James is on His Game

April 26th, 2012 by The Professor

James McCartney premiers with precision in Manhattan

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

Profiled as making his New York City club date debut by having his new double album held up, “James McCartney”, was the immediate introduction by Blake Morgan, CEO of Engine Company Records. James McCartney youngest child and only son of Sir James Paul McCartney, premiered just 30 minutes behind schedule with his energized touring band on the American East Coast.

Sean Lennon, James McCartney, and Dhani Harrison were all born within three years of each other between 1975 and 1978, being the last of the Beatles bambinos. Julian Lennon was the first Beatles offspring to launch a recording career. Zak Starkey followed shortly thereafter and has established himself as the permanent bombastic replacement touring drummer for The Who.

Now after releasing two cyber CD EPs in August 2010 Available Light and September 2011 Close At Hand, James McCartney has finally set foot firmly across the Atlantic pond to perform live before American audiences. McCartney graciously appeared free of charge before an eagerly packed house on the intimate stage of the Rockwood Music Hall in the Big Apple on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

McCartney simply walked out onto Stage 2, plugged in, and ignited his performance supported by a tight group of touring musicians. McCartney was adorned with pendants as well as buttons and pins on his jacket. Considering who his Pop is in the annals of the contemporary music industry, James exhibited a serene confidence in his stage persona.

It’s always an interesting experience to hear studio material live in concert for the first time. Will you like what you hear? Does the live sound transcend the recording? It was no surprise whatsoever that McCartney’s solid compositions sounded even stronger within a live environment. But please don’t critique his organic music to that of Father Paul’s career that would be silly beyond compare.

James exercised a wise decision in suspending his emergence as a musician until after he was well into his 30’s. Having maturity on your side helps to guide your path and take better choices. His grandfather Jim McCartney enjoyed playing trumpet in his own amateur Liverpool group The Jim Mac Jazz Band in the 1920s so music is more than an avocation in the limbs of the McCartney family tree.

“Oh, thank you. Thank you, New York. You are welcome. I’m James McCartney”, was all it took to set off unrelenting audience applause. An extra special treat for the crampt NYC crowd was that McCartney included in his performance a handful of the bonus tracks in his setlist from his new double disc.

Whether singing, jamming on acoustic or electric guitar and playing keyboards, McCartney’s talents for vocals, composition and performance were securely evident by the ease with which he handled himself before an up-close audience. Jimmy Boy certainly has a promising career ahead; you can count on that.

James Paul McCartney Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY, February 1, 2012 setlist: New York Times * I Only Want To Be Alone * My Friend * The Sound Of My Voice * Fallen Angel * Spirit Guides * Wings Of A Lightest Weight * Moonstar * Old Man * Angel * Mix

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Wacky Wednesday: Cirque du Soleil and Michael Jackson?

April 25th, 2012 by The Professor

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil is coming to Baltimore! They are proud to present Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour on May 5 ­and 6, 2012 at 1st Mariner Arena. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production combines Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. Proudly sponsored by Sun Life Financial, the show is written and directed by Jamie King, the leading concert director in pop music today, and features more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats.

Tickets are on sale now for Baltimore performances of Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour on May 5 at 8pm and May 6 at 4pm at 1st Mariner Arena. Tickets are $50 to $250 each and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson.

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You Can Support WLOY!

April 25th, 2012 by The Professor

People often ask how they can support WLOY. Well, here you go!

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Ronny Wood If You Let Him

April 24th, 2012 by The Professor

R&R Hall of Fame inductee Ronald David Wood fires up his axe

-by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman


Congratulations are in order for Ron Wood. Woody has turned the corner reinventing his soap-opera drama life of the last few years into that of a productive musician trouncing the stage at the top of his trade. After two long decades of absence from the American circuit as a solo artist, Woody accepted an invitation to appear in Atlantic City at The Grand ballroom on April 21, 2012.

Ronnie Wood and Friends comprised an extraordinary caliber of seasoned musicians who are all lifelong friends of the infamous Rolling Stones guitarist. Vocalist Bernard Fowler, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, drummer Steve Jordan, organist Andy Wallace, and bassist Willie Weeks collectively enhanced Woody’s performance delivering a singularly exciting one-off jam session that decisively rocked the intimate venue.

Woody’s Saturday night setlist showcased songs that had a foundation rooted in rhythm and blues grooves. The masterful band routinely shifted gears flawlessly from rock to blues to reggae to ballads to funk and climaxed with a popular Faces rocker belted by Fowler on vocals.

The incendiary setlist chosen by Wood was a interesting mix of diverse material blending his participatory past with The Faces and tenure as a Rolling Stone with a few selections from his own solo endeavors in a killer stage presentation. The powerful impact of the fine-tuned musicians delivered the perfect performance everyone had been hoping to enjoy.

Major league fans flew into Sin City of the Eastern seaboard from all over the country and many more from foreign destinations as well. Stoners have been jonesing for a stage fix since August 2007, and Ronnie provided the perfect live music prescription. Woody was fit, trim and looked the picture of health. Raising his fists in defiance before Father Time, Ronnie will reach his 65th birthday on June 1st ready to rock for as long as he chooses to do so.

