Do you love live music? So do we. We also love local music, free music, and under-represented music so we have complied this handy calendar of shows that will get you through the semester. Instead of only listing shows in the big cities, this list is comprised of a lot of shows you can scurry off to on a week night and still get back so you can make it to the 8:30am class tomorrow. The farthest location is Baltimore but that’s an easy jaunt from Carlisle (1 1/2 hours or so).
FYI: Messiah College – SAB B-Sides Shows – FREE shows every other Wednesday in their Student Union- 20 min. drive from campus
02.08 All Ages Punk Show and Gallery Opening (Bands: What’s Wrong With Adam and Ido Me)- Metropolis Gallery– Mechanicsburg, PA-6-11pm
02.09 Jeffery Lewis – Diane Cluck – Rivers (from Carlisle)- Makespace – Harrisburg, PA 8pm – All Ages – $8
02.11 San Fermin – Messiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM
02.12 The New Pornographers- Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD $35
02.16 Sons of an Illustrious Father – Ben & Joe – Makespace – Harrisburg, PA 8pm – $5 donation
02.19 Hot Mess – The Market Cross Pub-Carlisle, Pa-8pm
02.20 & 02.21 Millennium Music Conference Shows–Greater Harrisburg Area-2 Nights, 300 Acts & Artists-All showcases are open to the public, the majority are free, and most all genres of popular new music are represented.
02.24 Helmet – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA -$17
02.27 Rivers – Bosler Library – Carlisle, Pa – Free – 7pm
02.28 –Hail Mary Mallon (Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic)– Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD $20
02.18 PHOX & Field Report – Messiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM – FREE
02.25 Banda Magda – Messiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM – FREE
03.09 Stelth Ulvang – Flower Garden- Makespace – Harrisburg, PA 7:30pm – $8
03.11 Son Lux – Messiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM – FREE
04.15 Alvvays – Messiah College Student Union – Grantham, PA 9PM – FREE
05.02 Amani Multicultural Festival – Carlisle, Pa – Free 10am-5pm – The festival will include two main stages & mini street stages.
by Aurora Wetherill, of LightsOn w/ Aurora, Thursdays@10pm.
I have seen Flying Lotus, a.k.a. 31 year old Steven Ellison, perform live three times now. Everytime, he changes my life. This is not an exaggeration.
The venue is kind of weird; I’d never been to the Tower Theater before. It’s enormous, complete with two floors and rows on rows of some kind of semi-permanent folding theater chairs that you could disrupt irreparably with a misplaced step. The chairs ended up going largely unused once FlyLo came on, but provided a safe place to retreat to if an audience member got (understandably) overwhelmed.
Thundercat opened the show, wearing a big wolf pelt on his head playing a 6 string electric bass, putting on an incredible jam with one of the best synth/keyboard players I’ve ever seen. Thundercat is always spectacular, and a supreme warm up for what’s coming.
A FlyLo performance is neither all music or all show. He stands in between two screens, one in front of him, and one behind him. His visual team constructs the most impossibly mind-bending, beautiful displays and projects them through him. I have seen this particular performance twice. His most recent show incorporates a new element; the front screen is now cubically shaped, allowing for intimidating visuals centered on a spinal meridian in the middle of the stage. Most of the visuals were new, like in Sultan’s Request where the new front screen projected a lightning box around Mr. Lotus on each heavy beat. The visuals for Getting There (ft. Niki Randa) were the same as the last two sets, but they are incredible so there were no complaints. Galaxy In Jakobi, towards the end of the show, served to show the audience that Mr. Lotus is their God. No one took issue.
Unfortunately, neither Mr. Lotus nor Thundercat came out after the show, although not for lack of throngs waiting for them.
People are always complaining that there aren’t any good shows or events in the area. Well, this list proves them wrong….
9/8-Abbey Bar (21 & over) – Harrisburg We Were Promised Jet Packs
9/14 Carlisle Theatre – Josh Ritter
9/22 Hershey-Farm Aid
10/4 Abbey Bar (21 & over) – Harrisburg Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Although I love the Square, they aren’t doing a great job of promoting great shows that are happening locally (only philly, dc & bmore). So, for those Dickinsonians that have some wheels and are in the mood for a fun show this weekend, drive out to Lemoyne (yes, Lemoyne) and check out Ted Leo & the Pharmacists at Championship Records (The Champ!). The Champ usually lends itself more to the hardcore scene but are somehow changing their ways for the evening. $10 in advance $12 at the door. This show was rescheduled from a few months ago so hopefully it goes off without a hitch this time around. See ya there!
52 Rear Market St.
PO Box 183
Lemoyne, PA 17043