Earlier today, that terrible “Friday” song made its way onto one of our staff’s computers. Awful as it may be, however, it does prove an excellent point (albeit in rather mind-numbing, anger-inducing fashion) – it’s Friday.
Take a look at some of our picks for what’s going down in the region tonight, or head on over to Fly’s entertainment calendars and carve out your own plan to paint the town.
Harrisburg Beer Week kicks off (Harrisburg region)
For the uninitiated, a “beer week” is a wonderful invention in which a city’s – or in this case, a region’s – craft beer producers, consumers and everyone in between bands together to celebrate. And drink. The inaugural Harrisburg Beer Week kicks off tonight, with more than 140 tastings, tap takeovers, pairing dinners, firkins, meet-the-brewer sessions, homebrewing demonstrations, beer festivals and more all planned through May 2. With so many events planned, we asked two of #HBGBeerWeek’s producers to share some insider’s info on where to find the more limited and rare brews. Check out their recommendations here.
LAUNCH Music Conference (Lancaster)
The seventh annual LAUNCH Music Conference returns to downtown Lancaster all weekend combining panel discussion and workshops on the business of the music industry with the pleasure of actually making and listening to music. This year’s lineup features somewhere in the ballpark of 200 artists and bands playing at venues and bars in downtown Lancaster at night, coupled with panel discussions and workshops led by a wide range of music industry professionals, from managers and publicists to lawyers and veteran musicians. Check out our local artist picks from tonight’s lineup here, or choose your own path from the event schedule.
Primus & the Chocolate Factory at Hershey Theatre (Hershey)
Seminal alternative rockers Primus take Willy Wonka to a whole other level with their darker and more ominous reimagining of the classic movie’s soundtrack. We tracked down legendary bassist Les Claypool for an exclusive Q&A in advance of the chocolate-themed tour coming to Chocolate Town. Read it here before you go.
York Revolution home opener (York)
Baseball returns to Santander Stadium tonight as the Revs play host to the Long Island Ducks. Gates open at 6:30pm, and the first 1,500 fans through the gate will receive a 2015 season calendar magnet. Click here for details.
Some Kind of Jam music festival (Schuylkill Haven)
The summer musical festival season is off to an early start as the good folks at Jibberjazz present the 10th annual Some Kind of Jam festival in Schuylkill Haven. The indoor/outdoor fest features more than 30 acts on four stages tonight through Sunday, including headliners Particle and The Motet as well some Central PA acts like Vinegar Creek Constituency, Nina Scarcia and Knitebitch. If you plan on camping out – and you should, as music has been known to go on til sunrise – make sure you bring an extra blanket.
Los Colognes at Kable House Presents (York)
From Chicago-via-Nashville, Los Colognes are a smooth-operatin’ rock band that stands out amidst the landscape of pop country that’s typically associated with Music City. Catch them tonight on a co-headline with Smith&Weeden at Kable House Presents at Central Market York. (They’ll also be playing Some Kind of Jam tomorrow if you’re lookin’ for a two-fer.) Read our interview with Los Colognes before you go.
ALSO: Over the Rhine at Ephrata Main Theatre (Lancaster); The Temptations and Four Tops at American Music Theatre (Lancaster); The Wild Hymns at Mexitaly (York); Old School Hip-Hop Jam at Santander Arena feat. Salt-n-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Biz Markie and Rob Base (Reading)
What’s on your Friday night agenda?