Reggae band Passafire returns to North Myrtle Beach on BrewHaHa tour

For The Sun NewsJanuary 13, 2014 

  • If you go

    Who | Passafire on the Winter BrewHaHa tour with Ballyhoo!

    Where | Pirate’s Cove Lounge, 205 Main St., North Myrtle Beach

    When | 8 p.m. Jan. 16 with a live art exhibition beginning at 6 p.m.

    How much | $10 in advance

    Information | www.piratescovelounge.wix.com or www.passafire.com

And they’re off! Passafire is on the road for Winter Tour 2014.

Leading the line-up for the tour, titled BrewHaHa, are stops in North Carolina and West Virginia before their return to Myrtle Beach with Ballyhoo! on Jan. 16 to converge at the Pirate’s Cove Lounge, 205 Main St., North Myrtle Beach.

Passafire will take the stage in support of their latest release, “Vines,” their fifth album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae and iTunes Reggae charts, according to a press release.

Tickets to the show are $12 at the door and $10 in advance.

“We love playing in Myrtle Beach, it’s like going home,” said Mike DeGuzman, keyboardist and guitarist for Passafire.

DeGuzman, who is in his third year with the group that was formed in 2003, explained “it’s not just about playing (songs), it’s about putting on a performance for our fans.We have a pretty loyal fan base.”

Passafire was formed in 2003 in Savannah, Ga. by singer/guitarist Ted Browne and Nick Kubley, who were then students at Savannah College of Art and Design.

“Passafire has built its strong reputation within the U.S. reggae scene through constant touring along with a series of self-assured, largely self-produced records,” reads the band’s biography on their website. “In 2006, Will Kubley joined, replacing the band’s second bassist.”

With more than 30 cities to conquer, it’s been rumored they don’t have any plans of slowing down soon.

“We’re all over the place,” DeGuzman said, referring to the band’s influences. He explained the band ranges in ages from 26 to 30, “but we all like good (rock) music.”

DeGuzman said while he is into jam bands like Hot Tuna, The Black Crowes, and The Allman Brothers, “Our drummer is into metal, our bassist Indie/folk and Ted is our ‘reggae head.’ ”

“When we all get together in one room, that’s when it all comes together and it’s (the variety of tastes) that is the glue that holds us together.”

With headquarters in Savannah, band members also live in Chicago and Los Angeles. Prior to the tour, they plan to meet “about four days” before hitting the road, then practicing for about four hours daily to gear up for the grind ahead.

“It keeps us on our toes,” said DeGuzman, who also explained the band members “all have our own personal projects that keep us busy.”

The name “Brewhaha” for the tour is simply because “we’re all beer fans,” said DeGuzman.

John Powell, general manager of Pirate’s Cove Lounge said Passafire’s musical genre – “progressive reggae,” according to DeGuzman – “is a good fit for us.” And lining up good bands for the lounge “is what makes my job most enjoyable,” Powell said.

“I’m happy to be able to stay in touch with these guys and have them back.”

Powell explained Jan. 16 at the Pirate’s Cove will be an event-filled day beginning with their own Winter Sound Fest featuring Earth Travel Apparell, an art exhibition of live art, clothing and art vendors, beginning at 6 p.m. and prior to performances from Passafire and Ballyhoo!

Speaking of jam bands, Devon Allman, son of Greg Allman, will perform at the Pirate’s Cove Lounge on Jan. 10.

“We played a benefit with (Devon) Allman in Savannah once,” DeGuzman said.

More information can be found at http://piratescovelounge.wix.com/piratescovelounge.

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