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December 14, 2010

Update on Midnight Sun Mix-off: announcing the Midnight Sun Mixer

The Midnight Sun Mix-off is this week! Or was, actually. Since blogging about the mix-off last month, I've been looking for volunteers to play for both the Skeptics of Bartending School, or BS team, and for the Believers of Bartending School team. 

But I haven't found enough of them.

After I wrote about Glen Burnie's bartending academy, some readers suggested these schools are a waste of money, and challenged the owner of the school to a contest, a mix-off really, to see who are the best bartenders. Brendan Dorr offered to participate! Jason Zink volunteered Don't Know tavern! It was very exciting. 

Originally, Mark Russell, the owner of the Bartending School Academy, was going to provide the players for the Believers team, but he got cold feet, or whatever this comment was. And while several people volunteered for the BS team, only one kind volunteer stepped up (cheers Danny!) for the other.

A three against one, UFC-style contest might have been fun, but not fair.  Ergo, change of plans!

I still think a mix-off is a great idea, if only to gather a lot of local talent under one roof, and to introduce myself to readers. So, instead of a mix-off we will have a Midnight Sun mixer in January. Sam Sessa used to do these often, and it's time to revive it.

We can all even take the circulator  sparkulator there. Mark the date: January 20, 7 p.m. at Don't Know Tavern.

Here's the Facebook event listing.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:53 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bar stories


Is anyone going to this?

it'll just be me and my imaginary friend, chris sligh

@rock strong- I think this will be a great greet and meet with Maza. It will be the last Midnight Sun Sayunara and the first Midnight Sun Mixer for Maza. We now get to have get togethers that begin with the letter" M".
Midnight Sun Mayhem in March
Midnight Sun Massacre
Midnight Sun M.......

Hopefully Sessa can show up and say goodbye if he can make the trip from DC;)

I'll be there!

Wow! Mr. Russell from the Academy was right about you Erik! You must have a problem him and his school. No where in his blog, did he give me the impression he got "cold feet" and withdrew from the contest. He made some very good points not to participate. The one that stands out to me, from reading his blog, was that he wanted nothing to do with you or Midnight Sun. I can't blame him for that! The social mixer might be a better fit for your column's longevity. The more people who get to meet you and find out who ERIK MAZA really is, the sooner you'll leave my beautiful city. Please don't delete my blog like you do with other blogs you don't like.

I'm confused with the conjugation of the word blog

scores has the largest bartenders contest in the state this year will be the 3rd annual ^ weeks long starting at the end of january... and we would allow one bartender from each school to compete against the best and fastest clubs in bmore - only high volume bartenders can normally enter - only 10 contestants allowed.

@sean-i used to be the fastest bartender back in the day when you were at PI. I think Maza wants to have a get together, however, we can always meet up at Scores after the fact/ Hope all is well.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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