Classic Crack Attack: Crack the Sky Live

April 25th, 2011 by The Professor

Crack The Sky packs in its fans for a score of musical memories

– by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman
Crack The Sky achieved eternal Rock `N Roll glory within generations of Baltimorian hearts. Originating as a garage band from neighboring West Virginia, CTS found a permanent home playing venues in Maryland. The fact that John Palumbo and company are willing to continue to schedule scattered dates throughout any given calendar year is a testament to their desire to appear live before their loyal legions of fans.

CTS have recorded several outstanding albums during the course of their early career even if the majority of the baby boomer record buying public that should have been buying their masterpieces did not. This unfortunate oversight does not in any way negate their catalog of classic rock songs that diehard CTS fans enjoy so deeply to experience live on stage.

Once again the sultry siren of Baltimore’s rock radio airwaves, Sarah Fleischer, was on hand April 23, 2011, to introduce Crack The Sky. The never ready for prime time musicians ignited their extended set with the title tune “White Music” off their quintessential 1980 opus. The classic Crack tracks just kept on piling up one after another.

The best addition of the long evening was welcoming the Crack Pack Horns on stage to embellish and empower the classic Crack The Sky sound. The horn section comprised Barry Caudill on saxophone, Dave Makowieki on trumpet, and Jim McFalls on trombone. The horns add a new dimension to the music altogether.

The CTS anthem “Surf City” was punctuated with five Beatles segues. These Fab interludes were well received by the Charm City revelers. CTS’s musical mutation on Pink Floyd, “Hot Razors In My Heart”, was the perfect closer. Palumbo’s affection for John Lennon was reaffirmed by a double dose of Beatles psychedelia as back to back CTS’s encores. “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “I Am The Walrus” are perennial stage faves.

Although Crack The Sky was hyped for its debut in Baltimore at Rams Head Live, the gig itself did not reach sell out status for a Saturday night. The capacity crowd certainly created an unavoidable obstructed view of the band on stage. It was a surprise to discover that there is a dull zone where the projected sound suffers directly dead center on the second level. This was not a reflection of the band or the tech mixing the sound.

Guitarist John Palumbo is the exalted leader of Crack The Sky. Founding lead guitarist Rick Witkowski is as animated as ever tearing up his axe with the intensity of a tornado. Original drummer Joe Macre continues to anchor the band behind his drumkit. Bobby Hird is no slouch on the guitar neck himself often trading or dueling guitar leads & licks with Witkowski.

Glenn Workman is their talented keyboardist. Dave DeMarco is now handling the bass guitar for live appearances. Overall, Crack The Sky have recorded 15 studio albums. Their recent efforts Dogs From Japan 2004, The Sale 2007, and Machine 2010, confirm Palumbo continues to be a prolific composer. Maryland musicians should be encouraged launch a Music Hall of Fame in Maryland to induct Crack The Sky. It’s a long overdue accolade that they certainly deserve.

Crack The Sky, Rams Head Live, Baltimore, April 23, 2011 setlist: White MusicHold OnNuclear ApathyFrom The Greenhouse * Go * Zoom * Sea EpicWet TeenagerMaybe I Can Fool EverybodyI Don't Have A TieHere It Comes AgainIceLighten Up McGrawSkin DeepFlashlightMind BabyShe's A DancerSurf CityLucy In The Sky With DiamondsA Hard Day's NightLady Madonna > The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Skin Deep) > I Want You (She's So Heavy)Surf CityHot Razors In My Heart * Encore: Strawberry Fields Forever * I Am The Walrus

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It’s The Easter Bunny’s Birthday!

April 24th, 2011 by Amanda Nolan

It’s that time of the year again: the flowers are blooming, the weather is getting nicer, teachers are getting frustrated by a lack of attendance in their classrooms, and the Easter Bunny is storming into town. Bringing chocolates, animal-shaped marshmallows, various pastels, and overall joy, this particular bunny has a celebration of its life coincidentally the same day as Jesus does. WLOY wishes everyone a very Happy Easter!

Join Nick Centanni for an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ on WLOY this Easter Sunday! Nick will have mellow songs from 11AM to Noon. Then he will be back from 2-4PM with the high octane Moldie Oldies featuring Easter jokes, facts, and a few surprises! So if you lose that Easter egg hunt yet again, listening to WLOY will make you a winner.

