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January 29, 2011

The week, reviewed: Jan. 23 - 29, Baltimore police sued, Natty Boh returned on draft, mini-snowpocalypse

The big news of the week? Snow and Natty Boh. And people complaining about the snow. Couldn't they just drink some Boh? Jeez. They were plenty of bars open. So here's what happened: Pabst Blue Ribbon, owner of Natty Boh, announced it would bring Boh on draft for the first time in 15 years in a bid to expand the brand's footprint in the region. The good news was only slightly tempered by the snowstorm that paralyzed Baltimore and much of the East Coast. The week kicked off with a big profile of up and coming Baltimore bands Lower Dens, Future Islands, Weekends and Lands & Peoples, some of which have been covered in Midnight Sun, and some totally new ones. On Monday, the Baltimore police department was sued for $420,000 by three men who allege they were arrested without cause. Early in the week there were also high profile concert announcements for the area: Elton John and Lil Wayne will both play 1st Mariner arena, though sadly not together. But the biggest of all was Lauryn Hill, who announced she would play Rams Head Live just two weeks before the show. Later in the week Taylor Swift, and indie acts the Mountain Goats and Hunx and his Punx also  also announced upcoming shows. The Highway to Nowhere area got its own music festival. The Bacon Brothers were interviewed. No Rule celebrated 1 1/2 years at Metro Gallery. Robyn talked about her plans for future albums, and Girl Talk said his shows are as anarchic as ever. We'll have to see when he stops by Rams Head Live this Monday night.


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Posted by Erik Maza at 7:00 AM | | Comments (19)
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I heard on of Baltimore's bigger college bars burned down this weekend - good job covering it

hey jagweed, i dont work seven days a week. a follow up on cvp will come later today.

Yay! Childish name-calling!

LOL had to hit up Urban Dictionary for that one

LOL what does it mean?

You'll have to look it up yourself Tif - posting it here would violate the Terms of Service

@Tif-
a person that persists in acting in a manner that resembles one of an a*@hole or a douce. Usually someone that does not care about the others around him/or her, and thinks of oneself. Basically, if you see one slap them in their face and that will permanently label them as one. Usually the quote while slapping the jagweed is "Yoose a jagweed and i'm aint, b@tch!" SLAP

Yeah Dr. Cox, the news takes weekend breaks.

Two reasons why Maza is stuck on a blog:

1) Loves to partake in name-calling in the comments of his own piece.

2) Believes a journalist doesn't work 7 days a week.

I personally preferred definition number 2

"a teenage boy who drives a VW Jetta. "

OUCH!

@DC that could be a catchy motto for one of the news stations "BREAKING NEWS - WHEN IT HAPPENS, IF I'M SCHEDULED TO WORK THAT DAY"

Yeah I went to urban dictionary. Interesting.

I assume the lack of coverage means that Rye Rye was not injured in the fire.

@ Dave: two stories from the Sun, here:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-pub-fire-0131-20110130,0,2216505.story

and:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-cvp-towson-fire-20110129,0,389808.story

Wow I really don't know how to react to being called, well whatever it is you just called me -

Anyway my deepest apologies your follow up to CVPs was very written

Dr. Cox how i wish you'd come to the mixer so i could have explained how my job works. Im sorry the orderlies at your asylum did not let you out early enough to make it. Maybe next time? When I have something new to say about CVP that hasn't been covered by both stories the paper wrote about it, I will post it.

Maza comes back firing! YEAH!

*tears- now this is entertainment lol

Maza still sounds like an angry tween. Sweet!

I mean, other (real) reporters at the Sun already covered the CVP story, and Erik linked to them here in the comments of an unrelated entry. Why should the nightlife blogger be expected to make any more effort than that?

Again Maza, my deepest apologizes for offending you. I’m just trying to push you in the right direction here so your blog can get better. Sorry that I thought a major site of Baltimore Nightlife burning down should be included in a blog about Baltimore Nightlife. Clearly I’m way off base.

As for your ‘Mixer’ again sorry, I’m as you know a doctor and work crazy hours. Drinking is just a social hobby of mine when time allows. I assure you my sanity is just fine. If I can make one last suggestion before I move on to another blog though: Seriously considering shifting you ‘hours’ - if something goes down on a Saturday night you should WANT TO BE the one covering it, not posting links to others who did.

Best of luck – Midnight Sun can be a launch pad for your career, but you have to try harder.

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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 erik.maza@baltsun.com. 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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