Hard-Rock Stalwarts Local H Pour the Whiskey in Annapolis This Weekend

Local H

Keep it copacetic: Local H hits the stage Saturday night around 9 p.m. after opening band Bad Veins. Tickets are $15 the day of the show. (reberrymemberer via Flickr)

Rock ’n’ roll ain’t what it used to be.

Or maybe I’m just lazy – or too old – and haven’t looked hard enough. It’s out there, but it seems like it’s not in the spotlight like it used to be, and the stuff you do see on TV is pretty terrible and over-produced. It takes more effort to spot the gems.

The D.C.-area apartment renter has all types of musical tastes – variety is the spice of life – but on April 14, the punter in Annapolis (and parts near) can get their doors blown off properly by Chicago’s Local H.

I highlighted the band when they came to town last year, but this time they’re splitting the Baltimore/D.C. difference. Touring is a hard life, and scheduling is an expedient enterprise of who can take me now?

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Well, who’s taking them now is a new kid in town called The Whiskey, so-named for the past four years or so. They call themselves “the Best Bar and Rock Club in the History of the Universe,” and they do it in all caps. We’re not that obnoxious here, so we won’t.

Of course, some will cry blasphemy at using the name “The Whiskey,” given the storied bar named Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. Not the same thing exactly, but still, they’re flirting with lightning bolts if John Bonham or Jim Morrison start feeling a little randy … wherever they are.

View Larger Map The Whiskey
1803 West St.
Annapolis, Md. 21401

The Whiskey is a sports bar as well. The menu seems like typical bar fare: burgers, wings, subs, sandwiches, salads and wraps. OK, not many bars I can think of have subs, and while I’m at it, how many prominently feature hot dogs? The Whiskey offers nine different types. The prices are reasonable to boot.

They also have 10 high-definition TVs showing sports, and from Tuesday to Friday sport a 4 p.m.-7 p.m. happy hour where all drinks are two for one. The Whiskey is open Tuesday-Friday from noon to 2 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. The club is closed on Mondays. But the main attraction – or at least point of distinction – has to be the shows it puts on.

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Here is a calendar of upcoming concerts. I have to admit, I don’t recognize any of the other bands on the calendar … but some of the best shows I’ve been to I had no idea who the bands were before seeing them that night. And after a few beers and around the right people, it’s sometimes a moot point anyway. To that end, the Whiskey offers open mic night every Tuesday, so any aspiring Dionysian rock stars in the area, take note.

Local H is set to release their new record sometime soon, but here is the best song off their last album, “12 Angry Months.” It represents their poignant side. If you make it out to the Whiskey, be prepared: This is the loudest band I’ve ever heard live, and I’ve heard a bunch.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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