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Ballyhoo! at HI-FI Indianapolis
October 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm EDT
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2023
DOORS: 7:00 pm | START: 8:00 pm
TICKETS: $20 – $24
Through 25 years and eight independent albums, the last four on their own Right Coast Records, Ballyhoo! have earned the exclamation point which marks their name. Starting in the basement of their mom’s Aberdeen, MD, home, rocking out on guitar and drums respectively, practicing every day, brothers Howi and Donald Spangler formed the proto-punk band in the mold of Green Day and Nirvana, with an eye towards the emerging ska genre led by Goldfinger, Sublime, 311 and No Doubt.
The group’s eighth and most recent studio album, the breezy, ska-fueled, hook-filled Message to the World, on their own Right Coast Records, finds the self-declared “beach-rockers,” having grown up in public, accepting the responsibilities of adulthood while still hanging on to their dreams of world domination.
With its newest members now veterans – keyboardist Vandrey has been in the band since 2000, while bassist Lucera joined in 2014 – Ballyhoo! is ready for what the future brings. Stylistically, their music ranges from the hard-edged punk of 2018’s Detonate, which captured the feelings of anger and depression from dealing with personal loss and the exhaustion generated by over a decade on the road, to the island reggae beats of the follow-up, Message to the World.
“Whatever you want to achieve, just focus on that and work towards it,” explains Howi about the Ballyhoo! ethos. “Don’t worry about followers, views or even money. Just keep making good stuff. One day it may be possible to finally quit that day job and live your dream full time.”
Ballyhoo! is still doing just that, purveying good vibes, positivity and fun live shows meant to take you away from real life for just a little bit.
* JIMMIE’S CHICKEN SHACK
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack blends funk-metal with elements of ska and reggae but also a surprising acoustic prowess. Lead vocalist Jimmy HaHa grew up in Maryland and played with a group named Ten Times Big for several years. After the band broke up, he hit the snowboarding circuit for two years but then began several acoustic jams with friends. HaHa recruited drummer Jim Chaney (from Ten Times Big), longtime friend Che’ Lemon on bass, and guitarist Dave Dowling (aka Double D) to form Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. Based in Annapolis, MD, the group formed their own Fowl Records and released Give Something Back. After selling tens of thousands of records around the Baltimore area, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack signed to ‘s Rocket Records and released their major-label debut, Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope. Still involved with their own label, however, the group also released The Original Recipe, a collection of early recordings, followed in 1999 by Bring Your Own Stereo. A five-year wait preceded the release of Re.present in 2004. ~ John Bush, Rovi
ABOUT THE VENUE:
HI-FI is located inside the historic Murphy Arts Center in the heart of Fountain Square. The entrance is located at the front of the building on Virginia Ave and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
ID/Age Requirements: Check individual listings for age requirements, as these can vary depending on the show (18+ / 21+ / All Ages). Valid ID is required for entry to ALL HI-FI shows.
Upgrades: A limited amount of VIP seating upgrades (21+) are available for select shows. Contact the box office to purchase or check availability: [email protected].
Ticket Support: Box Office opens 1 hour before published door time. For ticket related questions please email [email protected].
Parking: Street Parking, Bike Parking
Refund Policy: All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable unless the show is canceled. Shows affected by Covid-19 pandemic will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Contact the box office with any questions: [email protected].