Quick: It’s the last full weekend in October and how is your fantasy football team doing?! Yeah, we know. Yikes. Anyway, the month is going out with a bang as perhaps the best slate of live music to come to town in October is ready to rock and roll all the way through the next three days. As we’re sure you’re all sick of hearing by now, Karen Jonas, she of playlist-to-the-right fame, is bringing a guitar player and presumably some tunes to Cafe Nola this evening. Not only is it during Cafe Nola’s anniversary week, meaning there is no cover charge, but it is also The Event Some Of Us Have Been Looking Forward To All Week. As in, someone in a tie will be there. Drinking. Alone. Moving on, elsewhere, we have banjo icon Bela Fleck coming to town on Saturday, and yes, there is still time to enter our ticket giveaway (we’ll be in touch tomorrow morning if you’re the lucky winner). Mary Black is saying goodbye to a decorated and impressive career on her last-call tour that hits the Weinberg tonight. Southern Culture On The Skids will be eating some of Larry’s delicious gumbo over in Shepherdstown (and as someone who has shared said gumbo with said band, you might want to head over to West Virginia before making it back to check out Ms. Jonas this evening). Prophets Of The Abstract Truth will bring a nice helping of jazz to Ayse on Friday. Shane Gamble returns to Champion. Phil Kominski, one of the nicest, greatest guys around, will be taking The Cellar Door stage on Saturday night, which also happens to be the same night the third Last Saturdays hip-hop event will go down at Church Street Pub. And then, of course, there is a band called Bag Of Humans. We’ll be virtually impossible to miss around town through the next three days, so if you’re rocking and rolling your way through Frederick, come on up and say hello. We might always look angry, but that’s only true … let’s say … 89 percent of the time. Promise. And to all a good night.
He’s played with everyone from Phish to Chick Corea to Asleep at the Wheel to a handful of orchestras. No other artist in the history of music has been nominated for more Grammys in as many different categories as he has been. He is without much question, the single most recognizable and innovative banjo player in the universe right now, and it’s not really all that close.
Now, along with his wife, Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck will take the Weinberg Center for the Arts stage on Saturday night as part of a tour supporting the duo’s most recent set, “Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn.” We caught up with the legendary banjo player via email recently, and he talked about what it’s like to be on the road with his wife, how much he loves coming to Frederick, and what’s next for the 56-year-old banjo icon.
From Eric Dolphy’s 1963 gem of a record, all the way to Stanton Moore’s set of the same name this April, jazz cats have been using the word “conversations” to title their albums for almost as long as the genre has existed (which at this point spans beyond a century). It’s a term as common in the jazz medium as the word “groove” is in soul or the word “heavy” is in metal. These guys don’t talk with letters — they speak with notes. Intonations. Syncopation. They can walk into a room and begin speaking without ever uttering a word.
Today’s video comes from Baltimore hip-hop artist Sean Toure. Why? Because he will be at the third installment of the Last Saturdays hip-hop series this Saturday at the Church Street Pub. You know who else will be there? Us. And that’s all you really need to know, right? Right. So, check him out, rearrange your Saturday night accordingly, and come say hello as we hip and hop all night long.
Hey, have you heard the news? You know – the news that some of us believe Karen Jonas’ “Oklahoma Lottery” is pretty much the best thing since dinner mints? Oh, you haven’t? OK, then. Let us run through it just one more time: Karen Jonas’ “Oklahoma Lottery” is unquestionably one of the best records the area has seen in 2014. It’s got heartbreak and anger and fun and cussing and sadness and happiness and everything else in between. If you haven’t noticed by now, it’s sort of an obsession.
Check out today’s photo, which features Cameron “Telepathy” Ross performing at the first installment of the Last Saturdays hip-hop series all the way back in August. The third go-around is set for this Saturday at Church Street Pub, with Sean Toure headlining. Also on the bill? Jay Berd, Upgrade, CM Lugo, DJ Blaze Daily, Artistry Music Group and a ton of others who you won’t want to miss. It all kicks off at 9 p.m., right about the time Bela Fleck finishes up at the Weinberg. Oh, which reminds us: You know we’re giving away tickets, right? Photo by Graham Cullen. You can follow him on Twitter here.
Welp. Fredericksburg, Virginia’s Karen Jonas is going to bring songs from her record-of-the-year-candidate “Oklahoma Lottery” to Cafe Nola on Thursday night. Some of us will be there. For some of us, it will be a very late night. And for some of us, it will totally be worth it. In anticipation of that performance, we caught up with the singer for a quick Q&A. That will be coming down the pipe later this week.
For now, though, check out the description she gave of perhaps the most haunting song off “Oklahoma Lottery,” “Thinkin’ Of You Again:”
We say it 10,000,000 times a week, but it’s worth saying again: Get a hold of us, and we’ll get a hold of you. Figuratively. Not literally. Or, something like that. Anyway, check out this new video from Adam Trice and his band Red Sammy out of the Baltimore area. It’s of their song, “I Got Creepy When Lou Reed Died.” If nothing else, that’s a pretty great title for a song, is it not? Find out more about Red Sammy here.
So. Now that the Weinberg Center has fully launched itself into season, we thought it might be a good idea to turn your attention to some of the amazing acts it is bringing to town. One of those amazing acts? The world’s most accomplished banjo player, Bela Fleck, and his wife, Abigail Washburn. They’ll be taking the Weinberg stage Saturday night and we’ll have a Q&A with Mr. Fleck himself that we’ll be publishing later this week.
For now, though, we wanted share the wealth by offering up two free tickets to his show at the Weinberg. All you have to do is follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or, as is usually the case, answer some ridiculous question below these words, in order to enter the giveaway. Oh, and in case you’re wondering: Yes, they are good seats.
So, some of us stepped outside this morning and realized how unbelievably cold it was and thought, “Oh, wow. Summer really is over, isn’t it?” And then shed a tear that froze before it hit the nose. Anyway, to both commemorate and bid adieu to consistent temperatures in the 70s and 80s, we thought we would offer up this photo from the Hot August Music Festival a couple months ago, if only because it has the word “hot” in it. Behold an image of Brooklyn band Turkuaz, who has been known to play in and around the area from time to time. Just looking at this warms you up, right? Right. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.