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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2011
Everyone! Welcome B's Wesley Case. His great blog Louder Now has been folded into Midnight Sun. Wes will be contributing smart commentary on new music, local artists and will function as our de facto " Watch the Throne " correspondent. He will also be largely responsible for the weekly music previews, which I will be doing less of to focus on longer features like this weekend's Seacrets story . Those previews now appear on Wednesday's B and Friday's Live section.
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By Evan Siple and For The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
South Baltimore's Prohibition-era cocktail lounge Idle Hour has a number of distinctions to its credit: 2009's Midnight Sun Best of the Best of the Best award for Best Pickle Back Shot for one. In addition, it's one of the region's top sellers of the French liqueur Chartreuse. Idle Hour sells so much Chartreuse per annum that the producers of the rather potent herbal beverage flew the owners to France and gave them a full-blown tour of the production facility, monk parties included (yes, it's named after a monastery)
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By Wesley Case | August 15, 2011
Bad news: This is the final Louder Now post. Glad that's out of the way. Now, the good news: I'm joining the Sun's Erik Maza over at Midnight Sun , with the hopes of helping it grow and remain the only source you need for Baltimore nightlife, which obviously includes music. I hope you've enjoyed this blog as much as I've enjoyed writing it, which truly is a lot. While Louder Now is ending, here's where you'll be able to find me: •••• I'll be writing weekly music features for the Sun's weekend edition.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
Here's what we like to see at Midnight Sun: A trusted local brewery collaborating with nearby farms to create something new. Frederick's Flying Dog announced last week that it has teamed up with Jefferson's Distillery Lane Ciderworks and Purcellville, Va.'s Breaux Vineyards for two small-batch beers. The Orchard Ale was made with fresh-pressed apple juice from Distillery Lane, and the Vineyard Blonde - a Belgian-inspired ale - was made with Vidal Blanc grape juice from Breaux Vineyards, according to Flying Dog's director of communications, Erin Weston.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2011
This is the new home of Midnight Sun. The move to a new URL is part of a newsroom-wide switch to a new publishing system. Baltimore Diner has already done it, and so has Z on TV . Eventually, all of the paper's blogs will upgrade as well.  Movable Type was a perfectly good platform, but not the dinosaur one we've been using, which was like blogging with a typewriter. But the benefits of switching over will be imperceptible to readers. For readers, the most obvious change will be the blog's layout, which will be cleaner and more uniform.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
It's somewhat strange to write an introduction on a blog you've been contributing to for the past 10 months, yet here I am, doing the Internet equivalent to the awkward honk and wave.   But hey, better late than never, right?   The old Midnight Sun scribe, Erik Maza, has headed north to Women's Wear Daily and we raise our glass to him. Now, loyal Midnight Sun readers, you have me, a 25-year-old features reporter who lives in Canton and considers bar-hopping with friends a good night out.   A little more about me so my parents don't think I have a problem: I grew up in South Jersey, 30 minutes away from Atlantic City, in a tiny town called Hammonton (look for it in the first episode of “Boardwalk Empire”)
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By Erik Maza and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 22, 2011
With a 60 percent chance of rain this evening, there was some concern lightning would prevent the show from going forward. Live Nation released a statement this afternoon, via spokesman Jeremiah Xenakis: "Fans should wear their raingear. The concert will proceed rain or shine. If due to weather, it is deemed dangerous to the fans, then a decision would be made at that time. " Earlier: what fans are allowed to bring to the stadium. A source at M&T also said the stadium has an emergency plan for shelter in case of lightning.
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By Erik Maza and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 3, 2010
(From the Midnight Sun blog) On Tuesday night, Anne Arundel County voters approved plans by the Cordish Cos. to build a new slots parlor at Arundel Mills Mall that will also include an entertainment complex featuring a new Rams Head musical venue. Today, Erin McNaboe, vice president of Rams Head Group, commented on their plans for the new, still unnamed venue, and how it will fit into the Rams Head franchise. When Cordish Cos. revealed plans for an entertainment complex in October, it said "Rams Head would operate a 300-seat live music venue, featuring jazz, blues and classic rock acts.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | March 12, 2009
How did it start? Well, I was sick of standing on the sidelines, watching everybody else - City Paper, Baltimore magazine, AOL City Guide - give out awards every year for Best This and Best That. I wanted to hand out my own awards and promote my blog, Midnight Sun (baltimoresun.com/midnightsun), in the process. But I was tired of the same establishments winning the same awards year after year. Then, inspiration struck me like a shot of whiskey on an empty stomach: I would make up my own wacky categories, have a wild-looking certificate drawn up and name the award series something over the top. I dubbed the honors the Best of the Best of the Best Awards (it's a line from the movie Men in Black)
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2011
One of the many costumed people at Artscape over the weekend, by flickr user @rockndroll . To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly. A longer gallery of Artscape photos can be found here .
