Here's a round-up of our week at Midnight Sun:
•••• In what some might consider an odd choice, Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" chose J.A. Murphy's as the next establishment it helps, "Kitchen Nightmares"/"Restaurant Impossible"-style. Filming begins at the Fells Point bar next week. In other bar news, Erik reviewed Punk's Backyard Grill, the rare bar that succeeds while being attached to a mall. Read his review here.
•••• Frequent Midnight Sun contributor Jay Trucker saw Guns N' Roseson Thursday night at Fillmore Silver Spring. He reviewed the show here.
•••• Looking for some live music this weekend? We suggest Estelle, the R&B/rapper from London most famous for her single with Kanye West ("American Boy"). Armed with an emotionally charged new album, she's performing on Sunday night at Baltimore Soundstage. I interviewed her last week and you can read the resulting piece here. Our "weekend's best bet" is Ehse on Ice, which includes live noise music and ice skating.
•••• Also on Sunday: the Baltimore Bartenders' Guild will hold its first event, a fundraiser/cocktails showcase at B&O American Brasserie. Click here for details.
•••• I wrote about local rapper Al Great, who tweeted this week that he turned down a pay-to-play offer to open for Fred the Godson at the Ottobar. More specifically, I broke down his video for "Pray I Make It." Read my take and watch the video here.
•••• Some cool upcoming shows were announced this past week, including Baltimore's Lower Dens and Marilyn Manson, a band once close to my heart because my parents hated them so much. Ah, youth. But really, I'm most excited about songwriting genius The-Dream, who performs at Fillmore Silver Spring and Baltimore Soundstage next month. For the full rundown, read Erik's round-up here.
•••• For All Good fans making the trip to the festival's new location, Columbus, Ohio, the headliners were announced. Hope you like the Allman Brothers and the Flaming Lips. More info here.