Well, it’s going to be a special night for the fine lads in Heavy Lights on Friday, so we figured it might be a good idea to use this performance of “The Best Selling Show” to lead this edition of The Weekend Playlist. And speaking of this edition of The Weekend Playlist … welp. There’s a whole lot of a whole lot going down. Tonight, not only will Freddie Long and his band take over the Alive @ Five stage, but chances are mighty good that the 75,000th person in the history of the series will cross the gate to win a lifetime pass to said series. It could be you. Or you. Or you. Or you. Also tonight, out at Champion Billiards, is a battle of the bands that promises to not disappoint. A whole bunch of Important Institutions from this area will be represented and … well, who doesn’t love a good battle? Silent Old Mtns., along with The Milestones, are headed to Cafe Nola on Saturday night and everyone knows how fun that will be. There are about 5,290 acts scheduled to take the Cafe 611 stage Friday night. And Chelsea McBee, who we adore, is returning to her solo gig out there in Shepherdstown (where, it should be noted, The Local Playlist commences every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.) at The Opera House within the next 72 hours. It’s supposed to be hot, friends. Stay cool. Dream big. Eat good food. Always eat good food.
So, check it out. Inn It For The Kids. Does the name ring a bell? It should. Next Saturday (July 30, for those keeping track) will be the fourth installment of the metal/hard rock festival-type situation. It goes down at Cafe 611 and it benefits NIH’s Children’s Inn, which, if you believe its website, is “a private, nonprofit, family-centered hospital hospitality house located on the campus of the NIH. … At The Inn, we understand the important role the entire family plays during a child’s illness, and that’s why our mission is to meet the needs of our families, reduce the burden of medical treatment and facilitate healing through therapeutic, educational and recreational programming.” Noble, indeed. Among the artists playing it this year is Silence The Blind. We recently caught up with the band’s drummer, Danny Boiko, to talk about how his group became involved with the fundraiser, who some of his drumming heroes are, and if we can expect some new Silence The Blind music sooner rather than later.
Well, it’s probably about time to spout off some details regarding a pair of events coming up. We’ll start with what we’ve already talked about: Milkhouse Summer Jam. The super-duper special pre-sale for tickets ended last Friday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still purchase them. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to take up all of your Saturday, August 6. And it’s going to rock your world.
Also, lest we be reminded that the event will feature the super-duper exclusive brand new, once-in-a-lifetime Frederick Playlist beer, creatively titled, “Frederick Playlist Grapefruit Pale Ale.” We paid focus groups thousands of dollars to come up with that name. So don’t you dare doubt it.
Mason Gainer isn’t even old enough to drive, and he’s in need of a bar of soap. Since June 24, his summer has been filled with about 20 concerts, Monster energy drinks, swelteringly hot weather and the smell of sunflower-scented flatulence. His days are mostly spent working while his nights contain endless hours of hanging out with friends. He’s just like any other 15-year-old.
Except his summer job isn’t scooping ice cream; it’s playing the Vans Warped Tour. And those friends of his? They’re his bandmates in the local rock outfit Bad Seed Rising. And that pesky absence of a daily cleansing routine? Well, even though that comes with the territory these days, he claims to have a rare remedy on this Saturday afternoon.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Middle Of Summer. What does the Middle Of Summer mean? Well, it means that it’s hot. It means that it’s really hot. And it means that it’s super really hot. In the case of this weekend, it also means that music is bound to go down. In addition to Artscape in Baltimore (Wyclef, what?!), and Bad Seed Rising playing the Warped Tour at Merriweather on Saturday (see you there!), Frederick has some fun stuff going on down in and around town. First and foremost – and because the No. 1 rule of Frederick Playlist is that if you email us, you get No. 1 billing – a pretty great punk rock show is going down Friday night at Guido’s and it will feature what has to be the best name in the Weekend Playlist this week: Andre The Client. Much love for all professional wrestling references from now until forever. Also, Alive @ Five is set to go down tonight and it will feature all the 1990s music that fits to print coming from the band As If. Black Masala (above) makes their return to Cafe Nola Friday night and they are also a barrel of fun. CJ Chenier, who you can also listen to via this week’s playlist to the right, is coming to The Opera House and on a scale of one to incredible, that’s going to be a “holy moly.” The Few will be at Champions. Broke By Sunday is at Big Cork. The Platescrapers, who we adore, will be returning to The Blue Side. And then, there’s The Wandering Peacocks. Don’t ask and we won’t tell. Grab the sunblock, friends. Viva la Columbia!
