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?!
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.
”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.
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.
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.
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.
As the name implies, Bad Seed Rising represents a new generation and the career beginnings of four young professional musicians. From babies who were likely using their bottles as microphones to teens whose lives revolve around the Frederick School Of Rock, the members of Bad Seed Rising have come together not only as a band of musicians, but also as best friends.