Concert review: Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso

One of the most memorable parts of this night were the crazy names given to the songs. I recall some of the song titles as such: "Camando" (Their frontman actually said "This song is about not wearing underpants" right before it started), "Long Island Iced Tead Island", and of course, the crowd favorite, "Butt Sex." They also played an incredible cover of "Wipeout". [image-1]


Oh my, I almost forgot about The Jellyfish Dancers (pictured to the left)! Yes- this band has dancers, four lovely ladies that dance around with giant jellyfish umbrellas. Amazing. The night was full of laughter and dancing and all around shinanigans. Another fun fact for your enjoyment: they consider Skippy, a plastic penguin, a legitimate member of the band. Love it!


Catch these guys at Skippers Smokehouse on January 24th. Seriously, don't miss it! Until then you can go to iTunes and order their cd, Rise of the Pink Flamingos.

If the name isn't crazy enough for you, just check out this bands music. Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, from St. Petersburg, are an insane combination of ska, reggae, and punk. Then I did some research and found out they play a specific style called guitar calypso, which is a combination of "calypso, punk rock, ska, reggae, rock steady, tropical, rock, and a whole bunch of other stuff all marmaladed together." quotes the bands myspace page. Hey, I was close! Last Saturday this unique band played an amazing show at The Market on 7th in Ybor (one of my favorite places in the area). I have never seen that place so packed! Right off the bat, I knew that this show would be one to remember. 

I wish I could better describe the band, but honestly I was way in the back trying to write on my little notepad with many drunk, belligerent dancers stepping on my feet. The tiny stage was overflowing with musicians that included a horn section, guitars, bass, drums, and I'm pretty sure I saw (and heard) a steel drum. At one point I thought there was a marching band hiding in the back. Immediately I thought of Jimmy Buffet mixed with Sublime and a dash of NOFX. Lead singer, Michael "Ostrich", ejected grungy vocals with some hilarious lyrics (when you could understand them). The music was loud and in your face, perfect for a keg party. And who doesn't like a keg party?

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