Metro Gallery packed for El Rancho Grande benefit
Sorry I haven't posted any earlier today, gang. For the past few days, I've had a bad cold, and have felt like my head has been shot full of foam insulation. But I was able to make it to the Metro Gallery's benefit concert for El Rancho Grande this past Saturday night.
Have you been to the Metro Gallery? If not, you definitely need to check it out -- especially now that they have regular bar hours. Owner Sarah M. Williams has done some pretty cool stuff with the space.
The show featured an all-star cast of Baltimore musicians, including Wye Oak, Caleb Stine and the Brakemen, Junestar, Young Sir Jim and many more ...
Each musician would perform one -- maybe two -- songs and then turn it over to the next musician. In the collaborative spirit of El Rancho Grande, all of the musicians hung out on sofas and chairs near the stage, and often performed with each other. In the free spirit of El Rancho Grande, there was no cover charge, but donations were accepted.
The music sounded great, and I'll bet the night raised a pretty penny to help pay El Rancho Grande's bills.
I was able to snag a seat at the new(ish) U-shaped bar, where I sat and watched the show while drinking a bottle of Duvel ($8). I stayed until about 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m., at which point my cold got the best of me and I headed home. But I was glad I went, because it was a great night of music for a good cause.
(Photo by Courtney Block)