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If you’re a fan of live music, then Lancaster City is THE place to be on Thursday, April 12th as the 10th annual Launch Music Conference and Festival gets underway! Launch runs over four days, showcasing a variety of musical genres as well as high-quality panel discussions. We could go into more detail, but we thought we’d let the founder of this amazing event, Jeremy Weiss, break it down!

“I just don’t think it’s possible to mention only one thing I’m stoked about at The 10th Annual LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival! We have the World Premiere of the film Barn Burner, the story of the incredible number of world-renown metal and hardcore bands and musicians, from seemingly the most unlikely of places: the quiet, conservative, Amish country, Lancaster County.  We have a show with multi-platinum artist, PnB Rock. We have a one-of-a-kind acoustic performance from members of seminal indie/metal icons, Underoath, we have the 2nd installment of Fest Friday at LAUNCH, where thousands gather outdoors at Binns Park for unique food, drink, and  stages of live music, and we have the 15th Anniversary Show of twice-Grammy nominated August Burns Red, featuring reunions of past lineups to include older songs, that haven’t been part of their set in nearly a decade, as well as their biggest hits! That doesn’t even BEGIN to address the panel schedule by day, STACKED with today’s most successful, insightful, and talented Industry Professionals from around the country.  I’m particularly fired up to see the panel with Talinda Bennington, widow of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, as well as Jim Digby (Linkin Park Team) and Anna Shinoda (wife of Linkin Park guitarist Mike Shinoda), addressing mental health and the stresses of a career in music.”


See our point? Needless to say, we’re SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED!  Passes and individual tickets, as well as the full schedule of panels and nighttime entertainment, are available here.

Our DO. ladies will be attending The Village 90’s Party this weekend and it got us thinking about how much we just LOVE the 90’s. The chokers, the grunge, the music, but most of all, the MOVIES. If you aren’t absolutely obsessed with the 90’s then something’s wrong! We are so excited to enjoy some throwbacks and good company this weekend and hope to see some of you there as well! Obviously, 90’s gear is a MUST. Whip out that old windbreaker or choker that has been accumulating dust over the past 20ish years. 

 

While we are on the topic, we want to list our fav things about the 90’s and want to hear YOUR thoughts! What do you love most about the 90’s?! Drop a comment on our FB or on this blog post and let us know what you love most. 

 

LET’S BLAST YOU TO THE PAST

Movies

Umm, maybe a local venue could have a 90’s movie marathon?! We’d be all over that – and we’d bring snacks <– please watch this vid if you want a good laugh.

CluelessEncino ManHookThe SandlotSpace JamEdward Scissor Hands ScreamMrs. Doubtfire10 Things I Hate About YouCruel IntentionsJawbreakerThe CraftI Know What You Did Last SummerA Night at the RoxburyPractical MagicThe Next Karate KidFlubber | Goosebumps Movies (all of them) | Selena | Now and Then | Casper |Obvi the classics (Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, The Matrix etc.)

Disney Channel Original Movies 

PS., if you weren’t on that Disney Channel Original Movie game then we can’t be friends. 

ZenonHalloween TownSmart HouseBrinkThe 13th YearUnder WrapsDon’t Look Under the BedMom’s Got a Date with a Vampire | Johnny Tsunami

Shows

Buffy the Vampire SlayerAre You Afraid of the DarkMY SHIT RI THRDawson’s CreekCat DogSeventh HeavenParty of FiveMy So Called LifeMTV everything | The Wild ThornberriesThe Magic School Bus  |Charmed | So Weird 

Music

UsherSugar RayVitamin CMissy ElliottRicky MartinBritney SpearsJessica SimpsonBackstreet BoysN*SYNC98 DegreesChristina AguileraThird Eye BlindCeline DionTLCSpice GirlsAce of BaseTracy ChapmanLisa LoebNo DoubtDestiny’s Child3LWHansonJewelAlanis MorrissetteStevie NicksMichelle LewisOMCDidoNo DoubtSheryl CrowThe CranberriesMelissa EtheridgePaula ColeMandy MooreATCLa BoucheJohnny O.Stacey Q.Janet JacksonEn VogueCynthiaLisa Lisa & Cult JamNirvanaPearl JamRage Against the Machine311WeezerBeastie BoysNine Inch Nails |Aaliyah | NWANaughty By NaturePaula Abdul

Fashion & Random Sh**

Chokers | YingYangs | Daisies | Sunflowers | Smiley Faces | Butterfly Clips | Headbands | Stripes | Polo Dresses | Pleated Skirts | Knee Socks | Fuzzy Sweaters | Chenille Fabric Everything | Lipsmackers & Bonne Belle | Mood Rings | Frosted Tips | Phat Farm | Rollerblades | Slap Bracelets | Sparkles everywhere | Fun Buns | Bandanas | Jersey Dresses | Purple Ketchup | Tiny Size Chiclets | Fruit Ouch Bubble Gum | 007 Goldeneye | Rush video game | Castlevania Symphony of the Night

 

Well, we hope you loved this little blast from the past. Did we miss something? Let us know!

