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July 4, 2011

Photo Gallery: R. Kelly in concert at 1st Mariner Arena July 1

R. Kelly, above, performed at 1st Mariner Arena Friday night in what was his first local performance in two years. More photos like this one are at our photo gallery of the show, courtesy of staffer Gene Sweeney Jr.
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June 28, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: Meek Mill at Dubai June 24

dubaiparty.JPGThe Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill performing at Dubai June 24. @destrukshawn sends in this picture. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.
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June 21, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: A preview of U2's stage at M&T Bank Stadium

Live Nation and M&T Bank Stadium today gave local media a preview of U2's massive, four-legged stage. At a press conference, tour director Craig Evans also said 1,500 extra tickets have been released for the Wednesday show and are already available on Ticketmaster. Our photo gallery has more pictures from the preview.
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June 13, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: Cults at the Ottobar Saturday June 11

Cults, who released their debut self-titled album last week, performed at the Ottobar Saturday. @mariellealexis sends in this picture. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.
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June 7, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: Pharrell performing at Sonar in June

N.E.R.D. performed at Sonar June 2 as part of a series of promotional concerts by Coors Light beer. Photographer Shawn Smallwood uploaded this to Midnight Sun's Flickr page. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.
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June 6, 2011

Photo Gallery: Starscape at Fort Armistead Park June 4 - 5

starscaoe.JPGFans of electronic and dance music took over Fort Armistead Park Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday for the 13th Annual Starscape Festival. Above, James Taylor of Boynton Beach, Fla. shows off his glow-in-the-dark glasses. Brian Krista put together this photo gallery. Our preview of the festival highlighted the five acts to watch. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.
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Rihanna performs at 1st Mariner Arena June 4

Rihanna gave the first performance of her new Loud tour at 1st Mariner Arena Saturday night. Cee Lo Green and rapper J. Cole, who we interviewed, opened for her. Photographer Colby Ware put together this photo gallery of the show. A review of the concert will be posted later today. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.
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May 31, 2011

Today's nightlife photo: Maryland Deathfest 2011

PX00165_9.JPGMaryland Deathfest ended Sunday after four days of metal and religious mayhem. Above is Buzz*Oven, a sludge metal band from North Carolina. It's one of the pictures on our #MDF photo gallery, by photographer Josh Sisk. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.

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May 23, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: Woody's survives the rapture

The world didn't end after all Saturday, even with Train playing for 80 minutes at the Preakness infield.

Woody's in Fells Point is celebrated in its own way. Photo via Baltiamore. Did anyone go to any rapture parties? Or was the infield it for you?

To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.

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April 17, 2011

Photo Gallery: Wye Oak in concert at 2640 Space

wyeoak.pngWye Oak performing at their homecoming show at 2640 Saturday night. The rest of Josh Sisk's photos are in this photo gallery. A preview of the show, including an interview with Jenn Wasner, is here.
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April 13, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: Rye Rye at Metro Gallery

PX00052_9.JPGRye Rye performing at Metro Gallery Saturday. Her new album is scheduled to drop by the end of May, or so her label says. Last month, she answered questions about her new mixtape. Another photo below.

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April 5, 2011

Opening Day's photo: Hanging Out with Mr. Boh

PX00161_9.JPGDining at Large's Richard Gorelick took this photo of Orioles fan Abby Thompson posing with Mr. Boh at Oriole Park Monday.

Like it was reported last month, Natty Boh is now available on draft there. The price? A staggering $7.50 a glass.

The beer is served at several locations at the ballpark and at the suites on the club level as a special "Bucket of Boh's."

There is also a branded Natty Boh Bar on the first base side of the lower concourse, where the picture was taken.

Fans of craft beer should note brewers Heavy Seas, Evolution Craft Brewing, Flying Dog Brewery, Fordham Brewing Company, and Old Dominion have product on sale as well.

Brad Klipner has a partial beer menu over at his blog. 

If you're just a fan of Mr. Boh, the character is scheduled to make some 40 appearances at Oriole Park this year, Gorelick writes. 

One can only hope Kegasus doesn't overshadow him.

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April 1, 2011

Photo Gallery: Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011 dream line-up

Above, the Black Keys performing. They're one of readers' most requested bands for this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest. The others are in this photo gallery. Spooky. It's just like that commenter predicted.
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March 23, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: Progress at Liam Flynn's Ale House

Liam Flynn, who used to run the Pint-Size Pub, adding a medallion logo to his new, self-titled place on Station North, which I wrote about back in October.  Like several other local bar owners, Flynn is using architectural salvage to renovate and decorate the old building. Under wraps since at least last Spring, it looks like Flynn's Ale House is finally coming together.

