Sounds of September
True, summer’s coming to a close. But live music continues to waft through the streets, pubs, and parks of Annapolis during the month of September. Whether it’s a rockin’ cover band you’re after, young emerging artists with a surprisingly mature sound, the melodic sounds of indie rock, smooth jazz or even grooving gospel, the local lineup will not disappoint.
If they ever made a remake of that movie Endless Summer, Hot Tub Limo would definitely play the soundtrack. No matter the season, Hot Tub Limo brings the party of 4th of July fireworks wherever they go. They know how to read a crowd and will tune up the Zac Brown Band or Katy Perry accordingly. Few bands could pull off the range of Spice Girls to Snoop Dogg, Let Me Clear My Throat to Sweet Home Alabama in one continuous run of music-making, but these guys are the mash-up kings. It’s sort of like taking a jukebox filled with Billboard’s Top 100 from the past 20-30 years, and instead of inserting a quarter, you placed a stick of dynamite.
Members of Hot Tub Limo also have huge hearts, and are playing two charity events this September. Saturday, September 26 Hot Tub Limo will play an Oktoberfest event at the Westin Annapolis to benefit Give Kids the World Charity. You can purchase tickets here. They will also be playing an acoustic set to kick off the Cancer Sucks Concert at the Kent Island Yacht Club at noon. Hot Tub Limo is also a favorite at the Jetty Dock Bar on Kent Island, and is scheduled for a Sunday show September 6th from 3-7 pm. Come if you’re looking to spend an afternoon by the water.
If Hot Tub Limo doesn’t warm your heart enough, Fast as Lightning will elevate your spirits to the next level. A group of very young, extremely talented musicians will be feature acts at this year’s Fringe Festival Sept 26 on the first block of West Street, as well as Napfest 2015 in Cape St. Claire Sept 12 at 2pm.
Don’t let the members’ ages fool you into underestimating the sound this band produces; these School of Rock graduates are not playing around. Jackson and Jacob shred guitars and basses while Trystin and Jack lay down the beats on their drums and keys. Lead singer Katie commands the stage like Maryland’s other reigning queen of rock, Joan Jett. Fast of Lightning’s brand of rock n’ roll would do their classic & alt rock forefathers proud with their renditions of Heart, Foo Fighters, and No Doubt. Check them out here.
Many young musicians like Fast as Lightning are honing their skills with the best mentors of the music scene such as Ahren Bucheister. Ahren is a teacher, producer, all-around amazingly talented musician, and member of Pompeii Graffiti, turning 10 this September! Pompeii Graffiti is an indie rock band that makes entrancing melodies while also sporting a great sense of humor. The band’s beautifully produced videos and current news can be found on its website and facebook page. The band’s double-digit birthday party will be held at Metropolitan on September 5 with friends Goodbye New Plans, Tomato Dodgers, and Robyn Banks performing to help celebrate. More info on the event here.
Hot Spots where you’ll find Naptown’s Regulars in September:
The ladies of HERE.a pop-up shop, will be back in September with a “Home Grown” ensemble of musicians and artists! Their opening party is set for Sept 11 from 6-8p.m. with the incredible Skribe and Higher Hands. Both will make you want to get up and dance while your eyes and ears soak up Naptown’s local vibe in the shop. Higher Hands is a high-energy, electric fusion of soul, R&B, funk, jazz, and Skribe is 100 percent home-grown garage folk. Read more about Skribe here.
First Sunday Arts Festival, on September 6, hosts various music stages and an increasingly popular Gospel Sushi in the evenings at Tsunami (51 West Street).
Up.St.Art Fall Launch Party, Sept 11, at Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern (107 Hillsmere Drive) featuring Jeremy Ragsdale & Skribe.
The Fringe Festival, Sept 26, boasts a growing list of performers. Check for the latest news here.
Art in Action Street Festival, Sept. 26, at the Annapolis Design District, 11am-4pm. Live Music, vendors, beer garden, street art + more to benefit Oyster Recover Partnership.
Music in the Park at Whitmore Park at Calvert & Clay Streets. Jazz Thursdays Sept 10 & 24 and Gospel Sundays Sept 6 & 20, 7pm. Bring a lawn chair but plan on dancing instead of sitting.
Come to The Point Crab House (700 Mill Creek Road, Arnold MD) for music on the water! Wednesdays & Thursdays, 5-8pm.
Dean Rosnethal will be all over town in September: Wednesday Happy Hours at Rams Head; 49 West’s Singer/Songwriter Showcase on Monday, Sept. 7 and the Sunday, Sept. 27; Ajar (Open) Mic Night at Metropolitan every Wednesday with Jimi Haha.