Museum Monday: Jazz in the Sculpture Garden

June 6th, 2011 by Amanda Nolan

Enjoy the beauty of the BMA’s Sculpture Gardens with a glass of wine, good friends, and cool jazz on a hot summer night.

This summer, the Baltimore Museum of Art is hosting jazz nights on select Saturdays in July and August. These nights in the Sculpture Garden involve a twilight tour of the garden, complimentary glasses of wine, dinner outside of Gertrude’s Restaurant on the patio, and performances by various renowned jazz musicians. You can even bring your own food and drink for a picnic on the lawn.

Prices for tickets are varied and depend on membership to the museum. You can see the performance list and dates as well as more ticket information on BMA’s website. Read the rest of this entry »



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Show Spotlight: Old Tyme Radio

May 31st, 2011 by Amanda Nolan


In an effort to bring the days of the old to the present, WLOY presents Old Tyme Radio, a show that brings back classic vintage radio shows from the 1920s to the 1960s.

In this series of Old Tyme Radio, we’ve rebooted “The Jack Benny Show.” Jack Benny, the star of this show, had a prominent career on both radio and television. He started out in the radio with his own radio program that spanned over twenty years. Called the king of radio comedy by many, Benny revolutionized the way in which comedy played out on the radio by introducing situation comedy and by giving some of his best punchlines to his supporting cast.

Old Tyme Radio runs every Saturday and Sunday at 11AM, only here at WLOY!



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Cruising Once Again: The Cars Live

May 26th, 2011 by The Professor

The Cars rev up historic hits and switch into high gear with new stage oscillations

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

The Cars cruised into the Capitol on Monday, May 23, 2011, appearing before a sold out SRO audience at the 9:30 Club. As luck would have it for those fans without tickets staked out in front of the venue before showtime seeking to score entry, essentially every single person searching for sellers was able to buy a ticket priced marginally above face value.

Leader Ric Ocasek finally consented to a Cars reunion in the studio and on tour with his former bandmates lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, and drummer David Robinson. Touring only as a foursome, they made the right decision not to replace their fallen partner and bassist Benjamin Orr. Hawkes picked up a bass guitar to play on two songs during their high-octane performance.

The quartet simply walked out on stage and immediately plugged into “Good Times Roll”. Their stage motif resembled Move Like This the cover art from the new disk. The Cars were primarily preoccupied with promoting their new album as the setlist featured a total of six fresh tunes. Although the studio recordings were rather thin on Easton’s distinct lead guitar wizardry, these new numbers sounded better live.

The classic Cars tunes from their initial 1978 self-titled album were exceedingly well received. The handful of selections originally sung by bassist Benjamin Orr generated an intense response from the Capitol crowd. Hawkes voiced an acknowledgment with, “A tip of the hat to our friend Ben Orr”.

Two exceptional unanticipated album choices unearthed for this modern tour by Ocasek that deserve recognition as major stage surprises were the apologetic heartfelt ballad “I’m Not The One” and the whimsical psychedelic vibe of “Heartbeat City”. Ocasek certainly left an indelible impression on the top pop hits of the 1980s with an innovative quirkiness unmatched by contemporary composers during his career peak streak.

Their triple-whammy encore drove audience hysteria to ecstatic heights. Incredibly after the concert concluded, each member of The Cars made himself available before boarding to sign autographs for the anxious fans crammed behind a barrier set up adjacent to the alleyway where their tourbus was parked.

Ocasek may not have broken any new ground in releasing a new collection of Cars material; however, this action reconstitutes The Cars with a creative rebirth in the new millennium. Depending on the level of success this present reunion project produces, there may be hope for Cars fans that more music and tours will follow in the future.

Even though practically a quarter century has passed, The Cars were rightly welcomed on the tour circuit by their loyal fanbase. Demand for the band was demonstrated in 2006, when The New Cars conducted an overwhelmingly popular nostalgia tour orchestrated by Todd Rundgren who handled lead vocals. Cars fans have Ric Ocasek to thank for this exciting 2011 Spring tour.