To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly. Photo: Flynn in front of his bar (Jessica M. Beil, via)

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March 21, 2011

Last Night's Photo: Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj at 1st Mariner Arena

minaj1.JPGLil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Travis Barker performed at 1st Mariner Arena last night in what was possibly the first big show of the season. Above, Nicki in a get-up that combines Lady Gaga, Celia Cruz and Chris Tucker in "The Fifth Element." Later today, we'll have a review of the show. Colby Ware put together this photo gallery of the concert. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.
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March 18, 2011

Last Night's Photo: St. Patrick's Day at Canton's Portside Tavern

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No doubt these guys are still recovering from last night's shamrockery. I'm more curious to find out if anyone actually used Tipsy?Taxi! and if it worked. Let me know. The Sun's Karl Merton Ferron put together this photo gallery of St. Patrick's Day celebration's in Canton. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.

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March 15, 2011

Today's Nightlife Picture: Telesma at Creative Alliance

telesma.JPGBaltimore group Telesma performing at Creative Alliance at the Patterson earlier this month, by flickr user fwredelius. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.

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March 7, 2011

Photo Gallery: Celebration, Future Islands, Arbouretum at 2640 March 5

Celebration put on a great show Saturday night at 2640 for the release of their new album, "Hello Paradise." That's Katrina Ford above. The show featured performances from Arbouretum, out with their own new album, a subdued Future Islands, and massive white balloons, which made it seem like they were all performing up in the clouds. Josh Sisk photographed the event; a gallery of his pictures is here.
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February 21, 2011

Photo: Max's Belgian Beer Festival 2011

Plenty of Belgian beer was spilled this weekend at Max's in Fells Point. The bar, which had hundreds of Belgian and Belgian-style beers on tap at its annual Belgian beer festival, was mobbed. On at least one of the festival's three days, the lines extended outside. On our photo gallery, photographer Colby Ware has this and other pictures. We'll have a review of this year's festival Tuesday morning.

Update: Max's still has some 55 (true) Belgians left on tap, bartender Mike Nichols says. That'll probably run out sometime between the middle and the end of the week. Bottles are fewer though: between 25 and 30.

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February 11, 2011

Last Night's Photo: Lauryn Hill at Rams Head Live

Lauryn Hill stopped by Rams Head Live Thursday night for a rare concert appearance. Photographer Colby Ware took this and other pictures for our photo gallery. Later today, a review of the show.

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February 7, 2011

Today's Photo: Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera at the Superbowl halftime show

If you missed yesterday's game and halftime show, here's a gallery of pictures to keep you current. The show was either terrible or cheese-tastic, depending on your tolerance of day-glo outfits and/or will.i.am. Also: after Christina Aguilera - who keeps making horrible, horrible choices - messed up the lyrics to the national anthem, even the Pratt Library mocked her. 

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January 31, 2011

Today's Photo: the Polar Bear Plunge 2011; Pauly D nowhere to be found

Tons of Marylanders participated at this year's polar bear plunge at the Sandy Point State Park over the weekend. Above, Anna Gloth, 17, runs out of the Chesapeake Bay. Pity Pauly D's didn't join in. A gallery of pictures from the event is here.*

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January 19, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: Skaters at Ruintown

ruintown.pngTwo skateboarders posing at Ruintown, a multi-purpose studio space in the outskirts of Hampden. Shot  earlier this month by flickr user  fwredelius. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.
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January 18, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: Dope Body, We are Hex, Buildings, and Hume at the Ottobar

Dopebody2.jpgDope Body's David Jacober and Andrew Laumann performing at the Ottobar Sunday, where Buildings, We Are Hex and D.C.'s Hume also performed. Dope Body recently came out with their first non-cassette release, an LP that can be previewed here. Photographer Joy D. sent in this image. To see your photos featured on Midnight Sun, e-mail me directly, or add your pictures to our flickr pool.

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January 14, 2011

Last Night's Photo: Das Racist at Sonar

midnightsun-7.jpgJoke-rap duo Das Racist performed at Sonar Thursday night. Photographer Shawn Smallwood sent in these pictures. The rest of his work can be seen here. To see your photos featured on Midnight Sun, e-mail me directly, or add your pictures to our flickr pool.

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January 12, 2011

Today's Nightlife Photo: Ami Dang at Hippo's Deep in the Game

AmiDang6.JPGMusician Ami Dang performed at Hippo for her album's release party last week. Photographer Joy D., who blogs here, sent in this image. To see your photos featured on Midnight Sun, e-mail me directly, or add your pictures to our flickr pool.

