WRNR Smorgasgourd: 6 Bands, 1 Night, $15

Tickets for the first ever WRNR Smorgasgourd went on sale this morning at 9 a.m. We’ve been really excited about this show being announced from the time WRNR told us about it. While none of the names here may jump out at you unless you are a WRNR listener or a serious music head, we can assure you that this is going to be a great night.

Festivals (like our own Silopanna Festival) have become more popular because it gives everyone a chance to see a lot of different acts in one day or weekend. This show provides the same type of opportunity to see multiple buzzy newcomers, except without the mud, camping or weather concerns. Oh, and its only $15. So who are the bands playing at the first Smorgasgourd?

Here’s the list…(in alphabetical order)


Chappo is the band you know even if you think you don’t. With songs featured on several commercials and a strong placeset on WRNR, Chappo’s music is everywhere right now. Even if you haven’t heard the songs, the hooks are so strong you’ll probably think you have.

Listen to “Come Home”

Civil Twilight

Civil Twilight are no newcomers to this market…they’ve headlined at Rams Head On Stage and played shows this year at Rams Head Live supporting Carbon Leaf and Mute Math. They’ve always impressed every audience they’ve played for at our venues.

Listen to “Letters From the Sky”

Delta Rae

This band has the same type of buzz following them around that 2012 breakout bands The Lumineers and Alabama Shakes emanated about three months before they gained widespread recognition. The group’s male-female harmonies give off a humbler, rural Fleetwood Mac vibe.

Listen to “Bottom of the River”

The Dunwells

This Leeds, England band play an exhilarating blend of English rock and American roots music. They stole the show when they turned up at the 2011 International Folk Alliance and their hit song “I Could Be A King” is all over WRNR right now.

Listen to “I Could Be a King”


Meiko has toured with Brett Dennen and Mat Kearney and her enchanting, flirty pop sound has made her one of the most popular songwriters to come out of the Los Angeles Hotel Café scene. “Leave the Lights On” is one of our favorite new songs of the year.

Listen to “Leave the Lights On”


Arguably the Baltimore/Annapolis music scene’s most popular band, Pasadena has headlined sold out shows at Rams Head Live and performed at this year’s Silopanna Music Festival. The band’s name is taken from their hometown in Maryland, but their sound, similar to Sublime and Pepper, would fit nicely in the more popular Los Angeles suburb.

Listen to “Blame it On the Bottle”

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