Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Music Please!

I think it's fair to say that Lancastrians are struggling their way through this winter - blustery winds, snowmageddons and frigid temperatures. But despite the winter scene, the music scene is alive and kicking. February 26 through 28, Lancaster will welcome the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, a weekend packed with musical talents right here in our neighborhood.
The annual festival features over 50 artists from around the country and world performing at local establishments in downtown Lancaster. The venues are in walking distance of one another and guests can make stops along the way at one of many bars, restaurants, galleries or boutiques.
So without further ado, here's a look at a couple of this year's headliners as well as some our local favorites.
The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds, a trio of classically trained artists will perform at both Steinman Hall on Feb. 26 and the Convention Center on Feb. 27. In 2012, the band released a critically acclaimed self-titled album and have been gaining popularity ever since. The high-energy acoustic band lead by female singer Maya de Vitry just had its song "Best Medicine" nominated for Song of the Year in the International Folk Music Award.
Maceo Parker will be bringing the funk to the Convention Center on Feb. 26.
Maceo Parker
A solo saxophonist, Parker has collaborated with everyone from Ray Charles to Ani DeFranco and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Parker is hailed as a talented singer, composer and musician and brings high energy to his shows.
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kate Davis will perform Feb. 27 at the Convention Center.
Kate Davis
Her soulful songwriting is accompanied by her talented upright bass playing. She's a well-known performer in New York City and has shared the stage with many artists such as Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban and many more. She's also well-known for her groovy and bluesy rendition of "All About that (Upright) Bass."
Local band Frog Holler, who hails from Berks County, is a local favorite with their alt-country rock music.
Lead vocalist Darren Schlappich often croons about his hometown and Pennsylvania Dutch pride. Getting its start as a bluegrass acoustic band, the six-piece band eventually went electric with influences from everyone from Johnny Cash to The Rolling Stones. Frog Holler will play at the Elks Lodge on Feb. 26.
Frog Holler
Corty Byron, a local favorite and staple here in Lancaster's music scene, will also play a set during the Roots and Blues Festival. At 28 years old, he's been in the music scene for over a decade and has shared the stage with Greg Allman, The Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and more. Byron brings his energy to the stage with his soulful Indie rock style on Feb. 26 at the Elks Lodge.
Corty Byron

Ton-Taun, another favorite here in Lancaster County, is a six-piece Indie rock band gaining quite a bit of popularity in the music scene. The band has released four albums since it formed and shines on the stage with its unique musical talents and textures. They will play Feb. 26 at Tellus 360.
Ton-Taun
That is just a small sample of what to expect during the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival, which is sure to heat up the streets of downtown Lancaster. Visit the website for more information, a complete list of performers and ticket information. Be sure to book a room at one of our many bed and breakfasts during your stay. Visit www.authenticbandb.com for reservations.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Love is in the Air

It's been a busy winter season here in Lancaster County for the Authentic Bed and Breakfasts. Most of the inns are currently shoveling themselves out of the massive snowstorm Jonas. But most importantly, our Belsnickle Tour, which took place before the holidays, raised an amazing $4,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A big thank you to all who contributed and made this donation possible.
Authentic Bed and Breakfast presents a check to Make-A-Wish.
As we drudge through this winter, we look forward to love blossoming over Valentine's Day weekend. We've put together a nice little list of unique and fun events taking place over the holiday for you and your loved one to enjoy. So ditch the obligatory dinner and flowers and check out some of these cool events.
If you enjoy a good laugh, check out Julie Scoggins and John Lavarone at Stitches Comedy Club February 12 and 13. Scoggins is best known for her blue-collar comedy. She premiered on Last Comic Standing and can also be heard on XM Sirius Blue Collar Radio. A good laugh is always a good gift for the ones you love. Visit Stitches website for ticket and time information.
Julie Scoggins at Stitches Comedy Club.
Magic is in the air at The American Music Theatre as it welcomes the Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible Tour. Guests will be amazed at the levitating, vanishing, escapes and more during this award-winning show. The show is all live, with no camera tricks, or computer graphics. For more information, visit American Music Theatre's website.
Masters of Illusion at American Music Theatre

Spend the weekend strolling through beautiful downtown Lititz during its Fire & Ice Festival. Guests can marvel over the beautiful ice sculptures, enjoy a party in the park, food, games and live entertainment. Warm up at the indoor winter wonderland, chili cook off and indoor vendor fair. This year, celebrity guest judge, Jon Gosselin will be judging. Be sure to purchase buttons for this popular event.
Lititz Fire & Ice Festival
One event that has gained quite a bit of popularity are painting dates. That Shuu Girl, located in downtown Lancaster, is hosting a Valentine's Day painting party complete with drinks and Hors D'eouvres. The ladies can also enjoy some boutique shopping.
If music is the way to your loved one's heart, be sure to check out VOCES8 at The Trust Performing Arts Center on February 13 and 14. The eight-piece British ensemble is quickly growing in popularity, touring Asia, Europe and North America. For tickets and more information, visit the center's website.
VOCES8 performs at The Trust Performing Arts Center.
Of course no Valentine's Day is complete without chocolate. The Lancaster County Park's Environmental Center will host a Chocolatology and Candle event on February 13. Join naturalist Onnolee Jansen for an afternoon of hand crafting candles and learning the science behind chocolate. Guests will learn about the process of creating chocolate and get to sample some confections and create a natural bees' wax candle.


Turn the holiday into a weekend and book a room at one of our many romantic inns at www.authenticbandb.com. For a full list of events in the Lancaster area, check out www.discoverlancaster.com.