By Alyson Kay
Ten stages, 150 musicians, multiple genres — One Koast Entertainment is bringing back its Frozen Harbor Music Festival to Baltimore on February 22 and 23, and Pasadena musicians will be there to please the masses.
Guitarist Brody Kean will open for headlining country music artist Brandon Ray and Arundel High School sensation Jackson Dean at PBR Baltimore on February 22. Kean started out playing guitar with his high school friends’ punk alternative band. But he found that the songs he wrote didn’t fit with the punk alternative genre.
“I kind of fell more into the country genre because I like the storytelling and songs,” Kean said. “I just related to it more.”
Kean also finds that his lifestyle in Pasadena is emblematic of country music.
“I like going places where everybody knows everybody,” Kean said. “It’s little things that you don’t appreciate living in a big city, and that’s what I like about living in Pasadena.”
Kean writes personal music about his life and growing up, such as his song “Thank You for Me.” Another song, “Go On,” is about admiring your significant other.
Although Kean considers music more of a hobby, he hopes to gain more exposure. On February 13, he will visit the Tin Roof in Baltimore to open for Caleb Lee Hutchinson, who was a runner-up for the 16th season of “American Idol.”
As I Burn will perform at Angel’s Rock Bar on January 23 as a part of a show headlined by hard rock band Davey Suicide. The bassist for As I Burn, Stevie Trise, grew up in Pasadena.
The band originally started in 2015 under the name As Embers Fall. Its current lineup consists of four members: Trise, vocalist Jimmy Lewis, drummer Jeff Reinhardt and guitarist Bryan Murphy.
They play a blend of metal subgenres, such as thrash, with some alternative rock riffs. Each band member comes from a different background with musical influences ranging from rock artists Green Day and Meatloaf to metal bands Korn and Slipknot.
“It all comes together like a melting pot,” Lewis said.
The band’s songs are mostly about overcoming obstacles. Their most popular song, “My Name,” is about making your own path despite what others think. The band ends with the song most shows.
On February 1, the band will perform at The Pinch in Washington, D.C. They just released a debut EP, which includes five songs: “Gugo,” “Who Am I,” “Lose Control,” “My Name” and “Forever’s End.” It is available for sale at shows and through the band’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Former PASADENA frontman and current solo artist Joey Harkum will perform February 23 at PBR Baltimore. The Harbor Boys, a reggae band from Pasadena, will be onstage for the festival pre-party at Angel’s Rock Bar on January 19, and the group will also play on February 22 at Baltimore Soundstage.