Turn it off. It seems like a simple enough directive. Have I been able to turn it off while on vacation? Barely. My Facebook, Twitter, band and venue clients call to me like sirens. I might be spending my days crashing waves and eating slices but my mind can’t escape the music.
I love my family and friends and am grateful for this week to spend with them in leisure. But I can’t stop Gigspotting.
I left town with some hot loose ends that are haunting me. I coordinated a performance by Silencio at Zoetropolis Art House on 7/13 and didn’t get to see the show; we left town that morning. My friend Bjorn Jacobsen of The Wayfarer Experiment hosted the open mic at Shank’s Tavern in Marietta on Tuesday. I hated to miss that! Matt Wheeler played WCL at the Queen Wednesday night after my urging him to connect with Gable Music Ventures’ Singer-Songwriter series. Missed it. Today, Thursday 7/18/13, is The Ladybug Music Festival in the streets of Wilmington, DE. My banner will be flying over the Xtreme Pizza stage. Awesome women musicians will be in the spotlight from 5-11pm and the streets will be filled with vendors and music lovers. I will only be there in spirit.
So what am I spotting in OCMD? Boy, am I seeing a lot of great cover bands! Our vacation home for the week is triangulated between two great bars: Caribbean Pool Bar on the boardwalk and De Lazy Lizard on the bay. Both have live music every night and great drink specials. At the Lizard, I saw Brandon Hardesty of Bumpin Uglies playing solo acoustic. Have you picked up a copy of their latest, Ninjah: Reggae Assassins? It’s phenomenal fun! It was great to be there just relaxing with friends and not working behind my camera. Tonight we might slip up to 45th Street Taphouse to catch a set by Bond and Bentley. But first, it will be a seafood feast and some go-cart racing.
So I’m turning it off for now. I’ll be back in central PA to stir the pot Saturday night and Sunday brings Dawes back to Long’s Park Summer Concert Series. I hope to visit my new outrageous pals at The Rattler in Pittston mid-week. Then it’s Toy Soldiers at Chameleon Thursday and three glorious days of the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden. Count on me catching some central PA bands on those wonderful stages, namely The Districts and The Stray Birds. Saturday night I get to see The Lumineers with my daughter. The festival culminates Sunday night with Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and other great acts on the AmericanaRama Tour. It can’t be much bigger or better than that!