Making Mersey Beat Waves: The Mahoney Brothers Live

April 2nd, 2012 by The Professor

The Mahoney Brothers: Mach Shau in make up

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

Time and time again, it’s been said that imitation is the best form of flattery. Although Beatles tribute bands are all too common today, one Fab act crests above the many carbon copycats performing on the touring circuit. The Mahoney Brothers have a musical pedigree that stretches all the back to the original Beatlemania stage production from the late 1970s.

The Mahoney Brothers’ Long Live The Beatles presentation comprises three individual sets that refashion separate creative periods within the Beatles recording career. The first musical phase has the group dressed as 1965 Mop Tops. The next transition represents their Flower Power psychedelic uniforms from 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And finally, the lads tart themselves up resembling the 1969 Abbey Road album cover attire.

Brian Mahoney plays both electric & acoustic guitar and keyboards as Smart Beatle John Lennon. Tim Mahoney plays Hofner bass guitar as Cute Beatle Paul McCartney. Mike Mahoney plays the drums as Funny Beatle Ringo Starr. Joining the Mahoney trio to complete this PreFab Four unit is Jay Swanson on lead guitar as Quiet Beatle George Harrison. All four members sing lead and harmony vocals in addition to playing additional instruments during the course of their typecast program.

Highlights from the first set included “I’ll Cry instead”, “I’m Happy Just To Dance With You”, and “The Night Before”. The classic psychedelic numbers from 1967 and the 1968 rockers were high points from the second set. The biggest and best surprises of the concert were a cover of Ringo Starr’s 1971 hit single “It Don’t Come Easy” and the poignant 1995 Fab reunion single “Free As A Bird”. The show closed with the signature Beatlemania anthem “I Saw Her Standing There” that had everybody bopping to the beat.

The Mahoney Brothers appeared on a brisk Saturday evening igniting the intimate stage at the Recher Theatre in Towson, Maryland. Mersey Beat fans of all ages and backgrounds turned out to experience a melodic Fab recreation complete with choice brotherly harmonizing. Addressing the audience in cheeky Liverpudlian accents, the Mahoney Brothers even kinda look like their individual Beatle personas.

Beatles music has proven to be timeless with new generations of fans being born every year all across the globe. The outstanding compositions of John, Paul, George and Ringo reverberate unrelenting with a universal appeal promoted by a contagious catalogue of exemplary material that has generated an enduring legacy unchallenged by almost all of their British Invasion contemporaries.

The Mahoney Brothers, Recher Theatre, Towson, Maryland, March 31, 2012 setlist: She Loves You * Please Please Me * All My Loving * Roll Over Beethoven * If I Fell * Can’t Buy Me Love * I Should Have Known Better * Yellow Submarine * HELP! * I’ll Cry Instead * I’m Happy Just To Dance With You * The Night Before * Twist And Shout * intermission * Drive My Car * Day Tripper * If I Need Someone * Magical Mystery Tour * Strawberry Fields Forever * Penny Lane * With A Little Help from My Fiends * Fool On The Hill * A Day In The Life * Back In The USSR * Birthday * Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Reprise * intermission * Blackbird * Two Of Us * Something * It Don’t Come Easy * Free As A Bird * Get Back * Come Together * Hey Jude * Revolution * The End * Dizzy Miss Lizzie * I Saw Her Standing There

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Theater Thursdays: Hunger Games

March 15th, 2012 by The Professor

The Hunger Games is the most advertise movie that we have seen since Twilight and Harry Potter. Everyone is counting down the minutes until the 74th Hunger Games premieres. This Thursday, March 22nd at midnight is the big premiere. If you are looking for something to do on Thursday and feel like joining the millions who have read the books to watch this monumental movie, then start ordering you tickets now! The Landmark Theater and White Marsh AMC theater will be showing midnight viewings of the movie. For more information or to find other movies, visit

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Wacky Wednesday: The Circus Comes to Town

March 14th, 2012 by The Professor

Don’t miss Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, amazing stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children Of All Ages! Get Fully Charged Up by the power of performers!  Experience unbridled horsepower, unparalleled superhuman power, and pachyderm power that generates mega-tons of fun!  Feel the electro-magnetism of Tabayara, the world’s most thrilling animal trainer.  Audiences will feel the earth shake when the strongman lift large, cumbersome telephone poles, which weigh up to half a ton, and twirl them above their heads while acrobats balance atop. The Human Fuse, Brian Miser, sets the arena sky ablaze as he rockets through the air from his self-made human crossbow. You can only experience this current of excitement at Ringling Bros. Fully Charged! Get your tickets for high-voltage fun today! Ticket Prices range from $14-$80 and run from March 21 to April 1.

