A local drummer starts a virtual music lesson website
It’s a tale as old as time: An experienced guitarist sits down with a young kid who just wants to learn the basics. They have an hour-long lesson in which they discuss tuning, chord progression, and...
Whether on the podium or on the air, Tom Hall knows the score.
Tom Hall claps his hands, and the 130 singers in front of him immediately hush. Hall frequently halts the proceedings during Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s rehearsals at Grace United Methodist...
All the world’s a stage at Towson University’s suddenly vibrant arts program.
His septet had only two days before a big concert, so Ellery Eskelin was conducting this rehearsal with a certain urgency. The highly acclaimed jazz saxophonist, long and lanky beneath a brown-felt...
A Baltimore native sings her way to the top.
Monica Floyd, aka Doll Phace, grew up in West Baltimore singing in church choirs and performing in Poly Follies, the annual show put on by her high school, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. "I always...
Tommy Keene, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, and White Life
Tommy KeeneBehind the Parade (Second Motion)Local favorite Tommy Keene provided something of a smart-pop soundtrack to the 1980s, much like Pavement's Stephen Malkmus did a decade later. But while...
Hightopps has catered for bands for more than 25 years
With its 20 signed guitars and Margaritaville-type atmosphere, the décor at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium seems right out of a Hard Rock Café.
But, there's a reason for that. Turns out,...
A local beatboxer takes his skills to new heights, and new audiences, by performing with everyone from the BSO to Ethel Ennis.
Towson University's Fine Arts Building is relatively quiet on a Tuesday afternoon. That is, until you open the door leading to the dance studios on the first floor. Immediately, booming music fills...
The Tennessee capital lives up to its “Music City” moniker—and more.
Nashville is America’s premiere music destination. Sure, other cities have venerable musical traditions of their own, but you could make the argument that none offers the breadth and depth of...
Celebration, Felicia Carter & Amy Shook, and Skull Defekts
CelebrationHello Paradise (Friends)After releasing two discs on a well-known indie imprint (4AD) with major distribution, Celebration split from the label and began posting its music online. Over the...
Henry Wong converted an empty room above his downtown CD shop into a cultural hub dedicated to jazz and classical music.
Henry Wong came to the United States from Hong Kong to finish school and study medicine, but things didn't go as planned. The lure of Western culture proved too great and pulled him away from his...