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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Look Out! Gringo Jingo Kicks Off the Fourth Holiday Weekend in Bethesda!

July Fourth starts on Thursday the 3rd as this tribute to Carlos Santana makes its debut at the historic Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. Located in the strikingly cosmopolitan, upscale Bethesda, just minutes away from the Capitol Mall in DC – the club is a historic landmark and its recent revitalization is a testament to the growing music scene just a few blocks below in Northwest DC.

A night at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is a cozy treat for music lovers with its ornate stage and dimly lit dining area complete with white tablecloths and dinner service. Check out the menu here. The place has a cool, retro meets contemporary vibe and the dance floor in front of the stage is irresistible; just close enough to the band that you can almost reach out and touch them.

As for the band, Gringo Jingo has a few new songs to treat fans to and as usual, a fun, energy-packed show. Audience participation is required. “There’s one goal for us when we play, and that’s to get people up on their feet to dance,” says the band’s lead guitarist, Steve Reed. If you’ve ever seen Reed perform as Carlos Santana, you know how well he portrays that free, easygoing but energetic persona that Carlos does on stage. Watching Reed work the stage is a treat. “Its amazing what he can do with that guitar,” one fan from Maryland Live noted.

The full cast of band members are all amazing in their own right as well. We can’t say enough about the booming percussion section; in a word you might call it “acrobatic.” Some people might come just for drum solos. The vocal power is superb, something you need for a proper Santana Tribute. Remember, the old Santana may be full of long instrumentals and guitar solos, but his newer work is full of powerful vocals and copious lyrics. Its good stuff, old or new, and Gringo Jingo does it all, gets it perfect, and brings the house down every time.

Festival Watch: Americana Music Hits Westminster this Summer

Photo: Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. performing at Common Ground Baltimore in 2011. Photo: Balto. Sun

Common Ground on the Hill Festival July 12 – 14th Carroll County Farm Museum

This July we will celebrate the nations’ founding on the 4th. One week later Westminster will celebrate Americana music with McDaniel College’s Annual Common Ground on the Hill Americana Music Festival. What is “Americana” music? You ask; Continue reading

Meet the Band: Smokin’ Gunnz

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Itching to try something new on the weekends? Tired of the same old same old? Meet the Band is our regular series introducing local bands who play in the area. Get to know your local live music options.

What Kind of Music do You Play?

Southern Rock

Crowds Go Wild When We Sing….

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, The Allman Brothers

Crowd-pleaser Songs

We play all the hits from these bands plus some B sides

We Regularly Play at These Local Venues

The Stables in Westminster Md, Double K in Harrisburg PA. We do a lot of events bike week Gettysburg, Ocean City Md , Delaware State Fair check our web site www.smokingunnz.com

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Anything new on the Set List?

We just finished our first full length original disk

 

 

What You Missed: A Little Magic at Stables

There’s something magical about a Problem Child show at Stables in Westminster. Its hard to put your finger on it, but cool stuff always seems to happen. Last weekend was no different, everybody came out for Problem Child. Not only did they come out, they came up on stage! Paul McGill from Half Serious joined in for a few and Francis Crouse from AC/DC tribute Big Jack set the stage on fire.

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Who’s Badass? These Guys Are

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So these guys in CARBONSTONE think they are badass, turns out they are.  I mean ‘slap your mother’ badass.  First, let’s catch our breath and back up for a minute for the beginners. CARBONSTONE is our very own Carroll County based alternative metal band. They have a strong regional presence having played venues like Rams Head Live, House of Rock, and the Circuit. They’ve opened for Fuel and Filter and you can hear them on the radio all over Maryland, northern Va. and southern Pa . The new album “What You’ve’ Become” drops this Saturday May 17th at what will be an “epic” release party in downtown Baltimore at Rams Head Live. Get tickets here, check out some songs here. Ok good?  Let’s get to the Badass.

If you buy CARBONSTONE’s CD ($10), right after you rip the plastic off you might find yourself turning it around over and over again to get it right side up. Corey James, the lead singer says that’s just what the band wants you to do. It seems they revel in shaking up your world on every level and that is just what the album and their live show will do. Don’t miss their anthem “Plaything” and both on the album and at the live show you will be treated to a killer Rolling Stones cover that will blow your mind.

This is their 3rd full length album and you will hear influences of Godsmack, Korn and Chevelle, but don’t be fooled, these guys are originals and they have a groove that is just irresistible; its like church for the jaded. This gang of four has a very loyal following, a testament to how well they have honed their craft . . . translation; their live shows are f#@king awesome.

These guys really feel it up onstage and it’s contagious. If you are really into the metal genre you will love them and if you aren’t you will be surprised how much love them when you see them live. Audience participation is a must with CARBONSTONE, stage dives happen periodically and of course there is always the infamous “shots” challenge.  These guys do all this without coming off as some kind of scary fake, metal characters, instead every sentiment is real; anger, passion, desire and glory all entwined with enticing melodies and ripping guitar solos. In the end it’s the bottomless groove of CARBONSTONE’s music that will move you.

So lets recap; superior nu metal, unbridled fun at their live show and a cranking new album on deck. . . Yeah that’s badass.

 


CARBONSTONE: Corey James – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar | Neely Johns – Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals | Eric Dee Eckard – Bass/Backup Vocals | Nick Rivillas – Drums

What You Missed Last Weekend: Santana Tribute Rocks Harrington Casino

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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.

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: 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.

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.