What You Missed Last Weekend: Santana Tribute Rocks Harrington Casino

Harrington, Delaware – April 25, 2014

You know it was a great show if the drummer broke his sticks. Then it’s an “awesome” show if the conga player literally bangs his bongos onto the floor. Gringo Jingo’s show at Harrington Raceway & Casino in Delaware was that intense. The band seems to have that elusive quality or chemistry or “secret sauce” that just makes all the parts fit together into one polished act.

As promised, the concert was free-flowing and intense with breathtaking solos from the massive percussion section, a ripping keyboard, and the usual impeccable performance by the group’s own Carlos Santana tribute master, Steve Reed.

It was 90 minutes of Santana hits from beginning to end in front of a full house. “This band just rocks” says one concertgoer visiting from New Jersey, “. . . we’ve got to get back down for the next show.” Keith Talmud, whose seen a lot of tribute bands in his day as casino staff, was impressed as well, no small feat for man who seen just about everything.

It’s a visual show too in addition to the great music. It’s hard not to be captivated by vocalist Abby Otradovec, who is quite literally all over the stage, twisting, turning, dancing, jumping, and oh yeah singing her heart out. The drummer, Chris Myers is a great drummer but when he gets up front to sing on some songs he adds a smooth soulful vibe to music. Lead guitarist Steve Reed actually has that sincere onstage quality that Carlos Santana has, that’s what makes the act so real. It helps that he plays crazy guitar solos too. Whatever that secret sauce is Gringo Jingo definitely has it.

Here are some photos from the show. You can get the band’s schedule and view more photos on Gringojingo.com

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What You Missed: Music and Mayhem at the Moose with Half Serious

April 21, 2014

Its a tough crowd at the McSherrystown Moose Lodge just outside of Hanover, Pa, but they know an awesome band when they hear one. Half Serious got a packed house a little crazy this Easter weekend. The show was definitely high octane, they even blew the circuits in the middle of an AC/DC tune. How apropos.

This band is known for jamming with special musical guests and this time it was Allen Groft from the local powerhouse AC/DC tribute “Big Jack.” All in all it was a rocking good time. Missed it? No worries, catch Half Serious at Zippers in Gettysburg, Pa on May 10th or on the water at Red Eye Dock Bar in Grasonville, Md (on the Bay) on May 17th. In the meantime, check out the pics.

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What You Missed Last Weekend: Problem Child Delivers

April 15, 2014

When it comes to serious classic rock n’ roll Problem Child always delivers. Last saturday night was no exception. They took over the stage at Belisimos in Finksburg, Md. This is blow your hair back rock, so if you haven’t seen them yet, prepare for some serious headbanging to the best rock anthems ever written. Check their schedule for the next show at www.problemchildlive.com. In the meantime, enjoy the pics from the Belisimos show.

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What You Missed Last Weekend: Cool Country with Dean Crawford

April 15, 2014

Here’s what you missed last weekend . . .

It was country heaven at Stables last Friday night when the Dean Crawford Band took over the stage. Dean himself towers over just about everyone, but his charm disarms on and off-stage. If you haven’t seen a show yet, expect lots of energy and copious fiddle play. In the meantime, take a look at some pics from the show.

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What You Missed Last Weekend: Carbonstone, Silvertung and More

April 9, 2014

Here’s what you missed last weekend. . .

105.7 the X Under the Radar concert series wants to give love to the best up and coming unsigned local bands, and there was lots of love and headbanging at Zippers in Gettysburg on Saturday night. It was big fun in a small space. Four local bands killed it in front of a wall to wall crowd.

Seventh Tower from Harrisburg
Badd Seed from Harrisburg
Bullet Method from York
Carbonstone from Baltimore
Silvertung from Baltimore

Carbonstone, an up and coming band based in Baltimore ended the night like no one can; with one electrifying anthem after another. If you haven’t seen them yet, put them on your to do list, you won’t be disappointed. They will be rocking it out at Rams Head Live on May 17th as they celebrate the release of their new album “What You’ve Become.” It will definitely be worth the trip. In the meantime take a look at some pics from Carbonstone’s show at Zippers.

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Live Music, Fun & Food for Westminster Restaurant Week

April 1, 2014

Winter is over! its safe to come out and its just in time. Westminster kicks off its third annual restaurant week this weekend. Your favorite haunts and maybe a few you haven’t tried yet are serving up their best menu items from Friday April 4th until Saturday the 12th. That’s two weekends to savor the culinary delights of Carroll County’s finest.

Live music is a great accompaniment to any meal and the choices during restaurant week run the gamut from original blues and roots with Christopher James at Johansonn’s (April 11th) to Nashville songwriter and guitarist Rich Fehle at Rafeal’s on the 11th. If you’re looking for more traditional fare, try eclectic cover band Sloe Jim who will be at Johansson’s on the 4th; their set list includes Dave Matthews, Coldplay, Bob Marley, and Led Zeppelin. Eclectic enough?

Still looking for a little more “umph?” we suggest Maggies on Saturday the 12th. Self-described as “the most interesting band in the world,” Three Sheets to the Wind will take over the front of the house with their own brand of “yacht rock” loosely translated as a full complement of soft rock performed with more energy and flair than you might suspect judging from their voluminous photo album on facebook. Enjoy the food, drink and live music!

Read the official restaurant week flyer.