Friend and social media guru Ken Mueller hit the Twittersphere with, “Do you have any interesting plans for the weekend?” this morning. Man, all I have is interesting plans! My job is going to concerts, interviewing musicians and artists, checking out great music venues and sampling food and beverages in the area.
The hardest part of my job (besides getting paid) is choosing the “who/where/when” of my itinerary. There are so many bands and solo acts of every description. Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, and Reading fall within 30 minute drives and Philly, Baltimore and Allentown are within 90 minutes.
Lancaster of course is home to Chameleon Club, Village Nightclub, Lancaster Dispensing Company, Pressroom, Annie Bailey’s, and Marion Court Room all within three blocks. They are not the only places to see a band: more on that later.
York is stacked with small clubs but it’s typically Bistro 19 or The Strand-Capitol Theater that draw me downtown. The Depot is near York College of PA. Just south of there is a newer place I’m crazy about: The Cove. My Rural Radio.com sponsors a showcase artist every Thursday but there is live music five nights a week. The place is clean and cozy and man, wait until you taste the brisket!
A newcomer to the scene may trap me between York and Lancaster: The Burning Bridge Tavern in Wrightsville. I got a preview of the place two weeks ago when they brought in Shane Speal, “King of Cigar Box Guitar,” to give the new sound system a workout. He rules and it rocks!
I bought a season pass to Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co in Harrisburg (great investment!) so I can always go there for a show. They offer 4-5 shows per week and I have never been disappointed. They draw some major acts and nurture some fine local talent. Cabinet recorded a cd there last winter!
That’s my 30 minute list; add Philly, Baltimore or Allentown to the list and the choices grow exponentially. And I haven’t even factored in WHO to see.
Here’s how it broke down for this weekend. I will start with Happy hour/dinner at ABG (American Bar and Grill, Lancaster) Friday. Then, slip downtown to DipCo for Hexbelt. I don’t plan to stay too late. Trout season opens Saturday, so fishing must be fit in somehow.
By 3pm Saturday, I want to be at Burning Bridge Tavern for the grand opening. South County Brewing will be featured and Vinegar Creek Constituency will be playing. I can’t stay too long because I head for Philly from there.
Have you seen The Kalob Griffin Band yet? Have you visited MilkBoy Philly yet? I’m crazy for this band and very excited to see one of the hottest new venues around. Plus, I get to check in on daughter Kate, buy her dinner and haul home her winter clothes.
Sunday will be more fishing, uploading photos/videos, writing show reviews and planning my blogs for the week. If it’s nice, maybe we’ll have a cookout with the neighbors. Tune in next week!!