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Sound Garden, the Fells Point staple and all-around awesome record store, has received another national accolade. In its latest issue, Billboard magazine named the Baltimore shop one of the top 13 independent record stores in the country. Here's what writer Hilary Hughes wrote about Sound Garden: Five thousand people rifle through the shelves and stacks of the Sound Garden on an average day. That number doubles on Record Store Day, and owner Bryan Burkert and his staff work a 14-hour stretch to ensure the in-stores go smoothly - this year, Baltimore's Clutch will be performing - and get patrons the limited pressings they need.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
On Sunday, Towson's Recher Theatre will host its final concert, a charitable show titled "The Last Hurrah!" Fittingly, the venue will host more than 15 local bands for the all-day event. Bands scheduled to play include The Hint, American Diary, Thin Dark Line, Dropout Year, All Mighty Senators , Warren Boes/Andy Belt, Burning Rosewood, Shane from Valencia, Evan Michael, The Everlove/Adelphi, Hectic Red, Technicolor Minivan, Oh the Story, Brighter Shades, Rob Fahey & Pieces, Monday Night Social Club Band, Serena Miller & Riot, The Regal Begals and Ashes Remain.
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Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
More often than not, regulars of the Baltimore bar scene will claim to know the best bar in the city. Whether it's a dive bar, megabar or something in-between, patrons have their own reasons for revisiting their favorite haunts. So, just as we did last year, Midnight Sun wants your opinion: Tell us your favorite bar in or around Baltimore and you could win a $50 gift card to the winning bar. Voting starts today and runs through Nov. 1. Click here to vote for your favorite Baltimore-area bar. (Don't stop there: Richard Gorelick wants your take on the best restaurant in the area, too. Click here to vote for your favorite Baltimore-area restaurant.)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
The two worlds of Midnight Sun revolve around alcohol/nightlife and music, but rarely do the two subjects coalesce this cleanly: Local brew-hero Brian Strumke's Stillwater Artisanal and Baltimore indie-rock band Lower Dens have collaborated for the first "Stillwater Sensory Series. " The impending result is a new beer inspired by "In the End is the Beginning," a song from Lower Dens' "Nootropics," released earlier this year. The collaboration does not end with the beer, though.
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August 1, 2012
Wesley Case is a features reporter for the Baltimore Sun and b. Since October 2008, he's covered Baltimore's burgeoning music and arts scene, including b cover stories on Dan Deacon, Beach House and Rome Cee . Between March and August 2011, he launched and wrote a pop music blog for b called Louder Now. He now handles the Midnight Sun nightlife blog. Before working in Baltimore, he grew up in New Jersey (30 minutes from Atlantic City and Philadelphia), played guitar in a five-piece emo band, graduated with an English degree from the University of Delaware and backpacked through Europe.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
It's somewhat strange to write an introduction on a blog you've been contributing to for the past 10 months, yet here I am, doing the Internet equivalent to the awkward honk and wave.   But hey, better late than never, right?   The old Midnight Sun scribe, Erik Maza, has headed north to Women's Wear Daily and we raise our glass to him. Now, loyal Midnight Sun readers, you have me, a 25-year-old features reporter who lives in Canton and considers bar-hopping with friends a good night out.   A little more about me so my parents don't think I have a problem: I grew up in South Jersey, 30 minutes away from Atlantic City, in a tiny town called Hammonton (look for it in the first episode of “Boardwalk Empire”)
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June 22, 2011
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, in Bono glasses, officially declared Wednesday "U2 Day" at the morning Board of Estimates meeting. She won't be the only pol at the concert. But Maryland's most senior U2 fan will be a no-show, as Erik Maza reports on Midnight Sun .
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
Midnight Sun alum Sam Sessa and I were both unfamiliar with Caribbean Secrets, the defendant in the trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Ocean City's Seacrets. So Sam drove by the restaurant on South Hanover Street earlier this week and snapped the above photo. I'm going to present this without much comment, but will point out Seacrets' lawsuit states: "The continued use of the CARIBBEAN SECRETS mark by Defendant in connection with its restaurant is likely to cause confusion or mistake as to the source or origin of those services, thereby misleading and/or deceiving consumers in the State of Maryland and elsewhere.
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By Ellie Kahn and Midnight Sun contributor | May 15, 2012
Midnight Sun contributor Ellie Kahn saw the English dubstep DJ Rusko headline Rams Head Live on Monday night. This was her take: It wasn't until nearly midnight when the Hollywood sign-like letters flashed on in the darkness to spell out Rusko. Before then, Sigma performed covers of Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in Da Paint ," Big Sean's "Dance," Flux Pavillion's "Bass Cannon " and hundreds of midriff-bearing, neon-wearing, 20-somethings and teenagers with unforgiving black X's on their hands tried to figure out why Rusko was so late.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
Midnight Sun alum Sam Sessa and I were both unfamiliar with Caribbean Secrets, the defendant in the trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Ocean City's Seacrets. So Sam drove by the restaurant on South Hanover Street earlier this week and snapped the above photo. I'm going to present this without much comment, but will point out Seacrets' lawsuit states: "The continued use of the CARIBBEAN SECRETS mark by Defendant in connection with its restaurant is likely to cause confusion or mistake as to the source or origin of those services, thereby misleading and/or deceiving consumers in the State of Maryland and elsewhere.
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