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Honfest 2018 – WLOY Stage

Friday, May 25th, 2018 by Tara Howell

I can’t believe it’s June already – and you know what that means, Honfest! Grab your hairspray, throw on your feather boa, and practice your best Bawlmerese accent to get ready. WLOY is excited to celebrate the 25th year of Honfest with the WLOY Stage again this year. Honfest is Saturday, June 9th, and Sunday, June 10th, 2018, and WLOY will be there all weekend! WLOY is proud to host the WLOY stage and is bringing a great lineup stacked full of local and some of the station’s favorite artists and bands. The WLOY stage will be located on 36th street at the Chestnut street intersection (right across from The Charmery).

WLOY Stage 2018 Lineup

Saturday June 9

11:00 – 12:00pm Janice B

12:00 – 01:00pm Red Sammy

01:00 – 02:00pm Saleem & Caleb Stine 

02:00 – 03:00pm Agnes Moorehead

03:00 – 04:00pm Out of Water eXperience

04:00 – 05:00pm Purrer 

05:00 – 06:00pm Soul Cannon

06:00 – 07:00pm Rufus Roundtree and Da B’more Brass Factory

07:00 – 08:00pm Spirit Parade

Sunday June 10

12:00 – 01:00pm Pompeii Graffiti

01:00 – 02:00pm Voodoo Pharmacology

02:00 – 03:00pm J Pope and the HearNow

03:00 – 04:00pm Swampcandy

04:00 – 05:00pm Of Tomorrow

05:00 – 06:00pm Lavender 

This is quite possibly our most diverse lineup yet, so there is something for everyone. We are so excited for this year’s line up, and we hope you are too! See you there!



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Maria Dontas @ Coffeehouse 4/26

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Cara Hullings

Come see Maria Dontas on Thursday April 26 from 8-10pm in Starbucks! Dontas is a Loyola Alumni as well as a WLOY Alumni.

She and former band (now Surf Harp) opened for Jack’s Mannequin at Loyolapalooza 2012!

She also fronted Cash Cash in their live performance on VH-1. It’s sure to be an awesome show—can’t wait to see you all there!



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The Great Heights Band @ Coffeehouse 4/19

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Claire Riley

Don’t have plans this Thursday night? Come see the Great Heights Band with special guest Matt Talley (https://www.matttalleymusic.com) from 8-10 pm in Starbucks! They are a rad-pop/rock band from right here in the Baltimore/DC area. They have released a couple albums in the past few years including “Weird Thoughts” in 2014 and “Songs in Eastern Standard Timing” in 2015. They will be releasing their new album “rad-pop” on Friday April 20, the day after they play at Loyola. We are hoping they will give us a sneak preview of the new album! So, if you haven’t made any plans for this Thursday night, stop Starbucks, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the Great Heights Band!



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Battle of the Bands 4/5 McGuire Hall

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

IT IS ON! Who will win the 2018 Battle of the Bands and open for Sean Paul at Loyolapalooza 2018?? 4 professional industry members will judge but YOU get to be a judge too. Join us in McGuire Hall 8-10pm (doors at 7:30) and cast your vote for the best band. This year the 4 bands competing are Wilmah, The Average, Juniper and Clash Carton. Your reaction and support can sway the judges and your vote will help break a tie. The Battle is back to it’s full glory with a raised stage, lights and PA filling all of McGuire Hall. Join us, win free stuff, have a great time supporting your favorite student band, and help pick the opening act for Loyolapalooza 2018!



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Enter Battle of the Bands or Songwriter Skirmish!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 by Tara Howell

Do you want to perform at Loyolapalooza? Here is your chance! Enter to compete in the Battle of the Bands, or the Songwriter Skirmish. Songwriter Skirmish is open to solo or duo acts (rappers, songwriters, duos, and mixers), while Battle of the Bands is for bands of 3 or more. Songwriter Skirmish will take place on Thursday 3/22 from 8-10pm at Starbucks. Battle of the Bands will take place on Thursday 4/5 in McGuire Hall. The winner of Songwriter Skirmish will be the first act of Loyolapalooza, and the Battle of the Bands winner will open for the national headliner. Loyolapalooza is Sunday 4/29.

To enter, you must be or have at least one active member connected to Loyola University Maryland. They can be employees, current students or alumni. Bands entering for Battle of the Bands must be able to perform a 15-20 minute set of original songs to compete. By entering, you are confirming that you are able to perform at Songwriter Skirmish (3/22) or Battle of the Bands (4/5), and are able to perform at Loyolapalooza on 4/29.

