I’ve come up for air to fire a flare. My November really rocked and I hope yours did too. The grand finale happened 11/29 for WILMO Rock Circus at World Café Live at The Queen. If you were one of the hundreds of people under the big top, I know I just made you grin (and maybe blush). If you missed it, don’t let that happen again! Twenty four bands for $20 doesn’t happen every day. My friends at Gable Music Ventures know how to spot talent and produce an event. Videos are uploading to my YouTube channel.
Mid-month I took Pressing Strings on a tour of some of my northern PA clients and finished the loop at DipCo. Again, thanks if you were there and I know you’re grinning. I had been trying to woo this band north from Annapolis for over a year. Jordan and Nick played three inspired shows and have promised to return. The fine folks at Turkey Hill Brewing Company and Bullfrog Brewery sure were glad it happened! For my showcase at Lancaster Dispensing Company, local amazeballs Little Dinos opened the show: Loretta, Scott Bookman, Matt Underhill and Kelly Buchanan. Cool and classy just like Dino! Click here to see videos. Even better: come to McCleary’s Pub in Marietta 12/26 for a set by Jordan Sokel.
Also playing 12/26 at McCleary’s will be Kaleigh Baker. If you caught the tour I ran with Kaleigh and Skribe (plus special guest Bjorn Jacobsen), you know this lady can sing the blues with the best of them! Maybe you have been watching her 30 Artists in 30 Days special on YouTube. Either way, you should gather those you love and come out for a set or two. Kaleigh and Jordan don’t play central PA too often and I’m very proud to be hosting them again.
The snorkels and grappling hooks of my title represent my consciousness the rest of the month. Below the surface, I’ve been working like Cousteau to create another amazing experience for you at Lancaster Roots and Blues. We targeted December for major announcements and a media blitz. It’s a season of giving and we are giving you a ton of reasons to get tickets. Click here to see my blog about the venues published in Fig Lancaster. Then visit the ticketing link to see the specials we are running. We have added an under-21 ticket which is good for The Ware Center and The Trust Performing Arts Center.
What will January bring? I’m hoping for peace on Earth. I’m counting on busy days and nights. There are a million details to staging a festival this big and Rich and I and our new office manager Carrie Binkley will be working tirelessly to make your experience the best. If you hope to catch me in a still moment, try McCleary’s 12/26, The General Sutter Inn 1/9 or DipCo 1/10. I’m hosting three more local shows before Lancaster Roots and Blues including two acts you have never seen here before and shouldn’t miss. Join me at DipCo 1/10 for David Pulizzi and the band Terra Voz!