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Let’s Rock: Pan Fried Steel- Topical Rock

Let's Rock (225 x 142)Steve Tove-Pan Player; Sandy Adams-Pan Player; Steve Jones-Drummer

How did you come up with your band name? The name was a play on the Steel Drums or pans our band’s sound is known for. We wanted to make sure we kept the “steel” in there and thought that because we are known for playing outside in the sun where we feel as if we are “fried like an egg,” the reference would be appropriate.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say? Tropical Rock… where the sounds take you to a place where you are sitting on the beach watching the sunset sipping on a cocktail with a little umbrella.

Do you have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music? Steve Tove, outside of music, loves playing softball and referees for girls’ high school lacrosse. The other two members are true musicians and don’t have any real hobbies outside of music.

What’s your most embarrassing experience? Our most embarrassing experience is when one of us messes up musically on a note or in a key. Most times the audience will never know, but being musicians, we hear it and will taunt each other unmercifully.

Be sure to catch the cool tropical sounds of Pan Fried Steel at the Taste of the Narrows on Saturday, October 12th. To hear their tunes, check them out on facebook and catch one of their performances at the Courtyard Concert Series at the Village Centers in Howard County. To book Pan Fried Steel for a private party or function, email Steve at Panfriedsteel@yahoo.com or call 410-971-9594. Pan Fried Steel can provide your event with the perfect background music to make your guests feel they are on a tropical beach sipping on a frozen concoction. With a mix of tropical to Buffett to Marley to Santana, Pan Fried Steel provides something for everyone.


Let’s Rock: DeadEye Stare

Let's Rock (225 x 142)Michael Haley- Lead Vocals; Mike Saslaw- Bass/Back-up Vocals; Duane Ferguson- Drums/Back-up Vocals; Shahrokh Molavi- Guitar and Many Pedals


How did you come up with your band name? We do our sound checks and practice in one of the band member’s basement. It is surrounded by hunting trophies mounted on the walls that give us the DeadEye Stare. So it became a fitting name for them.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say? Upbeat and not your normal cover band… we choose music that no other band plays but that everyone knows.

Do you have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music? Mike Saslaw says his hobbies are fast cars, fast women and fast times at Ridgemont High! Michael Haley enjoys spending time with his family and watching baseball. Duane Ferguson enjoys hunting, golfing and watching football. Shahrokh Molavi enjoys coaching his children’s recreational sports teams such as lacrosse.

What’s your most embarrassing experience? We are the most embarrassed when people get on stage and dance with us. One particular incident involved some rubbing and dirty dancing. It was totally embarrassing!

DeadEye Stare is a 4-piece Rock and Roll cover band that jams 90’s to present Alternative Rock. The band consists of four area seasoned musicians, each bringing their own unique style, personality, and talent together to ROCK YOUR WORLD and have a good time while doing it. Be sure to check out DeadEye Stare at their home away from home… the Ram’s Head Shore House, where they can be seen monthly, and at other spots such as Red Eye’s Dock Bar, Big Bats on the Eastern Shore and Rams Head Roadhouse on the Western Shore. They will be at the Shore House on September 27th at 9:30 pm, and they look forward to seeing you there!


Let’s Rock: Mike Waskey

Let's Rock (225 x 142)Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter/Storyteller/Composer

How did you come up with your band name? Obviously, it is my name, but I did try a few other names before settling on the name my parents gave to me. One name was the “Complainey Complainerton,” but it seemed almost too sad, and no one could pronounce it. I also tried “Underground Weatherman,” but people would Google it looking for me, and a voilent 60’s radical group called the Weathermen Underground would pop up.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say? I profess to be a Jocund Iconoclast… a good-humored slob!

Do you have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music? I enjoy reading a few good chapters of a book, but admit to usually finishing them by audio clip. I also spend a great deal of time at yard sales specifically looking for books I can resell to support my eCommerce business. If anyone has any books, please call or email me.

What’s your most embarrassing experience? My most embarrassing experience happened at a nursing home, typically a musician’s happy spot because they so enjoy music and the musicians always are appreciated. However, one particular day, my audio equipment was off and was producing some annoying feedback, which the audience did not like. They all ended up walking out one by one, and I received complaints about my performance and was told that my technology was no longer welcome.

