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Some More Pretty Notable Shows Coming Through This Summer

Got another list of some pretty awesome shows coming through the region from my buddy Joe again. Bookmark this page. Add em to your calendar. Go rock.

Upcoming Baltimore/Southcentral PA Shows

5/21: Justin Jones @ Ottobar
5/23: Todd Snider @ Rams Head Live
5/24: Jason Isbell (acoustic) @ Capitol Theatre
5/24: Simon Felice @ ABC *Free*
5/15: DJ Jazzy Jeff @ Ivy
5/28: Justin Jones @ Ottobar
5/30: City and Colour/David Bazan/Dan Romano @ Rams Head Live
5/30: Suckers/Devin/Minimus The Poet @ Ottobar
5/31: Dawes @ Capitol Theatre
6/01: With Lions (Former Lake Trout/Benzos)/Among Wolves/The Water @ Ottobar
6/01: Gary Jules @ ABC
6/01: Man Man/Raleigh Moncrief @ Chameleon Club
6/02: Dawes/Carolina Chocolate Drops/Jukebox The Ghost/Etc @ Appel Farm Fest
6/02: The Roots/De La Soul/James Murphy/Tune-Yards/St. Vincent/The Hood Internet/Star Slinger/Etc @ The Roots Picnic
6/02-6/03: Charles Village Festival *Free*
6/03: Matt Schofield @ Snail Pie Lounge
6/03: Radiohead/Caribou @ Verizon Center
6/03: Phantogram @ Rams Head Live
6/03: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Long’s Park *Free*
6/03: Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival *Free*
6/04: Justin Jones @ Ottobar
6/06: Man Man/Raleigh Moncrief @ Ottobar
6/07: Bowerbirds/Basia Bulat @ Ottobar
6/07: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound/Black Box Revelation/7Horse @ West Mount Vernon Park *Free* 6/08: Alvin “Youngblood” Hart & His Muscle Theory @ Snail Pie Lounge
6/09: Ghostland Observatory/etc @ Starscrape Festival
6/09-6/10: HONfest *Free*
6/10: Foster The People/The Kooks/Kimbra @ Merriweather
6/10: Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Long’s Park *Free*
6/10: Hoots & Hellmouth/O’Death/The Extraordinaires/Etc @ Dock Street Music Fest *Free*
6/12: Two Door Cinema Club/Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Bad Veins @ Rams Head Live
6/13: Theresa Andersson @ ABC
6/14: MarchFourth Marching Band @ ABC
6/14: Of Montreal/Yip Deceiver/Chappo @ Recher Theatre
6/15: Scott Lucas & The Married Men/The Dig @ Metro Gallery
6/15: Reel Big Fish @ Power Plant Live *Free*
6/16: Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival *Free*
6/17: Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples @ Pier Six
6/17: Mia Borders @ Long’s Park *Free*
6/19: Nada Surf/WATERS @ Chameleon Club
6/19: Santigold/Theophilus London @ Rams Head Live
6/19: Cory Branan/Audra Mae @ Golden West
6/20: Zach Deputy @ ABC
6/20: Johnny Corndawg @ Ottobar
6/20: Fiona Apple @ The Lyric
6/21: The Mynabirds/Sean Bones @ ABC
6/22: Hammer No More The Fingers @ Golden West
6/22: Lucero @ Rams Head Live
6/22: The Crystal Method @ Bottle & Cork
6/23: Childish Gambino@ Pier Six
6/23: The Deer Tracks @ Metro Gallery
6/23: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy @ Dogfish Head *Free*
6/24: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion @ Long’s Park *Free*
6/24: Zammuto (ex The Books)/The Dialogue @ Ottobar
6/26: Los Campesinos!/Yellow Ostrich @ Ottobar
6/26: The Lumineers @ ABC
6/27: Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three @ Capitol Theatre
6/27: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ ABC
6/28: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Dogfish Head *Free*
6/28: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Bottle & Cork
6/29: The Head and The Heart (opening for a fucking terrible band) @ Hersheypark Stadium
6/29: Secret Mountains/Son Step/Lands & Peoples/Happy Family @ Golden West
7/01: The Lumineers @ Rams Head Live
7/04: The Roots/Etc @ Philly 4th of July *Free*
7/05: Meshell N’Degeocello @ Baltimore Soundstage
7/05: Nada Surf/WATERS @ Rams Head Live
7/08: City Rhythm Orchestra @ Long’s Park *Free*
7/11: Rhett Miller @ Bottle & Cork
7/13: Delta Rae @ Chameleon Club
7/15: Victor Bailey @ Long’s Park *Free*
7/15: Crocodiles @ Ottobar
7/17: Neko Case/Kelly Hogan @ Rams Head Live
7/19: Elizabeth Cook @ ABC
7/19: Delta Rae @ Dogfish Head *Free*
7/19: The English Beat @ Bottle & Cork
7/20: Dick Dale @ ABC
7/20: The Hold Steady/The War on Drugs/The Lumineers/JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound/etc @ XPoNential Fest
7/20-7/22: The Black Keys/Jack White/The Killers/The Flaming Lips/Death Cab For Cutie/John Legend/Passion Pit/Cake/Cold War Kids/The Head and The Heart/Grouplove/Charles Bradley/Bombay Bicycle Club/Cults/Ra Ra Riot/Polica/Blind Pilot/The Felice Brothers/Heartless Bastards/J Roddy Walston & The Business/Reptar/Etc @ Firefly Festival

