Snapshots: In This Moment @ UMBC Event Center — 7/31/18

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In This Moment performs at the UMBC Events Center on July 31, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

In a spectacular display of visual and auditory stimulus, gothic metal band In This Moment brought its unforgettable show to the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, opening Halestorm. In addition to the smoke and lights of a traditional concert, In This Moment used set changes, face and body paint, many different masks, costume changes, and a stage covered with multiple crosses to capture the attention of their fans.

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Music Park: Halestorm @ UMBC Event Center — 7/31/18

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Lzzy Hale fronts Halestorm at the UMBC Event Center on July 31, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

One of the most powerful voices in rock and metal today is owned by Lzzy Hale. On Tuesday night, she put that voice on full display for a crowd of excited fans at the UMBC Event Center at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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Music Park: Thomas Dolby @ The Birchmere — 7/30/18

ThomasDolby04 Thomas Dolby tells a tale at The Birchmere on July 30, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Thomas Dolby’s uncle, Stephen Spring-Rice, died in World War II as the second in command onboard a British Navy WWII submarine P48. According to family folklore, the submarine ran aground during a training mission, and all hands were lost at sea.

Inspired by the tale, Thomas wrote “One of Our Submarines,” which appeared as the B-side to his famous single “She Blinded Me With Science.” In an evening of storytelling and music at The Birchmere on Monday, however, Thomas revealed the story didn’t quite end there.

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Don’t Miss: Moonrise Festival @ Pimlico Race Course (Baltimore, MD), 8/11-8/12/18

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Moonrise Festival is the region’s biggest electronic music festival, and this year it’s bringing along artists like Diplo, DJ Snake, Kaskade, Vince Staples, and more! Make plans to go to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on Aug. 11-12!

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Interview: Thomas Dolby (@ The Birchmere, 7/30/18)

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Thomas Dolby (Photo courtesy conqueroo)

On July 27, Thomas Dolby will release a 2-CD greatest hits collection, titled Hyperactive, as part of BMG’s Masters Collection series. Along the way, Thomas will tour — well, it may perhaps be more accurate to say that he will present a series of musical experiences and reflections! In a tour to begin this week, members of the audience will pick songs from Thomas’ 30-year catalog for him to perform, and he also will tell stories behind each song, including anecdotes and musical composition. Each show will be a unique and totally immersive experience.

Locally, Thomas will visit The Birchmere for “An Evening of Music and Storytelling” on Monday, July 30. Parklife DC caught up with Thomas recently to discuss the tour, reflections on roughly 30 years of making music, and his current life in Baltimore as a professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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Snapshots: Jon Wood Band and Marco Benevento @ The 8×10 — 6/14/18

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The Jon Wood Band performs at The 8×10 in Baltimore on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen)

The 8×10 in Baltimore came alive this past Thursday! Marco Benevento delivered a non-stop, high energy performance to an enthusiastic crowd, making it one of my top shows this year to date.

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Snapshots: Kali Uchis @ Rams Head Live Baltimore — 6/7/2018


Kali Uchis performs at Rams Head Live on June 7, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Radiating Selena-esque vibes, Kali Uchis recently took to the stage at Rams Head Live, and she started her show with “Speed,” “Rush,” and my personal favorite “Nuestra Planeta” (which translates to “Our Planet” in English). She blends soul/psychedelic with reggaeton vibes and adds a sprinkle of pop. Her voice can perfectly blend all those genres and she makes it work.

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Music Park: The Darkness @ Rams Head Live — 4/24/18

TheDarkness14 Justin Hawkins fronts The Darkness at Rams Head Live on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Justin Hawkins is one of the most charismatic frontmen working the stage today. Surely, he would be easily as comfortable as a silver-tongued guest at the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry or a freewheeling interloper in the seediest of bars. The singer and his band The Darkness deserve a lot of credit for a revived international interest in hard glam rock in the early years of this century, and they demonstrated their irrepressible talent in a brilliant show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Tuesday.

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