Ben Eppard. Do you know him? Because you should. He’ll be coming to the area twice this weekend, performing at The Hill Chapel on Saturday and at Linganore Winecellars on Sunday. He’s got a bit of an interesting story: Dude likes to hitchhike between tour stops. He then blogs about it and, if all goes well, there will eventually be a book about the whole ordeal as well. We recently caught up with the Charlottesville, Virginia, songwriter to talk about his hitchhiking project, his upcoming area shows this weekend, and, of course, if he’s ever been in danger throughout his travels. For those interested in knowing more about Eppard, click here.
Note: Throughout this week, we will be posting photos, videos and accounts of some of the local open mic nights in and around Frederick. Today, we are sharing the experience of what it’s like to get up and perform your own songs in front of a foreign crowd. The performer at hand is FNP reporter Kelsi Loos. Why is she up today? Because there are no open mic nights we could find around town for Wednesdays, and plus Kelsi is the best. For those wondering, we will round out the week tomorrow with stops at Bushwaller’s, The Blue Sky Bar And Grill and Beans In The Belfry. Why? Because they occur on Thursdays. Get it? Got it? Good. The above photo is by Graham Cullen. The below story is by Kelsi Loos. Now, let’s dive in.
We told you yesterday that we couldn’t find an open mic for Wednesdays (which is why our post later today will be a little different from the other things we’ve had this week), so instead of posting a photo of an open mic that might go down tonight, we thought we’d offer this shot from a Thursday open mic: Bushwaller’s. The face? Brad Newman. He of Knolly Moles and Jack Funk fame. Plus, this picture is far too fun to not post.
We’re going to take a break from Open Mic Week to catch up with the great Miss Tess (who we’ve reviewed on this site before; you can find a link in the text below). Not only did we play her last week on The Local Playlist (did you listen? We hope so), but she’s also going to be performing at The Opera House in Shepherdstown on Thursday night. We caught up with her recently to talk about her latest EP, which is made up of mostly cover songs, what happened to The Bon Ton Parade, and, of course, what we can expect from her show over in West Virginia Thursday night (tickets are still available!). We love her to death and hopefully you will, too.
Note: Throughout this week, we will be posting photos, videos and accounts of some of the local open mic nights in and around Frederick. Today, we are sharing two experiences: One at Frederick Coffee Company and the other at The Cellar Door. Why are they up today? Because both open mics typically happen on Tuesdays. Now, we couldn’t find an open mic to get to on Wednesdays, so because of that, tomorrow’s entry will be a first-hand account of what it’s like to perform at one of these things (and don’t worry – it won’t be from me). Get it? Got it? Good. Now, let’s dive in.
Open Mic Week continues with this dark (but awesome) video of Andrew Bromhal, formerly of Silent Old Mtns., performing his old band’s “That Telescope Find” (but only after someone in the audience kept yelling for it … just saying) at The Cellar Door. If you’ve been out to any of the area local mics recently, chances are you’ve seen him pop up here and there to do some new tunes and a few old favorites. And if you haven’t seen him … well, consider this video a taste of what you might find if you happen to walk into any of the area’s open mics. We’ll be back later today with Tuesday’s installment of Open Mic Week. You’re excited, right? Let’s hope so.
Note: Throughout this week, we will be posting photos, videos and accounts of some of the local open mic nights in and around Frederick. Today, we are sharing an introduction to the series along with a recent experience at Cafe Nola’s open mic. Why is Cafe Nola first? Because, creatively enough, Cafe Nola’s open mic nights typically run on Mondays and today is Monday. Tomorrow, we will profile The Cellar Door and The Frederick Coffee Company, who typically hold their open mic nights on Tuesdays. Get it? Got it? Good. Now, let’s dive in.
What. You thought that just because it’s Memorial Day, we wouldn’t have things to share? Pshhhhhh. We’ve got tons to post this week and plus, don’t forget: It’s Open Mic Week! That’s right. A few weeks ago, some of us went around to various local mics in the area, and now finally, after what seems like forever, we are ready to roll out the photos, videos and absurdly long story to go with it all. We’ll be posting bits and pieces of the story all week and for those who might be interested in seeing the whole thing in print, you can also find it as the cover story in this week’s 72 Hours. But that’s still four days away. In the meantime (and in between time), check out this photo of the drummer Dave Bernet, who helped host the Cafe Nola open mic the week we visited. And why did we start with a photo of this guy? Because that dude is everywhere. No, like really: Dude. Is. Everywhere. Anyway, settle in, friends. Open Mic Week is in full effect!
Well, as far as we know, Alive@5 is all-systems-go as of 3 p.m. this afternoon. Pittsburgh’s Two Tall Twins are scheduled to be there and as long as the rain stays away, it promises to be a fun (if not chilly) Thursday afternoon. Soul music. Nothin’ better. Elsewhere … well, it’s Memorial Day weekend. So … it’s Memorial Day weekend. Grab your grills. Drink your cans of light beer. Enjoy a Sunday night. Maybe watch some baseball. Basketball. Hockey. And, of course, GET OUT AND SEE SOME MUSIC. The all-caps is meant for emphasis. Old Indian, ye of Frederick Music Showcase fame (and, for that matter, all-around rock and roll awesomeness fame) will be melting faces at Cafe Nola on Friday night. And not only does that give us a chance to post our Frederick Playlist Presents … session with them above, but it also ensures you all that great music will indeed be available for a nominal fee tomorrow night. Elsewhere, Guys In Thin Ties are heading to Isabella’s this evening while the Monocacy Jazz Quartet will be jazzin’ it up at Ayse. Cafe 611 has a couple shows through the weekend, which is always nice to see. JoJo’s, who has been toning down their musical nights recently, is finally back in the game with Chris Smaha. There are The Bitter Liberals. There’s something called Impeached. There’s something called Hip Hatchet. Hey Baby! Our good friend Todd C. Walker. There’s a ukulele jam, which sounds wildly fun. And, of course, there is a wide array of open mics. We saved this for last, why? Because next week is open mic week! And oh, boy, do we have tons of neat things to share. Don’t worry. Your excitement is felt through the computer screen. Don’t forget to tune in to the Local Playlist on WSHC 89.7 Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. to hear some local jams, jamming away. You can listen online here. No excuses. Happy Memorial Day, friends (is that something people really say?). Enjoy the long weekend. We’re about to have TONS (like a literal ton) of things to announce. Stay tuned. Don’t hate us too much. Missyouloveyou.
If you type “hammer dulcimer” into Google, one of the top results you’ll see is something from the Smithsonian. Click on it and at the beginning of the post, you’ll see the following quote, from King Nebuchadnezzar:
“ … everyman that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship … .”
Why print that here? Because who the hell knows anything about the hammer dulcimer? It sounds nice. It looks like it’s a pain to lug from one place to another. You can typically find it in any type of music that has absolutely nothing to do with America (which, of course, isn’t necessarily a bad thing). And if you head to a Wikipedia entry titled “List of Hammered Dulcimer Players,” you’ll find a collection that probably has less names on it than a similar entry on reality show main characters.