Food & Drink

The week that was: Girl Talk at Power Plant, Preakness news, a pub crawl sans pubs and more

Here's a round-up of our week at Midnight Sun:

Erik and I wanted to aid in your romantic endeavors so we handcrafted Valentine's Day Spotify playlists. He went with Maxwell, Janelle Monae and Robyn. I chose The-Dream, Jeff Buckley and Ghostface Killah. Just because it's no longer V-Day doesn't mean these won't help set the mood. Erik's is here. Click here for mine.


We also ran down the Best Baltimore bars for the "holiday," including Vino Rosina and Pazo. In need of a good date spot or a place to spend an anniversary dinner? Try these.

In bar news, Erik previewed the beer menu at Harbor East's (or is it Little Italy?) Heavy Seas Alehouse. The strangest news of the week was the Harbor East pub crawl ... that lacks pubs. Erik wrote about it here. Evan Siple put together this photo gallery on unique Baltimore bar games, too.


In concert news, we reported Dave Matthews Band will perform at Jiffy Lube Live this summer. The Beach Boys will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a tour that stops at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 15. Girl Talk and Baltimore MC Height will spend their St. Patrick's Day entertaining the masses outside at Power Plant Live. Other announcements — including the Avett Brotheres, Slash, DJ Shadow and more — were made, too.

I spoke with two artists performing in the area this week. Rising country star Hunter Hayes is only 20 but he plays more instruments than his age and just finished opening up for Taylor Swift. He performed a sold-out show at Recher Theatre this past Wednesday. Read my Q&A with him here. I also talked to Kane Mayfield, the Baltimore rapper performing at the J Dilla tribute this weekend. We spoke about his new single, Dilla's importance in hip-hop and more.

In Preakness news, we reported Little Big Town, the Darkness and Mr. Greengenes will play the smaller stage. And, um, Kegasus is out.

At the Baltimore Liquor Board hearing on Thursday, the talk focused on Dubai, Juelz Santana and weed. Huh? Seems like a good place to stop.

Still don't know what to do this weekend? I suggested the Matthew Santos show at the Black Cat. If that's not your thing, here's our weekend guide.