It just feels like there’s a ton of stuff this weekend, does it not? It starts in a couple hours with Country On The Creek, which has been turned into Country At The Blue Side (thanks, rain!). And even better is the fact that the venue change will not mess up The Blue Side’s plans to host the Forlorn Strangers this evening as well! So, really. Head to The Blue Side around five o’clock. Find a seat. And settle in until about midnight. And check this out: While you’re waiting for the two concerts to change over, walk a couple blocks to the Weinberg for Nighthawks night! Honestly. A hell of a Thursday in Frederick, Maryland, friends. It’s a hell of a Thursday in Frederick, Maryland. Also this weekend … Oktoberfest! And that sort of speaks for itself. The great, genius, brilliant idea that is the 72 Hours Film Fest kicks off this evening, and don’t you dare discount that. There’s some Lost Keys (above). There’s some jazz. There’s some Larry Keel. There’s some Box Era. There’s some open mics. There’s some Moon Music. And, of course, there’s some California Bob. Happy First Saturday. Happy October. Happy Happy. Stay dry. Stay warm. Love one another.
So, here’s the deal. A handful of weeks ago, the great Nasar Abadey was set to perform at The Opera House over in Shepherdstown. We emailed over some questions, but he unfortunately didn’t get them back to us until it was too late to publish. But the thing is, we got to readin’ and lookin’ back at some of the stuff he had to say and just thought, “You know what? People need to read this.” Plus, if you are going to be kind enough to take the time to answer our silly questions, then we are going to do all we can to be kind enough to publish them. And hey: He’ll be with his band, Supernova, at Blues Alley on Oct. 12, and, according to his website at least, they will be playing the Route 108 Fall Music Festival on Oct. 8, and that’s in Sandy Spring. See. Plenty of opportunities to check him out in the next few weeks anyway. So, check out what the drummer had to say about collaborating with everyone from Gregory Porter to Ella Fitzgerald, the D.C. jazz scene, and who influences him the most.
Thursday night’s all right for folk rockin’! Or something like that. Nashville’s Forlorn Strangers are coming to The Blue Side and we can’t think of a better way to spend the second-to-last-day of the workweek. We recently caught up with the band to talk about how they got together, what it was like recording at John Prine’s studio, The Butcher Shoppe, and what they believe is the greatest song ever written. The fun starts at 8 p.m., friends. Don’t be square. Be there.
Well, a happy autumn to you, too. We’re back with the final Alive @ Five of the year (Country On The Creek is next week, but that is not Alive @ Five, darn it). And because we spoke with Black Masala a few weeks ago … well, you really ought to see what all the fuss is about later this afternoon. You know who else we spoke with this week? Can we interest you in some .38 Special and some Foreigner? Oh, we can? Good. Elsewhere this weekend, Delenda, who you can see above, and who we questioned and answered earlier this year, are going to take the Cafe 611 stage this evening. We know you don’t want to miss that. There’s Dani and Jimi. There’s our old dear friend Todd C. Walker. There’s the fantastic Joy On Fire, who we adore after this month’s Goddess Jam. There’s Super Thanks For Asking. There’s a music festival (!). And, of course, there’s Sickdeer, who makes our hearts wonder about a sick deer. Naturally. Watch out for the leaves turning colors. OK. Maybe not yet. But you get it. There are only a few more days of the Great Frederick Fair left. You want your Mexican food. You need your Mexican food. Be good, friends. Be good.
There are reasons that Foreigner was tapped to headline the final night of entertainment at The Great Frederick Fair this year, and “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “I Wanna Know What Love Is” and “Double Vision” are only a few. Celebrating 40 years of existence, they’ve sold upwards of 40 million records in the United States alone. We recently caught up with the band’s resident multi-instrumentalist, Thom Gimbel, to talk about coming back to Frederick, why he started playing rock music in the first place, and how it feels to now be the second-longest tenured member of his band.
Simple. Rock. Good.
If you need three words to describe American Television’s latest five-song EP, “Reaction,” those three words would be the three words you would use. It’s almost novel in an era of pop-punk that is expected to twist as much as it turns while interspersing pleas of aggression that aren’t always needed. And it’s certainly an admirable approach when you consider how today’s scene is a scene filled with over-thinkers who have somehow managed to conclude that the more instruments you use and the more production tricks you learn, the more interesting your band is.
Behold Music & Mental Health, a feature we hope to bring you more often than not, written by the fabulous Imade Borha. She’ll check in from time to time with her thoughts on … well … presumably, music and mental health. Duh. If you dig, you can follow her on Twitter here. Enjoy!
Being a journalist can be nerve-wracking. You’re tight on time, and often have to cram information like the night before a test. When I found out I would be interviewing Angélique Kidjo, I jumped at the chance. You see, for many people who have no connection to their African parent, African music parented them. Kidjo’s music doesn’t just represent entertainment. Her music is an answer to my deep longing for identity.
With a career spanning more than 40 years, 38 Special has sold more than 20 million records thanks to hits like “Second Chance,” “Rockin’ Into The Night” and “Hold On Loosely.” That’s why, when pop artist Rachel Platten canceled on this year’s Great Frederick Fair festivities, the minds responsible for bringing music to the event looked no further than the Jacksonville-based rock act. We recently caught up with singer/guitarist Don Barnes by the phone to talk about breaking into the mainstream, the status of his band’s former singer Donnie Van Zant, and how the group keeps its concerts exciting after all these years.
So, we’re going to be sporadic in our posts over the next week or two, and because of as much, we thought we’d share this Q&A now, even though Black Masala isn’t performing in town until next week at Alive@Five (also of note: This week’s Alive@Five act, The Get Right Band, promises to be amazing). So. Check it. We recently caught up with Black Masala to talk about their wide array of influences, what they believe is the best song ever written, and what we can expect from their set at next week’s Alive@Five along the creek. Enjoy!
And for the very first post-Labor-Day-trick of 2016 … welcome to Goddess Jam. That’s right. Tomorrow night. The Dirty Middle. Cheshi. Joy On Fire (above). CassiRaye. 200 East Art Haus. Be there. Or be rectangle. ‘Tis your life. The fun only begins there, though, because then throughout all of Saturday, we have the good, ol’ In The Street event going on in and around town. So many great people will be performing as part of that. Heavy Lights. Katie Powderly. Silent Old Mtns. Olivia Lane. Higher Hands. The list goes on and on and on and on. Be there. Or be triangle. Again. ‘Tis your life. A great metal/rock or rock/metal (or jazz/blues or blues/jazz) show is going on tonight at Cafe 611 and you won’t want to miss that. There’s the Donegal X-Press at Alive @ Five. There’s what promises to be an excellent jazz showing tonight at Beans In The Belfry (Mr. Brenzel, what’s up?!?). There’s something called Impeached. There’s the fine lads in Jack Funk. And then there’s Nasar Abadey’s Supernova Trio, which is set to take over The Opera House Saturday night and some of us just might have to make that drive to see what that’s all about. Dude worked with Gregory Porter! Anyway, have yourself a Merry Little September. This tiny space will be, for the most part, dark next week. Treat it kindly. Love you. Miss you.