Toops 2018 is over but the memories are here for good. Let’s kick off this year’s Toops video series with this epic tune from Half Serious. Continue reading
The Toops Troops 2018 Highlight video is here! Spoiler alert, it was fantastic. This year marks 5 years since CarrollCountylive.com has had the pleasure of filming and photographing this worthy event. Here’s to many more. Continue reading
Its still warm outside and there’s more Toops Troops action to watch, so lets get to it . . . Continue reading
Ok, we’re sure you saw the Toops 2017 highlight video by now with what looked like a crazy Amish Outlaw set. In fact, that was their first song of the night. In your face right out of the gate. Here is the whole song and more.
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Don’t Blink when you watch this highlight video. If you were there maybe you’ll see yourself, if you weren’t at Toops this year, you missed one hell of a party. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’ll release more video in the coming weeks, it will be almost like you were there. In the meantime, take a sneak peek . . . Continue reading
Where did the summer go? We can’t get it back, but we can say good-bye to it at Toops Troops. Here’s a quick look back at last year and all the info you need to enjoy another Toops weekend. Continue reading
Here’s the final installment of CCL’s Crack the Sky Christmas Series. Dare we say this is the most popular song by this eccentric bunch of musicians. Happy New Year. If you missed the previous installments here they are below, and don’t forget to check out the new Live Music Guide.
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Here is installment #2 in our Crack the Sky Christmas series. You probably haven’t heard this one in ages. Continue reading
Installment no.1 of Crack the Sky Christmas video series.
Here is the Wikipedia summary of Crack the Sky; “an American progressive rock band formed in Weirton, West Virginia in the early 1970s. . . Rolling Stone Record Guide compared them to Steely Dan; their first three albums charted on the Billboard 200. The band has never achieved great success outside the Baltimore area; despite this, they continue to release albums and perform to a small but devoted fan base to this day. Here’s something for all of you scarce, but devoted fans . . .
Over two days, 25 bands rocked 2 stages, one inside and one outside for 2 worthy causes; Continue reading
Stanstock 2015 is history. Relive it on Carroll County Live, an official sponsor of The Stanstock Music Festival. Continue reading
It all starts with a hug. Yes, if you came to the 2nd annual Stanstock Music Festival this year, you would understand. As you walk through the double doors of the Timonium Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, after you’ve collected your ticket and gotten your hand stamped by Barbara, there is Debra; just barely five feet, long flowing hair, ruby red lips and one job; to hug every man woman and child that enters the hall. It’s a little confusing at first, perhaps awkward for some, but just a few seconds in her arms makes you realize, you are home.
Seventeen bands took the stage at Stanstock on this first day and the music was nonstop; no intermissions. As the last note was played on one stage, the show began on the second. While every performer played for free, these guys left it all on the stage with fantastic performances.
Many of the acts provided a heavy dose of classic rock anthems with mind-boggling guitar solos, all within just a 40 minute set. Take the lead guitarist Rick Olaguer from the Rat Pack; his guitar solos were so trippy, that at the end of one the crowd was visibly stunned. One gentlemen just stood at the railing with his mouth open, speechless. Exasperated, he just blew a kiss to the stage. “No words man, no words.”
Zeppelin was well represented this first day. We count at least four bands covering everything from Stairway to Heaven (Patty Reese) to When the Levee Breaks (Never Never, ver. 1.1). If you are a Zeppelin fan, this festival was for you.
Despite the Zeppelin homages, this first day was chock full of variety – performed with the kind of heartfelt energy you can only find at any live concert that took place before cell phones were invented. That is not to say that there were not any contemporary acts at Stanstock; Rosabella’s alternative rock was young, fresh, and raw, but with the same authenticity of its predecessors. That means no polish, no tracks, no electronic embellishments, just bass, drums, guitars and raw emotion.
Tommy Vann and his band represented the magical music of the 50’s and early 60’s and gave one classy, heartfelt performance. Jam Sandwich really lived up to their name with one epic jam after another, and Spike Settles of Never Never delivered a genius cover of the Woodstock anthem by Crosby, Stills and Nash as his opener, substituting the word “Woodstock” with “Stanstock.” Hats off to you Spike.
There were no bad acts at Stanstock Day One (or Day Two), instead there are just too many to mention. That’s why we took pics and video. If you could not be there this year or if you did come, visit our Stanstock pages for the photos and video of this historic Baltimore event. Here is what happened on Day Two.
If you did come to Stanstock, tell us what you thought. Stanstock organizers want to know!
Highlight Video- see full videos at CarrollCountyLive.com
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Here’s What You Missed . . .
This one is a doozy. You missed the Stanstock Music Festival. 30 bands, lots of fun and some really awesome music. We won’t bore you with the details, ok that’s a lie. We covered both days of Stanstock , so lots of details, pictures and video coming really soon. It will be anything but boring.