2012…What a Rush!
I hope you’re not sick of year-in-review lists! 2012 flew by for me and for the Gigspots.com team! I’ll try to be brief in highlighting some of the amazing events, people and places who shared their lives with us this year.
My first shows of 2012 were Darry Miller and The Veil at The Boondocks Club and Kalob Griffin Band at Lancaster Dispensing Company. My last show of 2012 was KGB and Darry at Chameleon Club. Both bands enjoyed banner years, earned many new fans and rocked throughout the tri-state area. I predict fantastic 2013’s for both bands!
Boondocks Club is gone: victim of ASCAP strong-arming. DipCo remains the same: great food, great entertainment and all your friends are there. Chameleon Club staged some of my favorite shows of 2012 and even let me stage a show in October. I’m glad I know where it is; there isn’t even a light over the front door.
Some notable bands emerged in our scene in 2012. The Stray Birds, The Districts, Face for Radio, The Wayfarer Experiment, Glim Dropper, John and Brittany, The Great Socio, Rigby in the Box and Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang were some of our favorites. The quality, quantity and variety of music styles in our region never fail to impress but 2012 was extra special.
Some great new music debuted in 2012! The Stray Birds, Glim Dropper, John and Brittany, The Great Socio, Kalob Griffin Band, and The Slackwater News all released new albums you should hear. Pasadena released a new album and toured to CA and back behind it. The Lone Wolf Project has a song off his new album playing in all 50 states. And yes, it’s true The Vinegar Creek Constituency finished another impressive album which they recorded live at Left Bank Studios. Darry Miller, Lovebettie and Wayfarer Experiment are hard at it in the studios right now and we can’t wait to hear what’s next from them! The Great Socio actually opened its own studio this year; who knows what mayhem might ensue!
I lost a favorite cousin and a favorite aunt in 2012 but neither of them hit me like the sudden, unexpected death of “Jersey” Mike Van Jura. Harrisburg, the music scene and human society lost a strong advocate for right, reason and rock with his passing. We are very pleased and proud to announce that our partnership with The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company and Greenbelt Events will continue through 2013 and beyond! Yes, I bought another season pass and expect it to be the best $100 I spent in 2013 just as it was in 2012.
Tellus 360 deserves special mention as a remarkable place to see live music! Their special evenings have grown from organic, table-top, byo sessions into ticketed events. The Shovels and Rope opening night and Carsie Blanton with Joe Fletcher show were two of my favorites anywhere in 2012: intimate, raucous, unforgettable. We will be watching their plans for 2013 with eagle eyes and eager hearts!
We are very pleased to announce that both World Café Live venues (Philly and Wilmington, DE) have joined the Gigspots family! We also added The Burning Bridge Tavern in Wrightsville to our network and we’re plum crazy about the place! The food, drinks and service are fantastic and we’re very impressed with the array of live music you staged in your first year! Keep up the good work!
Thank you to all the bands who joined Gigspots in 2012; we will work hard to help you achieve your goals this year. Remember to keep your calendar updated and keep the event invitations coming! We typically must choose from 10-12 shows in the region on any given Friday or Saturday. Make sure we know about yours!
Special thanks to MyRuralRadio.com, FigLancaster.com, WXPN, TriStateIndie.com, Gable Music Ventures, Music For Everyone, MOOSE, and the Long’s Park Summer Concert series for your support, promotion, cooperation and above all a year of great music!
You can see videos of all the artists named above at our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/Gigspots1