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Refueling the Blues: The Yardbirds Live

Friday, September 14th, 2012 by The Professor

The Yardbirds forge ahead with another incendiary appearance

– by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

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The Yardbirds are distinctly British and their signature brand of live Rhythm & Blues is a combination mixture of psychedelic rock, instinctive musicianship, and traditional blues jams. But do not discount the occasional all-out rocker, as these gents know how to launch their performance into high gear on stage.

Drummer Jim McCarty is now the final remaining original member of the British Invasion quintet that ignited in 1963. As the group was preparing to return home at the end of their 2011 tour, Chris Dreja suffered an unfortunate stroke and has been sidelined from stage duty since then. Thankfully, Dreja’s unique rhythm guitar style was archived for posterity on the live performance DVD recently released by The Yardbirds.

Lead guitarist Ben King, vocalist Andy Mitchell, and bassist David Smales now form a formidable quartet along with seasoned drummer Jim McCarty anchoring their sound. With both imagination and inspiration, the four of them have been able to transform the band into a stronger unit even in the face of losing Dreja as a key player in their stage act. Best wishes for a healthy recovery are sent to Chris Dreja for his improved well-being.

Several stage staples reappear in the 2012 repertoire. The classic blues covers never grow stale and King’s fierce fretwork never disappoints even rivaling the mastery of former Yardbirds guitar icons Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. This young man has fire in his fingertips and his lead licks are hotter than friction. King keeps the sharp sound on edge with his ability to intensify the resonance of his guitar leads.

Almost exactly one year to the day, The Yardbirds jammed effortlessly in Annapolis, Maryland on September 12, 2012. There were a handful of subtle changes in the Rams Head On Stage setlist but overall, Mitchell nailed down the spotlight and belted out the blues with gusto. McCarty sang lead vocals on “Back Where I Started”, a 1984 Box of Frogs track from a previous reunion project. Smales’ choice bass playing is always a sincere treat.

The big surprise of the Wednesday show was the first encore delivered on solo acoustic guitar by King. Ben parked himself on a stool and performed the 1967 Page-penned instrumental “White Summer” with subtle support from McCarty; truly an excellent highlight. Later while signing autographs after the concert, Yardbird members confirmed that the band has been rehearsing original material to record another new studio album in the near future.

The Yardbirds, Rams Head OnStage, Annapolis, Maryland, September 12, 2012 setlist: I'm Not TalkingDrinkin' Muddy WaterHeart Full Of SoulTrain Kept A Rollin'The Nazz Are BlueFive Long YearsShapes Of ThingsBack Where I StartedOver Under Sideways DownSmokestack LightningStill I'm SadLittle GamesFor Your LoveHappenings Ten Years Time AgoDazed And Confused * Encore: White Summer * I'm A Man



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Silopanna 2012 – A Review of Sorts

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 by Christa Constantine

 

Silopanna Festival was this weekend, so two amazing WLOY volunteers – Tenley, our photographer, and Brennan, our field reporter – and I took the trip to Annapolis to check out the set. The festival had a sort of mature feel to it; most of the attendees were older, and many were hippies. As we walked around, we took note of the atmosphere, highlighted by a giant lumberjack statue at the front of the fairground, public cornhole games, and Bud Light Limes.

We all know the headliners – CAKE, Citizen Cope, G. Love & Special Sauce – but what we were really looking forward to was the local acts. However, being three different people, we fittingly formulated three different accounts of the day, translated below.

Christa:

Most Anticipated: Sweet Leda.  They played at Loyola back in the spring as part of WLOY’s Thursday night concert series, and I was looking for something even fuller and more fun than what they had to offer last semester.  And, with easier access to booze, I anticipated some awkward onstage banter as well.

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Local Music Spotlight Show #5 Playlist

Friday, July 13th, 2012 by The Professor

3pm every Friday it’s Chris Sweeney and his Local Music Spotlight show. This week’s playlist:

Artist Album iTunes Amazon
1 Joe Spatarella Water Rites Joe Spatarella - One More Time
2 Michael Zampi Just a Moment With You
3 Claire Anthony Late November
4 Melissa McClain Epic
5 Randall Williams I Will Come for You
6 Water School The Home We Never Had
7 Caleb Stine Woman of the Mango
8 Easy Six Stay
9 Claudia SanSoucie The Enemy
10 Don Miller If You Try
11 The Stalking Horses Everything Bounces
12 Richard Walton Revelation
13 The Palace at 4am Forest Fire


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Local Music Spotlight Show #4

Friday, July 6th, 2012 by The Professor

1. Dan Deacon – Lots – America
2. Jacober – New Soda – Water Karaoke
3. Holy Ghost Party – Breakfast – Holy Ghost Party LP
4. Flock of Dimes – Prison Bride – Prison Bride Single
5. Wye Oak – I Hope You Die – My Neighbor/My Creator
6. Future Islands – The Great Fire – On the Water
7. Roomrunner – Super Vague – Super Vague
8. Roomrunner Interview
9. Lands & Peoples – Ghosts – Pop Guilt
9. Secret Mountains – Make Love Stay – Winter Sessions
10. Sri Aurobindo – Soul Vibrations of Man – Cave Painting
11. Beach House – Other People – Bloom
12. Animal Collective – Gotham – Honeycomb/Gotham 7″



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Moldie Oldies 4th of July Special

Sunday, July 1st, 2012 by The Professor

Join Nick Centanni on WLOY 10-12PM and 6-8PM for 2 separate beachfront broadcasts of the Moldy Oldie Show this July 4!