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Theater Thursdays: Circle Mirror Transformation

March 8th, 2012 by The Professor

What do a flirty former actress, a pouty 16-year-old, a hippie husband and a divorced carpenter have in common? Very little, or at least that’s what they think until they take a six week community acting class. In Annie Baker’s masterfully funny and poignant comedy, “Circle Mirror Transformation,” five ordinary yet quirky individuals come together to learn about acting and in the process find themselves transformed as they begin to see themselves and each other more clearly. As they play and act and interact through their summer of acting classes, these lovable and wounded characters are both hilariously funny and heartbreakingly real.

The Fell’s Point Corner Theater will be featuring this show beginning March 8 to April 8. All tickets are under $20 and it’s something different to do around Baltimore! For tickets, show times, and other theater events, visit:

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Theater Thursdays: Peabody Preparatory Strings

February 16th, 2012 by The Professor

Art, Music, and Food. If those three things interest you, then this will not be an event to miss! The Walters Art Museum, located on our very own Charles Street, is world renown for its amazing collection of art. The collection presents a variety of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe. However, art is not the only attraction this museum has to offer. On Saturday, February 18th, the Walters Art Museum will present the Peabody Preparatory Strings from 11:00am-12:00pm.

A potpourri of preparatory string ensembles performs treasured lyrical works and dances, including arrangements of the Allegretto from Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony; Massenet’s “Meditation” from Thaïs; and “Czardas,” Vitorrio Monti’s famous Hungarian Dance. Along with the Strings, the Peabody Cello Choir, Violin Choir, Kreisler Violin Group and Pre-Conservatory Violin Program will also be performing! For more information, visit,

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Future Islands Interview

February 15th, 2012 by The Professor

The guys from Future Islands stopped by just before embarking on their European tour and hung out to DJ some of their favorite tunes with us. Interviewed by Chris Sweeney ’14.

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Museum Monday: BMA Event

February 13th, 2012 by The Professor

Make Sunday afternoon family time free of cost! Every Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art you can join in the fun with activities that the entire family can enjoy. Hands-on workshops and an interactive gallery tour make it worth the trip out.

This February the theme is the arts of Africa and Asia. You can come and create masks you can wear and containers for personal treasures.

Workshops run from 2-5 PM. February 19 we will be making moveable animal masks. Family tours run from 2-2:45 PM and will involve fishes, crocodiles, and birds on February 26th!

Remember, the price of admission and activities is free, so come on out and join the fun the next Sunday you’re looking for something fun to do!

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February Sundays at the BMA can be fun for the whole family FREE of cost! Come enjoy hands-on workshops and interactive gallery tours in the theme of arts of Africa and Asia. Workshops run from 2-5 PM and tours from 2-2:45. Come get in on the action Sundays in February for freee!

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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Interview

January 11th, 2012 by The Professor

Interviewed by Eric Sappington ’10 twice because he couldn’t get enough of her.

The first time during which she confesses a desire to spoon with Rick Danko. The kind of details only Hans could bring out.

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The second interview by phone during which she tries to explain the feeling of being on stage and licking Iggy Pop.

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Museum Monday: Classes at the Walters

January 2nd, 2012 by The Professor

Come to the Walters Art Museum this week where you can work in a drawing studio of art at your disposal. Imagine spending hours among great works creating your own masterpieces. Popular local artist and teacher Leslie Shellow will lead drawing lessons for intermediate to advanced level students in specific galleries. Learn more about the Walters’ vast collections while honing your drawing skills. 

Drawing classes take place every Sunday for one month from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
 Classes are the second in a series of three, the first one being Beginning Drawing and the last Ink Gestures. Price for members $75 and non-members is $150.
 This price is for all four drawing lessons.

