Every Friday is Music Friday!

Every Friday is Music Friday!

When you live in/near Lancaster, PA as I do, every Friday seems like music Friday.  There are more shows going on here than you could possibly attend.  Of course, I take my role of Gigspotter seriously and do my best to try and point out all the best.  You can’t say I didn’t tell you about last Friday at Chameleon with Loretta Bilieux and The Dive Bar Pretties! Click to see what you missed!

This Friday is extra special because it’s an OFFICIAL Music Friday.  All summer, every third Friday of the month will feature live music downtown.  Tonight’s show at Binn’s Park features The Slackwater News (Lancaster rock stars!) and Dirty Bourbon River Show from New Orleans.  A new stage has also sprung up between Carr’s restaurant and Lancaster Central Market for Music Fridays.  Appearing tonight to start it right is Leo DiSanto.  Who knows who might be jumping up there with him but I know the fellas from Vinegar Creek Constituency won’t let their front man roam too freely alone!

I also suspect that when they chase Leo off the stage, the chase will lead right to Lancaster Dispensing Company mere steps away.  Trixie Greiner and The Inca Campers play there tonight!  Friday!!

Also returning to Lancaster this week are the pianos.  How many of you found yourself walking through town last summer and being drawn to some impromptu piano jam?  The wonderful non-profit Music For Everyone has again placed colorful, artful and tuned pianos in ten locations around the city for you to play and hear.  Thank you to MFE and their generous sponsors!  Who knew pianos could look so cool?!  And I will always remember one very late night downtown last summer when some player drew a crowd.  It was 2:30am and this piano Pied Piper had people streaming towards him from all over town!

I will be the blur in the Gigspots shirt.  I plan to start at Marion Court Room for happy hour music by The Love Haters and then work my way downhill: Binn’s Park, Market Street, DipCo.  I think I can do all of the above if my hour doesn’t get too happy.  If I miss Leo, I know I can catch him Sunday at Chestnut Hill Café (3pm).

By sundown I plan to be hustling up 283 to Harrisburg.  David Mayfield Parade is playing Abbey Bar and after seeing his last show in the area, I promised myself not to miss the next.  Man, that Greenbelt Events season pass is still the best $100 I spent in 2012!

It’s Working!

I mentioned in my last post about all the talented, wonderful, generous people I’ve met since starting Gigspots.  Thursday night it paid off yet again!  Local musician and all-around great guy Mike McMonagle posted on his Facebook page about a gig he was playing in Glen Rock, PA.  He was opening for a young lady I’d never heard of, Rebekah Jean.  He included a link to her Facebook and dropped some major hints that her special guest was going to be VERY special: possibly Jessica Lee Mayfield or her brother David Mayfield.  Those two I knew from music and interviews on XPN.

I knew to trust Mike’s musical tastes.  I was pretty bummed to only arrive in time for his last song but it was a favorite: “Goodbye Virgina.”  The Glen Rock Mill Inn wasn’t that tough to find and I must say, I can’t wait to return.  The Mill Inn is a beautifully restored building, the drink prices were right, the staff was very accommodating and the food looked great.  I foresee many afternoons/evenings enjoying all of the above on their terraced garden patios.

WOW!  The guest turned out to be David Mayfield and he and Rebekah Jean sounded great together!  Mike introduced us and they were really nice.  They gave me permission to video the show and I got some great stuff!  Her solid yet ethereal voice made ghosts and memories race through my mind.  Her lyrics kept me in the moment.  David’s harmonies perfected the mood and boy, can he play guitar!  His vintage Telecaster would impress my guitar-geek friends but his style would impress anyone.

They were playing in what’s called The Hearth Room: very quaint, cozy and intimate.  The sound was clear and filled the room without deafening anyone or rattling items off the enormous mantle.  The connection between artists and audience resonated.  It was absolute magic!

I love it when things work out!  I had a lot of reservations about getting involved with all this social media stuff when I started my website.  Is it voyeurism? Stalking?  Are most people on Facebook et al just posting lewd comments/pictures, idle gossip and hyperbole?  We all know there is plenty of content like that out there and “viral” certainly has several meanings.  I love the connections I have made but trust me, I still have concerns about confusing social networking with socializing.

I guess social media is much like life.  Choose your friends carefully and make good choices.  I hope Gigspots serves your needs when you’re looking for quality entertainment and I hope you will share with me the shows and moments I just should not miss.  Thanks again, Mike!