Nick will have a mix of upbeat summer songs, Independence Day facts, jokes, and of course periodic visits from campus royalty via the ‘gold campus royalty phone.’

He will be up to his usual tricks so you won’t know what to expect next.  There will also be a special Independence Day wishes from some familiar voices in the 6-8PM hours.

This is high octane radio so make it a date and don’t be late! The fun begins July 4 at 10AM all right here on WLOY 1620!

WARNING: This show should only be used under adult supervision. Keep out of reach of children. For outdoor use only. Do not hold in hand. Remember to place this show on the ground, light fuse and get away. Never attempt to relight this show should it malfunction or misfire. Keep others at a safe distance. This show is flammable, misuse may result in injury or fire.



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Boogie Woogie Down the Stairs Apiece: Charlie Watts Live

Sunday, July 1st, 2012 by The Professor

Alex, Ben, Charlie & David move to the Boogie Woogie mood

– by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

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Boogie Woogie music is enjoying an overdue rebirth with the fabulous talents of Alex Zwingenberger and Ben Waters on piano, Charlie Watts on drums, and David Green on upright bass. Together, this quartet is touring as the A B C & D of Boogie Woogie entertaining audiences on both sides of the Atlantic pond in celebration of 85 years of this unique piano style.

The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie proudly premiered in New York City with a grand total of nine gigs delivering a most memorable evening of magical music on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Iridium Jazz Club made famous by the late guitarist Les Paul located in Times Square.

ABC&D welcomed the preeminent American Boogie Woogie pianist Bob Seely on stage to play dueling duets and Lila Ammons to sing vocals on several choice songs as the musicians on stage rotated in configuration on piano. The stylish Lila is the granddaughter of Albert Ammons and her singing added a feminine dimension to the engaging performance.

The infectious selections of diverse material covered a colorful pallet of genres from Boogie Woogie bounce to Blues influences as well as Jazz vibes to R&B grooves plus enjoyable piano instrumentals showcasing the differing styles of Seely, Waters and Zwingenberger. Experiencing six seasoned hands transitioning across 88 keys apiece was musical mastery.

Zwingenberger, Watts & Green as a trio previously released The Magic of Boogie Woogie in 2010. With the exciting addition of Ben Waters, they christened themselves the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie. Now the prominent quartet is on tour in the Big Apple promoting Live in Paris, a live album recorded originally in 2010.

Ben Waters is a proud protégé of the late Ian Stewart. Stu formed the nucleus of The Rollin’ Stones with Brian Jones in the Spring of 1962. The Glimmer Twins of Jagger & Richards would soon join their R&B combo and the Stones career would begin rolling becoming legendary. 2012 is the British institution’s 50th anniversary and speculation is rampant that the gents have several surprises in store to share with their global fanbase later this year.

The Iridium Jazz Club, New York, June 30, 2012 setlist: Low Down Dog BluesUncle In HarlemWhat'd I SayMore Sympathy For The DrummerWomen Be Wise * Spinach * You Better Learn To Boogie Woogie * House Party Tonight Saint Louis BluesLet's Do The Boogie Woogie * Chicken Shack Boogie



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Local Music Spotlight Show #3

Friday, June 29th, 2012 by The Professor

Today’s show playlist is a bit shorter because we spent a lot of time with local musician Woody Lissauer in the studio.  Part of the performance was on the air and the rest of it is linked below:

1. Doug Alan Wilcox – Long Day
2. Ken Gutberlet – Amsterdam – Status Quo
3. Easy Six – Happy Birthday – EZ6
4. Midway Fair – Tomorrow I’m Gone (500 Miles) – The Distance of the Moon at Daybreak
5. GoatFish – Be With – The Gift of the Nymph
6. Woody Lissauer Live Session

(the link will follow shortly)



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Moe Interview

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by The Professor

Interviewed by Phil Leverrier ’07.

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Local Music Spotlight Show 2

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 by The Professor

Today’s playlist:

1. Woody Lissauer – Roses – Woody Lissauer
2. Midway Fair – Fairest of Them All – The Distance of the Moon at Daybreak
3. Midway Fair Interview
4. Sahffi – Waiting for Me – Turning Tides
5. GoatFish – Keep Your Head – The Gift of the Nymph
6. GoatFish Interview
7. Ella’s Umbrella – Perfect Enough – Colors in Our Sky
8. Teporah – Love Isn’t Enough – Bar Tunes
9. Teporah Interview
10. QueenEarth – MsMarvelous (Feat. Ama Chandra) – QueenEarth at Reservoir Hill Festival
11. QueenEarth Interview
12. Midway Fair – Blue Eyes – The Distance of the Moon at Daybreak

Tune in every Friday at 3pm to hear great local bands!



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Silopanna 2012 Is Coming!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 by The Professor

It’s another great summer for music in Baltimore! Finally, after a couple of months of waiting, the lineup has been announced and we know where WLOY is going to be on August 11, 2012! We’ll be reporting from the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds from 11am to 11pm where we’ll be seeing:

CAKE
Citizen Cope
G. Love & Special Sauce
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
J. Roddy Walston & the Business
Jimmie’s Chicken Shack
Audra Mae
Yuna
Joe Pug
Pasadena
The Grilled Lincolns
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Sweet Leda
Swampcandy
Tobias Russell
Pressing Strings
Stiletto
Sun Club Band
School of Rock

And, some lucky listeners will be going for free! Stay tuned for our giveaways for Silopanna!

Lost? The Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds are at 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville MD 21032.

Need more info? Jump to the Silopanna Music Festival website.



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