Saturday, November 7, 2015


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Andy Bopp w/June Starr and Birds & Arrows

WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 8pm
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: ADV $10, $8 mbrs. Door $13, $11 mbrs.

Baltimore's Andy Bopp has a style that ranges from power pop to soul country, with masterful songwriting as the common thread.  He has written, recorded, and released 15 albums, toured the world, and navigated the freeways and backroads of the music industry for two decades.  In 2015, he released "Time to Rock,” which he and his full band will be performing tonight for the first time on our stage.

Led by singer-songwriter Andy Grimm, June Star’s sound takes the Southern gothic imagery of Flannery O'Connor and blends it with the stripped down approach of Uncle Tupelo’s later period. The core of June Star includes singer/songwriter Andrew Grimm and pedal steel/alchemist David Hadley.  The band’s shows are intimate and intense.  Grimm's rough edged baritone clearly delivers the message while Hadley's slippery steel hugs curves and navigates the melodies.

Birds and Arrows are musicians Andrea and Pete Connolly who is also a visual artist. They live in a cabin in the woods in rural, NC and have developed a rich sound that is much more than the sum of their parts. This performance comes just days after the release of their album Edge of Everything.

This show has limited seating. Standing Room Only.

Marah—Trio show with Mike "Slo-mo" Brenner

WHEN: Friday, November 13, 8pm
ADV $15, $12 mbrs. Door $18, $15 mbrs.

Closely associated with a Philadelphia sound that harkens back to the workmanlike rock ethos of Bruce Springsteen, along with Steve Earl’s blue collar edge, Marah has been doing their thing since the early ‘90s.

This Fall, Marah is releasing their breakout album “Kids In Philly” on vinyl for first time ever. Mastered from the original ½” analog tapes recorded 15 years ago, “this is the biggest and baddest the album has ever sounded,” says lead singer Dave Bielanko. The “Kids in Philly” Vinyl Package (includes CD + DL card with bonus material) is out 10/6/15 (Valley Farm Songs) and is now available for pre-order on the band’s official website: It will also be available at this show. David Bielanko, Serge Bielanko and Christine Smith will be joined by longtime collaborator, Dobro/steel guitar innovator, Mike "Slo-mo" Brenner.

Hope, fight, tunes, guitars…if you wanted to know where the soul of rock’n’roll disappeared to, Marah stole it.” – NICK HORNBY, author of High Fidelity

“…organically grown, skilled, tight players with a deep foundation in history, devotion to tradition and unrestrained zeal for the splendor and salvation of ramshackle rock.” – ROLLINGSTONE.COM

“Marah is as exciting a band as you will find.” – LA TIMES.COM

The riveting, astonishing mature second effort from South Philadelphia roots-rockers Marah…a blast of pure rock energy we rarely experience anymore.” – THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER