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

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?