Michael Waskey is a graduate of the distinguished Berklee College of Music and is well known for his songwriting and storytelling abilities. His music is a sophisticated blend of Folk Rock. He makes his living teaching guitar to future musicians, playing his music at private and public events, and donating his talent for local animal charity events. He enjoys playing his original music at coffee houses and his rendition of favorite cover songs at local pubs and bars. If you would like to book Michael for your party, event or venue call him at 443-822-4509 or email him at michaelwaskeymusic@gmail.com. Also be sure to LIKE him on Facebook! His next local performance will be at Shell’s Yes on October 12th!

Let’s Rock: Bird Dog and The Road Kings

Articles 7-24 007 (400 x 267)Byrd Dog Wheeler- Rythm Guitar/ Vocals
Billy West- Lead Guitar/Vocals
Charlie Briddell- Bass/Song Writer
Roger Lewis- Drums


How did you come up with your band name?
The original duo formed in 1975 and consisted of Byrd Dog Wheeler and Billy West. Byrd Dog is a family name for the Wheeler family, even his father’s middle name was Byrd. “The Road Kings” was a trucker’s magazine and since they were touring around America and stopping at truck stops and road houses, it seemed fitting.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say?
A group of guys that enjoy the music they play, write and put out to the public…including 7 Cd’s.

Do you have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music?
They are all family men who enjoy raising their children and spending time with their family. Billy also has a fondness for fishing, and Byrd Dog enjoys cheering on his favorite football, baseball and hockey teams (Redskins, Red Sox and Capitals).

What’s your most embarrassing experience?
Byrd Dog boasts they have been doing this for 37 years and have perfected their craft. There may have been some in the past, but so many years later they are a distant memory.

Originating in the 1970’s, they are still trucking today and hitting on all cylinders. Through the years, they have traveled most of the southeastern United States, New York, Key West, Florida, Austin, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee and all of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. From white collar, blue collar, concert halls to honky-tonks, deck bars, outdoor arenas, private parties and weddings, they’ve played ’em all. Visit them locally at Dirty Dave’s Tiki Bar at Kentmorr Restaurant, The Big Owl Tiki Bar in Grasonville or at Schooner’s in Oxford. To book Bird Dog and The Road Kings for your private party, contact Byrd Dog Wheeler at 410-310-2977.

Let’s Rock: Meet the Members of…Roadhouse Clams

lets_rock.1 (225 x 142)Pacifico Rik Ferrell – Vocals/Guitar; Scoutmaster Keith – Mandolin/Vocals; Derek Darlington – Bass/Vocals; Uncle Ted-Percussion; Arif Durrani – Keys

How did you come up with your band name? Rik, Ted and another past band member were touring as part of another band called “North of Atlanta” when they stopped off at a roadhouse for dinner and found one of the delicacy’s ordered was less than fresh. He spent the entire night ill, which became an inside joke and the name of the current band.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say? Tropical Redneck Rock’n Roll….where Nashville meets Key West!

Do you have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music? Rik enjoys the beach, palm trees and tiki bars. Ted enjoys exploring small towns and taking day trips. Derek’s passion is race cars, especially fast German cars. Arif enjoys reading and watching his favorite gold and burgundy football team. Their last member is a play-write and spends his time at places like Prince Theater in Chestertown.

What’s your most embarrassing experience? The guys were in agreement that it was forgetting the words to a song on television when they were featured on Delmarva Life on WBOC TV-16. Because they had sent the words over ahead of time for closed-caption, their was no faking it! The producer and those on closed-caption all knew!

Centreville’s Roadhouse Clams have appeared live with well-know artists such as the Avett Brothers, Jonny Lang, Dr. Dog, Flogging Molly, Gin Blossoms, The Nighthawks and Kix, and have performed at local venues such as Merriweather Post Pavilion, Baltimore Soundstage, Rams Head On Stage, NightCat, Wreck Bar, Metropolitan, The Whiskey and their home away from home Kentmorr’s Dirty Dave’s Tiki Bar. Look for their next performance at Dirty Dave’s on Saturday August 24th and September 14th from 6 – 10 pm. Be sure to look check out their latest album coming out this fall. See the Shore Update’s Let’s Rock weekly for local band features and area entertainment.

Let’s Rock: Sleep Thru Sunday

QW 7-24 005 (400 x 267)Shannon Lewis – Lead Vocals; Tom Matson – Guitar; Billy McGowan – Guitar; Tim Fletcher – Drums; Jack Sender – Bass; Harvey Boss Man – Security; Big Mama Jo- Biggest Fan


Classic Rock with a Modern Edge!