Hey, check it out: Some of the greatest albums in the history of contemporary popular music were never actually officially made. Why? That’s because some of those albums fell victim to a musician’s temptation to over-stack the deck. Or, in other words, those would-be great albums were turned into not-so-great double albums.
Jay-Z should have served jail time for making his second “Blueprint” a double-disc. Even he eventually admitted the mistake by releasing the combined, pared down “Blueprint 2.1” collection. Ask half of Fleetwood Mac and they’ll tell you that “Tusk” was overwrought with more tracks than it needed. Shoot. Check out Phil Collins, who only a month ago rereleased his completely unnecessary Motown set, “Going Back,” by chopping the playlist in half.
Note: Local rock act Bad Seed Rising began their run on this summer’s Warped Tour last month. They will be appearing on the tour until July 27, including a date at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday. Throughout their run, we plan on periodically checking in with the band to see how life is out on the road, sweaty as it may be. The following diary entry was written by lead singer Francheska Pastor. To learn more about Bad Seed Rising, check out their website, their Facebook page, or any of the other 5,000 things bands must offer in the year 2016 to survive. Enjoy!
J Marinelli. Have you heard of him? He’s slated to perform at Vinyl Acres on Wednesday. If you haven’t checked him out yet, you should – the guy is literally a one-man band, drums and all. We caught up with this fine specimen of music to ask him about how he decided to go it alone in the music world, who influences him the most and what we can expect from his show here in Frederick Wednesday night.
You are a one-man band, from what I understand, essentially playing everything at once when you perform. Was there a time when you were in a band? What led to the decision to try and play everything on your own at all times? Do you have any desire to have any backing players with you?
Any day you can use a video of Todd C. Walker for the Weekend Playlist is a good day, darn it. Check him out performing at the first-ever thing Frederick Playlist did in public a couple years ago and then go check him out Friday night at Linganore Winecellars. Great dude. Great hair, too. Also this weekend, Alive@Five appears to be on, and that’s always a good thing. Get ready to Reese and roll, friends. Get ready to Reese and roll. Also, a couple metal happenings will bring the heavy (and bring the heavy hard) at both Cafe 611 and Cafe Nola on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. Anchor Fest, which we talked about earlier this week via a couple of Q&A’s, is moving its party from the bandshell all the way out to the fairgrounds, and you really ought to be thinking about checking that out. There are a few open mics tonight. There’s CassiRaye, who is always fabulous. There’s Alter Ego. There’s Merlin’s Beard. There’s Krunchy Funkenstein. There’s Unkut Band. And then, of course, there are the Rolling Coyotes. What’s up, Bob?! It will be a hot one (like Rob Thomas once sang). But we’re approaching the middle of July. That means summer fun (and it also means that we made beer today). Don’t forget your sunblock.
Yesterday, we spoke with Frisco LaRoche. Today, we speak with Micah Williams. Both artists will be performing at this weekend’s Anchor Fest out at the Frederick Fairgrounds and both artists are artists you need to check out right this very second. Speaking with Micah, we found out about his passion for Kid Cudi, how he got into the rap game to begin with, and what on earth might be his favorite song in the history of music. The fun begins at noon on Saturday, friends. Don’t sleep.
Take us back to the beginning. At what point did you decide you wanted to get into writing your own music and step into the rap game as something more than a hobby?