5 Cant Miss Live Music Events This Summer


May is for Metal Heads and Merriweather Post Pavillion will be ground zero for the biggest 80’s hair band reunion in the tri-state area; The M3 Festival. This year’s headliner is Swedish glam metal pioneer, Europe. Also appearing: Queensrÿche, Tom Keifer, Kix, Warrant, Dokken, Y&T, Krokus, Dio Disciples, Winery Dogs, L.A. Guns, Quiet Riot, Bang Tango, Vixen, Black N Blue, Trixter, Rhino Bucket, Tyketto, Killer Dwarfs, Bad Seed Rising.

Frederick Concert Series

On Sundays in the Summer, the City of Frederick hosts the Baker Park Concert Series. Its, free, its outside, and the music acts span genres from Latin funk to rock to country and more. The setting is in the middle of the county park at the Band Shell, which provides a large covered stage and arena style seating built along a slope in the park. Last year Santana Tribute band Gringo Jingo closed out the series in August. Event organizers tell CCL that they have confirmed sought after Americana group Red Molly for this year’s series, check them out in the video below. The 2015 series is sure to be a fun one. Check back here on CCL for the complete 2015 lineup soon.

June 14 – Red Molly, Americana

August 2 – Robert Eric’s Tribute to the Piano Man, Billy Joel Tribute

Gettysburg Bike Week

From July 9th through the 11th bikers will replace the throngs of civil war re-enactors from the week before as they gear up for three full days of live music. Southern rock legends, The Outlaws headline Friday’s show and Georgia based hard rock band Jackyl will take the stage on Saturday. Last year, local band Half Serious entertained the crowd, and local acts will also share the SSVape sponsored stage this year as well, including Great Train Robbery, Smokin Gunnz and the ever popular Big Jack AC/DC Tribute.


One man inspired this annual salute to his life and his charity and what has grown from a small picnic celebration to an all-day festival/concert event is now a Carroll County tradition. It will be 13 years since the first Toops Troops celebration and it gets bigger and bigger every year. Thousands come, but tickets are hard to come by. It has quickly become Carroll’s premiere summer live music event. This August event has a history of dramatic weather and last year was no exception; it was a rainy, soggy mess – but no less fun. Every just seemed to “roll with it,” literally. Last year’s music lineup was great, with Smokin Gunnz, Big Jack and John Christ guest soloing with Half Serious and more. Here’s to hoping this year will be a dry Toops.


This one should be on your bucket list. October 16th and 17th will be the 3rd annual “Stanstock” celebration, which grew from a wish, to a two day rock and roll festival at Timonium Fairgrounds last year. It started as a germ of an idea much like Woodstock did in the 60’s and snowballed into this multiband festival inspired by the popularity of a facebook page celebrating old Baltimore bands. The movements’ spiritual leader, Stan Gibson, a gigging musician from the 50’s and 60’s has kept alive Baltimore music history online, and now with Stanstock.

Many of the area’s current music greats graced the Stanstock last year, including Cary Ziegler (of Crack the Sky Fame), Great Train Robbery, Hectic Red and Patty Reese. The vibe at this music festival is like a big high school reunion and the performers pull out all the stops. Stanstock will have the most live acts in one place one two stages over two days. This year’s festival will be at MacAvoys in Parkville. Mark your calendars. Below is a cool sample of what you missed last year at Stanstock.

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.

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


Meet the Band: Smokin’ Gunnz


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