What You Missed Last Weekend: Its Everybody’s Birthday when Marshall Law Comes to Town

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Kory G. of Marshall Law Photo: Websprinkle.com

Kory G. of Marshall Law
Photo: Websprinkle.com

Its your birthday when your’e at a Marshall Law show. Its really more of a gigantic party than it is a show and Marshall Law makes you feel like its in your honor. Someone even put a shot glass necklace around my neck while Kory Garrison -the lead singer for this high energy, country rock act- directed traffic on a dance floor coated with the sweat of so many who had been twisting gyrating, yelling and grooving all night.

Kory looks like the random guy in the audience who gets up and does a song or two with the band because he knows the drummer or someone. He looks so freaking happy to be up there, its hard to imagine they pay him to do it. He is backed up by a killer unit, include an amazing lead guitar.

Marshall Law’s country has got that twang like you would expect, but it also has an in your face, dare I say… “metal” vibe to it. This makes perfect sense after a quick look at Kory’s bio, which includes fronting a Pantera Tribute. The country twang and the metal attitude is an awesome mix.

One of the best parts of a Marshall Law show is the afterglow: driving home, I stopped at a Sheetz and the cashier girl said “Happy Birthday!” Why do you think its my birthday? I asked. She pointed to my necklace shot glass, which read “Happy Birthday Princess.” No I said laughing, but I did go to a Marshall Law show tonite. She nodded in agreement, “same difference.”

Marshall Law doesn’t come around often – we hear they are in hot demand in the Mid-Atlantic region, so if you missed them this time you’ll have to watch these pics and vids on repeat until they come back our way. For those of you what did see them last Saturday night… Happy Birthday!

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A Better Merriweather Coming Soon

It wasn’t long ago that Merriweather Post Pavilion was on its deathbed. Worn and dilapidated, the historic venue lost its luster with national acts, then came a renaissance around 2007 after some renovations which included an artist lounge backstage and the 9:32 Club.

Eight years later, Merriweather is holding its own although it lost a 5 year court battle against Live Nation. Merriweather’s claim is that the group unfairly pressures music acts to only perform at its properties, in violation of federal antitrust laws. A judge sided with Live Nation earlier this year but the owners of Merriweather (which now includes Howard Hughes) vow to keep fighting on appeal.

In the midst of this Merriweather will soon start on a grand multi-million dollar renovation project aimed at making you, the concertgoer much more comfortable. After these changes are complete, visiting Merriweather should be noticeably better. Here some of the improvements:

More Bathrooms! – That has got to be the most coveted improvement in this place with a history of long lines for the stall. They will be much larger, and most importantly, not “condemned” like the existing ones are.

New 9:32 Club – The existing club will move into an upgraded, U-shaped building that will house the bathrooms, more concessions, a commercial kitchen and a box office.

A Grand Entryway and a Dreamy Courtyard – The way pavilion officials describe it, there will be a beautiful tree covered entrance and a courtyard with decking, pathways, lawn and existing trees.

The renovations are slated to take about four months to complete but don’t worry, it will be happening during the off season. Below are some headline events for this summer and a recent video of Jack Johnson at Merriweather helping to highlight the energy efficient upgrades panned for the venue.

May 3 – M3 Fest

May 27 – KENNY CHESNEYJake Owen, Chase Rice

June 4 – The Decemberists

June 20 – Hozier

Aug. 16 – PHISH

Sept. 13 – Death Cab for Cutie

If You Promote Your Music on YouTube, Your Life Just Got Easier

Last week YouTube announced its next big thing: YouTube for Artists. Its billed as a resource for independent music artists trying to breakthrough the online clutter via video. According to YouTube, the site will provide detailed tips on how to get discovered, engage fans, generate revenue, and direct musicians to free production resources all over the world.

Upcoming artists will want to pay particular attention to one site feature: Find Your Fans. The company bills this as a “music insight” tool that crunches data to help you find out what cities your YouTube fans are located in and how often they share your videos. They say this tool will give you the information you need to schedule tour dates etc. at the right place and time.  Watch the promo video here.

 

(Video) Tall in the Saddle “Plays It Forward” for Nikki

Last Saturday night, March 21st was the annual Play it Forward concert to benefit the Nikki Perlow Foundation. The foundation was started by Cliff Perlow and his wife Amy. Cliff has played with Tall in the Saddle, a local Baltimore band and the concert at Baltimore Soundstage was a fundraiser for the organization. Nikki died in July 2007 from an accidental drug overdose. The foundation offers financial, logistical and emotional support to those young adults, like Nikki.

Tall in Saddle has been playing the Mid-Atlantic region since the mid-seventies, the core of its set list is Southern California classic rock and you may have seen them last year at Stanstock. Enjoy these great pics and video from CCL’s new photographer Ed Polakoff.

