Food Fridays: Maritime Magic

September 14th, 2012 by Jordan Hernandez

Friday, September 28 at 7:00 PM  
Douglass-Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames S

Join Living Classrooms Foundation for a night of magical music on Baltimore’s waterfront. Enjoy food and spirits donated by over 60 of the city’s top restaurants and caterers. And make sure to visit the online auction from September 19-October 5 to bid and support Living Classrooms. 

For tickets or information, call 410-685-0295 ext. 209 or visit

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Refueling the Blues: The Yardbirds Live

September 14th, 2012 by The Professor

The Yardbirds forge ahead with another incendiary appearance

– by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman


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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Baltimore Book Festival

September 11th, 2012 by The Professor

Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Sunday, September 30 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mt. Vernon Place, centered on 600 North Charles St

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, street theater, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.
For more information, visit

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Race to Embrace Independence

September 8th, 2012 by Jordan Hernandez

Saturday, September 29 at 9:00 AM (Registration begins at 8:00 AM) 
Lake M

Lace up your sneakers for the 4th annual Marian House Race to Embrace Independence 5K and One-Mile Family Fun Run. This year, participants can also enjoy the race village, featuring food, entertainment, and activities for the entire family. The race raises critical funds for Marian House, an independent nonprofit that provides housing and support services for women who are homeless or suffering from addiction. Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children. 

For more information, or to registe
r, visit, email, or call 410-467-4246.

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Sports Saturdays: Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees Match Up

September 8th, 2012 by Anthony Santiago

America’s past time, Baseball, is a perfect way to begin and end any weekend. Why not take some friends against their will (no one condones such treatment at WLOY but if necessary, why not? They will thank you in the long run) and go see the Baltimore Orioles take on the Bronx Bombers, New York Yankees?

Now, there has to be some incentive besides the point that friends should be able to spend time together no matter what and wherever they are. Also, baseball in itself is a way to bond with others while participating in something that oozes Americana. But reality sinks in and more is required. That is why the Baltimore Orioles are offering amazing promotions to get families and friends to come to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Read the rest of this entry »

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Local Music Spotlight Show #10

August 31st, 2012 by Chris Sweeney

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

Artist Song
1 Flock of Dimes Curtain
2 Other Colors Better Than Old
3 White Life Time is Wasting
4 Lands & Peoples Memo
5 The Violet Hour Palindromes
6 The Woolly Moon The San Bruno Mt. Blues
7 Microkingdom Peppermint Crab
6 Celebration Ancient Animals
9 Santa Dads Open Portals
10 Arbouretum Don’t Let it Show
11 Holy Ghost Party Toys
12 Jacober Steps

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2012 National Student Production Awards

August 28th, 2012 by The Professor

Well, it’s that time of year again… They are starting to announce the Finalists for the National Student Production Awards. In each category the judges select up to 4 Finalists, all of whom get a small Finalist trophy. The Finalists are announced now, but the actual Winner selected from the Finalists, is held in secret until the awards ceremony October 27th in Atlanta. The Finalist announcements are being trickled out slowly so they can prolong the agony. With quite a few more categories to go, WLOY has already placed in the Finalist group for 2 categories:

Best Podcast – Both Feet In “Lohr’s Part 1”
Best Regularly Scheduled Program – What Happens Next? Episode 76
Best Community Outreach – Both Feet In

We are happy to note that both of these programs took home Winner trophies last year and are thrilled to now be able to say they’re MULTIPLE NATIONAL AWARD WINNING SHOWS :)

More to be added, we hope, as the rest of the Finalists are announced. Stay Tuned!

UPDATED – WLOY is also a Finalist for Best Community Outreach!

POST-CBI UPDATE: WLOY took home the gold for “Best Podcast” at the award ceremony this weekend. Congratulations to us!!

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Wacky Wednesday – Cinema al Fresco

August 22nd, 2012 by Chris Sweeney

Corner of High & Stiles Streets

Every Friday, head down to Little Italy for an open air film festival. Set up a lawn chair or grab something to eat at one of the area’s acclaimed restaurants. Live music begins at 7pm. Italy-related films begin at 9pm. Movies are viewed outside, projected on to the wall of Ciao Bella restaurant. Come early to get a good seat. Some lawn chairs are provided to those who arrive early. And there’s free popcorn. This Friday, August 24th, the film is 2010 romantic comedy When in Rome.

For more information, visit

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Local Music Spotlight Show #9

August 17th, 2012 by Chris Sweeney

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

Artist Song iTunes Amazon
1 Gary B & The Notions Get Your Hands Off My Man
2 The Jennifers Andalusian Sun
3 The Godshills Boats
4 Errant Strike Ivory Low
5 The Seldon Plan Going Nowhere Slow
6 The Stents JPF
7 Private Eleanor A Better Way to Run
6 Midway Fair At the Dawn of the Day
9 Water School Sarasota
10 Pressing Strings Wake Up Song
11 Claire Anthony White Wolf
12 Erik Keithley Brakeman Blues
13 Wye Oak Regret
14 Soft Cat When My Brother Reaches Me

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Food Friday – Tuesdays with Gertie

August 17th, 2012 by Chris Sweeney

Tuesday Evenings
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive

Gertude’s, a restaurant located at the Baltimore Museum of Art, hosts ‘Tuesdays with Gertie’ every week. In honor of chef/owner John Shields’ grandma Gertie, select entrees are available for $12 during these events. Come get a great deal on some of Gertrude’s most popular specialty dishes, such as cornmeal-encrusted catfish, Moroccan chickpea couscous, or vegan crab cakes served with Asian noodles. These evenings get pretty busy, so it’s a good idea to make a reservation in advance.

For more information, visit Gertrude’s website.

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