Ride Or Die/DIY: Try To Keep Up With ME!

The Thermals Are Coming!

Hello Readers! As you may or may not know, I’ve been recording with The Pete (Pete Steinkopf , the brilliant guitarist for The Bouncing Souls). Yesterday we wrapped up some vocals, which required lots of patience, attention and most importantly: whiskey. Even though it was only 2 PM I knew that the screaming/singing I needed to do required some serious libation lubrication, so when Pete handed me a glass of Crown Royal, I did what I had to do. Long story short, the drinking ended about 12 hours later at The Asbury Lanes, my home away from home. ( I told lil Mike I am just going to move into the liquor closet—cut to the chase, you know?)

Somehow I Keep It Together Around This Rock Royalty: Pete Steinkopf Of The Bouncing Souls

The moral of the story is that I am gloriously hungover today, but as the saying goes, Ride Or Die. Winners don’t quit, and quitters don’t win, so I’m going to rage this weekend and keep the dream alive. I’m going to practice Charlie Sheen’s philosophy and win here and win here. Here’s where I’ll be this weekend. Fulfill your dreams of living my punk rock lifestyle and follow along!

Friday 4/29
Cheeky Monkey Sideshow. “You’ll be amazed. You’ll be amused. You’ll be just a little grossed out.” The Lanes always brings faboo freakish acts to town, so I’m sure this troop will deliver a night of bizarre, enthralling entertainment.

Saturday 4/30- Sunday 5/1
Power Pop-A-Licious Festival! The legendary Power-Pop King himself, Paul Collins curated this first ever of it’s kind extravaganza, and it’s going to be pretty spectacular! “Each day will feature bands from different regions of the country, with local DJs spinning sets to create an all-day dance party atmosphere. Similar in approach to “happenings” in 1960’s London, Power Pop-A-Licious is no mere rock n’ roll concert, it’s an event. DJs, performance artist’s video projections, and, of course, the spirited, high-energy live rock-n-roll performances from all these great new bands will provide the entertainment.”

Philadelphia International Festival Of Music And Arts Street Fair
Gaining inspiration from the creative atmosphere in Paris over a century ago, Philadelphia is transforming into a 21st Century City of Light with incredible art, music, dance, performance, food, fashion and more. The celebration reaches a fever pitch with PIFA’s marquis event, a massive Street Fair on the Avenue of the Arts. There will also be two stages set up for live music, including performances from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and the Watcha Clan” and one of my all time favorite rock bands, The Thermals!

The Thermals @ Maxwell’s

Maxwells in Hoboken is one of my favorite venues of all time. Put that together with one of my favorite bands of all time, and you’ve got two great tastes that taste great together. This power trio hails all the way from Portland, OR, and when frontman Hutch Harris opens the groups perfect gem of a record, their last release, Personal Life, by singing “I’m gonna change your life,” boy he ain’t kidding! Backing Harris are my personal hero, bassist Kathy Foster, and the adorable Westin Glass on drums. This band’s sound and live show are second to none, so bring an extra pair of underwear because you will either sh*t them or cream them when you see them play.

There you have it folks! My liver is begging me not to do this, but like I said I am a committed individual who does not give up. I dare you to keep up. I double dawg dare ya, readers. 😉


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