How did you come up with your band name?
One of the original guitarists came up with the name. They would always play until late Saturday night and therefore sleep all day Sunday…so hence the name Sleep Thru Sunday.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say?
Five regular guys who like to get together, jam, play music, have fun and who have a lot of patience for each others quirks.

Do you have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music?
Tom’s hobby is raising his daughter, Billy enjoys fishing, Tim enjoys teaching his son how to play the drums and playing video games, Jack loves traveling anywhere and everywhere, and Shannon enjoys cycling, diving, working and of course singing!

What’s your most embarrassing experience?
They finally had made it to the big time and were playing at Secrets in Ocean City when their singer called out a key for a song and half of them were in the wrong key and unable to change it. The song became an absolute mess…embarrassing and not so cool in the big time!

Don’t miss this classic rock band with a modern edge! Its members are a fabulous group of locals that bring in a great local crowd of Queen Anne’s natives and residents! They are often seen at many local fundraisers and private parties! If you wish to book them for an event, be sure to contact them on Facebook! Also look for them August 24th at the Goldsborough VFW Bike and Car Show during the day and then at night at Red Eye’s Dock Bar where they will be sure to “Rock the Dock”!


Let’s Rock: Dave & Stix

lets_rock.1 (225 x 142)“Just One Beat Off”
Dave Hawkins- Vocalist/Guitarist/ Violin/Harmonica; Jeff “Stix” Chaney- Percussion/ Bongos/Conga/Tambourine

How did you come up with your band name? The Eastern Shore is where Jeff “Stix” Chaney met Dave Hawkins, another local musician and a favorite of many. “Stix” was originally “Sticks,” but shortened. Dave and Stix became a music duo and have evolved into a local favorite. They now call themselves Dave and Stix – “Just One Beat Off,” however, they truly have the right beat and the energy that will not allow you to stay in your seat.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say? An acoustic rock duo playing your favorites and ours from classic rock to current releases and even some of our originals.

Do you have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music? Stix, now in semi-retirement, is a movie buff and enjoys watching concerts. Dave enjoys the same hobbies as Stix, but has much less time to participate in them. He is a full-time musician playing as either Dave Hawkins solo or as a duo with Stix.

What’s your most embarrassing experience? Their only embarrassing moment transpired from a group of flashers, which needs no elaboration!

Dave and Stix have rapidly become a very popular duo playing tunes from their own music to Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, Goo Goo Dolls, Tonic, Violent Femmes, Kings of Leon, Collective Soul and many more rock favorites. They also have a softer side, playing The Eagles, Neil Young, Crosby Stills and Nash, and lots of other easy listening music. They play all over the Eastern Shore from Kent Island, St. Michaels, Denton, Chestertown, Ocean City and points in between. Only together for a few years, they have developed a sound that is unmistakable and enjoyable as they display energy that sounds like more than just two. They will be performing July 23 from 7-11 pm at The Jetty, July 24 from 2-6pm at Kentmorr’s Dirty Dave’s Tiki Bar, and July 27 from 2-6 pm at Red Eyes Dock Bar. Throughout the summer, they also play at local hot spots such as Fisherman’s Crab Deck and Hemingway’s.

Let’s Rock- Meet the Members of…Chris Sacks Band

lets_rock.1 (225 x 142)Chris Sacks- Guitarist/Lead Vocalist; Kenny Polcak – Bass/Vocals; Todd Desmarais- Percussion/Vocals; Ed Dilly – Drums; John Haney- Harmonica

How did you come up with your band name?
After being in a number of bands, Chris decided to form his own band with members he felt shared his passion. He decided to make a full-time career out of creating music and wanted to mold his own destiny. By using his name, it gives him the ability to perform as a soloist, duo, trio or as the full five piece band to accommodate different venues and to work and pursue his passion as often as possible.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say?
Fun, Drunk Caribbean Rock ‘n Roll! or as cited on the web… “Take Jimmy Buffet, sprinkle in some Rock and Roll, a little country, and rum and stir. That is how you make a Chris Sacks Band!”

Do you have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music?
Tom enjoys auctions. Kenny collects bass guitars and their accessories. John enjoys spending time on the beach. Ed likes to repair electronics. Chris has many hobbies, but his top two are personal fitness and hot rod cars.

