For many people, the winter holidays provide them the best opportunities to visit family and friends. I do best in the summer. Many of my friends are former teacher colleagues and former students. Many are friends of my youth and we now combine our families for summer vacations. Golf and fishing buddies come out of hibernation. Schedules loosen and neighborhood cookouts and cocktail parties happen much more spontaneously. My block is recognized as the garage-hangout capital of the neighborhood.
The heat simmers up the love! Yes, it’s been two weeks since I blogged. Again. Wish I could just push a few keys and bring you all with me! It’s been great to see many new and familiar friends as I follow bands and enjoy the bounty that Lancaster offers us in the summer. This time, I was off the grid with up to 38 friends old and new throwing a little mountain-house party I call Loyalstock. It’s our 17-acre summer decompression chamber. So since I’m back in town, let me throw a few shout-outs to the folks making my summer sizzle!
Thanks to Music For Everyone (MFE) for two fabulous Music Fridays! I can’t wait for July 20!
Thanks to Long’s Park Summer Concert Series for great weekly shows, especially Sister Sparrow and Mia Borders. Dawes is coming July 22!
Thanks to Mike Males and MyRuralRadio.com for York County’s first camp out-music festival: Genesis Fest was a genuine success!
Thanks to Mike Van Jura, Greenbelt Events.com and The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co for the Season Pass Holder appreciation show with Simone Felice and for the amazing summer of shows to date! That pass is the best $100 I spent all year!
Thank you to Steve and Trinette for letting all my rowdy friends invade your mountain home for a week of Loyalstock! Thank you to all who attended; you are wonderful, gracious guests and a ton of fun to party and jam with! Thank you Nick Schucker of NAS Sound and Entertainment for ridiculously great sound and lights at Loyalstock. Thanks to my best man Ward Smith who again won the prizes for distance traveled and hours jamming. You can play anything with anyone!
I will post more frequently in July and will add in links to all the pics and videos I have collected. Tomorrow I head for Weatherly, PA to cover DNL’s Jam @ the Dam: 35 bands for $30 and draft beer is included. I should have plenty to say about Pirate Rob’s event if I survive it! Other upcoming highlights include Cabinet at Chameleon Club Friday July 13 and WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival July 20-22. Seizure later!