Main Street Music Fest Band Spotlight – 10 Bands You Must See Saturday

Main Street Music Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 11AM­ to 11PM
General Admission Tickets $12; VIP Packages Available
Festival Website: www.mainstreetmusicfest.com
Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1284429
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Main Street Music Fest was originally created in the same vein of SXSW, but with a focus on homegrown talent. Over the last 5 years, the festival has stayed true to this approach, highlighting the strong and diverse talent pool the Maryland music scene offers. Here are 10 of this years performers that will showcase the strength of the local music scene, check out some of their recent videos as well.

Kelly Bell Band (Main Street Stage, 8:00PM-9:10PM) recorded their new version of “Homegrown” just for Ellicott City Partnership and Main Street Music Festival. It’s the theme song this Saturday, because we’re “So glad to meet ya”. “Homegrown”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZVaGG7TWSs

The Henchmen (Tiber Park Stage, 5:15PM-6:00PM) bring their Mobtown groove rock to Merriweather. Led by Baltimore man-of-many-talents Kevin Hock, their set is one you will want to see. “Scoundrels”:https://www.facebook.com/TheHenchmenMusic/videos/10153924470974747/

9 Mile Roots (Tiber Park Stage, 3:00PM-3:30PM) have been steadily releasing new music, with even more to come. They are a staple of the East Coast reggae scene, with a big live sound that makes them mainstays of the summer club scene on the Eastern Shore. “Feel” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fasQ-fFI35s

Stacked Like Pancakes (Tiber Park Stage, 7:15PM-8:00PM) have rapidly climbed the ska ranks in recent years, playing Warped Tour, and most recently announcing they are going on tour with Ska legends Reel Big Fish. “Money Sucks”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNvr4MrnjHc

FatMan CatBite (Tiber Park Stage, 2:15PM-2:45PM) blends unorthodox melodies and unpredictable shifts in rhythm and tempo with driving, in you face Rock and Roll. “Waiting”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqdtr7TRTMw

All Mighty Senators (Tiber Park Stage, 6:15PM-7:00PM) is a rhythm fused quintet from Baltimore.Their live shows, fronted by the charismatic Landis Expandis and guitar-god Warren Boes, have remained one of the most revered on the East Coast. All Mighty Senators performing at Ram’s Head Live:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VGo4q-ACeE&spfreload=10

Sons of the Radio (Main Street Stage, 2:10PM-2:40PM) are intent on playing gimmick-free high-energy rock the way Maryland loves it. They’ve been playing Main Street Music Fest since the beginning. “The Suppliant”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsmiXTEd8Dk

The Herd of Main Street (Tiber Park Stage, 3:15-4:15) play exciting, heart-pounding, cry-your-eyes-out-when-you-have-to, foot-tapping, soulful American music. “Treat Me So Mean”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTPpozMIGsU&list=PLBtajlpyNSO2I-_eNxFmlPdHT7GaOPqG6

Thrillkiller (Patapsco Stage, 2:30PM-3:00PM) mixes elements of metal, rock, pop and others to delivers a viciously unique style of music. “A Reason”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7GZpZm72z8

Milton J and the Leftovers (Patapsco Stage, 4:45PM-5:15PM) from Frederick, MD are known for their alternative rock/hip hop sound, and they make all of their own beats in production with real instruments. “Believe”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV8yr2eLOT0

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We Were Pirates – “Matter”

WhenWe Were Pirates - Matter We Were Pirates puts out new music it gets me excited for a few different reasons. One is that Mike Boggs, the mastermind of We Were Pirates (WWP), is talented yet completely unassuming–the lack of pretense in his approach is refreshing in this day and age when many artists think that since they can record their sounds and have a social media account that they and their music should somehow be magically famous.

Where they miss the point, Boggs totally gets it. He makes the music that he likes, keeps the songwriting tight and puts it all together in a cohesive package. The lack of posturing, irony and whining gets two big thumbs up from this old-school music lover; it’s what also makes me respect him as an artist and musician. The good ones never need to resort to millenial-esque self-infatuation, they realize that the product will either be good enough to stand on its own, or it won’t.

For those unfamiliar with WWP, Boggs is the singular musician behind the band, recording every part of the songs he writes himself. On Matter, Boggs brings indie rock and synth-pop sounds together neatly, hearkening back to a warm and gauzy 80’s feel that smartly pulls off sounding familiar and new at the same time. Not sure what I mean? Try this on for size: when Hollywood gets around to remaking the brat pack movies (Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, etc), they need look no further than Matter for the soundtrack.

That’s not to say that the strength of this album is limited to pure nostalgia and throwback goodness. For those that like the lyrics in the music they enjoy to have meaning–true, real-life meaning, not insipid catchphrases that pander to the disengaged and simple-minded, Matter delivers strongly in that way. It’s not so much that Boggs weaves ornate tales or comes across too intellectually for some, but it’s the straightforward honesty in his lyrics that grab my attention and hold it there. There is something very refreshing about the reflective nature of the songs on Matter, which I wish more musicians would pay attention to. Truly no single song can solve the woes of our planet, but when real, honest lyrics cut through the mindless clutter surrounding our everyday lives to make us really think, that is when a musician becomes an artist. In my opinion, Boggs was already there with We Were Pirates. Matter just solidifies that feeling, and it makes me relieved to know that Boggs and We Were Pirates exist.