Think you have what it takes? Enter below! Submissions for Songwriter Skirmish are due 3/19 by 11:59 pm and submissions for Battle of the Bands are due 3/22 by 11:59 pm.

Fill out the online form.


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Open Mic Night 3/1

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 by The Professor

Join us for our last Open Mic Night before Battle of the Bands and Songwriter Skirmish! This is your last chance to get in some extra performance time and get psyched up to compete for a spot at Loyolapalooza!

The winners of Battle of the Bands (4/5) and Songwriter Skirmish (3/22) will get to perform on stage at Loyolapalooza, opening for a day of major artists. Share your talents with your friends at Starbucks this week and submit your name for the competitions. Know a band? Got a friend that just needs a push? Tell them to join us this Thursday night for a shot at stardom 🙂



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Mark Hopkins @ Coffeehouse 2/22

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by The Professor

Mark Hopkins is a Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, and more… He’s joining us for another coffeehouse because we can’t get enough of his excellent pop and rock songwriting. Whether solo or fronting his full band, Mark can rock out with his thoughtful songs and a lot of soul. Check him out at the Maryland Music Awards. Mark has played coffeehouse before and even graced our stage at Honfest and we know how much fun he brings with every song. It’s time for you to find out too!

As always WLOY will also have free tickets to upcoming shows you can win from Baltimore Soundstage as a bonus just for hanging out with us.



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Swampcandy & Doc Pine – Late Night 2/15

Monday, February 12th, 2018 by The Professor

Join us this Thursday night for a bluesy, swampy, rocking night. The great and powerful Swampcandy are playing again for us featuring Ruben ripping up the National Steel and Joey’s flailing bass (and mane). With 4 albums released, they’ve got a deep catalog of excellent songs to draw on, from “Drink Whiskey With Me” to “Devil in the Suitcase”. You’ll be transported to a late night roadhouse deep in the backwoods. Check out their website and amazing videos.

As a bonus this week you get 2 bands for the FREE price of 1! Swampcandy is joined by Doc Pine and The Respect He Deserves. A project of James Von Lenz (you may have seen his other band Voodoo Pharmacology on campus in the fall) they’re going to run the gamut from original twangy tracks to Springsteen covers (State Trooper!) and more. See if you can spot Ahren Bucheister in yet another band (is that 13 now?!).

Don’t order yet, there’s more! We also have a sample of the great bread pudding (and caramel sauce) from Cafe Hon for the lucky ones while it lasts, and free tickets to shows at Baltimore Soundstage you can win!



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WLOY Sports Director at the Winter Olympics

Friday, February 9th, 2018 by The Professor

WLOY Sports Director Bobby Trosset ’17 is no stranger to the Olympics and big events. While still a student at Loyola, Bobby worked for the Today Show as a runner at the 2017 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He followed that up by helping to arrange the Guinness World Record Crab Walk at Loyola as part of the Rokerthon 2017. As the Sports Director at WLOY, Bobby did play-by-play of The President’s Cup city-wide high school baseball games and broadcast from the radio booth at Camden Yards several times. Now, out in the “real world” we find ourselves answering the question “Where in the world is Bobby?” with “South Korea”! Working for NBC Sports Washington, Bobby is covering the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Today we’re honored to have him tell us more about it during the 4-5pm (EST) weekly Sports Talk show with Stefan and Austin. Bobby’s joining us at 6am his time having just finished the first day of the 2018 Winter Olympics. We’re excited to hear more about it and continue the WLOY tradition of Sports Directors doing big things! Tune in today to catch the interview live from Korea!



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Coffeehouse 2/8 Bell’s Roar & QueenEarth

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 by The Professor

WLOY & Spectrum present this weeks show featuring bell’s roar and Queen Earth. Join us Thursday night by Starbucks from 8-10pm for a great night of music!

Sean Desiree performs as “bell’s roar”: The name bell’s roar symbolizes the focus and attitude held in Sean Desiree’s solo project. It’s a reference to feminist writer bell hooks who speaks of intersectionality and solidarity in their work. Being a queer, gender nonconforming person of color Sean cannot isolate forms of oppression. The roar represents the fight to not be silent and to use their creative voice to stop ongoing domination.

Missy Smith aka “QueenEarth” is a Loyola (and WLOY) graduate who has been performing solo and with bands for years. QueenEarth is a singer/songwriter and creative professional. In addition to performing her music, she has combined her passions to create courses, programs, and events that encourage social justice and arts education. She finds the greatest joy when she can bring her experience together for education, music, and creativity.



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