Music Mud and Mayhem: Toops 2014

Here’s What You Missed . . .

Driving onto the farm for the annual Toops Troops pig roast was no easy task. The ground was rain soaked and even suv’s where getting stuck in the mud. By the early afternoon, volunteers were separating the rear wheel and front wheel drive vehicles for different parking areas, but this would prove useless in the end.

The mud would definitely be the headliner this year for Toops. If you didn’t go this year, you might be thinking “thank goodness I stayed home, it was a muddy mess.” You would be wrong. Continue reading

What You Missed Last Weekend: Shock and Awe by Big Jack at Toops 2014

Here’s What You Missed . . .

1400 people stand in a murky muddy pit as rain pelts their heads on a night so dark and dank even the moon has disappeared. Only a thin red glow from the stage floor is visible spelling out the words “Big Jack.” Soon a faint light reveals their fearless lead singer: Francis Crouse, he tilts over to one side as he always does and flashes that warm smile like your favorite uncle would at Christmas dinner.

That is the one quiet moment of warm and homey comfort that Big Jack affords you. In an instant, the bedlam begins. Continue reading

What You Missed Last Weekend: Smokin Gunnz at Toops

Here’s What You Missed . . .

Fresh off winning a battle of the bands contest to open for Molly Hatchet at the York State Fair, this southern rock gang played all the classics as the sun set at Toops. Like true southern gentlemen, they didn’t let the rain and mud get to them, instead they ripped up the Skynrd etc. and put on a great show.

Were you there? Tell us how you made out in the comments!

If you missed it. Here are some Pics.

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There are more pics from Toops 2014. Check out Big Jack, Half Serious and the People of Toops.

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Gringo Jingo Caps The “Celebrate Frederick” Summer Concert Series

Who needs to go to New York, Philly or D.C. to see great live music in the great outdoors? The City of Frederick has got that all covered.

Its free ” Celebrate Frederick” summer concert series has been a mainstay for years. Every Sunday during the summer, great music performances grace the Baker Park Band Shell. This year the “shell” welcomed The Abbey Road Beatles Tribute band, The Federal City Brass Band and many more.

The series samples a good variety of music genres and this year, it chose breakout Latin/Rock favorite “Gringo Jingo,” to cap off this season’s series.

This Santana tribute band has been blazing a trail this year wowing audiences from Bethesda to Delaware. So if you haven’t had a chance to enjoy the series, August 24th is your chance.

The show starts at 7pm and this one will be one of only three shows with a beer and wine garden (family friendly) for that extra treat.  see you there!

What You Missed Last Weekend: “In Your Face” Rock N Roll with Crash Course

Here’s What You Missed . . .

If you were looking for a nice quiet evening in Westminster last Friday night, Stables was not the place to be.

Crash Course was busy burning up the stage all night. Lead singer Adam Crouse simply cannot be stopped. He’s all over the stage from sound check to last call. His bandmates are no slouches either; Lead guitarist Greg Fryfogle plays killer riffs, the Bass is rockin and the drummer is a wildman.

If you’ve never seen Crash Course, remember this is “in your face” rock and roll you just have to see. In the meantime, check out the action.

Check the calendar at CarrollCountyLive.com, and don’t miss another weekend!

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Do you have some awesome pics from a show? Share them with us and they could be featured in the “What You Missed” series. You get photo credit and we get them to share them with our readers! Contact Shelley at Shelley@carrollcountylive.com

 

What You Missed Last Weekend: Hampstead Loves Dean Crawford and So Should You

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He’s hotter than carnival barbecue.

Dean Crawford and The Dunn’s River Band closed out the 2014 Hampstead carnival like they have been doing for oh so long. And oh what a treat it was! He had the crowd eating out of his hands all night.

He is statuesque and maybe even a little imposing until he flashes that infectious smile, you may want to cover your little one’s eyes when he grinds in the middle of a Luke Bryan song; it’s all PG-13 though so don’t fret too much.

This is no one man show either, band members get their chance to dazzle with solos and the crowd loves it all. Hampstead loves Dean Crawford and so does the rest of Maryland since Dean announced that they have been nominated for best country act for the first annual Maryland Music Awards. Missed Dean at the carnival? He will be at the State Fair on August 23rd (6pm) In the meantime…

Check the calendar at CarrollCountyLive.com, and don’t miss another weekend!

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These pictures are high quality, don’t forget to press the HD button!

Do you have some awesome pics from a show? Share them with us and they could be featured in the “What You Missed” series. You get photo credit and we get them to share them with our readers! Contact Shelley at Shelley@carrollcountylive.com

 

Toops: Meet the Man Behind the Hottest Ticket in Town

If you are the one person in Carroll County who has never heard of “Toops’” Troops annual pig roast / all day live music fest, you probably need to get out more. This all-day music extravaganza is the most difficult local event to find tickets for. Demand has outpaced the supply of tickets for this mini-Woodstock for years. Lucky attendees get free food and live music and entertainment all day and into the night, it’s the place to be.

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But who is behind this great party? Continue reading

Festivals: The Best Way to Sample Local Wine and Music

Wine comes in many varieties (varietals they call it) and wine festivals let us sample the many versions of vino; sweet, dry, earthy and rich – our local wineries have to offer. However, wine festivals can be a great way to sample more than just the grapes. Live music is a key  component  to most wine festivals. No one wants to drink wine in silence – we can do that at home. That’s why these events take their live music seriously. Wine festival season gives us a chance to pair good wine with good music. Continue reading