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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2011
Earlier this month, Maryland Deathfest was looking, well, nearly dead itself. Sonar , the downtown club which has hosted the annual weekend-long celebration of underground metal for years, closed suddenly, leaving the festival without a home. Co-founders Evan Harting and Ryan Taylor scrambled to find a new venue for the festival. "We were panicking," Harting said. But then, a week later, Sonar reopened, and the ninth annual Deathfest was back on for this weekend as originally planned.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Fear not, Baltimore. Death will not be coming to your city this weekend. At least not if the Baltimore City Department of Transportation has anything to say about it. Earlier this week, in preparation for this weekend's Maryland Deathfest -- an annual metal music festival now in its 11th year -- the department sent out notices about road closures for parts of Saratoga and Holliday streets. Much of the festival is being held on stages set up outside the former Sonar space, at 407 E. Saratoga St. There will also be performances at Baltimore Soundstage . The notices referred not to Deathfest, a name that admittedly sounds a little alarming, but to the far-less-intimidating Charm City Animal Rescue Sonar International Music Festival.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Fear not, Baltimore. Death will not be coming to your city this weekend. At least not if the Baltimore City Department of Transportation has anything to say about it. Earlier this week, in preparation for this weekend's Maryland Deathfest -- an annual metal music festival now in its 11th year -- the department sent out notices about road closures for parts of Saratoga and Holliday streets. Much of the festival is being held on stages set up outside the former Sonar space, at 407 E. Saratoga St. There will also be performances at Baltimore Soundstage . The notices referred not to Deathfest, a name that admittedly sounds a little alarming, but to the far-less-intimidating Charm City Animal Rescue Sonar International Music Festival.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Rumors surrounding the downtown music venue Sonar circulated online Monday, but we now can confirm it: Sonar closed "for real this time" on Sunday night, according to former general manager Jesse Griffin. The last show at Sonar - which, over the years, has built a reputation for its wide array of shows and performers, both local and international - was Sunday, according to Griffin. California's the Millionaire$ headlined. "Sonar is closed, very much so," Griffin said.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2011
Dan McIntosh, one of the owners of Sonar, has been named in a federal indictment alongside some 14 individuals for participating in a cross-country drug distribution ring, City Paper reported today citing court documents filed in Florida in December. Over the phone, McIntosh responded to the charges by saying he intends on pleading "not guilty," and that Sonar, which closed temporarily in May, is not in any danger of shutting down again. The drug ring lasted for eight years and involved distributing California-grown marijuana in Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Rumors surrounding the downtown music venue Sonar circulated online Monday, but we now can confirm it: Sonar closed "for real this time" on Sunday night, according to former general manager Jesse Griffin. The last show at Sonar - which, over the years, has built a reputation for its wide array of shows and performers, both local and international - was Sunday, according to Griffin. California's the Millionaire$ headlined. "Sonar is closed, very much so," Griffin said.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2010
Devil horns, tattoos and black T-shirts don't begin to describe the scene at this weekend's Maryland DeathFest. Thousands of hard-rock lovers are expected to cram inside Sonar for the annual celebration of eardrum-shredding death metal and hardcore. The lineup is stuffed with nearly 60 bands, performing on multiple stages inside and outside Sonar over the course of three days. Where does Maryland DeathFest rank in terms of metal festivals? "Ask most people, and they'll tell you this is the only one worth going to," said co-founder Ryan Taylor.
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By [SAM SESSA] | November 30, 2006
Auditory Assault The lowdown -- A dozen death and grind metal bands from as far away as Japan will perform at the Auditory Assault Festival Saturday at Sonar. The lineup includes Atheist, Misery Index, Monstrosity, Cretin, Phobia and Kill the Client. It's organized by the same people who run Maryland Deathfest. If you go -- Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the music starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the door. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Call 410-327-8333 or go to sonarbaltimore.com or supremebrutality.
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May 26, 2011
WHERE TO EAT INNER HARBOR: The nearby Inner Harbor offers a variety of dining options: Cheesecake Factory, Edo Sushi, Hard Rock Cafe, Phillips Seafood and more. FRANK & NIC'S WEST END GRILLE: Restaurant features steak and seafood entrees, as well as salads and sandwiches. Located at 511 W. Pratt St., 410-685-6800. SLIDERS BAR & GRILL: Munch on burgers, wings and more pub grub. Located at 504 Washington Blvd., 410-547-8891. WHERE TO DRINK PICKLES PUB: Snack on beer-battered pickles, burgers, pizza and more.
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By Benn Ray benn@atomicbooks.com | May 20, 2014
A number of tastings are coming to the Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave., in the next couple of weeks. On Friday, May 23, from 5-7 p.m., you can sample some impressive wines from two Italian producers, Le Ragose, of Valpollicella, and Marziano Abbona, of Piedmont. On Saturday, May 31 is an Italian white wines tasting from 1-4 p.m., and on Thursday, June 5 you can sample Catocin Creek distilled spirits. They are purveyors of rye whiskeys, gin and brandies. That tasting takes place from 1-4 p.m as well.
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Wesley Case | May 23, 2012
Evan Harting can't pinpoint the exact time he realized Maryland Deathfest - the annual four-day celebration of metal and its many subgenres he created with his friend Ryan Taylor - was bigger than he imagined. Those brief, surreal moments tend to come when he's wandering the sea of sweat and hair, and least expecting it. "During certain times of the night when I'm walking around, I'm just like, 'Wow, this is really happening,'" he said. Harting, a 27-year-old from Parkville, has reason to be surprised.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2011
Dan McIntosh, one of the owners of Sonar, has been named in a federal indictment alongside some 14 individuals for participating in a cross-country drug distribution ring, City Paper reported today citing court documents filed in Florida in December. Over the phone, McIntosh responded to the charges by saying he intends on pleading "not guilty," and that Sonar, which closed temporarily in May, is not in any danger of shutting down again. The drug ring lasted for eight years and involved distributing California-grown marijuana in Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2010
Devil horns, tattoos and black T-shirts don't begin to describe the scene at this weekend's Maryland DeathFest. Thousands of hard-rock lovers are expected to cram inside Sonar for the annual celebration of eardrum-shredding death metal and hardcore. The lineup is stuffed with nearly 60 bands, performing on multiple stages inside and outside Sonar over the course of three days. Where does Maryland DeathFest rank in terms of metal festivals? "Ask most people, and they'll tell you this is the only one worth going to," said co-founder Ryan Taylor.
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