Give Matter a listen to hear what I am talking about. No need to give me credit when you feel these songs in your gut, wondering what personal tempests led Boggs to create them. They’ll make you pause and think, and the album is solid all throughout, cutting through the clutter and noise that make up so much new music to clearly stand out.

Get Matter for yourself:
iTunes: http://apple.co/1QuRrVH
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/219XSlV
Physical CD: http://bit.ly/1SlAEZP

Hari Vasan Premieres Lyric Video for “Silence Comes Easy”

Hari Vasan is a new artist that we just started working with. This song does well to showcase his sincerity, energy and the rocking side of his song writing. And that voice. Hari was meant to sing, that is obvious. More details about his upcoming self-titled EP coming soon, for now dig the lyric video: (please click through to Facebook, we’re having technical difficulties with the video embed feature.

Silence Comes Easy Lyric Video

It's here!! Here's the premiere of the first track of my self-titled EP! It's a lyric video for an original song called "Silence Comes Easy." Please listen and share! Details on how to hear the rest of the music will be announced later this week!! Also, make sure to watch in full screen and HD!!

Posted by Hari Vasan Music on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Album Review: “In Pizza We Crust” by Gingerwolf

In Pizza We CrustThings are going to be much calmer than usual today. And for good reason, too.

Hello readers of SurfRhythm, Henry here, bringing another review for you to read. A little while ago, I received a request from a friend to check out another talent who has an album released. Thinking this was going to be what I usually hear at the local venues, I prepared myself for another review of good local work. But this was something far different than I have heard in a while. Even my tone as an author while writing my thoughts feels relaxed.

That something is the album “In Pizza We Crust” by Gingerwolf.

27 year old Thomas Beall, more popularly known as Gingerwolf to the music community, hails from outside Annapolis and is a regular in the local scene. Accompanied by his collection of quirky hats, and more importantly, his lap steel guitar, Thom takes influence from artists and groups like Pedro the Lion, Kaki King, Dismemberment Plan, Pearl Jam, Sixpence None the Richer, Deaf Scene, and compilations of traditional Hawaiian music. The culmination of his inspiration and talent flows through in his performances, and he truly does a good job in the niche that he has carved himself. In 2008, Thom started making music as The Triceratops, but changed to Cole Cash, and now appears as the artist on the album, Gingerwolf. Not a stranger to professional production either, he played on records by Sawmpcandy, Pompeii Graffiti, Kavoossi, Skribe, and Alexander Peters 2015, and the forthcoming solo debut from Jimi Davies of Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. Obviously a man about town, you can check Thom out every week at different venues.

Now that you know a little more about the man behind the wolf, here is the review:

Smooth ocean waves.

Honestly, I could just stop right there. Centered around lap steel and classified by the man behind the album as “Hawaiian space jazz,” “In Pizza We Crust,” is a fully instrumental album that puts off one of the more calming presences that I have ever reviewed for SR. Don’t let the comedic title fool you, this is a great album for both our surf-oriented friends and anyone looking to unplug and recharge. While the instrumentation changes throughout the different songs, the mood stays the same: like waves of lap steel centered around folk rock and a little bit of alternative style rhythm.

“Pizza” is very similar to a lot of the other local albums I have been able to check out, but not in the way that one would think. While it is sonically different from what I am used to, it brings both another great way to disconnect from the pop structures that dominate the airwaves, and another great local style to the forefront. Thanks to the lush soundscape, expert playing, and great production, this album brings the sensation of a tide taking over the senses and giving in to zone of relaxation with a folk based rhythmic background. While this is probably not something you would want to listen to in order to pump yourself up before the gym or a night at a dance club, this album was not made to do so. This is lap steel with moving instrumentation, and it succeeds in the delivering the sonic message that Thom wants to convey.

In short, this another successful album that adds to the many great local works available more readily than you could imagine. If you are a fan of music in general and for something not so in your face, I would check out “In Pizza We Crust” a try. Released in December of 2015, available on streaming music, and ready for a listen, I’m giving this a favorable review and definitely recommending it to our readers.

Thanks again for stopping by, and I hope you like it.

“In Pizza We Crust” Track Listing:

  1. I See You Still
  2. Lullaby
  3. Red Bracelets
  4. Broken Records Lose Their Meanings
  5. Chili, Sweet Monarch
  6. Chipper Jones
  7. Trilingual
  8. Showers Over Seattle

Thomas Beall – Weissenborn, Acoustic, Electric, and Steel Guitars, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Laser gun

Erin Snedecor – Cello

Rory Brennan – Drums

Aaron Lahey – Bass

Marcus Turner – Drums

Mark Mossey – Trumpet

Adam Narimatsu – Keys

Justin Cary – Double bass

“In Pizza We Crust” was produced by Thom Beall and Collin Dunn at Hudson St. Sound in Annapolis, mixed by Steve Wright at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore, MD, and mastered by TW Walsh in Boston, MA.

Check Out Thom’s Facebook Page for any and all updates on future performances and recordings.