Saturday, December 14: The Arrangement @ The Judge’s Bench from 9:00pm to 12:30am *HOLIDAY SHOW*

The “most wonderful time of the year” just wouldn’t be the same without its joyous melodies. Take, for example, this treasured Christmas jingle, which spread from schoolyard to schoolyard in the grandest folk tradition:

Jingle Bells, Batman smells
Robin laid an egg
The Batmobile lost its wheel
And the Joker got away

Believe it or not, that tune is now generally considered part of the Great American Songbook. But it’s not alone—the Smithsonian Institution has spent several decades carefully curating a trove of superhero-mocking holiday tunes that circulated on American playgrounds. And we got a preview! The Arrangement is proud to present this collection, for the first time in print:

(To the tune of “O Christmas Tree”)

O Superman, O Superman
Your powers are depleted

You cannot fly, stop time, or fight
Lex Luthor’s holding kryptonite
O Superman, O Superman
You soon will be defeated

(To the tune of “Feliz Navidad”)

Feliz Skeletor
You’re superior
He-Man is a bore
He forgets to lock doors
Castle Grayskull is yours

(To the tune of “Deck the Halls”)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Your demise will be eternal
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Shredder’s poisoned all your pizzas
Fa la la la la, la la la la
The Foot Clan is gonna beat ya
Fa la la la la, la la la la

(To the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus”)

Here comes Spider-Man
Here comes Spider-Man
Hitting on Mary Jane
Peter Parker’s alter ego
Is battling in vain
The Green Goblin’s tied your web
And Spidey’s in for a fright
So get bent, Spider-Man
Sorry ‘bout Uncle Ben
The Goblin wins tonight

Haul out the holly and have a jolly holiday with The Arrangement on Saturday, December 14 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 bandura. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by Lou Monte. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes, jing-a-di-jing, and heehaw.

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

Have any questions?  Please holla.

Saturday, November 30: The Arrangement @ White Oak Tavern from 9:00pm to 12:00am

The Arrangement Gives Thanks

This year, we’re incredibly thankful for…

Thanksgiving food, because you just can’t give 110% at the gig if you don’t carbo-load on mashed potatoes beforehand. Also, Spanx.

The recording arts community at large, who continue to inspire us, challenge us, and provide songs we can steal.

Apollo, the Greco-Roman god of music and archery. Where would we be without you, Apollo? Not drunkenly shooting crossbows at the moon while rocking out to Mötley Crüe, that’s for sure.

Johann Sebastian Bach, for writing Sleepers Wake (BWV 140) in 1731. We’re still not over it yet.

Murphy & Daughters Cucumber Bath Salts, whose therapeutic blend of Australian salts gently help detoxify our skin and boost circulation. #sponsored #ad

Our faithful friends, fans and family, most of all. When we play the Judge’s Bench, the Benchwarmers pack the place. And when we play White Oak Tavern, the Enchanted Foresters are out in force. We couldn’t say thanks enough for all of you.

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Dive, Uncle Scrooge-like, into a cornucopia of rockage with The Arrangement on Saturday, November 30 at 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 guqin, or ancient zither. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by Lil Nas X. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.

Check out The Arrangement’s sweet new website here: http://thearrangementband.com, featuring our new promo video. Check it out and share it with friends, neighbors, coworkers, wartime consiglieres, spiritual advisors, therapists, or anyone else who might show even the slightest interest.

And White Oak Tavern is here:  https://thewhiteoaktavern.com.

Have any questions?  Please holla.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 26: The Arrangement @ White Oak Tavern from 9:00pm to 12:00am

The Arrangement’s Mission Statement

Please allow us to introduce ourselves: We are the champions. Rocketmen. The sultans of swing. Modern day warriors with mean, mean strides. We’ve got high, high hopes for a living. And right now, it’s time to kick out the jams.

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll. But tonight, we are young. We’re running with the devil and flying to the angels. Living after midnight and rockin’ to the dawn, eight days a week. We’re not gonna take it…unless we take it to the limit one more time. And nothing else matters.

We believe the children are our future. We believe in a thing called love and we believe in life after love. We believe in magic. And we won’t stop believin’.

So everybody: Rock your body. Let’s go crazy and let’s get nuts. Because the boys are back in town and we could be heroes…just for one day.
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The mission is rocking out and the mission is critical. Synchronize watches and set coordinates for The Arrangement on Saturday, October 26 at 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 treshchotka . They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by Bad Bunny. Sorry, but that’s just not how The Arrangement rolls. Yee-ikes.

Check out The Arrangement’s sweet new website here: http://thearrangementband.com.
And White Oak Tavern is here:  https://thewhiteoaktavern.com.

Finally, we’ve got a brand spankin’ new promo video here, whipped up by Phil. Check it out and share it with friends, neighbors, coworkers, wartime consiglieres, spiritual advisors, therapists, or anyone else who might show even the slightest interest.

Have any questions?  Please holla.

Saturday, September 14: The Arrangement @ The Judge’s Bench from 9:00pm to 12:30am

(To the tune of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”)

Do you remember
The fourteenth night of September?
The Arrangement, your friends, and bartenders
They were chasing your blues away

Your drink was chilly
Whether hard booze or something frilly
It made you feel a little silly
And crazy enough just to say (Hey, hey, hey!)

Ba-dee ya, Ellicott City
Ba-dee ya, Arrangement playing ditties
Ba-dee ya, what a special Saturday

Ba drewda badrew, ba drewda badrew…

Phil’s drums were smashing
And his cymbal work was simply crashing
While percussively expertly thrashing
He belted out “Glory Days”

Drew sang some Eighties
If I recall, it was “Take On Me”
Then sent one out to the ladies
“Nothing Compares” by Sinéad

Ba-dee ya, rocking out the JB
Ba-dee ya, singing “No Diggity”
Ba-dee ya, that’s a super Saturday

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Make a solemn resolution to party with The Arrangement on Saturday, September 14 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 ghungroos. They play fun and inventive covers of all your favorite songs. Unless all your favorite songs are by Juice WRLD. 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, 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.

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.