Theater Thursday: Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War

May 24th, 2012 by The Professor

If you are in to history, action and drama, then you would definitely be interested in this! the Maryland Historical Society Museum’s Civil War exhibit, entitled “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War”, is the largest and most comprehensive in the state and explores the impact of the war on the people of Maryland. The exhibit tells the story of a tragedy in three acts: the romantic war, the real war and the long reunion. The Maryland Historical Society Players will highlight important events and fascinating individuals who played a unique role in our state’s and country’s heritage. These individuals are vividly portrayed by an ensemble of period-costumed professional actors who transform the gallery into a theatrical experience and provide additional insight into the exhibit.

The Actors perform Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Tours through the exhibit are at 12:30p,, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. For more information, visit http://civilwarbaltimore.com/events/.



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A Better Place Indeed: Glen Campbell

May 24th, 2012 by The Professor

C&W legend Glen Campbell stands tall with courage and grace

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

Saying goodbye is never easy. Most times in life saying goodbye is a luxury many never have the chance to experience. Country & Western legend Glen Campbell now 76 is undertaking a final journey across the American landscape to entertain his legion of fans and provide them with an opportunity to enjoy his music live on stage for one more magical moment.

Glen Campbell was welcomed warmly by an enthusiastic crowd at the American Music Theatre outside historic Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Monday, May 21, 2012. Only his diehard fans will know that Glen buoyed his music career as a touring musician in the surf music genre as bassist for The Beach Boys before striking out on his own as a successful solo recording artist in 1967.

Instant People appeared as both the opening act and as Daddy Campbell’s support musicians. Three of his younger children, Ashley (vocals, banjo & keyboards), Calvin (drums & guitar), and Shannon Campbell (vocals and guitar) demonstrated their collective talent and professional musicianship as an emerging young group and again on stage backing their iconic father.

Several of Campbell’s signature songs included “By The Time I get To Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and “Southern Nights”. Hearing Glen sing his classic tunes was priceless. Clearly demonstrating that he still has command of the stage, Glen sang a moving rendition of “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress” with just the accompaniment of his keyboardist T.J. Kuenster who has supported him on the road for 35 years.

While impersonating the cartoon voice of Donald Duck, Glen displayed his comedic talents while having a little fun on stage as Proud Papa prepared to introduce his stunningly beautiful blonde daughter Ashley. Halfway through the show, they played the popular instrumental “Dueling Banjo” together. Ashley twanged away on banjo with Glen jamming on his electric guitar.

The concert repertoire, spoken transitions, and stage interaction were clearly choreographed to act as an instructional guide for Glen on stage. He delivered several accelerated guitar solos and choice vocal performances throughout the evening. Although the actual concert itself clocked in under 75 minutes in length, his loyal fans didn’t seem to mind whatsoever. The standing ovations and thundering applause indicated their admiration and appreciation for his presence in Lancaster was sincere.

Glen Campbell, American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PA, May 21, 2012 setlist: Gentle On My Mind * Galveston * By The Time I Get To Phoenix * Try A Little Kindness * Where’s The Playground Susie * Didn’t We * I Can’t Stop Loving You * True Grit * Lovesick Blues * Dueling Banjos * Hey Little One * Any Trouble * She Thinks I Care * The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress * Wichita Lineman * Rhinestone Cowboy * Encore: Southern Nights * A Better Place



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Wacky Wednesday: Brew at the Zoo

May 23rd, 2012 by The Professor

Brew at the Zoo 21012: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 
invites you to sample 50+ beers, including craft beers and Maryland brewed favorites. Enjoy music from 6 live bands including the Kelly Bell Band and Old Man Brown. Get your fill of food and flavor from a variety of local vendors.

Bring the kids along for fun in the Kid Zone and don’t miss the chance to experience the animals as every ticket includes all day admission to the Zoo.  May 26th and 27th, all day!



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Tourism Tuesday: Maryland Science Center

May 22nd, 2012 by The Professor

The Maryland Science Center will be infested with fun when Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World! swarms into town. This exhibit features Harry, a Chinese praying mantis, and a diverse group of his insect friends. Guests will have a chance to get up-close and personal with some of the world’s most interesting bugs.

 Exhibit highlights include live bugs ranging from butterflies and ladybugs to scorpions and cockroaches, nine interactive modules with hands-on activities and exhibit areas tailored to guests of all ages. Regularly scheduled activities including cricket spitting and bug cooking demos will still take place.

Harry’s bug world contains nine interactive modules which all feature hands-on activities for guests to explore. Enter the Zoom Room where you can meet Harry and discover bugs from around the world. The Water Habitat allows guests to explore a habitat of live water insects and learn about the life cycle of the mosquito and dragonfly. Journey through the Forest Habitat where you will take a path around fallen logs and under a tree canopy to learn about beetles, millipedes and leafcutter ants. The Meadow Habitat allows guests to walk through the meadow and interact with virtual butterflies, and see live butterflies in the caterpillar, pupa and adult stages. The Croplands offers a glimpse at insects devouring live crops, while the House Habitat lets you search out home invaders. Travel Under the Big Top to visit the circus and have close encounters with live insects presented by insect wranglers. And for the littlest of adventurers there is the Hug a Bug Space, filled with plush, noisemaking bugs and insects. Admission to this exhibit is free with paid admission–completely free for members. Hours are Monday thru Thursday 10 am- 5 pm, Friday 10 am- 8 pm, Saturday 10 am- 6 pm, and Sunday 11am- 5 pm.



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Jann Klose Interview

May 21st, 2012 by The Professor

Interview by Tim Tilghman, host of Radio RockOnTour 5/18/12

Jann Klose sat down with Tim after opening the Vonda Shepard show in Annapolis at Rams Head On Stage.