7/20-7/22: Artscape Baltimore *Free*
7/21: Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog/Kathleen Edwards/Patterson Hood/Mike Doughty/Good Old War/Delta Rae/etc @ XPoNential Fest
7/22: Dawes @ Long’s Park *Free*
7/22: Counting Crows/Diego Garcia/etc @ XPoNential Fest
7/22: Hot Chip/Sleigh Bells/James Murphy @ Merriweather
7/27: Alejandro Escovedo @ Baltimore Soundstage
7/28: Of Monsters and Men @ The Piazza @ Schmidt’s *Free*
7/29: MarchFourth Marching Band @ Long’s Park *Free*
7/29: Hot Club of Detroit @ Snail Pie Lounge
7/29: Moonface/Siinai @ Talking Head
7/31: Bombay Bicycle Club/Plants & Animals @ Rams Head Live
8/02: Civil Twilight @ Bottle & Cork
8/04: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/etc @ Merriweather
8/05: MGMT/Atlas Sound @ Musikfest
8/05: Lúnasa @ Long’s Park *Free*
8/06: Joe Cocker/Huey Lewis & The News @ Musikfest
8/08: New Sweden @ Musikfest *Free*
8/09: Jane’s Addiction @ Musikfest
8/10: The Sprinto Band/Delta Rae @ Musikfest *Free*
8/10: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Snail Pie Lounge
8/11: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Musikfest *Free*
8/12: Booker T. @ Long’s Park *Free*
8/14: Jane’s Addiction @ The Lyric
8/14: Citizen Cope @ Bottle & Cork
8/17: Pearl and The Beard @ Lancaster Square *Free*
8/17: Davina & The Vagabonds @ Snail Pie Lounge
8/17-8/19: Philadelphia Folk Festival
8/18: Trombone Shorty/Justin Townes Earle/Magic Slim & The Teardrops/JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound/Etc @ Hot August Blues & Roots Fest
8/18: My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses @ Merriweather
8/19: Joshua James @ Long’s Park *Free*
9/05: Built To Spill/Helvetia/Revolt Revolt @ Ottobar
9/19: Florence & The Machine/The Weeknd/The Maccabees @ Merriweather
9/22: Afghan Whigs/The Roots/The Antlers/Sharon Van Etten/Charles Bradley/Etc @ ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror
9/23: The Avett Brothers @ Pier Six
10/14: The Campbell Brothers @ Snail Pie Lounge

Linda Better Start Promoting

Today is June 23. It’s about 5:30 in the afternoon and a Wednesday. The “Harrisburg Jazz and Multi-Cultural Festival” Hosted By, er, was-Hosted By-But-Now-It-Ain’t-By-Mayor Linda Thompson begins in ten days and there’s nary a calendar, schedule, email blast, Facebook invite or even a TWEET to be found.