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December 28, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Hoop dancing at Red Maple

hoopdancing.JPGElectric Marmalade, Red Maple's weekly Monday night dance party, photographed earlier this month by flickr user fwredelius, a regular contributor to Last Night's Photo. Join him, won't you? I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to see local photographers other than him and the great @photoskip on here. Contribute your nightlife, bar and concert photos by joining the Midnight Sun flickr pool.

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December 15, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Carl Filipiak's electric thoughts

Above, Baltimore guitarist Carl Filipiak performing last year. This is the kind of photo I'd like to highlight more on the blog: local musicians at work, non-locals performing in Baltimore, neighborhood bars after dark. If you go to a concert, photograph the performers and add your pictures to the flickr pool. Same goes for your pictures of your favorite bar. Photo above is by flickr user photoskip. To see contributors' other pictures, go to (and join!) our flickr pool
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December 9, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Nighttime clutter at the Cat's Eye

The bar at Cat's Eye Pub in Fells Point. Photo by flickr user photoskip. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool

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December 2, 2010

Last Night's Photo: River Runs Scarlet at The Ottobar

riverrunsscarlet.JPGPittsburgh band River Runs Scarlet performing at Flight of the Valkyries, a metal music festival for female vocalists, at the Ottobar. Photo by flickr user fwredelius. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool

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November 23, 2010

Last Night's Photo: The Castaway in neon

The Castaway Bar & Grill after dark, by flickr user photoskip. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join the flickr pool.

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November 17, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Open 24 Hours

Fells Point's the Sip & Bite, by flickr user photoskip. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join the flickr pool.

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November 9, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Crowdsurfing

flickrmidnight.JPGCrowdsurfing at Sonar, by flickr user joesoriero. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join the flickr pool.

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November 2, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Halloween screams

Two Baltimoreans dressed as Hitchcock blondes on Halloween, by flickr user rockndroll. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join the flickr pool.

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October 27, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Japanese Noise

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Japanese noise musician Merzbow performing in September, by flickr user and photographer joshsisk.  To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join the flickr pool.

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October 21, 2010

Josh Sisk's new photo book features Major Lazer, Blaqstarr, Baltimore nightlife

Diplo spinning for Major Lazer, Rye Rye soon after she was discovered, anonymous dancers at The Paradox.

 Those are the images collected in Josh Sisk's book, "Under the Strobe Light."

If you're the type who still follows cutlines, you might recognize Sisk's name. He's been a Sun contributor for years; most recently, he shot our Virgin Mobile FreeFest photo gallery.

In that time he's also been chronicling Baltimore's nightlife and music scene as steadily as Weegee once shot crime scenes.

Sisk self-published the book in April, but Midnight Sun hadn't previewed it until now. For shame!

The images in the 32-page book are from 2005 through this year, and feature a who's who - Blaqstarr, Scottie B. - of Baltimore's Technicolor nightlife, as well as many who'd fall under the who's that category.

A few of them, after the jump:

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October 6, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Fell's Point Sunday

 

Fell's Point Fun Festival in action, by flickr user B. Ryder. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join the flickr pool.

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September 29, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Red, Red, White and Blue

 
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A young singer performs at the Baltimore Book Festival, by flickr user fwredelius. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join the flickr pool.
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September 22, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Stormy Weather

A foggy evening in Inner Harbor, from flickr user photoskip. To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join the flickr pool.

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September 16, 2010

Last Night's Photo: the Charles Theater after dark

Today's Last Night's Photo is actually from many, many nights ago. July 17, to be exact. Sidewalk_flying took it outside the Charles during Artscape. Several readers have joined the Midnight Sun flickr pool, but few have added pictures, with the most recent one being an image of a giant crab cake. Let me encourage you to newer add pictures so that we don't all have to reminisce about a hazy night two months ago. If you went to Of Montreal's show Monday in DC, add your pictures to the pool. If you go to tonight's Boozin for Boobs, do likewise.   

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September 15, 2010

Last Night's Photo: Contribute to new Midnight Sun flickr pool

Picture%207.pngBecause Midnight Sun isn't in enough platforms - Twitter, and Facebook, and smartphones - I've created a flickr group pool.

Except unlike those platforms, this one gives you a chance to emerge from the merry gulag that is the comments board.

To get serious for a moment - there's a lot of great young and amateur photographers out there, and even more that don't carry equipment but record every single night out or concert they go to. Midnight Sun wants to hear from you.

Every week - or day! depending on the response - I'll post the best music, or nightlife image from the pool.

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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 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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