WLOY Book Thing Donation Tops $10,000!

June 24th, 2016 by The Professor

Book Thing check handover When we got news of a massive fire at The Book Thing, we knew we had to act to help. This great institution has been getting free books into the hands of the community for more than a decade and has become a critical part of Baltimore. We were able to immediately give them $2,000 from our community fund to help out but it didn’t seem sufficient. Working with the folks at Peabody Heights Brewery, next door to The Book Thing, and the great people at Friends Records, we held a 2-stage fundraising event on May 28th with 19 artists performing throughout the day. Ticket sales, direct donations, donations from the food vendors and the brewery put us at a total of $8,004.00 raised by the event! We are incredibly lucky to be a part of a community that teams up to support itself and could never have done this without their help. Pictured above John Devecka (WLOY), Russell Wattenberg (The Book Thing), Dana Murphy (Friends Records) and Eddie O’Keefe (Peabody Heights Brewery) and absent but VERY responsible for this success is Jimmy MacMillan of Friends Records. A huge thank you to all the amazing bands that jumped on board immediately when asked: DJ Earl Crown, The Milestones, Stacked Like Pancakes, PLRLS, Greasy Hands, Saleem & The Music Lovers, Femi the Drifish & The Out of Water Experience, Wendel Patrick, Eze Jackson, The Boom Bap Society, The Diamond Sea, Brendan Sullivan, Soothsayer, Shinji, DJ Benny Stixx, Maxine, Raindeer, Goblin Mold and Sun Club. The food vendors: Shorty’s Bootleg BBQ, The Green Bowl and Farm to Charm. Donations of raffle items: Maryland Wineries Association, Cafe Hon, Burdock & Bramble, Peabody Heights Brewery, Steve Parke. Thank you ALL for this amazing event and result!



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Honfest 2016 – WLOY Stage

June 7th, 2016 by The Professor

Honfest 2016 It’s that time of year again folks! Honfest!! Where you can relive the ’50s kitsch you never got to experience, break out your best Bawlmerese, throw a dress on your favorite man, and generally revel in the weirdness and fun. WLOY is bringing you a great lineup at our stage located on 36th street at the Chestnut Street intersection (across from The Charmery). Come on down for some fantastic local bands and a few imports. This year we have a VERY limited edition shirt for the show – including a band list on the back – so you can take home copies of the bands music AND your own Honfest souvenir to wear proudly. Get one while we have them – only at the WLOY booth next to the stage.

Saturday June 11, 2016

11:00 – Canopy

12:00 – Janice B

1:00 – Angela Sheik

2:00 – Pressing Strings

3:00 – Saleem & The Music Lovers

4:00 – Femi theDrifish & The Out of Water eXperience

5:00 – ellen cherry

6:00 – Nalani & Sarina

7:00 – Greasy Hands

Sunday June 12, 2016

12:00 – Mike McMonagle

1:00 – The Milestones

2:00 – Don Kim

3:00 – Skribe

4:00 – Jenny Besetzt

5:00 – Paradise Creek



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The Great Heights Band In Studio 6/2 7-8pm

June 1st, 2016 by The Professor

The Great Heights Band Tune into WLOY Loyola Radio on Thursday June 2nd from 7-8pm, where Tara will be joined by The Great Heights Band! Formed in the spring of 2014, and signed to CI Records in the fall or that same year, TGHB has been in full swing since creation. Local to Baltimore, the band has played at legendary local spots like Charm City Art Space and Ottobar. Their debut full length album, “Songs in Eastern Standard Timing” was released in October 2015, and continues to receive rave reviews among listeners. SiEST is on sale on iTunes for 7.99 this week, and TGHB will be playing The Metro Gallery on Friday June 3rd, 2016 with local bands Parks Landing and Waverunner, and No Nets from Brooklyn, NY. Make sure to tune in for the live in studio interview with The Great Height Band!



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The Book Thing Thing Fundraising Concert

May 18th, 2016 by The Professor

The Book Thing Thing On March 2nd, 2016 a Baltimore institution burned. The Book Thing, a free book store serving the city for more than 15 years, suffered a massive fire that destroyed more than 200,000 books and the roof of the building. Russell has started to rebuild and WLOY is going to help. After our initial donation of $2,000, we let him know we wanted to do more. Working with the great people at Friends Records and Peabody Heights Brewing Company, we have put together an amazing festival to raise more money! An incredible collection of local bands large and small have jumped in to help, food vendors signed on, and we are ready to blow everyone away! Join us Saturday May 28 from noon-8pm while we fill 2 stages with bands, and you with food and beverage, all to help The Book Thing!

Buy Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door

ALL AGES SHOW!