What’s your most embarrassing experience?
It’s always embarrassing when you have a brain freeze singing in front of a group of a few thousand people and you forget the words to a song you’ve sung 100’s of times. Unfortunately, it occasionally happens.

Let’s Rock: Outta the Blue

Mark Terrence-Guitarist/Vocalist; Sean Pelan-Guitarist/Vocalist; Andy Harden-Bass; Tom Sabia-Drums

How did you come up with your stage name? Three out of the four original members were members of the band Blue Miracle. Their origins and musical roots boast a positive island vibe and the blue sky, waterfront venues that employ them seasonally are all characteristics that perfectly lend themselves to the name Outta The Blue.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say? We present great songs in a wide range of styles as dynamically and creatively as we can while still giving people the tunes they lover. We make every song our own and our musical repertoire has almost no limits.

Do you have any other hobbies besides making music? Andy and Tom are recreational boaters and often show up to waterfront gigs by boat. Sean is a teacher and enjoys finding ways to artistically and creatively teach students through the art of music. Mark lives for music and is a member of seven different bands, which includes Cuzzin Mark and Sean , a duo featured regularly at gigs around town including Hemingway’s Restaurant, where the duo will be playing on July 13 from 6-9pm.

What’s your most embarrassing experience? Mark says, “One night an intoxicated patron at Stan & Joe’s in Annapolis knocked our bass player through the drum stand during a rendition of Prince’s “Let’s Get Crazy”, ruining the drum and a valued PRS guitar of mine. And another night a guy threw up in my guitar… I could go on and on….”

Outta The Blue is a dynamic shape-shifting quartet hailing from the waters of the central Chesapeake. Comprised of top shelf area musicians, the band carries decades of experience as offspring from local favorites such as Frenchbread & The Chinamen, Blue Miracle, The Geckos, Interscope Records’ Lovenut, Key Lime Pie, and far too many other bands to mention. With an immense catalog of material to draw from, Outta The Blue’s mood ranges from quiet and sublime to full-on high energy sonic assault and everything in between. Whether you prefer tiki bar ballads, funk and dance grooves, classics or improvisational jams, Outta The Blue delivers. Support local music and come and get your groove on! Playing this Holiday weekend, Friday, July 5th at Kentmorr from 6-0 pm and Saturday, July 6th at Jellyfish Joel’s near Chestertown, 2-9 pm. We also will be the headlining band the Taste of the Narrows scheduled for October 12.

Let’s Rock Featuring… Asleep with the Lights On

Asleep with the lights on 2 (160 x 160)Steven Fine- Guitarist/Vocalist
Sam Fallon- Bass
Seth Adams- Drums

Manager- Mike Adams

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How did you come up with your band name?
It was given to us by the original bass player. Our name is a lyric in a song by the band A Day to Remember.

If you were to describe yourself in one sentence …what would you say?
Tough as nails or …..enough as tails! Both fit us.

Do you have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music?
Steven plays Varsity Football for Kent Island High School and works at Bridges Restaurant. Sam likes to sleep, go to concerts, go thrift store shopping for button down shirts, take care of his Nintendo dog and works at Holly’s Restaurant in his free time. Seth likes to longboard, go to concerts, but doesn’t work after being laid off and is really relying on this music thing working out! LOL!

What’s your most embarrassing experience?
Seth fell on stage setting up, and during the same show, Steven had bronchitis and couldn’t sing one of the songs because of his voice cracking. Sam, our newest member, is sharing with everyone that his first show with the band will be their upcoming benefit at Bamboo Bernies because he is newly replacing the old bass player…and that has potential for total embarrassment!

Asleep With The Lights On may seem like an average group of high school teens practicing in their Cloverfields’ garage on Kent Island, but don’t be fooled! These veterans have already played at the 2012 Gorilla Music…Battle of the Bands where they took 2nd place out of 40 bands their first time. They have been featured on 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement, where they played on The Baltimore Sound Stage and were highlighted in an on-air interview. They’ve also played at Rams Head Live and at Reckers Theater to name a few. On June 30 from 12pm- 12am, they will be one of 12 bands playing at Bamboo Bernies in Pasadena as part of Maryland Rocks for Moore!, a benefit for the Oklahoma tornado victims. Monies raised will go to the schools, children, families and musicians of Moore, Oklahoma. The tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Come support our local talent now, and one day you’ll be saying “I knew them when…!” Be sure to check out Let’s Rock in the Shore Update every week for area entertainment schedules and band interviews.