The new year is only a few months away, but that doesn’t mean everyone is looking ahead. Local restaurants and bars are bringing in bands to perform hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and beyond. What’s your preferred genre? These upcoming performances will deliver your entertainment any way you want it.
The Office Bar & Grill
2801 Mountain Road, Pasadena
Don’t be alarmed if you walk into The Office Bar & Grill and see smoke on November 10 after 9:00pm — it’s all part of the show. The five-piece band Spellbound likes to incorporate stage lighting and smoke effects in its show. Combine that aesthetic with some unique twists on popular songs and you have a typical Spellbound performance. The band’s set-list ranges from the trippy tunes of the ‘60s to the hard-rocking ‘70s to the synthesizer-laced rock of the ‘80s, anthems of the ‘90s and today’s hits.
For more information, call The Office Bar & Grill at 410-255-6540.
Rams Head Dockside
1702 Furnace Drive, Glen Burnie
Kieran Lally has performed acoustic pop all over the area, from the Greene Turtle in Pasadena to Stan & Joe’s South in Edgewater. He will serenade the crowd at Rams Head Dockside on November 14 and November 28 starting at 8:00pm.
With their set-list of rock and country, the Bird Daddy Project takes the stage on November 17 at 8:30pm. Other performers include Nicky Stacy on November 21 at 8:00pm and Loose Ties on November 24 at 8:30pm.
Acoustic duo Rev C is coming to Rams Head Dockside on December 8 at 8:30pm. Doug Wilson said he and fellow performer Kurt Lobdell play party rock and some country.
“We play songs that everyone knows and loves,” Wilson said. “It’s a singalong-type acoustic act that always likes to have fun with the audience. We play a good variety of everything, from Zac Brown Band to Foo Fighters.”
There is no cover for any of these shows. For more information, call the restaurant at 410-590-2280.
8359 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Pasadena
With live music every Friday and Saturday at 10:00pm, Twain’s Tavern has no shortage of fun. It’s All Good and Cazhmiere will perform on November 16 and 17, respectively. Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve with The Reagan Years at Twain’s on November 21 at 9:00pm.
Andy “Sy” Seyler, drummer and co-founder of The Reagan Years, said it’s been a while since his band has performed in Pasadena, so the musicians are excited to catch up with friends and fans they haven’t seen in a while. An ‘80s tribute band, The Reagan Years is Seyler, Karen Ellison on keys and vocals, Glenn Riley on guitar and vocals, Jody Lewis on bass and vocals, and Scott Benford on saxophone and harmonica.
The band also added two members — singer Raychel Harvey and Nat Doegen on vocals and acoustic guitar — in the last year, so the show will still be engaging even for those who have seen them perform before.
“Raychel has a higher range than Karen, so it has paved the way for Whitney Houston, Irene Cara and a wider catalog of Pat Benatar and Madonna songs,” Seyler said. “Nat is an excellent singer with a wide taste in music, a dry sense of humor and excellent guitar player, all of which makes him an interesting 180-degree change from our previous lead singer. He can change his voice from a clean vocal style like Kenny Loggins, a rocker like Autograph, then to a character voice like REM in back-to-back songs. Nat is a down-to-earth guy, which has helped fortify a strong bond within the band and fans. The motor is firing on all cylinders, wheels are turning smoothly and our sights are set on the same horizon.”
Twain’s will have music by Vertigo Red on November 23. Want to know how diverse the party rock band is? How many acts can go from Jimi Hendrix to Lady Antebellum to Gin Blossoms to John Legend, The Weeknd and Bruno Mars? For those who miss the show or just want to return for an encore, Vertigo Red is slated to play at Twain’s on New Year’s Eve.
Crushing Day, on November 24, and Baltimore-based country band Red Dirt Revolution, on November 30, will close out the month’s live music schedule at Twain’s Tavern. The restaurant also has acoustic acts every Friday from 5:00pm-9:00pm. For details, call 410-647-5200.