On Wednesday night, Baltimore rockers J Roddy Walston & The Business play the final date of their 4-week residency at Rock & Roll Hotel. Former We Love DC music critic and founder of DC Rock Live, David Hintz describes J Roddy Walston & The Business’ sound as “real honky-tonk fun that is hard not to enjoy…for Americana/rock’n’roll fans”.
Live music residencies can be tricky things for bands to pull off successfully. A string of shows in the same venue can be an endurance test for a band and an audience. For the band the test is making each performance unique enough to rise above appearing as a simple house band. For the audience it is a question of how much exposure to the same band is too much. Residencies are usually either triumphs or abject failures, there is minimal middle ground for a band to play it safe on.
It is a showing of confidence for J Roddy Walston & The Business to book this residency. Even more so when research online reveals that they are doing similar residencies in other cities too. Everything I have heard about this band is that they are straight ahead rockers that bring the party like nobody’s business. Word on the street about their shows over the past 3-weeks at the Hotel is that they are tearing the place apart every time. I highly recommend checking this one out. J Roddy Walston & The Business’ final residency show is going to be a blow-out bash.
J Roddy Walston & The Business
@ Rock & Roll Hotel
5/11/11 – 8pm