The Cars, 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, May 23, 2011 setlist: Good Times Roll * Blue Tip * Since You’re Gone * Up And Down * My Best Friend’s Girl * Hits Me * Touch And Go * I’m In Touch With Your World * Keep On Knocking * You Might Think * Drag On Forever * Free * I’m Not The One * Sad Song * Heartbeat City * Let’s Go * Encore: Moving In Stereo * Just What I Needed * You’re All I’ve Got Tonight



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Auburn Afire On Stage: Melissa Auf der Maur Live

May 26th, 2011 by The Professor

Melissa Auf der Maur’s bass resonation batters Manhattan

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

Melissa Auf der Maur delivered an incendiary performance on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. This was the final date on her Out Of Our Minds World Tour and the only concert scheduled on U.S. soil. MAdM fans traveled from up and down the Eastern seaboard, across the border from Canada and afar as France to attend this singular event.

The second floor audience was eager for an engaging appearance by MAdM and she delivered 100% on all expectations. Dressed in form-fitting black attire and lengthy black boots, she and her trusty bass guitar rocked the intimate venue with absolute abandon. Auf der Maur enjoyed being in her element – live before an audience. Her impressive stage presence confirmed she is one woman who is secure in her sense of self as a professional female musician in a male-dominated field.

Melissa sang five titles from her old-new album also promoted as her multimedia project Out Of Our Minds. Surprisingly, seven songs in her blistering set were from her first phenomenal solo album issued in 2004. Having reached the climax of a world tour, her touring band of seasoned young musicians was tight and accelerated the jams on stage.

MAdM blew out a puff of smoke and opened her energized set with “Isis Speaks” off her sophomore effort. However, “Lightning Is My Girl” propelled the eclectic crowd into hyper activity with its kinetic melody. Her vocals were audibly captivating, and her spontaneous interaction responding to audience commentary displayed a raconteur sophistication.

“Happy Thursday New York, it’s Jupiter Day!”, proclaimed MAdM before she launched into a power-pop jam on “Real A Lie”. A lead guitar intro prefaced the band’s instrumental romp through “Lead Horse” from OOOM. “Merci Beau Coup, New York City”, MAdM said mentioning that this was the last date on her Out Of Our Minds world tour. She interjected her sense of humor during stage chatter between numbers.

“My Foggy Notion” was another high-octane highlight that prompted immediate gyrating. The energy level of the standing-room-only spectators spiked in response to the intensity of the music. In an unanticipated departure from her stage presentation, MAdM sang “Father’s Grave” as a prerecorded duet with Glenn Danzig. Her writhing body pulsed in time to the rhythm of the power-ballad melody.

Prefacing “Paranoid”, a tune Hand of Doom covered on her now out-of-print live 2001 Black Sabbath tribute album, she stated, “This is a song for those taken too soon”. To end the all-too-brief set, her distinct bass riff began “Followed The Waves” with her holding a note and hollering for maximum effect. Her band decisively cranked the volume, but Auf der Maur’s lone vocal finished in silence.

Returning for an encore, Melissa announced, “There are wild horses in my head tonight”, before kicking into high gear with a galloping version of “Skin Receiver”. She sang sans her instrument to the accompaniment of buzzing dual guitars with the charging music brought to an abrupt completion. Pausing to thank and introduce the members in her band, Baltimore was acknowledged with a shout from the MAdM.

The stellar one-its-kind concert closed with her rearrangement of the Doors’ classic “When The Music’s Over” reworked into a fantastic psychedelic blues vibe. Her unique rendition eventually surged into a climactic crescendo. Having sincerely thanked NYC, MAdM placed her throbbing bass guitar on the floor allowing the instrument to continue vibrating after she exited the stage.

17 countries in 17 weeks. Supporting MAdM on her 2011 Out Of Our Minds world tour were drummer George Donoso and dueling guitarists Alex Crow and Will Tendy. Segments of video clips from her 28 minute featurette The Hunt were projected on screen to introduce the show and then later shown behind the band to accentuate her prolific lyrics and stage action.

Melissa Auf der Maur is simply an incredible bassist, composer, singer and performer. Her live musicianship before an audience is unparalleled. Her movements on stage behind the microphone balance a subtle gracefulness with an alluring sensuality. She and her instrument of choice move and groove together on stage in a fusion of melodic bass animation.

Several dedicated Auf der Maur fans parked themselves in front of her merchandising table after the performance waiting for a meet & greet with the MAdM herself. Their investment in queuing up paid off as Melissa did indeed make a point to sign autographs and pose for pictures with a score of fans. Melissa has been blessed with an abundance of good luck being born in Montreal on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Auf der Maur built her bass career touring and recording with Hole in the 1990s. Billy Corgan later invited Melissa to play bass on The Smashing Pumpkins final tour at the turn of the millennium. Considering that she has spent a decent amount of her time as a backing musician touring with popular stage attractions, it’s amazing just how sincerely defined MAdM is as her own original artist before an appreciative audience.