Sure, the city is in rough shape and whether or not this poorly-renamed “festival” was even going to happen was up in the air until only about a month ago, but you’ve got an event that you’ve known about since BEFORE you took office and there’s been nothing but BAD INK about it since the renaming- it’s time to HIT THE STREETS.

To make matters worse, the “headliner” of the “Jazz and Multi-Cultural Festival” has been announced…but it ain’t much worth getting excited about. The Duke Ellington Legacy Band – a band formed by the Jazz legend’s, ahem, grandchildren. (which, I guess is better than last year’s American Music Fest headliner – an Asia tribute band)

Look, I might not be qualified to comment on the finances of the city or the wacky situation involving the Harrisburg Authority and the incestuous nature that the appointments are taking, but I DO know a thing or two about booking a show and promoting events and I can say with full confidence that the 2010 American Music Fest Harrisburg Jazz and Multi Cultural Festival is going to be a major disappointment unless the new parks and rec director pulls a gigantic Raven out of his hat and brings back Jerry Garcia, John Lennon and Jim Morrison from the dead to headline a show on a stage borrowed from Pink Floyd and has Bill Graham come down from the skies to promote it.


Are there any bands booked for this thing? I titled the post the way I did because Linda Thompson is hosting this thing- so, who better to ask than the HOST, right?

Get with it, guys. And if you can’t figure out this part of the administration, HIRE someone to do it.

Jersey Hardcore

Randomly stopped into Maxwell’s in Hoboken late last night. I was looking forward to checking out some bands- but similar to sweet-home-Harrisburg, North Jersey is littered not with McDonalds bags and Dunkin Donuts coffee cups, but with crappy cover bands in nearly every bar and venue.

Even the place across the street from my brothers apartment- although ’twas a pretty cool bar, they had some pretty lame acoustic duo from Long Island playing horrible Dave Matthews and Sublime covers. When they said “anything you guys wanna hear?” I belted out “Tenacious D!” – they chuckled and said “sorry man- don’t know any.” (I’m sorry, but if you’re going to play fucking covers all night, you better know one or two Tenacious D tunes.)

ANYWAY- went into Maxwell’s and really dug this band called I.D.K. Immediately thought of early Black Flag/Rollins – and the association is blatant- the lead singer covered in ink and pretty well built and has that same kind of go-ahead-and-try-it…I’ll-kick-your-ass attitude.

Apparently, the I.D.K was a pretty well received North Jersey Hardcore band for about ten years in the early nineties. Touring the country on their “To kill for the good of the fight for the right to be right” EP on Bush League records and followed up with one or two more. But they disbanded for some time from 1998 til today- and now are back again.

I knew nothing of these guys before wandering into Maxwell’s at the end of last night- but was certainly impressed, not only with their live set, but by the dedication and energy being thrown back to them from the forty or fifty kids in front of the stage.

Sort of looking at it as my unexpected good find of the day-

Dig it-
What’s the deal? by I.D.K.

Toubab Tuesday

They’re back!

Toubab Krewe rolls their biodeisel fueled bus back to The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company for an early “Evening With” show-

Doors at 7 and the show’ll start nice and early (due to the early-in-the-week status of this show)

Tickets are onsale now at the host stand at Appalachian Brewing Company or Roundtable Tickets for eight bucks in advance or twelve at the door.

The Triumphant Return of Brothers Past

It’s been a loooong time comin’, but it looks like we may see a full-on reunion of Philly’s Brothers Past.

In an announcement on their website today, Tommy, Clay, Rick and Tom revealed plans for a special New Years Eve show at the brand-spankin new The Note in West Chester PA.

- Hey all. A few weeks back we played some music at a friend’s party and had a good old time doing it. From the looks of things, some of you did too. So …. we’re gonna do it again. But this time we’re gonna do it on New Year’s Eve, in West Chester, where it all began

Stay tuned for more…

[Here's a clip from the Fire Drill show at ABC- uploaded by the one and only Stony]