As always, if you have something to promote, send it in to me or send the PopRox Facebook page an invite. I’m going to try and do a special fun guide on Wednesday, Nov. 21, for the night before Thanksgiving. It’s always been one of my favorite bar nights of the year, so I want to give everyone an idea of where to spend it. If you know of something extra special going on around the bar scene, make sure you get it in to me so I can post it.
Before I go into a diatribe, let’s get this out of the way right now. The somewhat annual Rhythm and Blues Festival at Fernwood in the name of Maurice Watts is this weekend and the big guest is Morris Day and the Time. MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME!!! About half of you are reading saying, “Huh?” and the other half are saying, “We can’t find a babysitter this weekend? EFF IT, we’ll leave them home and hopefully everything turns out OK while we’re gone.” There may never have been a more generationally (not a word, don’t care) familiar band than Morris Day and the Time. If you know them, you’re like Jay and Silent Bob, you love them. While you may throw little snots up against a wall if they don’t know them, you’ll probably stop short of calling them “da mad notez,” or basing your life on their songs. But if you’re under, say, 30, then yeah, you probably never heard of them. By the same token, if you’re over 55, you’ve probably never heard of them either. So the only way you have any idea who Morris Day and the melon farmer Time is if you’re between, like, 30 and 55. But 90 percent of the people in that bracket LOVE the Time, still believe Morris Day is just about the coolest guy ever to walk the planet and wish he would have kicked the crap out of Prince when he had the chance. Morris Day and the Time, ahhhhhh …
And yet more Kevin Smith references in the Poconos this weekend! Brian O’Halloran, who starred as Dante in Clerks and Clerks II and showed up in just about every other Kevin Smith movie in some capacity, will be at the Pocono Community Theater in East Stroudsburg on Saturday screening his new horror movie, Mr. Hush. The movie starts at 7:30, but the meet-and-greet starts at 7 p.m., where you can ask O’Halloran things like, “Why do you think it’s believable Rosario Dawson would have sex with you?” or what I’m sure is his all-time favorite question that people ask him, “Are you even supposed to be here today?” They should offer some kind of special, like for every 10 people who ask him that question, the 11th gets a punch in the face straight from O’Halloran himself! It’s probably a good thing there is no Q&A that the theater might have asked me to host, because I’d probably ask him that like 50 times.
Two shows at the Sherman this weekend, although neither of them have anything to do with Kevin Smith, which is kind of a bummer. Scranton goth-metal band Motionless in White, a theater fave, will be there Saturday with a bunch of other bands that I’d imagine are cut from the goth-metal cloth, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Then on Sunday, Falling in Reverse will be at the theater, and I’m not going to pretend to know anything about them. You’re welcome.
There’s a big fundraiser going on at Penn’s Peak on Saturday. Oops, I mean “fun-raiser,” because things like this need special names. Anyhoo, it’s for the local chapter of Dream Come True, which I had never heard of until I looked it up, and it looks like a Make-A-Wish type foundation. Which makes it a good cause. The comedians come on at 5, Big Things comes on at 9, and the fun-raiser goes on all night.
Flyin’ Blind is over at Venues on Saturday, and I find it comforting that I keep seeing live bands at this new bar every weekend. Hopefully that keeps up and people keep going out to support live music. We’ve lost a couple of venues recently that are willing to sign up and pay a band for their work, and that people are willing to go out to those bars to see that live music. As long as it’s good — there’s nothing worse than a live band that’s loud and crazy that can manage to ruin your experience for the night. But from what I’ve seen around here, we don’t have that many bad bands. So enjoy.
Madd Anthony’s is hosting the finals of its karaoke contest Saturday, 10 singers competing for what is categorized as a “big cash prize,” though not specified. I’ve been somewhat exploring my karaoke side the last couple months, but only in sparsely populated bars where only my friends know me. Some recent titles: Good Vibrations by Marky Mark (I sucked, but I was distracted because someone was taping me), All My Life by K-C and Jo Jo (a duet with my wife’s friend, I actually thought it went well), Regulate by Warren G (the song cut out at the last verse, but the bar kept singing, so that went well) and Why Georgia by John Mayer (completely, totally awful). I may actually be hitting a karaoke on Saturday, and I’m racking my brain of what to go with. Thinking Your Love by the Outfield. C’mon, watch this and try to tell me you’re not fired up! Although maybe you should just listen to the music and not watch the video, 80s-style.