The Summer Soundsystem Tour hit Downtown Pensacola, Florida as Ballyhoo! invaded Vinyl Music Hall with The Bastard Suns for a reggae-vibe induced night of punk sounds.

I missed local group Operation Hennessey’s set and by the time I made it downtown, Atlanta, Georgia’s The Bastard Suns had already drowned the crowd in beer soaked rock goodness. Defining themselves as “Southern Punk Rock,” the group (Clayton (vocals), Wes (guitar), Kevin (guitar) Levon (bass) and Jay Tea (drums) proudly upholds their title, even throwing in some Irish revelry for a crowd that included faithful patrons from Coaster’s in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

With their new album “Daydreams” album to be released soon, Ballyhoo! took the stage and served up a set of reggae/punk n’ hardrock for the Northwest Florida crowd. Formed in Aberdeen, Maryland, Ballyhoo! (Howii (guitar, vovals), Big D (drums), Mista J (bass), and Blaze (turntable, keyboards) were recently signed to Yesod Williams’ LAW Records and have toured with groups such as 311 and Authority Zero.

Ballyhoo! will also be playing the 311 Pow Wow Festival (August 4-6) in Live Oak, Florida featuring 311, Deftones, Sublime with Rome and many more acts.