By Travis Mamone

Despite a crappy soundboard, local bands International Jet Set and Blackwater Refugees delivered an outstanding show this past Friday at the Green Turtle in Easton, MD.  And with a standing-room only crowd, it turned out to be the sports bar’s biggest show to date.

            Blackwater Refugees, a new alt-country trio from Easton, was the first act.  Led by Mike Shorter on bass and vocals, the band takes the grit of old school country and adds a twist of rock and roll.  At first it was unclear whether or not the Refugees would get to perform, since the soundboard blew out right when they were set to begin.  But after some tinkering, the boys kicked off their 40-minute set with signature song “County Jail.”  The Refugees did mostly originals, but through in a few covers, including “D.U.I. or Die” by Those Darlins.  That was supposed to be their last song, but after a couple of audience members called for one more song, Shorter yelled, “I can’t disappoint my fans” into the mic, and the boys delivered a killer encore.

            International Jet Set is a seven-piece ska/punk band reminiscent of Rancid, The Specials, and The Selectors.  The band features Chris and Jon Beasley from The John Hardy Boys, and Cody Finkner from Press Black.  The Jet Set also has some sound trouble at the beginning of their set (hopefully that soundboard has been replaced by now), but they finally got things ironed out for their signature song, “Howard Dean.”  Their hour-long set also included an instrumental tune, the punky “Commonwealth,” and a cover of the Clash’s “London Calling” (which your humble narrator was singing along to).

            Judging by the 100 plus people that turned out for the show, expect to see the International Jet Set and Blackwater Refugees play the Green Turtle again sometime in the near future.

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