Sun Club, Goblin Mold, Stacked Like Pancakes, Eze Jackson, the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, PLRLS, Shinji, Maxine, Raindeer, DJ Earl Crown, the Milestones, Greasy Hands, Saleem & the Music Lovers, Femi the Drifish & the Out of Water eXperience, Wendel Patrick, the Diamond Sea, Brendan Sullivan, Soothsayer, and DJ Benny Stixx – It’s going to be amazing!

Food from Shorty’s Bootleg BBQ, Green Bowl Food Truck, Raffles, and more!



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Museum Monday: GLASS

May 2nd, 2016 by Allison Langley

kinetics What: Kinetics Dance Company

Where: Baltimore Museum of Art

When: May 14 8-930pm

The Kinetics Dance Company will be presenting GLASS at the Baltimore Museum of Art on May 14. “Artistic Director Lauren Snyder presents a new work exploring themes of depth, submersion, and reflection, with the goal of creating a layered viewing experience wherein hidden movement surfaces into sight” (artbma.org) This is going to be an eclectic and moving performance you will want to see. Kinetics Dance Company has been around for 31 years and presents refreshing contemporary dance throughout many communities.

General Admission Adv. is $15 and $18 at the door. Click here for more information regarding the event!



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All-American Rejects Interview (2016)

April 30th, 2016 by The Professor

AAR at loyolapalooza All-American Rejects returned to headline Loyolapalooza 10 years after their first appearance on the campus. WLOY’s Matt Weitzel joined Lauren (GreyCom) and Georgia (Greyhound) for a chat with the band in the most echoey room they could possibly find. Enjoy!

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Food Friday: Cannoli

April 29th, 2016 by Allison Langley

cannoli What: 60 cent Cannoli

Where: Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop

When: May 12 9am to 10pm

I don’t think this Food Friday needs too much advertising, if “60 cent Cannoli’s” doesn’t grab you then I don’t know what will. I can’t help you. No one can help you.

These amazing, fabulous, decadent, carefully made cannoli’s are now going to be available every 2nd Thursday for the rest of the year! Buttt you can’t go into this lovely pastry shop and clean them out! Only two per person, which I think is very fair, I would be fine with half a cannoli for 60 cents, plus… incase you didn’t know… these bad boys are large.

So head on down! Get yo cannoli’s!!!



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Baltimore Ballers

April 29th, 2016 by Brendan Pierce

Sports Saturday

Baltimore gets a lot of hype for developing some of the best lacrosse talent in the nation, but what is underappreciated is the amount of talent that Baltimore has generated on the hardwood. From NBA scoring champion, to FIBA World Champion, to NCAA Champion, Baltimore has produced a number of guys who have gone on to have success at the next level around the world.

Carmelo Anthony: Arguably the most famous athlete from Baltimore is New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is a 9 time all-star, 2 time Olympic Gold Medal winner, and he led the NBA in scoring in 2013. Anthony started his career at Towson Catholic High School before transferring to Oak Hill Academy. Anthony went on to attend Syracuse University in 2003 where he led his team to an NCAA championship in his only year at the school. Anthony was selected No. 3 overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. Anthony spent the first 8 years of his career in Denver before getting traded to the Knicks in 2011. Anthony has done a terrific job giving back to the Baltimore community as well. He hosts an annual 3-on-3 tournament called “Melo’s H.O.O.D.” (Holding Our Own Destiny). The purpose of this event is to help fund the revitalization of the local community center for the youth. He also founded “The Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center”, which he donated $1.5 million to the Living Classrooms Foundation. Read the rest of this entry »



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Theater Thursday: Santigold

April 29th, 2016 by Allison Langley

webuygold What: Santigold We Buy Gold Tour

Where: Baltimore Sound Stage

When: May 4

Time for Santigold a the Baltimore Soundstage! Head downtown May 4 for an incredible show!

Santigold has recently released a new album, 99¢, with three amazing new singles. Sure to be performing these, so you are not going to want miss this excellent concert. No way you won’t be boppin up and down to “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” all night long… Too catchy… Love it!

So swing and sway on down to see Santigold give a dope performance this May 4th! Go here for concert info! Also check them out below!



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Wacky Wednesday: Craft Festival

April 28th, 2016 by Allison Langley

sugar What: Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Where: Maryland State Fair Grounds

When: April 29

Get a little crazy with crafts this weekend and stop on by the Maryland State Fair Ground and get crafty. There will be a variety of cool things to look at it and buy! Anythings from leather, to paintings to jewelry to photography. Perhaps some fine woodworking…. who knows you’ll have to go to find out! This festival will be covering all of the bases!

Head to the site because tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door, you’re gonna want that $2 to get some cool things. But children 12 and under are Free!



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