The Ballroom Thieves The Lone Bellow and other shows you shouldn't miss in January and February.
If your New Year's resolution is to hear amazing live music, you're in luck. York is flush with upcoming acts that will give you no excuse to say there's nothing to do. Here are four exciting performances all found within the county limits.
The Ballroom Thieves
When: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17
Where: Kable House Presents at Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St., York
Soaring harmonies, driving rhythms and throbbing cello come together in a fresh hybrid of folk, Americana, blues and other stuff. The trio from Boston will kick off the second year of the Kable House Presents series at Central Market in York. Kable House Presents organizer J.J. Sheffer said she first heard the band at Newport Folk Festival and has enjoyed watching their popularity rise since then. Considering that last year Kable House featured Strand of Oaks days before their popularity skyrocketed, this show might be a great chance to get up close and personal with a band on the rise.
When: 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22
Where: Burning Bridge Tavern, 108 Hellam St., Wrightsville
If you're yearning for a bit of that Nashville skyline, you might find your fix at The Burning Bridge in Wrightsville. Bar manager Steve Congi said the bar has launched a new monthly event, "Nashville Nights," which will feature a Nashville-based songwriter the fourth Friday of every month. Zach Schmidt will be the first artist in the series. Schmidt, originally from Pittsburgh, evokes alt-country artists such as Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell with melodic narratives that sound at once familiar and new.
The Shake Up
When: 8 p.m., Friday, Jan 22
Where: Sign of The Wagon, 154 E. Philadelphia St., York
Tickets: $10 suggested donation at the door
If you're in more of a rock mood that Friday, The Shake Up will be playing at Sign of The Wagon. The punk-tinged four-piece from York is putting the wraps on their debut EP, said Chris Dempwolf, who plays guitar and sings in the band. Pete Richards, who holds the events at his residence, which is also a public art gallery, said Sign of The Wagon is essentially a "house concert series" with intimate performances. Typically he hosts touring bands passing through the I-83 corridor, but this time he's excited to feature a local band. Connecticut-based duo Pocket Vinyl will be the opening act.
The Lone Bellow
When: 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28
Where: Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York
With their belting, soulful voices, any of the three members of the Lone Bellow would make a formidable solo act. Together, the Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio multiplies that talent, exploring distant galaxies of harmony and counter-melody. Acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and plenty of foot stomping make the roiling undercurrent of these earnest, tempestuous and ecstatic songs. No bells and whistles here, and no smoke and mirrors: just heartfelt vocal performances.