Looking for some live music this weekend? Check out these options:
JAZZ IN THE CITY
Celebrates York’s First Friday at the Strand-Capitol’s Jazz in the City concert. Kick off your weekend with some jazz and funk courtesy of regional musicians Tim Thompson on trumpet, Kirk Reese on piano, Ryan Kuhns on bass and Jeff Stabley (also the artistic director of Jazz in the City) on drums. Show starts at 5pm and is $5, or free with a student ID. (Tip: hit the Capitol Theatre for a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s classic crime film Pulp Fiction at 9 p.m. Tickets available here.)
CHANCE MCCOY AND JP HARRIS
What happens when a Nashville honky-tonker (Harris) and a renowned country fiddler (McCoy, of Old Crow Medicine Show) join forces for a very limited run of shows (tonight’s show at Tellus360 is the first of just three dates)? Well if the duo’s last visit to Tellus360 is any indicator – a sold-out show is to be expected, for starters. But get ready also for a nice mix of haunting old-time Appalachian tunes, refigured versions of songs from each songwriter’s bands (JP Harris & the Tough Choices and OCMS) and a healthy dose of unscripted and oft-times comical stage banter. Doors open at 8pm; tickets are $15.
HEXBELT AND THE WILD HYMNS
Veteran jam rockers Hexbelt and York-based six-piece The Wild Hymns offer up a solid homegrown double bill at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. Fun fact: Hexbelt’s Mike Couch produced the Wild Hymns’ eponymous debut album. Doors open at 8pm; tickets are $7 at the door.
AND THE KIDS
Western Massachusetts’ And The Kids – the trio of Hannah Mogan, Megan Miller and Rebecca Lasaponaro – create melodic, heartfelt indie pop that swings from earnest to quirky. They are touring in support of their debut full-length album Turn To Each Other, including a Saturday night stop at Tellus360 in Lancaster. Who can resist a band with a song called “Secret Makeout Factory” which features the refrain “Let us take off our pants”? Opening acts are The Sun Parade and Lancaster-based band The Separators. Doors are at 8pm; tickets are $5.
DESIGNER DRUGS W/ BASSDREAD, EZRK AND FSU
It’s a Saturday night rager at The Depot in York with a full lineup of bass throbbing, floor- (and booty-) shaking EDM featuring NYC DJ/producers Designer Drugs. Get dosed with a massive hit of hardcore electronic music. Doors open at 8pm; tickets are $10 at the door.
Dom Flemons – co-founder of the Grammy award-winning folk revival group The Carolina Chocolate Drops – performs his special brand of old-timey folk music that blends blues, ragtime, gospel, jug band and other genres Sunday night at the Kable House Presents series at Central Market York. The multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter been called “the American songster.” Doors open at 6pm; tickets are $15.
“Psychedelic soul” is a label that will pique my interest every time. Add a cameo by Chance the Rapper on The O’My’s song “Wonder Years” and I’m definitely interested. Lead vocalist, Maceo Haymes has sort of a Curtis Mayfield/CeeLo Green thing happening and the loungey vibe and slick, silvery smooth tones of the horn section mixed with the playful, yet, gritty lyrical content that comes from living in the Windy City makes The O’My’s music some of the most exciting sounds to come out of Chi-town since Wilco and Kanye West. Catch the soul squad Sunday night at Tobacco Avenue in Lancaster. Doors open at 6:30pm; tickets are $10.
WE BANJO 3
The Susquehanna Folk Music Society presents We Banjo 3 at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co., featuring world-class banjo player Enda Scahill leading a quartet that includes his brother Fergal Scahill – a champion Irish fiddle and bodhran player – and another pair of brothers, Martin and David Howley. Warning: this show contains high-energy, foot-stomping folk music – a perfect lead into St. Paddy’s week. Doors open at 7pm; tickets are $10-$24.
STELTH ULVANG (OF THE LUMINEERS)
Stelth Ulvang has been touring as the keyboardist for the folk rock band The Lumineers since 2012, but the multi-instrumentalist is also known for his high-energy, piano-driven solo shows. Last month the singer-songwriter released his first full-length solo record And as Always; the Infinite Cosmos and the vibe is wildly different from The Lumineers sparse rootsy sound. Expect big sounds and big fun when he plays The Makespace in Harrisburg on Monday. Doors open at 7:30pm; tickets are $8.
LEFT LANE CRUISER
Unfortunately, we just learned this one is sold out. But it’s making the list here anyway for two reasons: 1) It’s a good sign that The Fridge in Lancaster appears to be kicking its monthly Music Monday series back into gear; and 2) Left Lane Cruiser is damn good and worth a spot on your radar. Gritty, junkyard blues/rock at its finest. This here video is 40+ minutes – enough to get you through the rest of the day and into happy hour. If not – watch it twice.
What are you seeing this weekend? Tell us below!