It’s supposed to be a chilly weekend (and you could have heard about that this morning when we were on Bob Miller’s morning show on WFMD, talking about entertainment this weekend – cough, cough), but that doesn’t mean the area is lacking in suitable choices to close out April. Tonight, the Weinberg will host a sold-out crowd for buzzy neo-classical act 2Cellos and if you have a ticket, you ought to consider yourself lucky. On Sunday, Seaknuckle and Chainsaws will take over Cafe Nola and even though it isn’t listed here, you should most certainly make plans for that. Elsewhere, the Last Saturdays hip-hop series continues at the Church Street Pub on Saturday and if you have an extra five bucks, you really ought to think a little about checking that out. If not, and you happen to live closer to West Virginia, The Hello Strangers will be at The Opera House, and we all know by now how much we love us some Hello Strangers. There’s a super-packed bill at Cafe 611 on Saturday night, too, with The Averist, subject of a Q&A with us before, leading the way. And then our good friends in Heavy Lights (above) will be at Cafe Nola Saturday night with a pair of other great out-of-towners. There’s Operation: Death. There’s Starcrush. There’s Ghost Pepper. There’s Ted Garber. There’s Rew Smith. There’s Gary Brown. There’s DisFunkShun. There’s The Milestones. There’s The Paperbacks. And then, of course, there is S’Wild, not to be confused with Wild ‘N Out. On MTV. With Nick Cannon. Yeah. Anyway, we’ll be back next week with some goodies (hopefully), and we encourage you all to pick up next week’s 72 Hours, which will look different, feel different and have its own entire Frederick Playlist section. Exciting. We know. Have a Happy St. George’s Day, you hear. Stay warm, friends.
You know what Saturday is, right? It’s another installment of the Last Saturdays hip-hop night at the Church Street Pub! That’s why we thought we’d offer up this video we took a couple Last Saturdays ago of the indomitable J Berd, hippin’ and hoppin’ his way through the crowd. Doesn’t it just make you want to stand up and start spittin’? Wait. We get bonus points for the use of “spittin,'” right? Anyway, check this out and give your plans for Saturday a second thought. Unless you were already going. Because in that case … well, you get it.
“I just want to play. I just want to sing my song.”
Those are the first 12 words you hear on Lynn Hollyfield’s latest politely pedestrian set, “In the Balance.” They come as a quick hi-hat pitters and patters, a pleasant piano provides pacification and Hollyfield’s acoustic guitar plucks along at an Adult Contemporary pace. That’s a lot of p’s for one paragraph, yes, but all of them fail to reach to the only real P that matters in this equation: peaceful.
Why? Because that’s precisely what “In The Balance” is — 12 songs of soft-soft rock that cater to a crowd not quite hip enough to geek out each time their favorite NPR program comes on, yet not quite boring enough to sit around anticipating the next PBS pledge drive. It’s soccer mom music for soccer moms who only recently began to care about gluten. The stuff’s not bad; it’s just not particularly interesting.
Some of us have been scouring the streets of Frederick County for the last week, wandering in and out of open mics. More on that in a few weeks. In the meantime (and in between time), check out this photo, which came from the beginning of our travels at Beans In The Belfry last Thursday. It’s a little Signs Point East mixed with a little Willie & The Chaperones. Oh, the things you can learn in Brunswick on a Thursday night. Happy Hump Day, friends.
Remember, all the way back in July, when we did a Q&A with Zach Gunther, the lead singer of The Averist? We do. And Welp. They’re going to be at Cafe 611 on Saturday with Seventh Seal, Luminosity, Vitality, Operation: Death and Trihexyn. Or, at least so says Cafe 611’s website. Either way, check out this video of the band performing at Cafe 611 last year. The kids and their mosh pits, man. What it would be like to be young again. Happy Tuesday!
Whew. That was a sneaky busy week here at Frederick Playlist. We premiered a video. We Q&A-ed the organizer of tomorrow’s 301 Anchor Fest in Baker Park. We unleashed a brand new podcast with former “Voice” contestants. We unleashed a brand new Frederick Playlist Presents … with former “Voice” contestants. And now, we embark on a week’s worth of open mics, beginning tonight at Beans In The Belfry, The Blue Sky and Bushwaller’s (come say hi if you see a dude with a camera and a notepad!). Oh, just as important: It’s someone’s birthday! Anyway, there’s a ton going on this weekend. Katie Powderly (above) is releasing her record and throwing a show-party at Cafe Nola. Take 6 will be rhythm-ing and blues-ing at the Weinberg this evening, and tickets are still on sale for that. Shane Gamble is coming back to town to perform at Champion Billiards. Freddie Long will be at the same place a day later. Our dear old friend Phil Kominski is scheduled to be at The Cellar Door. All The Good Dudes … in Jack Funk will be at Guido’s. There’s Guys In Thin Ties. There’s Band Of Rivals. There’s Litz. There’s a fun festival at the Red Shedman Farm brewery that you ought to take note of. There’s Shai Hulud, which is impressive. And, of course, there are The Rad Trads. Come for the Brahman Noodles. Stay for the Years End. You only turn 31 once. Let’s do it up.
Well, look at this. The kind guys in Kabob-O-Taj came to us recently with a brand new video of a brand new song. And because they were kind enough to offer it up as a world premiere … how could we resist?!?! So, check out the video for “Your Place.” Below are details straight from the Taj’s mouth. Or, well, at least from drummer Rob Wolk, who told us a little about what went into the video as well as the writing of the song. You’ll want to stick on this ride until the end, guys. The twists and turns here will blow your mind.
Hey, did you catch our podcast earlier this week with these two “Voice” contestants? Hopefully you did, because there was a ton of great stuff to eat up. Like … did you even know that NBC hires the crowd?!? Nuts. Anyway, we also videoed those fine young musicians as they performed one song each. Above, Mr. Paul Pfau runs through one of his original tunes and below Ms. Treeva Gibson offers up her take on Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.”
We can’t thank those two enough for stopping by our super secret offices to perform among giant stacks of paper in a warehouse that kind of smells like chemicals. If it was up to us, they would both win the show and become super-duper-mega-stars. But then again, if they were super-duper-mega-stars, they probably wouldn’t have the time to stop by and chat for an hour or so. … Life. Anyway, check this out, friends. Some great stuff in here.
Tonight, we embark on a journey through the Frederick area’s open mics. The journey lasts a week. We will then write. And write. And write. To commemorate such an event, we thought we’d post this YouTube video of Jack Funk performing at an open mic night at The Cellar Door. Also of note: Jack Funk will be at Guido’s tomorrow night. As for tonight… well, we plan to hit up Beans In The Belfry, the Blue Moon and Bushwallers. Will you say hi? We hope so.