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Passafire with Ballyhoo and Bumpin Uglies at Mainstage

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Passafire with Ballyhoo and Bumpin Uglies at Mainstage
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:00 PM
Mainstage Morgantown, Morgantown, WV
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Passafire will release Everyone on Everynight through LAW Records on September 15, 2009. This is the follow-up to their sophomore album, Submersible, which was recognized by iTunes as one of the “Top 10 Best Reggae Albums” of 2007. Their Myspace views are over a half a million with total song plays numbering over a million. Download “Here In Front Of Me” from Everyone on Everynight here: http://www.adamantrecords.com/passafire/hereinfrontofme.mp3 Calling Savannah, GA home, Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. After performing on a stage outside Atlanta’s Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre in 2006 where the hybrid rock band, Pepper, was opening for 311, a member of Passafire slipped to Pepper a copy of the band’s self-titled debut album, Passafire. Pepper had just founded the independent LAW Records with plans to selectively recruit and nurture bands they actually experienced and were impressed by while out on the road – as opposed to sitting in some distant office and combing through piles of demos. “We’re out there every day, meeting and playing with new bands,” says Pepper bassist/singer, Bret Bollinger. “It’s not a guessing game. We get to meet them, watch them live…” And spot their work ethic," Singer/guitarist, Kaleo Wassman interjects with emphasis, Passafire developed their sizable fanbase by logging miles all over the US (particularly, in the southeast), which attracted the established booking agent, Monterey International who has taken the band to the next level of touring. Passafire has performed with a variety of major acts including The Wailers, Van Halen, Israel Vibrations, 311, Toots and the Maytals, Los Lonely Boys, Bares Hammond, John Brown’s Body, Matisyahu, the Aggrolites and Dub Trio. The band lives on the road, playing live throughout the year. Singer, Ted 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.” Watch Passafire playing live here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuFuxVcZ8Ew After two years since the last album and more than 300 shows, conceptualizing all the while, Passafire recorded the new album at the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas. Self-described “total gear heads,” the band has built on the foundation of Passafire and Submersible an adventurous expansion, an ironic twist that reaches into previously unexplored sonic territories while taking full advantage of the warmth and accessibility of analog technologies that this studio provided. Horns appear on three tracks and throughout singer, Ted Bowne, plays on a variety of classic guitars paired with vintage tube amps while Adam Willis is off in keyboardist’s heaven, incorporating the venerable Hammond B3 as well as the Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos. The brothers, Will and Nick Kubley anchor their rhythm section. Highlights from their studio sessions can be seen on http://www.youtube.com/user/passafiretheband “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 Bowne.

Bumpin Uglies: For nearly a decade now, Bumpin Uglies have been playing their brand of groove-heavy jams – a curiously fun mix of ska, Reggae and good ole’ punk rock – all while putting strong lyrics at the forefront of the music. It’s a formula that quickly took them from local favorites, playing around Annapolis, to a national stage. With a wildly infectious sound, tattoo-worthy lyrics and an itch to take their music to the masses, the band piled into the van years ago and have rarely seen home since.  

The Bumpin Uglies’ origin story begins with singer/guitarist Brandon Hardesty playing open mics around Maryland. He met bassist Dave Wolf not too long after and Bumpin Uglies was born. With a proper set of wheels and TJ Haslett on drums, they went off to spread their music across the country like modern day Johnny Appleseeds. The group recently added Chad Wright on keyboards, expanding on their sound.
Raised on everything from Bad Religion and The Beach Boys to Sublime and Reel Big Fish, Bumpin Uglies have managed to take inspiration from some of the best out there, run it through their own distinctive filter and end up with a truly original take on the various genres creating an original hybrid. With a unique sound that’s nearly impossible to ignore, the band has gotten everyone from dreadlocked kids to PBR-fueled tattooed punks moving their heads to their music at festivals and on headlining tours across the country.

When they aren’t on the road, they’ve been camped in the studio, churning out three full lengths, two EPs and a live record. Their latest, 2016’s Keep It Together came out on Right Coast Records and is proof that the band has found their groove. The album consists of a dozen stand-out tracks, any one of which could be considered instant classics for the band. They’re already at work on the follow up, but true to their rep as being on the never-ending tour, chances are they’ll be coming to a venue near you soon.