Bad Weather Day at Charm City a Grim Reminder Winter is Almost Back

Mother nature giveth. Mother nature taketh away. That, in a nutshell, is the story of last weekend’s Charm City Bluegrass Fall Throwdown. After a Friday that was just ideal for outdoor music, and a similar start to Saturday’s festivities, a cold front and a line of storms passed through the Baltimore area that changed everything. What followed was a lesson, or at least a reminder of the seasonality of, and the fragility of being able[…]

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Lineup Was Less Filling, But B Chord’s Lite Version Tasted Great To DelFest Fans

Hugs were back in fashion last weekend at DelFest LIte at B Chord Brewing Company as the CDC lifted its mandatory mask advisory for vaccinated folks, especially outdoors. It wasn’t quite back to pre-covid “normal.” Greetings among old friends not seen since 2019 usually included folks’ vaccination status. Folks stopped and asked before hugging. But make no mistake, hugging was back. Which does not mean people didn’t still greet by bumping elbows. After all, the[…]

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Del McCoury Band Puts a Fine Cap on Festive Weekend of Music at B Chord

It’s fall. The chilly temperature and the cool breeze rolling down the hillside at B Chord Brewing Sunday night made that abundantly clear. Fall, of course, is time for baseball metaphors. Time to write clever headlines like “B Chord knocked it out of the park again,” or “B Chord hits a grand slam,” or “B Chord keeps hitting streak alive.” Any of which, cliche aside, would work to describe the weekend’s festivities in Round Hill,[…]

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The Healing Power of Sam Bush Revives Sellout Crowd at BChord Brewing

You hear people talk about the healing power of music. About 500 people experienced it Friday night in Round Hill, Va., when the Sam Bush Band stepped onto the newly built stage behind BChord Brewing and launched into a jammy, almost three minute intro to an explosive, emotional “Play By Your Own Rules.” Bush’s usual Cheshire cat grin was even wider than usual as he delivered his trademark “Good evening music lovers” greeting. “I’m happy[…]

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Jakobs Ferry Stragglers Come to Abbey Bar With a New Album In the Pipeline

The last time Jakobs Ferry Stragglers put out an album, Gary Antol decided to try a presale as a way to help finance the project. The first order of CDs was sold out before the album was even released. So when Antol and his bandmates decided to do a live recording in front of an intimate crowd of 30-40 people in Pittsburgh’s Church Recording Studio, he decided once again to offer fans a chance to[…]

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Working hard to wet our whistle

Back in 2009 or 2010, I first got the idea in my head of starting a beer site. I made a road trip to Milheim, Pa. to do a story that was supposed to be the start of the project. This is that story: Tim Yarrington makes beer. Good beer. If he didn’t, people would probably only stop in Milheim if they caught the red light. Yarrington is the head brewer for Elk Creek Cafe[…]

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