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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A Saint Patty’s Musical Wish: The Irish Rovers Live

April 6th, 2012 by The Professor

The Irish Rovers share their charm to entertain loyal fans

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

2012 is being touted as signifying the numeral 50. There’s quite a collection of musicians celebrating their Silver Anniversary as musicians on stage. The Beach Boys, The Moody Blues, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, The Quarrymen, Status Quo, Roger Daltrey, Bob Dylan, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison, and Phil Lesh are all ready to hit the road to entertain their individual fan constituencies.

Rumors are rife that The Who anticipate launching another tour performing their 1973 mod-rock opus Quadrophenia later in the year. Still British contemporaries like Ray Davies, Jack Bruce, and The Yardbirds are presently in between touring engagements. July 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of England’s enduring export: The Rolling Stones. The word is that the classic rock icons will tour anew in 2013 now.

The Irish Rovers formed initially in 1963, but 2012 is curiously identified as their 47th Anniversary year. Two original members remain, George Millar on acoustic guitar and Wilcil McDowell on accordion. Bassist Ian Millar is the son of retired founding member Joe Millar. Sean O’Driscoll plays banjo and mandolin, and Fred Graham plays bodhran and drums. John Reynolds was absent from the stage lineup at the Barns of Wolf Trap for this date.

Appearing in Vienna, Virginia, on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, The Irish Rovers performance perfectly prefaced the impending Saint Patrick’s Day holiday on the immediate weekend. The band was promoting their recently released album Drunken Sailor. They delivered a total of seven salty songs on stage from their new disc.

The in-between-song banter and spirited interaction among the musicians was highlighted by a series of amusing exchanges and shared roadweary tales from their global touring experiences. Although the group attracts an exceedingly elderly audience, the rousing ethnic instrumental reels of The Irish Rovers engage the energy of the spectators who clap in time to the jaunty jigs.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic which struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, George Millar composed a moving memorial to the Irish shipbuilders in Belfast who constructed the pride of the White Star Line and the 1507 souls who lost their lives a century ago within the waves of the chilling Atlantic waters.

The Canadian gents dusted off three tunes from their 1967 record including the title track “The Unicorn”, which was an uncommon hit for a folk song all those years ago. The biggest surprise of the evening was a cover of “Lily The Pink” taken to Number One in England by The Scaffold with Mike McGear in 1968.

With the modern miracle of advances in medicine, people leading health conscious lives, and the physical stamina to perform live, it’s a true blessing that seasoned musicians who continue to age also continue to tour. Every band in this demography has either lost members to retirement or death sadly. You are as young as you feel and good vibrations will surely keep us all young for many years to come!

The Irish Rovers, Barns of Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA, March 14, 2012 setlist: Irish Rover * Boys Of Belfast * Ireland Boys Hurray * The Gracehill Fair * Dan The Cobbler > I Will If I Can * Brady Of Strabaney * Whistling Gypsy * Lewis Bridal Song * Sweet Anne * Willie Hunter > Dennis Murphy * The Titanic * Lily The Pink * intermission * The Orange And The Green * Dear Ould Ireland * When The Wife Is Mad * The Girls Of Derry * Black Velvet Band * Shamrock Shore * The Clare Hornpipe > Reconciliation * Whores And Hounds * The Unicorn * Dark Island > The Mason’s Apron * The Dublin Pub Crawl * Encore: The Drunken Sailor

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Tourism Tuesday: Privateer Day 2012

April 3rd, 2012 by The Professor

Famous Fell’s Point is holding its 8th annual privateer day on April 21, 2012. Walk the plank for Adventure at Fell’s Point 2012 Privateer Day with live entertainment and music, vendors, tall ships, a War of 1812 Pier, adult “grog garden,” special pirate appearances, children’s entertainment & activities pier, the Urban Pirates’ ship “Fearless” rides, night-time Pyrate Invasion Pub specials and much more!

Dive into the Thames Street Grog Garden in Thames Street Park serving your favorite ales and live music from 12-6 PM. Privateer Day is a festival that will be enjoyed by the young and old. So come on out and join the fun! Rain or shine.

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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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