Saturday, August 17: The Arrangement @ White Oak Tavern from 9:00pm to 12:00am

Well, Woodstock 50 has been officially cancelled, thanks to The Man and The Establishment.

 But take heart, you freak flag flyin’ hippies: all those seeking to relive the grand Aquarian Exposition should look no further than The Arrangement’s upcoming gig at White Oak Tavern. We’ll be capturing the Spirit of ’69 in the following ways:

  • The opening invocation will be offered by famed mystic Swami Sisqó.
  • Our first set will consist of Phil recreating the entirety of Santana’s epic “Soul Sacrifice” drum solo with one hand. The other hand will be constantly throwing back IPAs.
  • In tribute to that famous warning about “the brown acid,” Drew will issue periodic cautions concerning the toppings at Sweet Frog. Because gummy bears is for squares, you dig?
  • An anything-goes, epic mud-pit to rival Woodstock ‘69 is guaranteed, thanks to Howard County’s legendary incapacity for rainfall of any kind.
  • In the early hours of Sunday morning, Drew will don a white leather fringe jacket, crank up the distortion on his guitar, and play an incendiary yet reverent cover of “All Star” by Smash Mouth.

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Beat feet to catch The Arrangement on August 17 at the White Oak Tavern from 9:00pm to 12:00am!

The Arrangement features Mr. Drew Fontaine on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by Mr. Phil Rosensteel on djembe, backing vocals, cymbals, penny whistle, and quite possibly the ghungroo. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.

Check out The Arrangement here: http://thearrangementband.com.
And The White Oak Tavern here: http://thewhiteoaktavern.com.

Have any questions?  Please holla.

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Saturday, June 22: The Arrangement @ White Oak Tavern from 9:00pm to 12:00am

The Arrangement Presents: How to Write a Grateful Dead Song

Song Title: Some combination of a flower, a color, and a geographic location.

Verse 1: Affectionate description of a woman who did me wrong. Oblique reference to various wonders of the universe. Some mention of the Devil.

Modal jazz breakdown in 11/8 time. Polymoog synthesizer solo.

Chorus: Gorgeous Crosby Stills and Nash-style harmonies. Remark about “life on the road.” Brief meditation on vocations of saints or sailors.

Verse 2: Cite a beat poet or two. Discuss a six-shooter and a great flood. Wax psychedelic.

Funk-glockenspiel interlude into drum solo (minimum three drummers).

Verse 3: Biblical allusion. Name-drop a folkloric hero. Pseudo-philosophical riddle, followed by a metaphysical truth.

Sparkling guitar solos interlock, spiraling into dizzyingly infinite boogie transcendence.

Dixieland jazz coda.

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Take a long, strange trip to see The Arrangement on Saturday, June 22 at the White Oak Tavern from 9:00pm to 12:00am!

The Arrangement features Mr. Drew Fontaine on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by Mr. Phil Rosensteel on djembe, backing vocals, cymbals, penny whistle, and quite possibly the tabla. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.

Check out The Arrangement here: http://thearrangementband.com.
And The White Oak Tavern here: http://thewhiteoaktavern.com.

Have any questions?  Please holla.

Saturday, May 11: The Arrangement @ The Judge’s Bench from 9:00pm to 12:30am

The Arrangement turns 13 this year. That means we’ve lasted longer than quite a few celebrated and legendary bands, including The Beatles, The Clash, The Police, N.W.A., and…One Direction. So what’s the secret to our harmonious longevity? A few things.

Each year, we take a month-long Bikram yoga retreat at an ashram in Rishikesh, India. We return fully balanced, centered, and over 157% more flexible.

Healthy eating habits. We avoid all saturated fatty acids in our diet—even though that is the name of our electro-metal side project.

Regular juice cleanses. The Arrangement subsist for weeks exclusively on cases of Hi-C Ecto Cooler that Drew purchased on eBay.

Aromatherapy. Phil douses his drum with a heady blend of jasmine, rosemary, peppermint, and vetiver, while Drew’s guitar case is packed with eucalyptus, ginger, and Goetze’s Caramel Creams.

Lavish gift-giving. On Christmas, we give each other 300,000 shares of The Arrangement. If we ever go public, we’ll be zillionaires.

Employing electro-shock therapy during band practice doesn’t just help us stave off the frownies. It also makes playing music without electrocution incredibly easy.

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Live longer and stronger with The Arrangement on Saturday, May 11 at The Judge’s Bench Pub from 9:00pm to 12:30am!

The Arrangement features Mr. Drew Fontaine on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by Mr. Phil Rosensteel on djembe, backing vocals, cymbals, penny whistle, and quite possibly the Pyrophone organ. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by Billie Eilish. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.

Check out The Arrangement here: http://thearrangementband.com.
And the Judge’s Bench Pub here: http://judgesbenchpub.com.

Have any questions?  Please holla.

Saturday, April 6: The Arrangement @ White Oak Tavern from 9:00pm to 12:00am

The Arrangement Presents: Song Vocabulary 

Here at The Arrangement, we know a few things about songs. After all, we play over 40 of them at every single gig—and up to 75, if you keep tipping us.

We realize that for many non-musicians, the various and vital parts that make up a song may be entirely elusive to you. To help further your enjoyment of our next performance, we’ve prepared the following musical primer.

Verse – This is the part of the song that everyone sits through to get to the chorus.

Prechorus – Also not quite the chorus. Kind of a waste of everybody’s time.  

Chorus – Here we go! This is the part of the song that makes you say, “Actually, I do know this song.” Best choruses of all time include “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye and “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.

Bridge – Has a purpose, and that purpose is to set up the Mouth Trumpet Solo.

