Catonsville native brings Seattle music home

Catonsville residents will have the opportunity to see one of their own make her area debut on stage May 3 at Sidebar Tavern on Lexington Avenue in Baltimore City.

Julia Massey, who grew up in Catonsville on Fairfield Drive and graduated from Catonsville High School in 2001, will be appearing with her band, Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount, as one of three bands on the bill.

She will go on stage at 9 p.m. Friday, following her husband's group, the Jesus Rehab. The show will conclude with a performance by the Carousel Rogues.

Massey sings and plays keyboard, with Dominic Cortese on drums and bassist Geoff Gibbs.

She said her bandmates have never been to Baltimore to play music and that she hopes to show them around during the few short hours they are in town.

The band's Age of Information tour, which began in Seattle on April 20, will come into Baltimore after a May 2 show at the Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia. The group then hits the road to perform at the Donkey Cafe in Athens, Ohio, May 4.

"What I'm thinking is that Sidebar is kind of close to the Inner Harbor so I'm thinking ,somehow, we have to load in (our equipment at Sidebar) really fast and run over and get crab soup or something and then walk about the harbor," Massey said.

"I have actually never played with my band or any of my original music plugged in Baltimore," Massey, 30, said.

Massey ventured west to Colorado for college, then to Seattle, where she currently lives.

She said she is looking forward to coming back to Maryland.

"I'm going to have family there," she said about her Friday night appearance. "It's going to be a bit of a reunion I think, which will be really fun for us."

Tickets to see her band, a "sweetly trippy, magical musical trio" as the website describes them, are $8.

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