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Black Flys Presents: Hallway Ballers, Joey Harkum, Nomalakadoja

October 5, 2017
8:00 pm
Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz

Black Flys Presents... A Santa Cruz Fly Party with: HALLWAY BALLERS JOEY HARKUM NOMALAKADOJA $7 Advance, $10 Day of Show Doors 8:00 PM, Show 8:30 PM ABOUT HALLWAY BALLERS: The Moss Landing native band, Hallway Ballers seem to be content with the simple things in life, as long as they are performing live for their quintessential Cali hip-hop rock fan-following for a national surf, snow or extreme sporting event around California. The bands melodic feel-good vibes speaks of a stereotypical laid-back California-surfer lifestyle, with hints of influences of a freestyle Red Hot Chili Pepper ensemble, yet with a unique Hallway Baller flare. It's no wonder why MTV executives have taken interest in this group of guys that are commonly referred to as "The Ballers." The two brothers Dave and Raphael Grijalva share lead vocals andcatchy guitar riffs, while bassist and band-mate Nate Hydie evolve the accompanying rhythmical vocal compositions and drummer Adam Huntress, who was raised on his family's Salmon boat, brings it all together by locking down the grooves, giving the Hallway Ballers the edgy country-soul with a hip-hop rock funk that they are best known for. The Ballers are aimlessly climbing the independent-label success ladder, catching the attention of MTV executives with songs off their first self-titled 2008 CD. The MTV animation Good Vibes featured three of their original songs Feelin' Tight, Cold Wind and Don't Stop. Their most recognized song California Prunetucky (a.k.a. Prunedale) speaks of the band being down for so long, yet these last couple of years has proved otherwise, landing performances in major festivals and events throughout California, such as The Maverick Surf Competiti on, Moto Grand Prix of USA, Snow Boarding Grand Prix held in Mammoth, the Bay-to-Breakers, California Roots Festival and the Monterey Bay Reggae Festival to name a few. Despite the bands successes, these guys are far from wanting any sort of fame that would jeopardize their eccentric lifestyles, which consist of early morning group trips to their spiritual homeland of the Moss Landing surfs edge to catch some waves, or weekly ocean fishing trips on one of their many boats to catch salmon, halibut or sea bass, or whatever else may be in season. The band members are also avid skate and snow boarders and are living out the California dream. When the guys are not rehearsing or recording original music in their Santa Cruz studio, they will more than likely be found riding a good wave, fishing the coasts or hanging out on the river's edge with family members in their cabin near Arroyo Seco. What most do not know about the Hallway Ballers is their exceptional level of talent with not only singing, but songwriting and sports. In addition to the originals picked-up for the MTV show Good Vibes, they've also wrote for the multi-platinum recording hip hop artist Akon, even landing a guitar riff written by lead vocalist Dave Grijalva on one of Akon's albums. Grijalva, a sports guru, qualified as an Olympic Pole Vaulter just out of high school and is known to bring the sport of snowboarding to a new level, while Bassist Nate Hydie was unknowingly the co-writer for the 2006 Winter Olympics theme song, alongside Steve Knight of Flipsyde. Whether it be surf, snow, extreme sports; or simply playing music, the free-styling, beat-boxing band has quickly established a name for itself and plans on continuing to do what they do best, and that is write and play music. The Ballers have their new album being released in early 2016. ABOUT JOEY HARKUM: Maryland born singer songwriter Joey Harkum is on tour with his debut solo album, "Love and Labor." A California transplant, he made Southern California his own as longtime frontman of eponymous hometown group The Pasadena Band. His acoustic solo sound reflects a stripped-down vocal style uncovered in the search for family roots on his recent tour of Ireland, blended with pure and simple stories of lowbrow SoCal living. ABOUT NOMALAKADOJA: Nomalakadoja's feel good music is a blend of reggae, rock, and island styles. Their positive lyrics and upbeat rhythms are sure to bring smiles and dancing feet. Nomalakadoja is a three-piece band made up of lead singer and drummer Spencer Vantress, guitarist and vocalist Alex Walther, and bassist Zack Thorensen. Based out of Santa Cruz, CA, the band's mission is to bring people together in peace, love and unity to grow as a community.

Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz

1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
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