A New Year of Gigspotting
Greetings and Happy 2017 from the Gigspotter! I’m back in the ring to take another swing at highlighting some of the great live entertainment being featured at our Lancaster venues! Last year included some amazing performances by local, regional and national bands and 2017 promises much of the same.
I’m hosting a monthly Music Fridays in Lancaster concert this year at 551 West on King Street. On this Friday the 20th we feature Shawan and The Wonton for a free night of soul and blues. If you haven’t caught this young lady and her entourage of players yet, it’s time! She performed at Lancaster Roots & Blues festival in 2016, at Tellus360 for the Celebrate Lancaster show this summer and was a WXPN/Fig Voices featured artist. Shawan just spent three months in New Orleans busking, songwriting and perfecting her craft. This will be her first area performance since her return and she and her band are hot to turn the night into something memorable!
Being a Gigspotter has its downside; you can’t hit every show! This Friday is a notable example as I’d love to be at Tellus360 for the first Lancaster appearance of Bond & Bentley since 2014. It was bad enough that Tellus was closed for two weeks to start 2017 but hey, those guys and gals work their hearts out fifty weeks a year. They’ll have their hands full when Rev. Ray Wroten and Bond & Bentley turn it up. The lineup has changed a bit but not the attitude. It’s a party! I’ll catch them and a ton of my other favorite OneKoast acts at this year’s Frozen Harbor Music Festival!
Winter has started peeking in our windows and that gives lots of people the blues. Of course Lancaster Roots & Blues festival will revive our spirits the last weekend in February. If you need an injection of some healing blues before then, look no further than Tellus360 on Friday January 27th.
Benjamin Vo Blues Band is headlining a stellar night that will shake, rattle and roll away any bad vibes you’re feeling. Our friends Gabe Stillman and The Billtown Giants (also an LRB alumnus) anchor the show on their way to The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN the first week in February. Opening the night is one of our all-time favorite performers: Skribe. He’s from Annapolis and his December 2016 release Postcards is a killer! Could there be an all-jam at the end? It wouldn’t be the first time!
When I invite people to shows, many of them say, “I wish I could!” Make your wishes come true in 2017! Support the arts and give back to the people who make our local culture so vibrant. The Humanities starts with humans and Lancaster offers plenty of visual, performing and culinary arts to enliven your spirits.