A day early, but never a day late. Or something like that. We’re going to be on the road tomorrow, so we figured this: What better way to end a short week than to post the Weekend Playlist a day earlier? The answer? There is no better way. Especially considering how New Riders Of The Purple Sage will be performing at The Opera House over in Shepherdstown tonight (plus, hey: You can stream it online!). Also this weekend: It’s a First Saturday! So, expect all the requisite First Saturday-ness such an event brings. Elsewhere, Ted’s Funk Jam will be funking things up at Isabella’s tomorrow night and because “Ted’s Funk Jam” seems like a great name, you should keep that option in mind. Speaking of the funk, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, who we spoke with earlier this week, will be over at The Opera House Saturday night, and we all know you want to live that Funk Life. We all also know that you want to help out the Baltimore Folk Fest, too! Anyway. There are also two pretty great festivals happening Saturday – Oktoberfest at the fairgrounds and a shindig at Milkhouse Farm Brewery featuring Katie Powderly and Big Hoax, among others. Plus, the Weinberg kicks off its always-great pay-as-you-go series with Gedeon Luke (above) tomorrow night, and we’re super excited about that. There’s some Dance Manifesto. There’s some Forever 27. There’s some June Star. There’s some Ten Feet Tall. There’s some Rew Smith. There’s some Craggy Island. And then, of course, there’s some Vinyl Rhino. Next week is the Big Week. Or, in other words, the Frederick Fall Festival, which you can bet your booty we’ll be blabbing about all day, every day. A little more than one week left to grab your ticket, friends. Remember: A free CD is included. You won’t want to miss it. Honestly. You won’t want to miss it. OK, now. Be good.
He’s the area’s wunderkind when it comes to country music and his latest set, “Onward,” cements as much. With a twang that mirrors Ryan Adams at times coupled with the type of soft-rock accessibility that the Wrecking Crew perfected half a century ago, Christian Lopez establishes himself as a force with these 11 songs. It’s no wonder CMT can’t get enough of him and the dude from Sister Hazel wanted to collaborate for an online video. This stuff is top-shelf.
It begins with “Take You Away,” a waltz-y ballad that musically wouldn’t be out of place on a Counting Crows record, heavy piano dramatics and all. With local banjo queen Chelsea McBee providing tastefully subliminal plucks underneath it all, the song feels like a perfect choice for adult contemporary radio. The vibe is Southern, but the presentation embodies class. “Leaving It Out” is much of the same, recalling echoes of late-era The Band.
Well, this is fun. Check out a photo of Evan from Old Indian, with his mean face, drumming the night away. This shot was taken during a video shoot for something we’ll be rolling out next week in anticipation of our Frederick Fall Festival. As you might be able to tell, it was also taken in Old Indian’s practice space, where the super secret video may or may not have been filmed. Either way, don’t forget tickets are still on sale! You won’t want to miss it. Photo by Chris Sands. He’s the best Chris Sands in the world and you can follow him on Instagram here.
Saturday night, over in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, there’s going to be a fairly fantastic thing going on. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band will be taking the Opera House stage. The fun begins at 9 p.m., and holy cow, if you pick one show to see in Shepherdstown all year, this should be a strong candidate for the one you check out. They released their fourth studio album, “Funk Life,” earlier this year, and even though they come from Asheville, North Carolina, they pack a serious New Orleans vibe. We recently caught up with guitarist and vocalist JP Miller to talk about what it takes to live a Funk Life, how great it was to sit in with Parliament-Funkadelic, and, of course, what they think of the Opera House. Honestly. Saturday night. You should make plans.
Check out this neat video of Bumper Jacksons performing “I’ve Got My Whiskey (I Don’t Need You)” for the Garage Video Sessions, which, as it turns out, seems to be a fairly cool series. We post this why? To bring attention, one more time, to our Q&A with the Baltimore Folk Fest people that we ran yesterday. Bumper Jacksons will be performing as part of the event in a few weeks and the event needs your help raising funds to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. So … help them! Duh. Anyway. Happy Rainy Tuesday!
October 24. Ottobar. Baltimore Folk Fest. You in? For the first time in the event’s four-year existence, the organizers are turning to a crowd-funding campaign to help finance the move to such a fabulous place as the Ottobar. There are only 11 days left to contribute and they have raised only 14 percent of their goal. Translation? Go help them out! There are a lot of great acts slated to play this year – Bumper Jacksons, Haint Blue, The Manly Deeds, Big Hoax (above), among others – so there’s really no reason to not help. We recently caught up with Alex Champagne, who, for all intents and purposes, is the mind behind the festival, to talk about some of his favorite festival memories, why it’s important that the festival reaches its Indiegogo goal and what we can expect from this year’s event. Enjoy!
Another year. Another Great Frederick Fair. Things wrapped up this weekend with the final music performance from Josh Turner on the Grandstand stage. And … well … this is a pretty fun photo, so why not share it? Duh. We’ll be back in a bit with a Q&A that you might just want to check out. Photo by Sam Yu.
Well. Goodbye, September. Yep. Indeed, this is, somewhat surprisingly, the final weekend of September. We’ll be operating on a short week next week (expect a Weekend Playlist to be published on Wednesday), but the dates we’ll be listing will all be for October. Can you believe it? We can’t. Especially considering how we are about 15 or 16 days away from the first-ever Frederick Fall Fest. Umpf, we have so much to roll out in the next two weeks and we promise it will be fun. Again. Promise. But for now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The next three days feature the final weekend of The Great Frederick Fair with all types of country concerts that you can check out below. Big names. Big times. It should also be noted that there are a few shows at building 13 at the fair, for those who might not have the dough to get into the grandstand. You’re welcome. We also have a Grammy-nominated artist set to appear at the Frederick Coffee Company (can you guess which one it is?). The final week for Music On The Terrace is upon us, too, and the Patty Reese Band (above) will close that series out tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. There’s also something called the “Memoirs Of A Hip Ole’ Black Man,” which will be taking place over in Shepherdstown tomorrow night. The usual slew of open mics will go down this evening, so if you have an instrument and/or a voice (or, for that matter, if a voice is your instrument), try to head on out and show the world what you got. There’s Anita Thomas. There’s a ukulele jam, which always sounds appealing. There’s Back By Sunrise. There’s Muskrat Sally. There’s Todd C. Walker. There’s DJ Two Teks (who will also be at our fall fest in two weeks!). There’s Starcrush. There’s Hymn For Her. There’s Broken Rocker. There’s Monkey Clapp. And then, of course, there’s Strangled Darlings. It’s the first official weekend of the fall, so be sure to play with some leaves (people do that, right?). We’ll be back next week with some Q&As, some videos, some photos and perhaps some super-intriguing goodies. It’s about to be hoodie time ’round these parts. Bundle up, friends. Month Number 10 is nearly here.
Outside of this being a really, really great name for a band, these guys are going to be at Cafe Nola tomorrow night. Or, well, Friday night, if you fancy. And because this will be the final weekend of September … well, you really ought to consider making something of it. For now, though, listen to this and adjust your Friday night accordingly.
Here’s a shot of Retro/Ricole Barnes performing at our Block Party earlier this month. Boy, he’s great, isn’t he? Much like yesterday, when we posted a video of The Milestones performing at the 200 East Art Haus, we figure this would be as good a time as any to remind you that we are only 17 days away from the Frederick Fall Fest. We have some goodies lined up to share with you in the next couple weeks regarding it. On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you? We’re at about a 50 million. Photo by Chris Sands. He’s the best Chris Sands in the world and you can follow him on Instagram here.