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A What's Up? Weekend 01/19/17

Jan 19, 2017 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Nate johnson with Germination Photography

Bencoolen Demonstrates Dedication Beyond their Music

by Robyn Bell

Bencoolen is not your typical college band. In fact, they’re not your typical band period. Praised for their dedication to a unique sound that pools together rock, reggae, and ska to form a cohesive whole, Bencoolen proves to be a group of not only musicians, but performers.

Jack Bentsen, Paul Greg, Teddy Scott, Will Lockery, and Ben Suarez perform with precision and enthusiasm showing their hard work and dedication to their passion.

“We’re also very diligent about practicing. We usually practice 2-3 times each week so when we perform we’re not worried about what’s coming next or how to transition, we already know that, so instead we’re focused on how we can make the part coming up the most fun for us and the crowd. –Will Lockery

And the work pays off. After some reorganizing, the band has recently released their single “In Color” with its debut video produced with engineer Dan Zientara at Inner Ear Studios in New York City.

Bencoolen will be performing at the Tropicalia in Washington, D.C. Friday, January 27th, 8 p.m. Joining Bencoolen will be The Danbees and Tomato Dodgers. Tickets are $10 (21+) and $15 (18+). Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The What's Up? Weekend Rundown

Anne Arundel County

Annapolis Maritime Winter Lecture Series
Thursday, January 19th, 7 p.m.
Join the Annapolis Maritime Museum for their winter lecture series featuring – Whales’ Tales: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the United States Navy’s Search for a Northwest Passage. You will be challenged to question and to learn by engaging topic speakers on 8 diverse topics including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. During this series, you will learn about the United States Navy’s Arctic expeditions and the discovery of the Northwest Passage, American Whaling Chart and Maury’s annual “Sailing Directions”, and Lieutenant Edwin J. DeHaven and Lieutenant Matthew Fontaine Maury, the father of Oceanography. The presenter will be John Grady, Author and former Managing Editor of the Navy Times

Reduce Unwanted Fat with CoolSculpting + ZWave
Thursday, January 19th, 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.

Sam Grow Birthday Bash
Friday, January 20th, 9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m.
Back from Nashville, but born and raised in Southern Maryland, Sam’s love of performing and connection with his fans continue to fill various venues. His powerful vocals and highly personal lyrics draw you into his songs as he tells stories of love, heartbreak, and life. Come celebrate with Sam Grow and supporting act Philip Parson!

Y in Central Maryland’s Plunge into a New You
Friday, January 20th, 6–8 p.m.
The Y in Central Maryland will host Plunge into a New You at all Y Centers on Friday! The event will feature indoor pool games, healthy snacks, winter crafts and more! Activities vary by location, so please contact your local Y Center for specific details. Space is limited; please register at your nearest Y Center at least 48 hours in advance.

Four Centuries Walking Tour
Saturday, January 21st, 1:30–3:45 p.m.
A period dressed guide in colonial attire will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and into the Maryland State House. Highlights include walking in the footsteps of George Washington where in 1783 inside the State House, George Washington resigned as Commander in Chief. Continuing through the downtown area – on your way to the United States Naval Academy – you pass many 18th century mansions and learn about the significance of their beautiful architecture. In the shadows of these buildings, your guide will share with you Annapolis history including stories of the famous statesmen that built these magnificent structures.

Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour
Sunday, January 22nd, 4 p.m.
When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss. Today that legacy continues as original members Raybon and Mike McGuire reunite to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah’s storied career.

Eastern Shore

Aztec Two-Step
Friday, January 20th, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime of making music together as the critically acclaimed folk/rock duo, Aztec Two-Step. Taking their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rex and Neal have spent over four illustrious decades as staples of progressive FM radio, scoring major record deals and impressing audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, and soaring two-part harmonies. Aztec Two-Step continues to tour worldwide and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including The King Biscuit Flour Hour and David Letterman.

Family Boatshop Program
Saturday, January 21st, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum invites families to join shipwrights in the boatshop for an experience helping to build a wooden boat. Work includes helping to complete Pintail—a 25’ draketail currently under construction—or working on a canoe restoration, or helping with a new build in 2017. The program is limited to adults and children 10 years of age and older, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Jake’s Women
Sunday, January 22nd, 2 p.m.
Jake, a successful writer, has a string of unsuccessful experiences with the women in his life. Wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from the actual women in his life: a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child, but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife. Like most of Neil Simon’s plays, Jake’s Women ends with the hope–not promise–of a happier future.


Amsoil Arenacross
Friday January 20th & Saturday, January 21st, 7 p.m. & Sunday, January 22nd, 12 p.m.
Get ready for the most intense racing on the planet! Grab your seats for the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship!

Winter Music Fest: The NoWhere Men
Saturday, January 21st, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.
Like to dance? Love that Motown sound, the great horn bands of the 60s and 70s and hits from artists like Earth, Wind & Fire; The Four Tops; Chicago; Stevie Wonder; The Temptations; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Tower of Power and much more? Then you will love The NoWhere Men. Originally formed in the 1960s and still playing the music they love today, The NoWhere Men provide fun and great music for all ages.

Krewe of Pyros Mardi Gras Ball
Saturday, January 21st, 7 p.m.
Gentlemen, step out debonair in your finest tuxedo and ladies, your most elegant floor length evening gown as the Krewe of Pyros brings the fire to Washington, D.C. at their annual Inaugural Mardi Gras Ball! The Krewe of Pyros is extending the cultural pipeline from Louisiana to the Nation’s Capital to infuse the authentic influences of Mardi Gras unfamiliar to those residing outside of Louisiana. The ball will include a three-course meal, an open bar, entertainment by the Original Pinettes Brass Band, DJ Polo 504, Choppa Style, and an appearance by the Zulu Tramps.

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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