I finally got some clarification on the whole “Venues” and “Whispers” debate. Whispers was the told name of the bar at the Quality Inn in Stroudsburg, it closed, and when it opened again earlier this year, it was called Venues. Easy enough, right? Then I saw a couple bands that were playing there send Facebook invites that they were booked at Whispers, not Venues. I thought it must have been a misprint, but looked into a little further to find out that yes, the bar at the Quality Inn in Stroudsburg is once again called Whispers. Apparently, everyone though the name “Venues” was awful, so they switched. Anyway … WHISPERS will have karaoke tonight, newly minted FOPR band Flyin’ Blind on Saturday, then poker on Sunday. Glad we got that cleared up, right? Right.
I’ve made my somewhat detest for themed bar parties that aren’t Halloween-related pretty clear. So a party where you’re supposed to dress in medical scrubs? Meh. I’ll pass. But hey, then we wouldn’t get to know a new band around here, Rock Docs. They played at Pocono Manor last weekend and are playing at the Original Pocono Pub on Saturday starting at 9. They took my advice from last week on their show poster and just named a bunch a bands they cover and made it look like they somehow all belong in the same sentence. But I assure you, Adele, Foreigner and Nickleback do not belong in the same sentence. They ain’t the same ballpark, ain’t the same league, ain’t even the same effing sport.
If you’ve got a hankerin’ for a last-minute party, how about this one — the Bell, Book and Kindle Dinner Dance to benefit the Pike County Public Library. Party starts at 6 and goes til 11 at the Best Western at Hunts Landing in Matamoras. they’re planning drinks, food, music and “silent auctions, photo booth shenanigans, holiday craft vendors, gifts, tarot readings and a dynamic dessert dash.” Dessert dash? OK, I’m no party planner and I rarely make my way to formal, planned parties, but am I the only one who hears “dessert dash” and pictures a crowded starting line of slightly chubby people and a guy with a starter’s pistol? I doubt that’s how it goes though. Tickets are $60 and are available through the library’s website.
The Mady’s Angels charity party isn’t just for bar days. Nope, it’s also three great words: Rock & Bowl! Yeah, an ampersand is a word. Mady’s Angels usually has a drinking day fundraiser at Sarah Street in the summer, but is going all bowling on us with Sunday’s event at Skylanes in East Stroudsburg. If you don’t know where it is, don’t let the Facebook map fool you, it’s right there in the Eagle Valley Mall at 209 and 447. The event goes from 4 to 10 p.m., and the proceeds go to Mady’s Angels and local soup kitchens. It’s a $5 cover at the door, then bowling proceeds go to the cause too. So bowl your little hearts out and watch The Maybabies and the SC Project perform. Sorry, but I can’t think about bowling without this, sorry ’bout the sound …
At about 10 a.m., I checked and there are still tickets available for the Barstool Blackout Tour at the Sherman on Feb. 15. The Sherman said they sold 700 tickets in 20 minutes Thursday when they went on sale at noon. Unless you’re an ESU student or follow a bunch of the students on Twitter (what, it’s valid!), you probably don’t know that this thing is huge. I mean, you see the name, so you know that it is. We get it. But apparently there is this huge push to make ESU the biggest fans of the tour, and the fans here fight about it with fans of some school in the Carolinas, I can’t remember which one. But the fact that there was a line yesterday to buy tickets the second they went on sale is impressive. It’s not very often the Sherman has lines for tickets that go on sale, so that should give you an idea of the interest level.
Big Things are at Madd Anthony’s on Route 115 in Blakeslee tonight. The more I think about it, the more I wonder … is where Madd Antony’s is located really Blakeslee? That’s like some kind of undiscovered country or something. Kind of like how places in Price Township are called “East Stroudsburg.” I picture the cut-off of Blakeslee more like Interstate 80. Or at the furthest, Route 903. And that’s stretching it. Madd Anthony’s is at least a mile past Route 903, right? I think we should change the address to Long Pond. Then at least the bar might get some more business on race weekends when people look it up on Facebook or something and say, “Hey, look, there’s a bar in Long Pond right by the track!” Yup, these are the kinds of things I think of.
Stupid rain. But if you’re still psyched for ski season, Barley Creek in Tannersville is showing the ski movie, “The Dream Season” tonight starting at 8 p.m., in conjunction with The Loft and Camelback. Half-price apps during the movie. There is also a raffle and giveaways after the movie, along with the added value of no cover.
Sticks and Stones in Marshalls Creek has DJ Shooter tonight from 9 p.m. to whenever, which used to be my favorite time of the day, but now it’s more along the lines of bedtime.
Haven’t seen Steve McDaniel around lately, but he was at Whispers last night and the Cinder Inn says he’ll be there tonight from 9 to 1.
Poor Blue Oyster Cult, the band appearing at Penn’s Peak tonight. They spent countless years in rock, and now they’ll be remembered by a whole generation for a Saturday Night Live skit.