Mouth Trumpet Solo – The part where Phil somehow summons the sound of an entire horn section using only his lips. He can also imitate a jug band, a klezmer band, Al Jolson, or all three, if you ask nicely.

Crowd Participation – Dating back to the Middle Ages, this is the part of the song where everyone goes “Bah Bah Bahhhhh” and “So good, so good” during “Sweet Caroline”.

Scatting – Wordless, melodic vocal improvisation that makes Drew feel like a cool jazz musician, and everyone else feel embarrassed for Drew.

Bass drop – The sudden, tension-releasing climax following a rapidly thumping beat. Stop giggling.

Freestyle dance – This happens immediately after the bass drops. #whitepeople

Instrumental Outro – The time when everyone says to themselves “Hey, now would be a great time to go get another beer.”

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Join The Arrangement on Saturday, April 6 as we debut at the White Oak Tavern from 9:00pm to 12:00am!

The Arrangement features Mr. Drew Fontaine on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by Mr. Phil Rosensteel on djembe, backing vocals, cymbals, penny whistle, and quite possibly the…Mouth Trumpet. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by Halsey. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.

Check out The Arrangement here: http://thearrangementband.com.
And The White Oak Tavern here: http://thewhiteoaktavern.com.

Have any questions?  Please holla.

Saturday, February 16: The Arrangement @ The Judge’s Bench from 9:00pm to 12:30am

The Arrangement Presents: Our 2019 Resolutions

Play a royal wedding, preferably in the Middle East. Apparently the sheikhs pay really, really well.

Release that album of acapella Alan Jackson covers we recorded in 1999.

Make Slash regret turning down that lead guitarist offer.

Headline the extreme-metal Maryland Deathfest. We’ll perform in between Church of Misery and Frightmare.

Set up our 401(k).

Cash out our 401(k). Then buy some really sweet fedoras.

Play one of our covers in front of the original artist. Specifically, we’d like to play “The Joker” for Steve Miller and make him say, “Wow, I never truly understood the phrase ‘Pompatus of Love’ until I heard you guys sing it.”

Finally figure out when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.

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Ring in the new(ish) year with The Arrangement on Saturday, February 16 at The Judge’s Bench Pub from 9:00pm to 12:30am!

The Arrangement features Mr. Drew Fontaine on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by Mr. Phil Rosensteel on djembe, backing vocals, cymbals, penny whistle, and quite possibly the contrabassoon. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by DJ Snake. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.

Check out The Arrangement here: http://thearrangementband.com.
And the Judge’s Bench Pub here: http://judgesbenchpub.com.

Have any questions?  Please holla.

Saturday, December 22: The Arrangement @ The Judge’s Bench Pub from 9:00pm to 12:30am *HOLIDAY SHOW*

(To the tune of “Winter Wonderland”)

Mark your calendars and look for light snow
‘Cuz The Arrangement’s got a Yule show
It’s all Phil and Drew
On December 22
They’re rockin’ in a winter wonderland

You know Drew is gonna sing Wham!
And Phil is playing Charlie Brown jams
The Bench’ll get down
‘Cuz The Arrangement’s in town
They’re rockin’ in a winter wonderland

You can come and see them with your soulmate
Or assorted randos that you know
It’s always a great night for a Bench date
So bring your bae, beloved, boo or beau

When they play live, ain’t it thrilling
‘Specially when it’s beer you’re swilling
But whiskey’s good too
And hell, even Elmer’s glue
When you’re singing carols with the band
They’re rockin’ in a winter wonderland
They’re rockin’ in a winter wonderland

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Deck your halls with The Arrangement on Saturday, December 22 at The Judge’s Bench Pub from 9:00 pm to 12:30 am!

The Arrangement features Mr. Drew Fontaine on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by Mr. Phil Rosensteel on djembe, backing vocals, cymbals, penny whistle, and quite possibly the antiphonal brass. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite Christmas songs. Unless all your favorite Christmas songs are by Crazy Frog. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.

Check out The Arrangement here: http://thearrangementband.com.
And the Judge’s Bench Pub here: http://judgesbenchpub.com.

Saturday, November 17: The Arrangement @ T-Bonz Grille & Taphouse from 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Make Your Own Arrangement Origami in Six Easy Steps

  1. Start with a six-inch square origami paper, color side down.
  2. Make two folds, one along the horizontal axis and one along the vertical axis. Crease well and unfold.
  3. Make two more folds, this time along the diagonal axis. Fold in the left and right sides of the paper to meet the center point. You should start to see Drew’s guitar and signature fedora taking shape. If this does not occur, you have failed at origami. Crumple your paper, bow respectfully, and begin again with a fresh sheet.
  4. Fold both sides once more to meet the center crease, then twist. Voila, there’s Phil’s entire drum set!
  5. Repeat Step 4 for the other three corners and flip the paper over. Fold the bottom tip up so that the bottom edges line up with each other. At this point, more intricate details in the origami will begin to emerge: note the 17 wrinkles on Drew’s index finger and Phil’s six freckles.
  6. Crease well and unfold the paper open in opposite directions, and there you’ll have it: exact origami likenesses of The Arrangement! Press down on the right flap and Phil will rustle out a drumbeat. Press the left flap and Drew’s paper voice-box will sing the chorus to “Paper Planes.”  Omedetō!

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Chase that paper with The Arrangement on Saturday, November 17 at T-Bonz Grille & Taphouse from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm!

The Arrangement features Mr. Drew Fontaine on acoustic guitar and vocals, accompanied by Mr. Phil Rosensteel on djembe, backing vocals, cymbals, penny whistle, and quite possibly the Armenian kamancha. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by Imagine Dragons. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.

Check out The Arrangement here: http://thearrangementband.com.
And T-Bonz Grille & Taphouse here: http://tbonzgrille.com.

Have any questions?  Please holla.