Valentine’s Day in Harrisburg? Why not?! Grab your person, hit the town, and enjoy a variety of special activities you both will love! *heart emoji*

If you’re on a quest for food and fun, look no further than the Millworks! They are located on Verbeke Street near one of the oldest farmers markets in the country. Millworks offers quality food in their restaurant and hand-crafted beer at their brewery, DELISH! After your meal, feast your eyes on some local art as you peruse their art gallery and shop. (Brownie Points: they serve a KILLER brunch on Sundays between 10am and 2pm.)

https://millworksharrisburg.com/about/

Reflect together at the Susquehanna Art Museum for their “Looking In: Portraits and Their Stories” exhibit. This particular show goes up on February 10th and will be available for viewing until May 20th. (Pro Tip: If you’re looking for a date on the cheap side, go to the exhibit on Friday, February 16th between 5pm and 8pm for free admission!)

Susquehanna Art Museum

Located on North Third Street, Midtown Scholar Bookstore is not your ordinary bookstore. This refurbished theater and department store holds 200,000 books along with various events, live performances, and a cafe. (Side note: Midtown Scholar also has 2 million books available online for purchase, including rare books and various signed copies.)

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/midtownscholarbookstore/interesting/

Feel the love and the beat as you head to Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center for dinner, drinks, and some dirty dancing on Valentine’s Day! Los Monstros will be serving up some salsa and merengue music live on stage as you enjoy an energetic and romantic evening together!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/LosMonstros/photos

Mix up your V-Day by going out with friends and testing your strategy skills in an escape room setting. Outside the Box provides a challenging adventure filled with puzzles and riddles. If you’re in a large group, consider booking an outbreak raceroom to compete against friends in the same challenge!

https://www.facebook.com/escaperoomharrisburg


Make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet!

So… remember that scene in 40-Year-Old Virgin when David (Paul Rudd) gives Andy (Steve Carell) his personal VHS collection *eggplant emoji*. Well, this is OUR gift to you this Valentine’s Day. Set the mood this V Day. We have supplied a little bit of everything for you guys. Enjoy 😉

https://unsplash.com/photos/RTrenEigeDc

Slow Jams

This Moment – Janine

Holiest – Glass Animals

Waiting Game– Banks

Worthy – Jacob Banks

Bed – J. Holiday

Falsetto – The Dream

Raella – TOKImONSTA feat. Anderson .Paak

What You Need – The Weeknd

Needed Me – Rihanna

All The Time– Jeremih

Pillowtalk – Zayn

It’s Only – Odesza

Twice – Little Dragon

Unfold – Alina Baraz

Fetish – Selena Gomez

Wild Horses – The Sundays ← I know ya’ll have seen Fear.

Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

Crazy in Love – Sofia Karlberg

 

Slightly Upbeat

Wildfire – SBTKRT feat. Little Dragon

Gold – Kiiara

Last Night – Keyshia Cole & Diddy

Superman – Eminem

Gold – Chet Faker

Magnets – Lorde

Hunt – Goldfrapp

Filthy – Justin Timberlake

All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar feat. SZA

La Tortura – Shakira ← the music video itself will get you in the mood

 

Steamy Throwbacks

Get it on Tonite – Montell Jordan

I Wanna Know – Joe

Pony – Ginuwine

Nice and Slow – Usher

Freak Me – Silk

Take You Down – Chris Brown

 

Edgy

Closer – Nine Inch Nails

Army of Me – Bjork

System- Chester Bennington

Blue – A Perfect Circle

Change (In the House of Flies) – Deftones

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Marilyn Manson OR Eurythmics

Becoming Harmonious – The Glitch Mob feat. Metal Mother

Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground

Kiss and Swallow – IAMX

Trash – Korn

 

XOXO

 

Vinyl fans and music enthusiasts must give these dudes a listen.

Listen Hard is a podcast created by music nerds Nick Reiner (DJ Salinger) and Max Kornhauser. When these two get together, their musically centered podcast features one central theme special guests, and—of course—vinyl records. Equal parts music and discussion, Max and Nick invite you to listen while they explore their personal record collections and discuss the joys (and pains) of collecting.

You can see a list of all their episodes here: https://www.mixcloud.com/Listen_Hard/

In their most recent episode (below), Nick and Max interview their first official interviewed guest, Mike Madrigale—owner of Mr. Suit Records.

Inspired by the dancey, sneaker squeakin’ musical sounds of the 80s and 90s, YOUTHFOOL brings that funky pop-rock feel to the stage—with a sexy lil’ twist of glam. All around, this band is way too fun to listen to, and they’ll definitely have you in the mood to groove. 

