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Sugar Ray getting back together and coming to Baltimore in July, and other venues near you

Mcgrath_navarro_bliveLike so many groups from previous decades have decided to do, Sugar Ray is getting back together this summer, with a new tour as well as a new album.  Not to mention one of their first stops will be to Baltimore’sRams Head Live.  

The groups new album will be called “Music for Cougars”, which will be set to drop on July 21st.  The bands frontman Mark McGrath quit his television gig as co-host of the celebrity  news program “Extra” in September to focus on writing the newest album.

This will be the bands first tour since taking a hiatus in 2003.  All the original members are returning, as well as their easy layback style of breezy, reggae-tinged music, which brought them radio hits in the 90s like, “Fly,” “Someday,” and “Every Morning.”  Like countless groups the new millennium brought on poor popularity, and weak record sales for the group, they decided to take a break to pursue other projects.

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Get some free food at KFC


In what has to be the best thing coming, KFC is giving away a piece of their Kentucky Grilled chicken tomorrow (Monday April 27, 2009).  Their site has some very interesting things up about the grilled chicken.  You don’t need any coupon, just come in and get your free piece of chicken.  

I’m thinking they will most likely run out of chicken by 8 or earlier, then after that, you will have a lot of unhappy people, but that is the way of free things.  Most KFC’s are open from 11am to 10pm.  Enjoy some free bird!

Its been a while

In my quest to start blogging more, I have decided to finally start writing again.  It is always now possible for anyone to read about things that are going on in Baltimore via my column on the, where I am the Baltimore Live Music Examiner.  Something that I am just beginning to explore and use for one of my major goals, which is educating.  I want everyone to know something.  It is really important for me to make sure that someone learn something new.  

What can you learn from me.  Well, soon you will be able to order or at least find out how to get some of my excellent food.  For those of you that don’t know, I was on Emeril Live almost two years ago now, for my recipes, Jake’s Explosive Double Chocolate Chip Turtle Cheesecake.  Soon I will be attempting to start writing recipes and get them out to those who want them.  I will also soon be doing so many other things.  Look out for what I have coming.

Live music in Harford county Maryland Al

If you are in the Aberdeen, Maryland today area come to the Warehouse Lounge, housed inside of the Courtyard by Marriott at Ripken Stadium hotels Homeplate Cafe.  Performing will be vocalist Jessica Deskin and her trio.  Ms. Deskin performs jazz standards along with some contemporary hits.  The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.  Along with the live music, the hotel provides free appetizers from 6-7 p.m.  For further information contact the hotel, that information is below:
Courtyard by Marriott at Ripken Stadium

830 Long Drive

Aberdeen, MD 21001

Phone: (410) 272-0440


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Live Jazz at the Warehouse Lounge inside of the Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen

If you are in the Aberdeen, Maryland area tonight come out check out the Courtyard by Marriott’s Warehouse Lounge Thursday night jazz series, 6-9 p.m.. It is a great time for lovers of live music. Tonight it is the Jessica Deskin trio, with me (Jacob Thomas) on tenor saxophone. Ms. Deskin is a very talented female vocalist. Excellent appetizers are provided free of charge. Tonight will also be special with the fact the hotel is housing some of the LPGA’s McDonald’s Open competing players. That means not only will you get to hear good music, but see some famous golfers as well.

Aberdeen Courtyard by Marriott
830 Long Drive
Aberdeen, MD 21001

Jazz in Harford County

If you are in the Aberdeen, Maryland area tonight come out check out the Courtyard/Residence Inn by Marriott’s Warehouse Lounge 3rd Thursday series, 6-9 p.m..  It is a great time for lovers of live music.  Tonight it is the Jessica Deskin trio.  Ms. Deskin is a very talented female vocalist, who also works at the hotel as a sales representative.  Tonight she will be playing piano, with a guitar and bass to be named.  Excellent appetizers are provided free of charge.

Aberdeen Courtyard by Marriott 
830 Long Drive
Aberdeen, MD 21001
830 Long Dr, Aberdeen, MD 21001

Live from New York, it could have been better, if it was next Saturday night

The writers strike is over, so guess what is back?  That’s right Saturday night Live was back in the saddle tonight.  I however think they probably should have given themselves another week to practice.  The standard debate opening during election season opened the show.  I have not seen a worse opening in years.  The big buzz was about how Lorne Michaels (Executive Producer) was looking for an Barack Obama.  I guess Fred Armisen was a somewhat logical choose.  Who in this years cast could really play him?  I however do not think he really practiced that out very well either.  Armisen was stiff like Obama comes off sometime, but his voice was not really close.    I must say though, the writing of the love fest for Obama was great.  The appearance of Obama girl was very cute, along with the inference that the media just loves Obama.  

“Senator Obama, are you OK?  Can I get you anything?”  A very nice line uttered by Will Forte, who was playing Jorge Ramos, the Univision questioner.
The only person who had any depth during the opening sketch was Amy Poehler.  She is does a fantastic Hillary Clinton, “Your forgetting how well we are doing with women over 80.  We are just under 50%.”  A great line by her.  Fred Armisen on the other hand was just flat.  Many may ask why not have a black person play Obama.  What is the real point in that?  Barack Obama is biracial, so Armisen can play the character quite well.  However, if they did find a black comic, who was not apart of the cast, who would it be?  Finesse Mitchell would have been great, unfortunately he hasn’t been part of the cast for a couple of seasons.  Leaving only Kenan Thompson as the lonely African-American cast member.  Something that a show like SNL should be ashamed of.  Another story in itself.
Tina Fey as the host of the show was excellent.  She does embody the SNL spirit.  Especially with the fact that she was a head writer for the show.  A very smart touch for her to appear on Weekend Update.  Her rant about Hillary Clinton being a “bitch” was hilarious.  The insertion of Gov. Mike Huckabee was also great.  Especially after Seth Meyers explained to him how he can’t win the nomination for the Republican party, and they don’t have super delegates in the Republican party 
“Uh Oh!  That’s not good news.  I was counting on those Super delegates.”
Even with the fact that he didn’t know when to late was just funny.  I think a lot of us know that Mike Huckabee is funny, but seeing him on SNL just reaffirmed it.
Besides Weekend Update and musical guess Carrie Underwood, the show only had a few really good sketches.  The Bret Michaels “Rock of Love” sketch was one of those as well.  It was also carried by Amy Poehler.  It is very obvious that Poehler has a very good rhythm with her characters
Overall, the return of Saturday Night Live was just OK.  The show had a handful of good sketches.  The opening sketch tried really hard to be funny.  They wanted you to laugh, but with the exception of Amy Poehler was just flat.  Tina Fey was excellent, but what else would you expect from the star of 30 Rock?  Hopefully next week they will totally have all the rust off, and with the MSNBC debate occurring tonight.  This weeks debate sketch will actually be funny.  Who knows, maybe Brian Williams will make a cameo.  One can only hope.