Meet The Band

MEET THE BAND

Shelly Blake

June 08, 2006|By SAM SESSA

Hometown -- Elkridge

Current members --Shelly Blake, piano and guitar

Founded in --1995

Style --indie folk/improv

Influenced by --his kids and Leonard Cohen

Notable --Starting at 11:15 p.m. tomorrow, Blake and bassist Joel Grip kick off a 48-hour nonstop music spree. After a kick-off party at Blake's house, he, Grip, a filmmaker and two drivers will hop in a van and head for Philly, where they'll perform a handful of shows. Then it's back to Baltimore, down to Washington and back to Baltimore for a benefit show at An die Musik. The rule is, even when on the road, they must keep playing. No sleep allowed.

Quotable --"I talked to a doctor about it, and she said that I might run into problems with some hallucinations and stuff, but I sort of have experience with that," Blake said. "The only thing I'm kind of concerned about is whether me and Joel might end up killing one another before we make it to An die Musik."

Hear Shelly Blake at 9 p.m. Sunday at An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Free, but donations of money, clothes and musical instruments will benefit Public Health Music. Call 410-385-2638 or visit andiemusiklive.com. For more information about the band, go to shellyblake.com.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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