(Video)What You Missed Last Weekend: Wylde Fire Heats Up Stables

Here’s What You Missed . . .

Wylde Fire returned to Stables last Friday night to a packed dance floor and lots of good vibes. Despite the cold outside, lead singer Sharon Black Birdsall’s infectious smile warmed everyone up. This band plays all of the rock classics you remember on the radio way back when and they have fun doing it.

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Don’t worry if you missed them, they will be back at Stables on Saturday May 9th, and don’t miss them at the Maryland Wine Festival this year on September 19th. In the meantime have a little peek at the fun last weekend..


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Satisfy Your Kix Fix

They hadn’t released an album in almost two decades, been off the radar since the late 1990’s and hair metal was the butt of jokes for most in 2008. These are the circumstances under which Hagerstown’s beloved Kix – reformed in 2003 – would play at a Midwest rock festival named “Rocklahoma.” Band member Steve Whitman told the Baltimore Sun recently that he wasn’t convinced there was any real interest out there for “forgotten relics of the 80’s hair metal scene,” until Rocklahoma that is. Thousands of fans showed up. Then there was the M3 in 2011 at Merriweather and lots and growing demand for the Hagerstown boys in between.

Fast forward to right now and you will see Kix playing local digs like Rams Head and The Ballroom in Waynesboro but they also do venues like the famous Whiskey A Go Go in L.A. and the popular Monsters of Rock Cruise.

With a new label; Loud and Proud Records, a new album; “Rock Your Face Off,” and a growing string of bookings, this band won’t be going into retirement any time soon. So what’s the appeal? Nostalgia? A Hair metal resurgence? Who knows.

What we do know is that there are plenty of chances to see them in this area this year and our favorite upcoming show is at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA (Feb. 27) because The Reagan Years will be opening for them. These two bands represent the two sides of eighties music; the pop, “Breakfast Club” side versus the rock, hair band side. What an awesome combo. Do skinny ties and spandex go together?

More Shows

March 27  – The Empire  (Springfield, VA)

April 18  – Monsters of Rock Cruise (Miami, FL)

May 1st  – M3 Festival (Columbia, MD)

July 9  – Bottle and Cork (Dewey Beach, DE)

July 11  – Moose Park  (Gettysburg, PA)

Sept. 17 – Ocean City Bike Fest (Ocean City, MD)


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From Kiss to Country: Valentine’s Day Live Music Preview

Love is in the air and if you were thinking you should go to some overpriced restaurant for a romantic Valentines this year, think again. Why wait 2 hours to eat a meal put out by exhausted kitchen staff all while more hungry couples wait in line to take your place? Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year, so why not mix a little love and live music?

Yes, have some ordinary food and listen to some extraordinary music. Here are some local options:

Slim Jimmy at the Littlestown Eagles – They are full of energy and just plain fun.

Surreal at the Coon Club, Hampstead – The ad says “The Coon Club is for Lovers and Friends” this Valentine’s Day. This event is open to the general public and tickets are $10, party starts at 7pm.  Get there early.

Dean Crawford and the Dunn’s River Band at Parkers White Marsh– Winner of the first Maryland Music Award for best cover band, these guys rock . . . in a country sort of way that is. They will be at Parker’s Restaurant (formerly the Williamsburg Inn) on this special day with a few love ballads we’re sure.

Hectic Red at Stables Westminster – These guys specialize in mind-blowing classic rock anthems, and there is plenty on the menu at Stables to keep every couple satisfied.

If your idea of romance is a little head banging, perhaps you would fancy these two options:

Problem Child at Reisterstown American Legion (#116) – It’s their first time hosting the Legion’s big Valentines Dance and they will have plenty of surprises in store.

Cold Gin Kiss Tribute at Padonia Ale House Timonium – You get dinner and a show for sure with a fully costumed Kiss tribute. Now that’s romantic.

What You Missed Last Weekend: Bourbon Bar and Grill Serves Up “Hot” Half Serious

Here’s What You Missed . . .

Bourbon Bar and Grill in Hanover, PA welcomed Half Serious for the first time last Saturday and boat loads of people showed up. That makes the guys really happy. . .


In fact they were so excited they pulled up all kinds of special guests to jam with. John Christ from Danzig played a ripping guitar as always, and some Big Jack members stormed the stage to satisfy the crowds’ AC/DC fix. Bourbon wants them back already so stay tuned for more Half Serious shows at this popular Hanover spot. The boys return to Hanover on Feb. 21st at the Eagles club. What’s that? You missed it? Don’t worry here’s a peek. . .




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Check the calendar at CarrollCountyLive.com, and don’t miss another weekend! Get your shows on the calendar free.

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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


Get Music Lessons from a Master: John Christ at Coffey Music

Guitar geeks set your alarm clocks. Our very own rock legend John Christ, or Johnny Knoll if you know him back from his Catonsville days – has joined the teaching staff at Coffey’s Music in Westminster. The former Danzig guitarist is starting it off with a free master class this Saturday (Feb. 7th) at 11:00am.

According to Coffey’s ad; the clinic “will include classic Rock and Roll guitar riffs; guitar tricks and tips, as well as stories from the inside of the music industry.”

Contact Coffey’s at 410-876-1045.

Why You Wont See Rap or Metal at the Maryland Music Awards this Sunday

Nothing starts a music awards show better than men in skirts and a wild-haired violin playing diva; its time for the Maryland Music Awards. Taped this past December at Rams Head Live in Baltimore it features the best local artists Maryland has to offer, beginning with the “infectious” Celtic band The American Rogues.

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Awards were given in 12 categories by a panel of music industry big whigs including  Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Paul Reed Smith, CEO PRS Guitars after more than 13,000 fans nominated their favorite acts. The MMA live awards show featured an eclectic lineup of performers that played nonstop through the evening. The Kelly Bell band, Paul Reed Smith, Rob Fahey and the Charm City Devils were just some of the highlighted acts.

But establishing the first “Maryland” music awards is a risky venture. Long before the lights cued up on stage at Rams Head Live, the pressure was on to make this part charity- part awards show a “diverse” event. The music categories covered every major genre except for death metal and rap, but the show’s producer, John Van Horn admitted that some categories received much less nominations than others.

Country and rock were very active but R&B, Jazz and Gospel were lackluster. He chalks this up to growing pains, its hard to get sponsors and fan participation for a new project, but his decision to not include rap and death metal as part of the MMA has received some criticism in the local music scene in Baltimore since, both genres are well represented in the area. Van Horn’s response is simple; the dark messages of these genres do not pair well with the MMA’s ultimate goal of raising money and awareness to the plight of children with cancer. He says ” I won’t and can’t promote that on TV. ”

In the meantime, planning for next year will focus on getting the word out for nominations in those underserved categories and topping that 13,000 number for nomiantions overall. You can watch the MMA’s on Fox 45 next Sunday (Feb 8th) at 11:00am. You will be able to donate to the Nichole Van Horn Trust Fund for Pediatrict Cancer during the show.