J Roddy Walston And The Business perform at Flying Dog on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.
1. J Roddy and crew are super friendly. The band was not at all crowd-shy on Saturday. Many concert goers took the opportunity to snag photos and chat with band members while they were milling around the Flying Dog grounds. The band’s accessibility was definitely rewarded with an upbeat crowd through their entire beautifully raucous set full of classics as well as new tracks.
2. Steve Colmus once interned at the Chesapeake Bay Program. Fan signs are the absolute best at concerts. They can be informative and entertaining! Our favorite at this show was a group of folks who carried a sign with the words “CBP Loves Steve Colmus.” The backstory was that J Roddy’s drummer, Steve Colmus, once interned at the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis, proving drummers are usually smarter than what they are given credit for.
3. Sometimes there are more beers to taste than you are capable of tasting. A classic Flying Dog dilemma: There are just way too many deliciously flavored beers to try in one show’s length of time and still walk away standing. Solutions: Go to multiple Summer Concert Series shows! Bring multiple friends and leave your germ-o-phobe tendencies at the gate! Some of the great specialty brews on tap included Bloodline Blood Orange (with “cocoa power,” everyone’s favorite typo of the day.), Dead Rise, Lemongrass Rice Ale, and making its first appearance of the fall season, the classic Dogtoberfest. So, those are four reasons alone not to miss the last Flying Dog show of the summer on Sept. 27 with Real Estate!
4. Old Indian is best heard on a big stage. Turn those amps to 11 boys because that’s THE only way to really listen to Old Indian. Our local dudes ripped up the big stage with a tight, monstrously fun rock set that included a very legit rendition of the classic “Fight For Your Right” by The Beastie Boys. Seeing Old Indian on the big stage gives you a full appreciation for the band’s sound, which often gets a little lost when they squeeze themselves into the small venues around town.
5. Orange Frederick Playlist beer koozies are all the rage. Nothing keeps your Flying Dog beers cooler than the Frederick Playlist beer koozie and it’s no secret. Those orange bad boys disappear quickly after the gates open, so next time you’re at a Flying Dog Summer Concert Series show, make sure you stop by the table and pick one up.