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A What's Up? Weekend 01/12/17

Jan 12, 2017 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Folk-Rock Duo Celebrates 45 Years in the Music Industry

Neal Shulman and Rex Fowler are the epitome of a music duo, spending close to a lifetime performing and making music together. With their folk-rock sound, Shulman and Fowler are currently celebrating their 45th anniversary as critically acclaimed Aztec Two-Step.

After their first encounter in 1971, at an open mic night in Boston, both Shulman and Fowler realized it would be more beneficial to work together rather than struggle individually, releasing their first self-titled debut on Elektra Records in 1972.

The duo has not only performed worldwide, but has been reviewed in Rolling Stone, appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including The King Biscuit Flour Hour and David Letterman. In 1986, their album Living in America was named to Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll and received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album.

Most recently, the two ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund a brand new album full of all-original songs, which successfully reached its goal. This album will be their first release since 2011.

“It’s a combination of where we are as people who are a lot older than when we started, but also the world we’re living in. You put all that stuff together and you write some songs that reflect your inner and outer life now and it’s a new part of the journey. You’ve never been done this road before. It spurs you to want to make a record and get it out to the world.” – Neal Shulman

Help Shulman and Fowler celebrate their 45th anniversary at The Stoltz Listening Room at the Avalon Theatre Friday, January 20th, 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and the audience will get the opportunity to witness a performance of their “in the works” album’s title track, “Naked.”

Read our exclusive interview with Neal Shulman here

The What's Up? Weekend Rundown

Anne Arundel County

Reduce Unwanted Fat with CoolSculpting + ZWave
Thursday, January 12th, 6–7:30 p.m.
Kelly Sutter, RN, CANS, cordially invites you to attend an exciting CoolSculpting event, complete with a demonstration, refreshments and appetizers. The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared, * non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. Come learn about the most effective way to eliminate problem fat areas with CoolSculpting + ZWave at Skin Wellness MD.

Les Folies Derrière: A Cheeky Burlesque Revue
Thursday, January 12th, 8–11 p.m.
Come break those New Year’s resolutions with the ladies of Les Folies Derrière, a brand-spanking-new burlesque revue making its rosy-cheeked debut at Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge! Hosted by DC’s Legitimate Love Child, GiGi Holliday, and featuring a cast of top-notch titillators from DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis!

Pressing Strings
Thursday, January 12th, 7 p.m.
Pressing Strings is a soul stirring trio based out of the Maryland’s capitol city of Annapolis. Their sound is a blend of American Roots, Blues, Folk, Rock and Reggae. The music stems from lead singer Jordan Sokel’s bluesy and soulful songwriting and anchored firmly by drummer Brandon Bartlett and bassist Nicholas Welker. As a trio, the band has performed and recorded relentlessly, consistently releasing new material.

Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band - Winter Music Fest
Saturday, January 14th, 8p.m.–12 a.m.
Come in out of the cold for a great evening on the bay with great music! The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band is a talented and committed group of musicians and vocalists whose roots are in gospel music. They share a great love and appreciation for the style and musicianship of the premier band of the 70's, 80's and 90's Earth, Wind and Fire. Selling out venues globally, the Grammy-award winning band continues to record and perform for an endearing fan base still going strong for over four decades.

Eastern Shore

Cover your Chin for Charity
Saturday, January 14th, 7:30 p.m.
The fourth annual Cover Your Chin for Charity beard growing and giving competition kicked off in October when men on the Shore shaved their facial fuzz and then put the razor away for three months of scruffiness and raising money for local charities. The closing ceremony will be held in Easton where a seasoned panel of judges will critique each “grower” as they strut-their-stuff on stage. Awards include best mustache, best partial beard, best full beard, and best existing beard. Enjoy beer, wine, munchies, a 50-50 raffle, plenty of dancing, and good fun with DJ Groundhog and the CYCC crew.

Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show
Saturday, January 14th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, January 15th, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show will be held Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 15th at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. The event features artists and crafters from the Mid-Atlantic area showcasing their hand-crafted and hand-created works

Wine Glass Painting Session
Saturday, January 14th, 2–4 p.m.
It's a long weekend, so enjoy a girl’s day out or date night at on the farm for a Wine Glass Painting Session. Enjoy a two-hour session to be your own wine glass painting artist! You will have the chance to paint your very own stemmed wine glass, while enjoying the beautiful views of the Bohemia River & enjoying local wine. All materials are included & a complimentary glass of wine. 


Kings of Leon
Thursday, January 12th, 8 p.m.
In partnership with Live Nation, the theater at MGM National Harbor will host the entertainment industry’s biggest acts and special events. Multi-platinum selling rock band, Kings of Leon, will grace the stage on Thursday to begin their tour for “Walls”.

The Comedy Get Down
Friday, January 13th, 8 p.m.
Numerous motion picture appearances, countless television shows, sitcoms, and standup specials, a talk show, three radio shows, and three books. Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, and Charlie Murphy have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see five members of comedy royalty come together for the comedy event of the year “The Comedy Get Down”.

Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Friday, January 13th, 7 p.m.
Head over to the Verizon Center and catch the Washington Capitals against the Chicago Blackhawks!

Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Saturday, January 14th, 8 p.m.
Head over to the Verizon Center and watch the Wizards beat the heat on the court against the Philadelphia 76ers!

Barrel Tastings
Saturday, January 14th, 12 p.m., 2 p.m., & 4 p.m.
Guests will enjoy a tour of the wine making facility and learn about wine production from vine to bottle with the owner and president, Anthony Aellen. Guests will be treated to a selection of wines to be sampled directly from the fermentation tanks and oak barrels. Be among the first to indulge in yet to be released wines. These exclusive, intimate tastings are limited to only 20 people per session and include some of the Winemaker’s favorite wines.

What's Up? Weddings Bridal Expo 2017


What to Expect

A perfect event for all of you brides-to-be ready to take action. Browse and talk to the best local vendors that can help from start to finish of the big day. From the venue, to the invitations, cake and catering, photography, and honeymoon travels -- we have you covered all in one location! Oh, and not to mention, there will be complimentary champagne, appetizers, and raffle giveaways to add some fun to your planning.

Door Prize Giveaways

Win incredible prizes from the What’s Up? Weddings 2017 Bridal Expo vendors! Must be present at the event at the time of drawing to win, so be sure to stay for all of the giveaways! Check back soon for list of giveaway items.

Time & Ticket Info

Sunday, January 29, 2017
1-4 pm at Loews Annapolis Hotel
Online: $15 per ticket; At the Door: $18 per ticket

Purchase Tickets Online Here or contact

What's Up? Pop-Up Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:00pm

1407 S. Main Chapel Way, Crofton

Mahi Mahi with Citrus Crab Salad

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