Melissa Auf der Maur, Highline Ballroom, New York, NY, March 3, 2011 setlist: Isis Speaks * Lightning is My Girl * Real A Lie * Lead Horse * My Foggy Notion * Out Of Our Minds * I Need I Want I Will * Father’s Grave * 22 Below * Paranoid * Followed The Waves * Encore: Skin Receiver * When The Music’s Over



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Show Spotlight: Both Feet In

May 25th, 2011 by Amanda Nolan


Every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, WLOY presents Both Feet In, a program that reveals the stories of people experiencing homelessness in a bold and different manner. Created and hosted by Dr. Sylvia Park, MD MPH, this radio show encourages those who have experience of are currently experiencing homelessness to erase the stigma and express who they are. The goals are to make the invisible visible as well as to shed light on this topic to the Baltimore community.

Dr. Sylvia Park and her contributing co-host Lindsay C. Vanderheiden appreciate any comments or feedback on “Both Feet In.” If you missed a show, you can check out the “Both Feet In” archives, and you can also check out the resources available.



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No Live Both Feet In Today

May 25th, 2011 by The Professor

Due to scheduling conflicts there will not be a Both Feet In live show today. Stay tuned though as we have a lot of new stuff to post up on the BFI page including Thomas Hicks, Executive Director of H.O.P.E, reading several of his poems and more! Have a great holiday weekend!



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Service Interruptions on Memorial Day Weekend

May 25th, 2011 by Amanda Nolan

Dear faithful listener/avid blog reader,

Between this Thursday evening May 26 and Monday May 30, technology services will be performing a series of upgrades to the main campus data network. These upgrades will cause system and network outages across Loyola campuses at various times. In layman’s terms, Loyola is taking care of that old, dusty data network and giving it a makeover, providing improved network times and speeds.

What does this mean for WLOY? We may or may not have web server outages as well dead air (it’s best to anticipate the worst). However, we promise we’ll be back, all fresh and clean from the upgrade!

Signed,
WLOY

UPDATE 5/31/11: We think all the work is completed and we should be back at 100% but PLEASE report any problems to us! Thanks!



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Show Spotlight: Centsable Finance

May 19th, 2011 by Amanda Nolan


Need some advice with your financial planning? You can turn to WLOY for all of your financial questions and concerns. Personal financial adviser Dena Frenkel presents Censtable Finance, a show dedicated in aiding listeners navigate throughout the confusing world of finance. Dena, with help from her guests, covers all the bases – her discussions include helping students prepare for their first jobs, explaining what connotes “good benefits,” and the changing world of finance.

Centsable Finance plays every Thursday at 1pm. If you missed a show, don’t fret – we have the shows archived and available for download!



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Honfest 2011!

May 18th, 2011 by Amanda Nolan

The 2011 Honfest is less than a month away, and, yet again, WLOY will be there to experience it all. Join us Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th on the Avenue!

What is Honfest, you might ask? Started in 1994, it’s a celebration of a local Bawlmer tradition. It all started with the word “Hon” – a local term of endearment, short for “Honey,” that actualizes the warmth and affection among the neighbors and visitors by these working-women of Baltimore. This nationally recognized festival covers four city blocks of 36th Street in Hampden with vendors, stages, music acts, and more.

WLOY will have giveaways – re: free stuff, such as tickets to a concert at PIER SIX PAVILION – so hang out with us!



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School’s Out, WLOY Still Playing

May 16th, 2011 by Amanda Nolan

The sun has come out, it’s finally a respectable May temperature (it’s about time, Baltimore), and there are no more papers and tests hanging over our heads. The Spring semester is finished, and the time has come for an excess of relaxation (much needed, for all!). To all the graduating seniors, it’s been real, and good luck with the job hunt (or, if you’re avoiding the real world for “more education,” have fun in grad school). I’ll speak on behalf of everyone at the station when I say that we will certainly miss you dearly.

Billy, Ryan, and Taylor – you’ve done so much for WLOY, and I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me. I’ll miss bickering with all of you.

Tim – don’t worry, WLOY is in good hands. You’re certainly the WLOY “rock,” but as Natalie Portman in Black Swan says, “It’s my time. I’m the Swan Queen!”

Enough sentimentality – the REAL point is that WLOY plays 24/7/365, and we’ll be here all summer with giveaways, new music, and more, so stay tuned!



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