WTIM: Music around town and all around

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

Local Bands and Venues

18 Jan. – Black Hat Boris at Blind Hartmans Tavern (9:30 start)

18 Jan. – Drift, Living Shadows at The State Theater, Boyertown (7:00 start)

18 Jan. – Doubleshot at The Sandtrap, Limerick (9:00 start)

19 Jan. – 20 til 8, Throdl, Confessions of a Lifetime and more at Reverb, Reading (7:00 start)

19 Jan. – Pipe Dreams Entertainment at Chaplins the Music Café, Spring City (8:00 start)

19 Jan. – DJ Jimmy K with a Boomers and Beyond Dance at Sunnybrook Ballroom, Pottstown (8:00 start)

19 Jan. – Scary Monster at Blind Hartmans Tavern (9:30 start)

19 Jan. – Jumpstart at The Sandtrap, Limerick (9:00 start)

19 Jan. – Kris Kehr at The Greshville Inn, Greshville (9:00 start)

19 Jan. – Damon at The Bridge Inn, Pleasentville (7:30 start)

25 Jan. – Jim Meck at The Speckled Hen (Judys on Cherry), Reading (7:00 start)

25 Jan. – The Big Jangle at Chaplins the Music Café, Spring City (8:00 start)

25 Jan. – Fred Meyers and the Redneck Majority at Sunnybrook Ballroom, Pottstown (8:00 start)

25 Jan. – Usual Suspect at Blind Hartmans Tavern, Temple

25 Jan. – Yonders at The State Theater, Boyertown (7:00 start)

25 Jan. – Magoo at The Sandtrap, Limerick (8:00 start)

26 Jan. – Jim Meck at The Bridge Inn, Pleasentville (7:30 start)

26 Jan. – Rust, The Matt Lyons Band at Chaplins the Music Café, Spring City (8:00 start)

26 Jan. – Captive Heart at Blind Hartmans Tavern, Temple (9:30 start)

26 Jan. – Flux Capacitor, Fikus at Reverb, Reading (8:00 start)

26 Jan. – Four Faces West at The Sandtrap, Limerick (8:00 start)

Can you believe we’re already looking at the end of January? Keeping warm isn’t going to be a problem if you stay close to the latest crop of hot shows.

WTIM friends Black Hat Boris returns to Blind Hartman’s and Jim Meck is checking in with back to back shows at The Speckled Hen and The Bridge Inn. Another venue that’s putting the heat to local shows is The State Theater in Boyertown. They have moved their show times to 7p.m. and gotten a big, positive response from bands that want to grace their stage.

The big stages are following suit featuring groups like Soundgarden, Papa Roach, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. Oh, and did I forget to mention Rick Springfield? Oh well. Pick of the week for the big stages is Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas playing solo at the Borgata. I like his music and the venue, it’s a no lose situation (play some slots while you’re down there!). Locally, I like Scary Monster at Blind Hartman’s; hey it’s my birthday I’ll go where I want!

Here’s one for the Rock N Roll travesty department – forget the news that no one was nominated to the baseball hall of fame, it was bound to happen, the travesty is that KISS was once more snubbed by the supposed “R&R Hall of Fame” but Rap group Public Enemy was not…

Do you want to see your band or venue listed here at WTIM” Send anemail to tdietterick@journalregister.com with the particulars (at least two weeks in advance) and we’ll get it out there.

Concerts of Note

18 Jan. – Rob Thomas at The Borgata

19 Jan. – Peter Noone, The Turtles, The Buckinghams and The Grassroots at TD Bank Arts Center

19 Jan. – Soundgarden at The Tower Theater

20 Jan. – Stonesour, Papa Roach at The Sands Bethlehem

20 Jan. – Rob Thomas at The Borgata

23 Jan. – Creedence Clearwater Revisited at The Sands Bethlehem

25 Jan. – Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett at The Sovereign Center

25 Jan. – Rick Springfield at the Hershey Theater

26 Jan. – The Rat Pack Show at The Sands Bethlehem

29 Jan. – Alfie Boe at Allentown Symphony Hall

Tim Dietterick is Circulation Manager for Berks-Mont Newspapers

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