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Food Friday: Woodberry Kitchen

April 22nd, 2011 by Amanda Nolan

In a society filled with numerous fast food options, suspect taco meat, and preservative overload, it would be nice to have some fresh, organic options. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to achieve organic bliss. Situated on the edge of Hampden is Woodberry Kitchen, a restaurant that prides itself on featuring the best from local farmers and placing emphasis on organic meat and sustainable agriculture. Woodberry’s goal is outlined on their website, as the decidedly made it their priority to “nourish and delight our guests with cooking grounded in the traditions and ingredients of the Chesapeake region.”

Named one of the Top 10 Restaurants in America by Bon Appetit, Woodberry Kitchen has a wide menu with some interesting options, including Oysters on the Half Shell, Roasted Mushroom Flatbread, and Braised Liberty Delight Beef Brisket. Read the rest of this entry »

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Theater Thursday: Vagabond Players

April 21st, 2011 by Alex Fili

Baltimore’s own Vagabond Players recently announced their upcoming production of John Guare’s mind-blowing play “Six Degrees of Separation.” The play opened last week on the 15th, but will be running for the rest of the month and up to May 15th. Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation” is a personal favorite of mine, and explores the relationship between chaos and control deep within the human heart. The play is set in the crime-ridden streets of the Reaganomic New York City, and provocatively challenges the barriers of race, class, and that which is considered socially acceptable. This one is an absolute must see. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Minute Sports: Charley Toomey

April 20th, 2011 by Anthony Santiago

Here at WLOY, we were able to get an exclusive interview with Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Charley Toomey.

This 7 minute piece covers recruitment, the season outlook and even a little bio from the Coach himself.

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Wacky Wednesday: Maryland Film Festival

April 20th, 2011 by WLOY Staff

Ready for some marvelous film? The Maryland Film Festival is sweeping back into town the first weekend of May. Thursday May 5 through Sunday May 8, over 150 films from across the globe will be shown at the festival.

The festival will screen 75 short and 50 feature length films over the four-day period. Films span a wide range of genres including documentary, animated, experimental and narrative. Many prominent films have been shown at the festival, such as recent Academy Award nominee Dogtooth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tourism Tuesday: Enoch Pratt Library

April 19th, 2011 by WLOY Staff

The Central branch of the Enoch Pratt Library is a gorgeous display of architecture. Located on Cathedral Street the expansive and antique library is part of one of oldest public library systems in America.

The branch is currently hosting the exhibit “Glass House of Dreams: Baltimore’s Victorian Glass Palace,” until the end of April. The exhibit explores the history of glass houses in the U.S, noting the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park. Rawlings was a prominent African-American political leader (whose daughter is currently Baltimore’s Mayor). Read the rest of this entry »

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No. 3 Women’s Lacrosse and No. 19 Men’s Lacrosse Look to Make a Late Season Push

April 18th, 2011 by Alex Fili

The Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team has won twelve straight games to mark a perfect season thus far.  The Greyhounds have a perfect record (4-0) in the Big East Conference as well.  Seniors Grace Gavin and Mary Heneberry have led the team with scoring in the past two games.  Gavin tallied her 200th career goal against Villanova, becoming the third player in Loyola University women’s lacrosse history to accomplish this task.  Loyola’s 12-0 start is its best since the 2003 Final Four team.  That team ended the regular season ranked No. 1 and  the 12-game winning streak is also the longest since the 2003 team won 14 in a row. Read the rest of this entry »

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Museum Monday: Maryland Historical Society

April 18th, 2011 by WLOY Staff

The Maryland Historical Society is full of antique American gems. Currently the museum is showing the exhibit: Maryland’s National Treasures, which was collaboration between the Maryland Historical Society and Maryland State Archives. It features swords, uniforms and life-size portraits of American Revolutionary heroes. The Historical Society is also currently showing With an Artistic Eye: Folk Art at the MHS, which displays history through painting, sculpture, jewelry and furniture.

The MHS is additionally hosting the most comprehensive Civil War exhibit in MD, which includes 3-D videos and personal stories. It’s their largest Civil War exhibit yet! Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 40 for 4.18.11

April 14th, 2011 by Eric Loose

School days are dwindling down, the temperature is steadily rising, and to reflect this, our list takes on a more summery approach! So, perhaps while you’re out tanning, put on The Strokes’ awesome new record or their single “Under Cover of Darkness.” Or, maybe while exercising out in the hot weather, listen to The Dodos’ No Color? And after that’s all done, relax in the air conditioning with Low’s (as seen up top) slow-paced slowcore album C’Mon. Read the rest of this entry »

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