If you've been reading a while, you've seen me mention The Birchmere. From the outside it could be any suburban nightclub, perhaps a little more garishly painted than most. The inside features a bar and small bandstand area for intimate shows. The main concert hall seats at long tables where concert goers can tap along to their favorite artists while enjoying southern specialties like red beans and rice, catfish, or chicken fried steak.
I was at the Birchmere for Rachael Yamagata, a local girl that made it big. It's her third concert I've been to, the second at the Birchmere. It's always charming because her proud family, friends, and even high school teachers come out for the shows. It was undoubtedly her best performance I've seen--a mixture of tracks from her new record, Chesapeake, and years of favorites like "Worn Me Down," "Elephants," and "The Reason Why."
You can find more of Rachael here, and the Birchmere's calendar here.