WYM: Half Serious Rocks a Real “BarnBurner”

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Barnburner definition: “An extremely impressive event or successful outcome.”

And that it was. Half Serious made the trek up to Mummasburg, Pa for an private annual pig roast event. Set on a farm inside a massive barn, this shindig is always good clean fun, with great food, awesome people and even better moonshine. Did I say moonshine? I meant wine coolers. Yeh, lots of great tasting wine coolers. Continue reading

What You Missed Last Weekend: This Band Makes Thursdays Seem Less “Hectic”

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Thursday is the unofficial start of the weekend and what better way is there to get into that weekend vibe than a nice, classic rock outdoor concert.

Last Thursday in Marriottsville/Ellicott City if you went to get groceries at the Harris Teeter or wine from Petite Cellars, you would have stumbled upon a sweet treat; Hectic Red live in the town square.

This is classic rock that most classic rock bands can’t play, like Yes, Steely Dan, Rush and Genesis. “It’s the kind of band that other musicians go to see,” says one local musician.

If you weren’t lucky enough to need bread or milk etc. from the Harris Teeter last week and you missed them, no worries; Hectic Red will be at the Maryland State Fair this year. If you can’t wait till then, check out their band schedule, and of course, take a look at the scene in the square last Thursday.


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Looking for Live Music on a Party Deck? This Place is For You

Its that cool place right on Main Street with the picture window. If you happen to be walking by, press your head against the window glass you’ll likely see some regulars at the bar, a few couples nestled in one of the booths, perhaps some local college kids at the high top tables adjacent to the bar and on weekend nights; an acoustic band tucked in the corner. If you walk in, you’ll notice a handsome wooden bar, wooden-back bar stools and a cozy tavern ambiance. The bartenders seem to recognize you even if you’ve never been there, and time usually passes away long before you realize it. You’re at Rafael’s in Westminster. Continue reading

Best Bet This Weekend

The hottest ticket in the Westminster area this weekend will be hard charging Surreal. Their set list looks like 98 Rock’s song rotation list from 1985. Oh the memories.

You will get everything from Tesla, to Judas Priest and Van Halen, to Golden Earring (Radar Love) and Billy Squire. They will be killing it on stage this Saturday the 26th in Hampstead at the Coon Club.

No, you don’t have to be a member to get in, be careful though, that turn into the parking lot is easy to miss!

FYI:

2855 Coon Club Road Hampstead MD 21074

410-374-9897

WYM: Carbonstone at Fish Head Cantina

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Carbonstone opened for Psykotic Melody last Saturday at this Arbutus live music venue. The band powered through one killer set of high octane original music, including crowd favorite “Plaything,” featuring Chrystal Jordan from local band Anoxia. If you’ve never seen them, its something to put on the To-Do list. The production is top-notch but raw and unpredictable at the same time. Here are pics from the show.

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WYM: Serious Fun and Celebrity Guests at Stables

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Last Friday night started out just like any other Friday night at Westminster live music hotspot Stables, but once the lights went down and Half Serious started its debut appearance at the venue, things got, well . . . unpredictable.

This was no run of the mill crowd at Stables, this night it was full of local and even national talent, many of whom would end up on the stage with Half Serious before the night was over. It was a who’s who from past and present that joined the band for three sets of unplanned, unscripted mayhem.

Local bassist Eric Dee started the night off by joining the band for three original songs recorded by the Serious Jokers; Half Serious’ previous name when it played and recorded music in the 80’s. Eric’s guest appearance made it an unofficial Serious Joker reunion. He currently plays with up and coming local alternative metal band Carbonstone; we review the band’s latest CD here.

A parade of live music all-stars followed the Serious Joker interlude. Francis Crouse of popular AC/DC tribute band Big Jack hit the stage for a crowd pleasing rendition of “You Shook Me” and “Dirty Deeds”, and Dennis Jones of local Van Halen Tribute, Everybody Wants Some, took over for a little, you guessed it; Van Halen.

Just when you though it couldn’t get any better, it did. John Christ; local guitar legend (he’s originally from Catonsville) who built a national career in the 80’s with Danzig sat in with the band. Christ dazzled as always with “Little Wing”, “Sweet Emotion” and a Danzig classic; “Mother”. The crowd went wild.

There were even more cameos on stage and a host of musicians in the audience who never made it to the stage by closing time. When it rains it pours, and last Friday at Stables it was a deluge. It was not a night to be missed, but if you did, all we can offer you are these pics below.

Half Serious plays next at Red Eyes Dock Bar just across the Bay Bridge in Kent Narrows on Friday, July 25th.

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WYM: Crash Course at Fish Head Cantina

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Crash Course is just plain old fun to watch. Lead vocalist Adam Crouse is all over the stage while lead guitarist Greg Fryfogle provides the balance with steady, brilliant guitar work. Its hard not to watch these guys when they are on stage. In case you missed it, here are the pics. Catch them next at Stables Restaurant in Westminster on Friday August 15th.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Maryland Music Awards

July 21, 2014

It’s the first of its kind in Maryland; an ambitious attempt to survey and recognize the musical talent in this sea of over 5 million people. The Maryland Music Awards has already received thousands of nominations for the state’s best musical acts in various categories, they will anoint a winner at the end of this year. Here are five things you may not know about this first ever event. Continue reading

Gettysburg Bike Week Brings Killer Live Music

Gettysburg Bike Week is a wrap, but not before some awesome moments and kick ass live music. Headlined by Tesla, Great Train Robbery and Kentucky Headhunters, organizers say it was success. There were some great local bands on stage as well including Half Serious, Silvertung, and Doc’s Holiday. Carbonstone, Scarlet Angel and Army of Dogs also performed at the Iron Horse Repair stage east of town.

Our personal favorite of the weekend comes in a tiny package however. Avery Molek – he goes by just “Avery” and is a seven-year old drumming prodigy. Big Jack had the pleasure of playing with “Avery” on the Budweiser stage for their Friday evening show. Don’t worry if you missed it we have some fresh uncut video for you below courtesy of Glenn Rowe and Big Jack.

The biker roundtable is already planning next year’s bike week to be held July 9 – 12th 2015. It will return to the Allstar Complex and we’re sure it will be rocking. Like their Facebook page for updates. For a peek at what you missed last weekend, check out pics of Half Serious and Scarlet Angel with Army of Dogs.

Hot August Live Blues Coming Aug. 16

This August 16th will be the 22nd time locals gather outside of Baltimore on the lush green fields of Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville to soak in the late summer sun and listen to some good old-fashioned blues. Voted Baltimore Magazine’s best music festival, the Hot August Blues & Roots festival draws over 5,000 blues faithful every year.

You can look forward to several stages of top-notch acts. Headliners this year are Old Crow Medicine Show and Nickel Creek. Last year’s headliners were New Orleans funk band “Galactic,” and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Check out thevinyldistrict.com’s review of last year’s concert for a detailed account of last year’s sights and sounds. Still want more? Go to the source – http://www.hotaugustblues.com/.

WYM: Rocking the Fourth Holiday Weekend, Santana Style

Here’s what you missed last weekend!………….

Its ladies night at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on July 3rd and almost everyone is finishing up a scrumptious meal before showtime. Some diners finish up dessert at their tables just off the dance floor, others cozy up to the rear bar with its flat screen monitors of the stage.

Many here in this trendy restored art deco theatre in the middle of downtown Bethesda braved the torrential downpours of late afternoon thunderstorms to get a head start on their July Fourth holiday weekend. They came to party; and party they did.

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