts. Tour highlights include the 2011 311 Pow Wow Festival, the 2012 and 2013 311 Caribbean Cruise, Bamboozle 2012, 2012 Charm City Music Festival, 2013 Cali Roots Festival & the entire 2012 Vans Warped Tour.
When you can hear the breeze blowing through the leaves and feel the sunshine warming your soul, that is one of the many feelings Brother Jerome embodies. Founded by singer-songwriter Ryan Bria, Brother Jerome was created as homage to his late brother Jerome “Drew” Bria, a peace loving man who stood for righteousness and love. These characteristics are but a foundation of what the band has grown to be. After being a side-man for a litany of local acts, Ryan was set on creating a project of his own, one that would cultivate positivity and unity amongst a divided world. He then linked up with long time friend and multi-instrumentalist Dan Chetnik (Saxophone and Vocals), alongside Bassist Stephan Lemos. Lastly, Andy Davis (Drums) joined the group, bringing with him the back-beat that’s at the heart of Brother Jerome’s sound. The group then hit the studio to record their debut self-titled demo “Brother Jerome,” all the while writing and perfecting a mélange of additional songs and sounds that are sure to make dance.