The official start of summer is just a few days away, and the list of musical acts coming through the region are heating up. Here’s a list of some of the best live music bets for tonight.
1) The Secret Sisters at the Chameleon Club (Lancaster)
The last time I saw Laura and Lydia Rodgers live, it was at The Town Hall in New York City, and the sisters were surrounded on stage by some of the best musicians in the music scene today – people like Jack White, The Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch and Elvis Costello. Participating in the star-studded “Another Day, Another Time” concert for the Coen Brothers’ movie Inside Llewyn Davis, The Secret Sisters (from Muscle Shoals, AL) held their own, singing their blend of classic soul and country – a la The Everly Brothers – with their original song “Tomorrow Will be Kinder,” all while backed by the Punch Brothers. They’ve already recorded with White and T-Bone Burnett and have appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman (sayonara, Dave) and The Tonight Show with both Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon. See them tonight at the Chameleon Club.
2) Music Friday in Lancaster
The Secret Sisters are not the only musical act in town as Lancaster celebrates the June edition of Music Friday. The soulful songs of Lancaster-based Meg & the Right Sound will echo from the Binns Park stage at 6 p.m. (FYI – it’s Megan McDermott’s 30th birthday tonight, so don’t be afraid to give her your greetings.)
Over at Tellus360, Jordan Rast releases his newest album as part of the Steely Jam (stream the track “Manhattan” here).
And don’t forget to stop by the Fly Stage at Steinman Park from 6-8 p.m. to listen to local singer-songwriter Adam Blessing perform some of his original tunes and covers.
3) Shannon Whitworth at Wagon Shed (New Freedom)
North Carolina’s Shannon Whitworth returns to the region for an intimate show in southern York County’s Wagon Shed. Compared to everyone from Emmylou Harris to Norah Jones, the acclaimed musical troubadour has opened for the likes of Tedeschi Trucks band and has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and MerleFest.
4) Jake Lewis & The Clergy at The Millworks (Harrisburg)
5) Mink’s Miracle Medicine at Holy Hound Taproom (York)
The Suffers Kable House show at York Central Market may be sold out, but don’t fret. Just walk a block around the corner to Holy Hound to see the Harpers Ferry, WV-based Mink Miracle Medicine perform for free. Consisting of Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezeski, the duo perform lo-fi rock, punk and county originals.
6) Mark Farner at American Music Theatre (Lancaster)
Homer Simpson famously praised the “wild shirtless lyrics” of Grank Funk Railroad lead singer Mark Farner in the classic “Homerpalooza” episode. Now you can hear them for yourself as Farner opens for Felix Calaliere’s Rascals tonight at AMT. (Unfortunately, the only clip I could find is in Spanish, so find a translator if you can’t speak the language.)