Ska-punk pirates Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso plan farewell show this weekend
One of Tampa Bay’s favorite band of ska-punk pirates is setting sail for good.
Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, known for raucous concerts, copious horns, middle-school humor and Michael “Ostrich” Middlebrooks’ guttural roar, are throwing a farewell show Saturday at Crowbar.
"There's no bad blood or anything, we just think this band has reached the end of its lifespan," Middlebrooks said in an email. "We haven't been very active lately, so we decided to go ahead and go out with one last big show."
Alas, that means no more live performances of rib-ticklers like Pee in the Butt or Ode to the Men’s Room Stall — or even Long Island Iced Tea Island, which in 2009 won a national song contest organized by Tijuana Flats.
"Originally this started as a joke and we never expected anyone to let us play a show, and definitely not more than one show," Middlebrooks said. "We certainly never expected to see a band name that long and ridiculous on a flyer or in print. For some reason, people liked it and we kept doing it."
It’s been a long, strange trip, and the St. Petersburg band promises an equally unforgettable finale, with appearances by members past and present and songs from throughout their career.
"The show will be wild," Middleb. We're trying to fit in as many of the dumb ideas we've had over the years that we never got around to doing. We're flying in a bunch of former members. There's been 37 total horsemen in the band; they aren't all making it back for this show, but we're getting as many of them as we can."
Ahoy and godspeed, mateys. Help Police open at 8 p.m. Saturday at Crowbar, 1812 17th St. N, Ybor City. Tickets are $8. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin