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January 2, 2011

The week, reviewed: Dec. 26 - Jan. 1

Happy New Year Baltimore! And what a year it's a been. Just take a look at our most-read posts of the year. The whole week has been been building in anticipation of NYE.  To help you out, Midnight Sun compiled a list of all the bars that were planning on staying open all night long Friday. (The expanded hours are possible because of a state law that's nearly 70 years old and that applies only to the city of Baltimore). Thanks to that list, some of you might have spent the whole night celebrating, the same ones that might still be nursing a hangover today. You could have also spent the night at one of the 11 events listed in our New Year's Eve guide. Among them was the party at Rams Head Live where J. Roddy Walston and the Business performed. In this interview, Walston talked about the influence of Leon Russell, and the benefits of recording on tape. Rapper Mickey Free, who's had a great year himself, opened for the band. If you didn't see him there, here's a video of him performing last month. Celebrating on New Year's was made easier by free public transportation thanks to a beer conglomerate, and to the Tipsy? Taxi! program, though that one may not have been as useful given the 45 minutes expected waiting time. Elsewhere this week, an electronic music showdown went down at Metro gallery, and we looked at some concerts coming up in the new year, Starscape festival, Liz Phair, and Asia, among them. Still unclear is who'll perform at Starscape, or who'll show up at Liz Phair's concert, the pop princess or the Keith Richards fan. Also unclear: did anyone actually use Tipsy? Taxi! How was it? Timely? Useful? And, the most important question of all, did Baltimore live up to its reputation as the 37th drunkest city in the country? Anyway, here's to a great 2011.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 8:00 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Roundup


Talk about your 'steaming pile of traffic bait'


Eric, where did you actually go for New Year's Eve?

Bonnie, find out what city Rye Rye was performing in for NYE and my guess is you'd find Maza there.

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About Erik Maza
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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