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Vonda Shepard Interview

May 20th, 2012 by The Professor

Interview by Tim Tilghman, host of Radio RockOnTour 5/18/12

Vonda Shepard sat down with Tim at her show in Annapolis at Rams Head On Stage.

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Food Fridays: Tapas Adela

May 18th, 2012 by The Professor

If you are tired of the same old dinner date, why not try something that brings you and you date closer together? Tapas Adela’s dining experience in downtown Baltimore is a great way to bring couple together. Everything on the menu is smaller portions and meant to be shared. Experience Tapas Adela and enjoy award-winning Executive Chef Patrick Morrow’s exciting tapas menu presented in the Spirit of Sharing. Adela celebrates the art of Spanish cuisine with an eclectic array of savory tapas drawing on cultural and culinary influences from across the country. Further indulgence is to be found with their signature cocktails and their extensive wine list, featuring the best from Spain and South America.

For more information, visit http://www.tapasadela.com/



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Tourism Tuesday: Preakness 2012

May 15th, 2012 by The Professor

Following the Kentucky Derby, the annual Preakness Stakes is run the third Saturday in May at Baltimore’s Pimlico race course with a weeklong celebration leading up to the running.

Preakness Celebration has become a tradition for people of all ages since its inception in 1988. Also known as The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, this series of special events celebrates the annual running of the Preakness Stakes, Baltimore’s “Super Bowl” and the 2nd jewel in thoroughbred racing’s prestigious Triple Crown.

The biggest party in the mid-Atlantic, Preakness InfieldFest, is back with two epic headliners Grammy Award winners Maroon 5 and multi-platinum rapper Wiz Khalifa! The Beer Garden Jägermeister Stage welcomes Nashville-based country band, Little Big Town, British rockers, The Darkness, and regional favorites, Mr. Greengenes. It all takes place May 19th from 12am-12pm.



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Times Square Residency: Mick Taylor Live

May 15th, 2012 by The Professor

Renowned guitarist Mick Taylor flirts his fascination with the Blues

– by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

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Ace guitarist Michael Kevin Taylor triumphantly hosted a series of twelve performances in Times Square delivering fierce blues jams across six consecutive nights. As luck would bless those in attendance, a consensus of critical commentary has identified the first blistering set held on Saturday, May 12, 2012, as the outstanding overall appearance from MKT’s extended residency at the Iridium Jazz Club.

Taylor’s collection of stage musicians forming the musical muscle of his incendiary blues band included Jeff Allen on drums, Wilbur Bascomb on bass guitar, Arno Hecht on Saxophone, Max Middleton on keyboards, and Hamish Stuart as second guitarist. Almost half of Taylor’s choice in live material came from his excellent second studio album A Stone’s Throw issued in 2000.

No two setlists out of the twelve concerts were carbon copies of one another. Taylor decisively mixed up his selection in songs that he played for each individual show. The early Saturday crowd was treated to an impromptu rendition of “Alabama” off his self-titled debut solo album from 1979. However, Taylor’s unanticipated rearrangement of the 1968 Brian Jones bottleneck classic “No Expectations” as his singular encore was a surprise indeed.

Taylor got an early start as a star guitarist playing for John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers, assuming a lead guitarist position vacated by Eric Clapton who left to form Cream in 1966. By the summer of 1969, Brian Jones was ill-suited to continue rolling with the Stones and with Mick Jagger itching to tour the USA, a decision was reached between Jagger & Richards to replace Jones as guitarist in the R&B group.

Jagger turned to Mayall for advice on what to do and whom to choose. Mayall offered up his own 20 year old guitarist Mick Taylor as a replacement for Brian Jones. The change in Stones personnel was announced in June 1969. An unbelievable rumor suggests that Jagger phoned Ronnie Laine asking if Ron Wood would like to join The Rolling Stones with Laine responding in an affirmative ‘No’. Woody would not actually begin rolling with the Stones until their 1975 U.S. tour.

The Stones are presently idle having reached 50 years as a British Rock & Roll institution. Their cluster of albums released from 1969 through 1972: Let It Bleed, Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out, Sticky Fingers, and Exile On Main Street all featuring the fancy fret work of Mick Taylor, are considered to be the recording peak during The Rolling Stones five decade career. Many Stones fans continue to argue Taylor over Wood as the Stones better lead guitarist.

Mick Taylor appearing live in performance was an exceedingly welcome experience. Taylor’s guitar playing was both fluid and masterful. His scorching bottleneck blues jams alone were worth the price of admission to enjoy in an intimate venue. Mick’s voice was in fine form as well. Taylor exhibited exponential potential for his future musical career endeavors. Hopefully, Taylor is sufficiently encouraged to undertake a full-scale U.S. roadtrip to display his guitar gifts before an expanded American audience.

Mick Taylor, Iridium Jazz Club, New York May 12, 2012 setlist: Secret AffairTwisted SisterLate At Night * Fed Up With The Blues * AlabamaCan't You Hear Me Knocking * Encore: No Expectations (2nd set: Losing My Faith * Blind Willie McTell)



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Food Fridays: Acqua Restaurant

May 11th, 2012 by The Professor

If you are sick of the same old inner harbor and Towson resturants, then take a trip over to Acqua Restaurant. Acqua is located adjacent to the Hilton BWI hotel. Acqua invited local residents and visitors alike to come together to celebrate the essence of the Chesapeake. Executive Chef Roman Cristali brings new energy to the kitchen, providing twists to traditional dishes that excite and entice its guest.  A relaxed setting, solid wine list and interesting food (check out the Manhatten vs. New England Clam Chowder combo). For more information and a full menu, visit: www.acquabwi.com



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