author, musician, and organizer of
the Music Matters Showcase
Four different acts take turns playing 4 song sets each and
then going back around. Its an eclectic mix of music, all of
it wonderful. Showcases are free,but donations to Bread for
the City for the Home are accepted.
|Where/when/who is playing the Music
Matters Showcase besides Joseph Isaacs?
Mad City Coffee House, 10801 Hickory Rd Columbia MD Saturday
(look for the Long and Fosters Sign)
June 20th Bob Brill, Bucky Duster, The Spectacles
July 18th Noah Pierre, Paul Loether, Kathy Stanley
Aug 1st Dejon, Having Fun, Vince Hammond
Aug 15th DL Weiner, Peggy Brennan, TBA
sept 19th Silver Strings, Carlos Cysneiros, Brown-Smith Vibrations
Oct 17th Elizabeth Fixsen, tba
Directions to all gigs and links to bands playing are at the bottom of
These gigs are all free - donations to Bread for the City for the
Homeless are graciously accepted
*each performer plays 2 4 song sets of songs, concerts end times are
approximate might be a bit earlier or later
|Mad City Coffee House
10801 Hickory Ridge Road
Columbia MD 21044
Look for the Long & Fosters- its tucked in a plaza and hard to
see from the road. Its across from HCC.
From 95 (between Baltimore and DC) take route 32 West and
then take Broken Lands Parkway North to Hickory Ridge Road.
(From route 29 you will be taking Broken Lands Parkway West).
Take Broken Lands Parkway towards Hickory Ridge RD.
Turn left on Hickory Ridge (it only goes in one direction). Take
Hickory Ridge RD past Howard Community College and right
after Sunny Spring Rd there is a Long and Fosters on your left.
That is Hickory Ridge Plaza where Mad City is tucked next to a
chinese restaurant. Let the Madness BEGIN!
|Soul Hosts by Joseph Isaacs
Exciting writing news, I received a review from Harper Collin's. Here are
some quotes from it:
"15 years ago, in a bid to strengthen his power and obtain complete control of
magic across Helos, the Dracon slayed his finest mages and tried to steal
their souls. But instead of following his bidding, the mages’ souls scattered
throughout the land, entering the bodies of infant children. These children,
now grown, are thrown into action when it becomes clear that the Dracon is
planning to take control again. With little knowledge of each other or the ties
that bind them all together, they must fight to save the balance of the world as
they know it, and ward off the threat of an even darker evil...
There is definitely promise here, and a depth of background which makes it
clear you have put a lot of effort into creating this world
The battle scene at the end is absolutely triumphant. It had me on the edge of
my seat, and it is without a doubt where your no-nonsense style worked best.
What made it all the better was that the outcome was in no way predictable –
at no point could I have sat back and thought ‘oh, I know what’s coming next."
And Harper Collin's interviewed me for their blog! Click here to read the
And Soul Hosts is in the top ten on McGraw-hill's website, so I'm expecting a
review from them as well in the near future!
Here is an excerpt from the beginning of Soul Hosts:
The Gray Man
I do not know what game the gray man plays –- Kolram
Forking right at the smithy, Wayden kept a brisk pace. His worn leather
shoes slapped the cobblestones; sweat drenched his robe. Squinting back
through the sunlight, he spotted his black-hooded stalker jostling through a
crowd of market-goers, a rather large sword dangled from his pursuer's side.
I'm going to die, Wayden thought. I'm going to die. Oh Source no, I'm going to
Kolram, the wizard who resided in Wayden's mind, sent a wave of cool energy
through Wayden, slowing his heart rate, relaxing his muscles. It didn't work.
I'm going to die. I'm going to die. I'm going to die.
"Stay calm," Kolram said. "We have no reason to think this man intends you
“Then why would he be following me?” Wayden asked.
"’Tis strange. A fifteen-year-old boy dressed in worn robes doesn't seem a
likely target for an outlaw.”
“He must be after the bounty on unauthorized use of magic,” Wayden
realized. The Guard had promised rewards for people turning in wizards
practicing without the Dracon's license.
“But how could he even be aware of my presence?” Kolram asked.
It was a good question. Wayden certainly hadn't told anyone or used magic
Wayden turned, risking a glance at his pursuer. For a moment, the man's
hood slipped. Sunlight illuminated gray leathery skin. His insides chilled.
Read the rest of the novel for free on Harper
Collin's Authonomy site, click here to be linked to
the rest of the novel