Exactly one weekend beforehand in Cleveland, Ron Wood was inducted for the second time into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Faces along with bandmates drummer Kenny Jones, keyboardist Ian McLagan, and vocalist Rod Stewart. Faces fans had been looking forward to a long overdue Faces reunion performance but unfortunately, Stewart was stranded by doctor’s orders to remain grounded from flying on a bedrest regimen.

Recently, Ron Wood found himself in hotwater with chief Glimmer Twin Mick Jagger for being misquoted in the mischievous media regarding whether The Rolling Stones had plans on regrouping in the studio to commence recording a new album with the band’s 50th anniversary looming soon on July 12, 2012.

Speculation on a Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour is now forecast to be undertaken in 2013. It has been wildly rumored that retired bassist Bill Wyman will rejoin Jagger, Richards, Watts and Wood for a world tour that will feature multiple dates in selected global cities.

Ron Wood, The Grand Ballroom, Atlantic City, April 21, 2012 setlist: Am I Groovin’ You * Cindy Incidentally * Thing About You * Seven Days * Sweetness My Weakness * Black Limousine * I Gotta See * Losing You * Oh La La * Spoonful * Flying * Statesboro Blues (Chuck Leavell on vocals) * It’s Only Rock’n Roll (But I Like It) * Dance (Part 1) * Worried Life Blues * Stay With Me

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Museum Monday: Thomas the Tank Engine

April 23rd, 2012 by The Professor

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is chugging into the B&O Railroad Museum for Day Out With Thomas™: Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine. For over 66 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. This year, Day Out With Thomas will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers in 2012.

Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled and exciting way for children and adults to enter the world of Thomas & Friends. Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride on a 15-ton replica of Thomas & have their pictures taken with Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of Thomas’ railway. The tour provides a unique, interactive family experience at every station, offering a variety of entertaining activities that reflect the local flavor of each stop. Different forms of entertainment – from petting zoos, miniature golf, and bounce houses to face-painting and magic shows – make each Day Out With Thomas event special. In addition, every location has a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. Running from April 27 through May 6 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the B&O Railroad Museum.

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Pardon the Mess…

April 23rd, 2012 by The Professor

We had a bad web server failure, and we broke the first rule of websites:
We’re trying to restore the site as quickly as we can. For now, please stand by. Thanks!

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Tourism Tuesday: Decanter Wine Festival

April 17th, 2012 by The Professor

To celebrate Maryland wine and horse racing, attend the Decanter Wine Festival happening April 21 and 22, 2012 from 12PM-6PM at the Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes. This is an event you won’t want to miss, combining the traditions of Maryland wine and Maryland horse racing.

Enjoy a unique infield view of live horse races, samples of fine Maryland wine, great food, and wine & equine focused arts & crafts at Pimlico Race Course. Enjoy and bet on live turf and dirt racing throughout the day from the unique perspective of Pimlico’s infield.

Upgrade to a “Decanter Pass” and take home a beautiful full sized wine glass and try samples of premier wines from each winery.

Pimlico Race Course is 
located at 5201 Park Heights Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21215

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Third Eye Blind Interview

April 14th, 2012 by The Professor

Interviewed by campus media members after their campus show.

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Easy Star All Stars Interview

April 11th, 2012 by The Professor

Interviewed by Billy Dries ’14.

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Tourism Tuesday: 1812 Bicentennial Events

April 10th, 2012 by The Professor

Fighting for Freedom! The Bicentennial is given a dramatic kickoff with a new play commemorating the start of the War of 1812

Kick off the War of 1812 Bicentennial at Fort McHenry in dramatic fashion with a performance of “Fighting for Freedom!” The first public performance will be held on April 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Additional performances will be held on April 23 and 24 at 10:00 a.m at Fort McHenry and April 27 at the Maryland Historical Society at 6:00 p.m. In a collaborative effort between the Baltimore School for the Arts, Maryland Historical Society, and National Park Service, the production includes three scenes about the beginning of America’s Second War for Independence. This production is free of charge as part of National Parks Week and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

The production includes three original scenes that include the people history textbooks leave out:

“A Just War?” Experience the infamous Baltimore riots of 1812 in which thousands of angry citizens violently persecuted opponents of the war. Consider the attitudes of everyday citizens of Baltimore, black and white, free and enslaved, and discover why Americans were so bitterly divided over the conflict.

“Off to War!” The War of 1812 began with a series of invasions into Canada. Witness the romance and enthusiasm for a “quick war” gradually die as the conflict wears on. Learn the fate of “the Baltimore Boys” on the Niagara frontier and see how the war in Canada affected those back home.

“A Nest of Pirates” Listen in at a Fell’s Point Coffeehouse to hear the experiences of an African-American sailor, a privateering merchant, and a patient wife. Hear tales of swashbuckling sea captains who were the Pride of Baltimore and thumbed their noses at the world famous Royal Navy.

For Website: Fighting for Freedom! The Bicentennial is given a dramatic kickoff with a new play commemorating the start of the War of 1812.

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