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What You Missed Last Weekend: Problem Child at the Coon Club

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If its Saturday night, Problem Child is rocking a stage somewhere, and last Saturday it was The Coon Club. The band’s newest member; guitarist Wade Swanger plays like he’s been with the band for years and the rest of the gang are still giving fans that hard-charging rock and roll they love so much. Where else can you get Zeppelin and Alanis Morissette in one set? Did you miss it? No worries.  We have Pics & Video.

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Cary Ziegler’s Expensive Hobby “Ebola Free” Anniversary Show

It will soon be one year since Carey Ziegler was handcuffed, blindfolded, pulled out of his home and threatened with an Ebola filled needle unless he got back onstage again. On March 28th, he and his venerable band Expensive Hobby (CZEH) will mark that frightening journey from retirement to gigging musicians with all the fervor of their first show at Club 66 in Edgewood, Md. Continue reading

What You Missed Last Weekend: King of the Long Jam, Slim Jimmy Plays the Coon Club

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For Saint Paddy’s Day weekend CCL went to Carroll County’s best kept secret nestled in the valley between Westminster and Hampstead; The Coon Club. This little place beside the Aspen Run serves up tasty barbeque and great live music on Saturday nights, no rifle or membership required.

Last Saturday the Club hosted classic rock specialists Slim Jimmy. This band is king of the long jam and they do it well with the unassuming “Jimmy” Hoddinott ripping up the lead guitar. Cheers to the gentlemen wearing that awesome kilt who danced all night. You rock.

In case you missed the kilts and the guitar solos, we have pics and video for you. Next weekend, check the calendar and get out and see some live music in person!

Next Saturday at The Coon Club: Problem Child!

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Three Dog Night Keyboardist Who Called Maryland Home, Dead at 67

jimmygreenspoonMaryland resident and legendary keyboardist for Three Dog Night passed away Wednesday at age 67. Jimmy Greenspoon started with the band in 1968 and was touring with them up until just a few months ago when he received a cancer (metastatic melanoma) diagnosis. As you might imagine, his band members are saddened and stunned. He passed away surrounded by his family at his home in North Potomac.

The band was scheduled for two dates nearby later this month; The American Music Theatre in Lancaster on the 27th, and a Community Arts Center in Williamsport, Pa. No word yet on the status of those remaining tour dates. Many say Greenspoon was responsible for the unique sound of Three Dog Night. Here’s a recent interview of Greenspoon filmed just last year where Jimmy gives some “very” candid stories about music, drugs and band life, complete with gangsters, The Whiskey A Go Go and Jim Morrison.

What You Missed Last Weekend: TRIPOLAR Debuts

Here’s What You Missed . . .

Crash Course hit Stables last Saturday with a new classic rock set list and lead singer and everyone got their first look at TRIPOLAR, which opened with a one hour set covering bands like Rush, U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Last week we pondered how this very new project by longtime metal heads would work. The Stables crowd approved. If you missed it, we have pics and video.

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Metal to Mainstream: TRIPOLAR Debuts this Weekend, Here’s a Sneak Peek

Two bands. Refocused and reimagined will debut this Saturday at Stables as Westminster gets its first look at a new Crash Course and TRIPOLAR. The music business is incestuous and these two bands are no exception. Crash Course’s intense, Mohawked, former front man, Adam Crouse parted ways (amicably) from the hardcore metal outfit last year along with drummer Greg Giannetti, to form TRIPOLAR, a distinctively “non hardcore” metal project.

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Adam Crouse in metal mode with Crash Course

Mohawk to Mainstream

As Crash Course front man Adam ruled the stage with an iron fist. At first blush it is hard to imagine him in a more mainstream environment so we visited the band at practice just to see where they were going with the music and the vibe. I mean we really didn’t see this metal guy singing the Beach Boys or anything like that.

Good news is; no Beach Boys, but lots of tasty Rock and Roll. We are also happy to report that the intensity and passion he oozed onstage in Crash Course is still there, just refocused into great melodic verses from the Chili Peppers, to the Foo Fighters to U2 and yeah maybe a little Crue too. What is gone is the iconic mohawk, word on the street is that the ladies approve.

Why “TRIPOLAR?”

First, the name “TRIPOLAR,” I asked what that was all about and Adam says all three band members ( Adam, Greg and Tommy Burick on bass) have district personalities, thus the name Tripolar. He hoped out loud that the name won’t offend anyone who is “bipolar,” because well, it is just a band name.

What to Expect at a TRIPOLAR Show

These guys built a set list for dancing and grooving they tell me. When asked how he felt about this transition from metal to more mainstream rock, Adam says “Hardcore metal is fun. . . I still love to sing [it],” but he wants to play to a more diverse audience. Hardcore fans don’t lament though, we watched TRIPOLAR run through some songs and every one was played with the same brute force as a metal song.

Check out a sneak peek of TRIPOLAR below and come out to see what they have in store this Saturday, 9pm sharp, at Stables.

 

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