Lucky for us, YOUTHFOOL will be stealing all of our hearts on April 29 at The Chameleon Club! These Philly natives have been working hard on their newest release—an extensive 8-track EP called “Before You Leave.”At its core, YOUTHFOOL is really a solo project by Joston Michael himself. However, a live band fills the stage when playing at venues. Singer-songwriter Joston Michael also plays lead guitar. When I first heard the song “That Strange Talk!” I legitimately freaked out, texting my buddy Ben Roth of The Kaleidoscope recording studio, as he was the one who referred Joston to Things To Do Lancaster. “That Strange Talk!” and all of the other YOUTHFOOL tunes will have you slipping into your spiffiest kicks in a jiffy, movin’ and groovin’ through the whole damn show! YOUTHFOOL’s music is reminiscent of everything I fell in love with musically in the 90s.

We are so excited to host YOUTHFOOL locally. You will most definitely see Things To Do Lancaster bopping around at the show.

You can read another awesome interview with them here.
Saturday, April 29 at The Chameleon Club.
Youthfool, Astro Lasso, Badflower, Beware Of Darkness. Headliner: Bleeker.
Buy your $10 tickets here. ($12 at the door.)

 

 
Finding the peace you thought was lost.

A Week Away is throwing its annual benefit concert to help raise money for families in need. A Week Away coordinates and finances respite weeks for families who are battling a life threatening illness. The goal of this incredible organization is to provide these families with the hope and support they need to continue their fight—which, many times, can feel very chaotic.

This year’s benefit concert—featuring three bands (The Jayplayers, Tyler Burkhart, Big Boy Brass Band, and Smoky Willows)—will be held on March 16 at Tellus360 from 7pm to 10pm. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to A Week Away.

Ticket sales will range from $5 to $50 with different levels of perks.
$5 = entry to concert
$10 = entry  + AWA Pint Glass
$20= entry + special edition AWA concert t-shirt
$50= entry + special edition AWA concert t-shirt + AWA beanie

Enjoy some music, swag, and contribute to an amazing cause in Lancaster!

Tyler Burkhart: https://tylerburkhart.bandcamp.com/ (Also, here’s a piece XPN wrote on him)
A Week Away
941 Wheatland Avenue, (717) 742-5481, info@aweekaway.org
Tellus360
24 East King Street, (717) 393-1660

For over 30 years, the Wolf Sanctuary of PA at Speedwell Forge has provided a forever home for displaced wolves and wolf-dogs. As a non-profit sanctuary, they need your help so that they can continue in their mission of providing quality care and enrichment for these mysterious and misunderstood creatures. Some of their long-term goals include an onsite veterinary care facility and a “Wolf Kitchen” for food storage and preparation.

Mark your calendars for a night of music, friends, art and education on Sunday, March 19 at Tellus360, 6pm to midnight.

Donations can be made via the Sanctuary’s website or at the show: www.wolfsanctuarypa.org/donate

You can find additional information about the musical lineup on the Facebook event page.

So let’s get together, rock out to some music, and howl at the moon!

Modern Art is a storefront design studio located at 529 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster. The space was created by Libby Modern and Joanna Seedorf, both designers and artists who use the space as their creative hub, where they design things like posters, logos, signs, and branding strategies. They also use the space as a studio for painting original works and developing community art projects, including the collaborative ArtBike Lancaster project in partnership with The Common Wheel.

Along with these excellent creative initiatives, Modern Art also hosts events, including a series of Tiny Modern Concerts, which are organized by a variety of promoters from around the area. While I had attended concerts at Modern Art in the past, I had the pleasure of producing our first show there on Friday, September 25, when the Lancasphere Sound Collective welcomed Dream Boat, a psychedelic collective of musicians from Athens, GA who are currently touring the Northeast and Midwest.

Dream Boat, which features the songwriting of Page Campbell, is fronted by Page along with her sister, Claire Campbell, also of Hope For Agoldensummer. The sisters filled the space with lush sibling harmonies and heavenly dream pop melodies, backed by drummer/keyboardist Ryan Vogel and guitarist/keyboardist, Kris Deason. Their set was so well received that the audience brought them back for a double encore.

Modern Art proved to be a wonderfully intimate space for a shows. It occupies the first floor of a corner row house at the intersection of Chestnut and Pine. The front room, which likely served as a living room for many years in the past, served as the performance space and offered a house concert vibe comfortably seating 25 with room for another dozen or more as a standing room. While the concerts aren’t scheduled on a regular basis, the super cool intimate vibe and gracious hospitality provided by Libby and Jo make Tiny Modern Concerts something to definitely keep an eye on. The concerts and other event listings for Modern Art can be found here. And be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo by David Bellard