Summer 2018 just got more exciting with a tour announcement from Ballyhoo!. The Maryland reggae/rock group will hit the road with fellow Marylanders Bumpin’ Uglies and Cleveland, Ohio natives Tropidelic.
2018’s “Good Vibrations” Summer Tour starts in Ocean City, Maryland on July 2nd before looping through the South and West Coast through July, ending back on the East Coast in mid-August. There will be 25 total dates across 14 states with extended stays in California, Texas and Arizona.
Ballyhoo!, with two 2018 singles already streaming, looks to rally their lifelong fans in preparation of their upcoming album. This album, still unnamed, will be their 7th studio release. In previous interviews, front-man Howi Spangler told The Pier be ready for a return to classic Ballyhoo!, with heavy rock and punk stylings laced throughout.
Bumpin’ Uglies, still riding the wave from the release of their 2018 full-length album Beast from the East, are excited to get on the road with two of the very bands featured on said album.
Bumpin’ Uglies’ front-man Brandon Hardesty told The Pier “there’s going to be a lot of jamming between the bands.” He went on to say these shows are “guaranteed to be some of the highest energy shows out there this summer.”
Tropidelic is expected to play brand new music and much of their latest release, Heavy is the Head (2017), which features 10 tracks and a sound unique to the reggae-rock scene, drawing heavily from funk and jam.
Tropidelic’s frontman Matthew Roads said this to The Pier about the upcoming tour: “We’ll be pulling out the stops with the live show and incorporating new material. We are super stoked to be teaming up with our homies from Maryland. Hopefully no one gets arrested. No promises.”
Together, all three bands add up to almost 30 years of touring and releasing music.
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Article By: Aidan Leddy
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