Here's his report:
Treaty of Paris, PlayRadioPlay!, Secondhand Serenade, The Spill Canvas and an acoustic Yellowcard rocked a sold-out Recher Theatre in Towson Wednesday night.
No stiffs among the bands and the first four played about 30 minutes each before Yellowcard, complete with a cello and violin, hit the stage for its acoustic show.
The Spill Canvas, which appeared on MTV's Total Request Live on Tuesday before heading to Towson, was the fourth band to take the stage and kicked the evening up a notch.
Playing a tight half-hour set, lead singer Nick Thomas led the band from Sioux Falls, S.D., through songs off their latest CD, No Really, I'm Fine. They closed with an absolutely smokin' version of "All Over You," the song and video that landed the band on MTV Tuesday.
The Spill Canvas (full disclosure here, the drummer is a family friend) has become a favorite at the Recher, having performed there just a few months ago as the headliner with a longer set.
Didn't make it all the way through the Yellowcard set, which was way past my bedtime, but I heard five songs and really liked that they are doing acoustic versions of the songs. The cello, and especially violin, made for an interesting, fun sound.
Although I missed Treaty of Paris' set, the bands seemed to complement one another and each seemed to have their own fans in the audience.
The Recher is a terrific venue for this type of show and the whole night was tailor-made for the college-age, MTV crowd -- and even for a few old folks, too.