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Led Zepplica Tribute-Rocks The Weinberg

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Keith St. John as Robert Plant performs Saturday night at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. (Photo by Karen Peacock. For more of her work, visit her website).

Note: The below story was written by Karen Valentine. We would love to add a few links to places you might be able to find her on the Internet … but she doesn’t have a website, Twitter account or Facebook page, and for that, friends, she should probably be commended. 

Led Zepplica performed at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick on Saturday and for many of us, it felt like Led Zeppelin had reunited. I say this sincerely as a baby boomer who had the privilege of seeing Led Zeppelin perform live back in 1972 when they played at the Baltimore Civic Center (now the Baltimore Arena): What I learned most Saturday night was that there truly is a difference between a tribute band and a cover band.

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Video Of The Day: Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band’s ‘Lunch Meat’

Why feature Joe Keyes again? Because this is the final Tuesday of the month, which means the Late Bloomer Band’s residency at Cafe 611 is coming to a close after this evening. Better yet, tonight’s performance features something called “Joe Dicey Does Zappa” and anybody, anywhere doing Zappa is always worth your time. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and the cost is $5. We ask it all the time, but it’s worth repeating: What else do you have to do on a Tuesday?!

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Photo Of The Day: Led Zepplica

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Hey, look. It’s Robert Plant! OK, no it’s not. But it’s the guy who pretends to be Robert Plant in the Led Zeppelin tribute act Led Zepplica. They were at the Weinberg on Saturday night and this here is a photo that can prove as much. Unless if you think that’s actually the guy from The Darkness, like some of us tend to believe. And in that case, all bets are off. Anyway, the above photo is by Karen Valentine.

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The Weekend Playlist: 09/25/14

Welp. So, Saturday should be a day. Not only will we be at Flying Dog to rock and roll with Heavy Lights and Real Estate, but we will also be splitting a few minutes early to make sure we can make it to the Church Street Pub and the second installment of its Last Saturdays hip-hop series. Or, in other words, if you don’t see us trolling around town Saturday, then you aren’t looking hard enough (and shame on you). Outside of those super-fun, super-loud, super-awesome (side: When did it become a fad to put the word “super” in front of everything?) goings-on, you can head on over to Shepherdstown tonight to see the Dustbowl Revival. Or, you could stay in town and check out something called The Market Street Big Band. Because that sounds fun. Elsewhere on Saturday, the third Shindig is going to turn Baltimore upside down, DAPP will be at Nola, a former “Voice” contestant will be at The Cellar Door, the Amish Outlaws are coming to town (please take a moment to think about the Amish Outlaws … OK, back to it), a Led Zeppelin tribute will be climbing a Stairway To Heaven at the Weinberg and Girls Night Out. Because who doesn’t need a Girls Night Out every now and then? Who?! Remember: There are still a few hours left for you to enter our two-ticket giveaway to this weekend’s Real Estate show on Flying Dog’s front lawn. Come say hello. Come tell us we’re doing an awful job. Come for the beer. Stay for the rap-rock. Do whatever you want to do. Just, as Macy Gray once said, DO SOMETHING. And to all a good night.

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A Q&A With Heavy Lights Drummer Chris Morris

The final Flying Dog Summer Sessions concert is set for Saturday night on the brewery’s front lawn and, much like we have all summer, we are giving away tickets to the event. This weekend’s installment features national indie darlings Real Estate and local indie darlings Heavy Lights. We recently caught up with Chris Morris of the latter to check in on how the band’s doing now that their record, “Mad Minds,” has been out for a few months, how their recent tour went and what’s next for the quartet.

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The Hello Strangers: ‘The Hello Strangers’

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”Whiskey and wine and beer/ Is what it takes to break to a heart.”

And so goes the most memorable line on Mercersberg, Pennsylvania’s The Hello Strangers’ latest self-titled set. It comes from single “What It Takes to Break a Heart,” and boy does it stick. It sticks because it’s impossible to stop humming. It sticks because of the fervor with which sisters Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace often sing. And it sticks because it bites harder than the creatures that might be found at the bottom of the Conococheague, a body of water the sisters seem to know a thing or three about.

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Video Of The Day: Real Estate’s ‘Atlas’

Need a way to get ready for Saturday’s Flying Dog show featuring Real Estate? Check out this performance of the band’s third record, “Atlas,” that they recorded for NPR. Then, because there’s still a handful of hours left, click on over to our contest to win two free tickets to see them play on the brewery’s front lawn this weekend. Just think: It’s already Thursday!

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A Q&A With The Makeshift Deluxe Crew

Last month, J Berd and his Makeshift Deluxe imprint kicked off the Last Saturdays hip-hop series at the Church Street Pub. Held on the last Saturday of each month, the series plans to profile different underground hip-hop artists with a show featuring a smorgasbord of talent from near and far.

In August, Baltimore rapper UllNevaNo headlined the event and on Saturday, Maurice Daniel will lead a lineup set to feature LJ Heiss, Bushido Brown, Benjo and The Higher Class, among others.

We recently sat down with four of the series’ organizers, Jay Keating (J Berd), Che Coffin, Ray Wade and Jonathon Saulten to talk about the current state of local hip-hop, what we can expect from the series through the rest of the year, and which unknown rappers we should be checking out.

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A Q&A With Jimmy Page (Kind Of; OK, Not Really)

Note: The below story was written by Karen Valentine. We would love to add a few links to places you might be able to find her on the Internet … but she doesn’t have a website, Twitter account or Facebook page, and for that, friends, she should probably be commended. 

Led Zeppelin fans might be familiar with the many tribute bands out there paying homage to the iconic British group. One such band, Led Zepplica, has been described as one of the best live Led Zeppelin tribute bands today. The group, who has toured nationally and internationally, is set to play the Weinberg Center on Saturday. We recently got the opportunity to ask Lenny Mann, the band member who portrays guitarist Jimmy Page on stage, a few questions about Led Zepplica and what fans can expect from their show this weekend.

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Photo Of The Day: J Berd

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Check out this shot of local hip-hop artist J Berd performing at August’s Last Saturdays hip-hop night at Church Street Pub. We’ll be posting a long Q&A with him and his crew later today, but for now, just know that the next installment is this Saturday. The words start floating through the air around 9 p.m. and if you aren’t there, you’ll be square. Photo courtesy of Graham Cullen. You can follow him on Twitter here.