To register for the classes, please contact

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Both Feet In – Lohr’s Restaurant

November 28th, 2011 by The Professor

One day while out with his family, WLOY’s Operations Manager stopped at a little restaurant to grab lunch. It looked like a nice family-style diner and good for everyone. While perusing the menu, and the newspaper clippings on the wall, he learned that the owner of Lohr’s Family Restaurant was formerly homeless and had moved from being an employee to the owner after being given a chance to start over. Instant Both Feet In story, just add dumb luck that we stumbled on it! Here it is, in 2 parts, the story of David Jones, his struggles and success.

Lohr’s Part 1

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Lohr’s Part 2

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“…and that’s why he’s always constantly telling his story. He has it on our menu, that it’s, this is our story, you know? At first I was like don’t tell everybody that, you know that’s embarassing. Don’t don’t say that! And then, but then I realized well you know what? he’s right. (1:03:40)Everyone needs to know…”

— Rayann, on why her husband, David, has his story on the menu cover

“On Christmas Day, from 11-2, this will be our 9th one I believe? we open our restaurant up, and first it was for homeless and desolate people, that didn’t have a place to go for Christmas day to eat. And now its opened up for anybody its come one come all, and we serve a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and uh, you know that’s just a way that I give back to the community.”

— David Jones Sr. on Lohr’s Restaurant every year on Christmas Day

David’s persective on drug and alcohol addiction:

Sylvia: And so during this whole time,…teen yrs of getting involved in drugs… were you thinking that I know this is bad for me but I just can’t help it or….what were your thoughts during these periods?

David: Basically my thoughts are these people think that since I had money to do this, it was a good way to inherit friends. Because now, I don’t really, at that pt in time, and even now days you know really I dont consider myself having that many friends. …Rayann is my wife she’s also my best friend. you know my son is my son he’s also I consider him a friend…but if I have five friends in my life, that’s alot.

Sylvia: What was it about this time, that you were able to, stay clean and not go back?

David: Cuz I don’t want that life anymore. (pause) I’m 55 yrs old, I , you know, I’m in very good health, I don’t have any problems, and I just, I don’t want that life anymore. I don’t know if I could stand to go.. I don’t want to test the water perse and find out what’s gonna happen. It’s not gonna do me any good, it’s not gonna do anybody else any good.

Sylvia: Do you feel that you have to hit rock bottom before you can pull yourself out?

David: Yes, yes. It don’t do any good, until you are at the very bottom of your game, until you lost everything, and you don’t have anywhere else to go or any any other solution to your problems, then you’re gonna, then you’re gonna be sincere in what you’re doing.

“You know you just, every person’s different. Some people can drink and drug everyday. or you know, the weekend warriors or whatever you want to call em. But sooner or later it’s going to catch up with you, if you do it on a regular basis all the time. You know everybody’s different, their biological and chemical makeup of their body is different. You know you just, you just have to, sooner or later, you can see if you have a problem by the way if affects you and your and your life and your surroundings with other people and things of that nature. And I think 95% of the time you do it on a regular basis it’s gonna do that, and that you know, it’s up to you about how far, how far you want to progress before you do something about it.”

“I think you can basically say when you’re when you’re out there and you’re drinkin and you’re druggin and you hit your bottom and you’re in the process of going to where your, hitting your bottom… you know you sit there and say God, why me, why this happening to me? It’s not that you’re doing it to yourself, you know, I think God gives you two paths to do anything. And there’s a rt, there’s a path that you follow his way and it’s not necessarily bumpless, and there’s a path you follow your own way and you get to the, both of them will lead you to the same point its just how fast you get there.”

“I mean Relationships you have to take it on a day to day basis, just like alcoholism. Not saying one goes with the other but, you know, you just, you have to , you don’t know how you’re going to feel when you wake up in the morning, you know, and if the dog peed on the floor, and you and you step in it you’re going to be pissed off if somebody said something to you, you’re gonna you’re gonna answer in a way that you normally wouldn’t. And so it just it’s just an ongoing situation where you have to try.”
— David on relationships

“What home means to me. Well, it being steady and its constant, you can depend on the people that are around you, you feel good when you’re around, you know like the people that you, feel like, I mean home could be with anyone. Like, I, there’s certain people that when I’m around them, I feel at home, you know, not necessarily a building, a structure, um, but yeah…”
— Rayann on “Home”

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