Friday, May 28, 2010

Empires delivers with a Bang

Armed with their new EP Bang, Chicago natives Empires are taking their music on the road in support of Warped Tour veterans, TV/TV. We caught up with the guys on Monday at the Ottobar in Baltimore Maryland after their 30 minute set which featured new songs as well as ones off their debut release, Howl. Stay tuned for the video interview, in the meantime, enjoy some photos.
photos by Amy Willard

Bamboozle Roadshow rocks Maryland

The Bamboozle Roadshow-- the accompanying tour to the the huge 3-city music festival- kick off last Friday in Columbia, MD at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Playing to a sea of "scenesters," main stage acts included: Cartel, Hanson, Boys Like Girls, Forever the Sickest Kids. As well as Maryland natives, Good Charlotte and All Time Low.

photos by Amy Willard

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

photos: The Fray

by Amy Willard

Motion City Soundtrack returned to the 9:30 Club in Washington DC to conclude their spring US tour. Openers included A Rocket to the Moon and Sing It Loud.

photos: The Fray

by Amy Willard
Denver based piano rockers, The Fray, played to a packed auditorium of nearly 4,000 fans at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashentucket, CT on April 25. While strained vocals appeared to challenge lead singer, Isaac Slade, the hour long set included radio favorites "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "You Found Me." New to the lineup was a cover of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon," and "Never Say Never" posed as the encore.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

photos: Daughtry

photos by Amy Willard
Daughtry at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD

Monday, March 22, 2010

photos: Lifehouse

Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
photos by Amy Willard

LA based rockers, Lifehouse took to the stage of Baltimore Maryland's 1st Mariner Arena for the inaugural night of their 2010 US tour with American Idol finalist, Chris Daughtry. Having released their latest album Smoke & Mirrors only a few weeks prior, these guys were ready to deliver their revised sound, opening with one of the tracks, "All In." Lifehouse kept the crowd enticed with the new tracks, while including old favorites. Although the performance showcased some of their popular singles, missing from the line up was the 2005 hit, "You and Me." During "Wrecking Ball," frontman Jason Wad took a step back from center stage to allow bass guitarist Bryce Soderberg to lead on "Wrecking Ball." The forty-five minute set concluded with their first hit "Hanging By a Moment" which served as a reminder to anyone in the audience who may have forgotten the Lifehouse of 2001.

Friday, March 19, 2010

photos: Shamrock Fest 2010

RFK Stadium, Washington DC
photos by Amy Willard

On Saturday March 13, thousands of festival goers braved the cold rain, and dawned in their best green attire flooded the parking lot of RFK Stadium in Washington DC for Hi Ball Event's Shamrock Fest. The all day drinking and celtic music event featured entertainment from over 40 artists including: Scythian, Carbon Leaf, Street Dogs, Pat Premiere, and headliner: Train. With flooded stages making for anything but ideal conditions, it is amazing that the event organizers were able to carry on the festival relatively on schedule. Lucky for them, the clouds appeared to clear just in time for main the event, shortly after 7:30 PM.

Gallery includes: Carbon Leaf, Street Dogs, and Train

photos: Dropkick Murphys

9:30 Club, Washington DC
photos by Amy Willard

In a room reeking of beer and Boston Redsox attire, the spirit of American-celtic punk rock returned to the 9:30 Club, prepping Washington DC for St. Patrick's Day. Opening to the sound of live bagpipes, the band took to the stage, and awaited the arrival of lead singer, Al Barr, who immediately leaped to the barricade to kick off the hour long set. The evening featured "Last Letter Home," and the ever popular "Shipping Up to Boston," which many will recognize as the theme to the major motion picture, The Departed.

photos: Copeland

Recher Theatre, Towson, Md
photos by Amy Willard

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cage the Elephant

photos by Amy Willard

Kentucky based American rockers, Cage the Elephant took over Washington D. C.'s famed 9:30 Club on Thursday February 25. Lead singer Matt Shultz took the stage and immediately jumped to the barricade to get the crowd moving with "Dr. Dr. Dr." The night included radio favorites "Back Against the Wall" and "Ain't No Rest For the Wicked." Check out some of the images from the performance below: