Paint Branch Creek
While Paint Branch Creek (PBC) has played before at Robert Harper Books and at College Park’s Outdoor Music Series, this past weekend’s performances at the Old Parish House was Paint Branch Creek’s “big unveiling of new songs,” according to Eric Olson, PBC’s chief songwriter! (And yes, this lyricist is the same Eric Olson who previously served on the Prince George’s County Council, College Park City Council and who currently is the Executive Director of the College Park City University Partnership. Overachiever. 😆)
The acoustic harmonies are played and belted out by local favorites Eric Maring (Mr M), Allison Hughes, Greg Heelan, Patrick Lynch, and Arun Ivatury.
I stopped by Saturday night to check out what all the buzz was about and ended up being treated to an evening filled with songs reminiscing about night shifts and mill towns, drives along long, vast stretches of America, a fun ditty about a ’62 Cadillac and a somber, moving tribute to the memory of Zoe Falkenberg and her family.
As the event’s description noted, PBC’s songs “reflect on where we’ve been, some question where we’re going, and some just linger on old memories.” This event was truly a community gathering and effort, with neighbors Sean Cooney and Anissa Sunday deftly managing the band’s lighting.
Live Music Near Route 1
When we shared the news about MilkBoy ArtHouse closing in College Park, we also shared a list of local places to catch live music near the Route 1 corridor. Heard that folks were inspired by this list, so sharing again in case you missed it!
The following are a sprinkling of places near Route 1 that offer live music from time to time. Check them out all the time, obvs, but especially when they make live music available to us. 🙂
Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood
New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt
Archie Edwards Blues Exchange, Hyattsville
Maryland Meadworks, Hyattsville
Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., Hyattsville
Mediterranean Cafe, Mount Rainier
Know of more? Add to the comments and we’ll update this list.