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.
We’ve got an eclectic lineup of shows this weekend, as we head into the dog days of autumn (is that a thing?). First and foremost, we should note that despite us posting a video earlier this week of Today Is The Day, who were scheduled to be at Cafe 611 tonight … yeah, well, that’s not happening anymore. So, this our sad face for metal-heads everywhere. Conversely, the great Gregory Porter, as far as we know at least, will still be at the Weinberg this evening (and it’s a show some of us have been eyeing for months with anticipation, so if you happen to see some dude with a tie and a growing bald spot anywhere near that theater in about three hours, come say hello). Actually, this is a pretty big weekend for the Weinberg, even if the sounds of music cease after Mr. Porter’s final note. Kevin James, he of 4,000 movies you’ll never admit to watching, will be there tomorrow night, bringing his stand-up jokes to all the fine people of Frederick, while indie/NPR hero David Sedaris will be making people in sweaters laugh for hours and hours on Saturday night. Music-wise, we have a slew (what a great word!) of open mics going down at a slew (there it is again!) of places around town. As is typically the case, Cafe Nola has its share of fabulous artists taking its stage on Friday and Saturday while The Lodge, ye of kangaroo meat fame, is making its first appearance on this website as it will host an acoustic duo Friday night. Also of note: Ted Garber will be at The Cellar Door, and Ted Garber hates the person writing these words. So, there’s that. Come for the Jazz Jam, stay for the Hard Swimmin’ Fish. The nights are getting longer and the rain is getting colder. Try and get out to feel a little better about feeling better sometime in the next four days. Music: Its healing powers are infinite.
We’ve said it 500,000 times, but we’ll say it 500,000 times more: If you reach out to us and have something for us to hear, we’re always going to have perky, pointed ears, arms fully reaching back in your direction. Today’s video comes from Philadelphia folk outfit The End Of America, who will be at Cafe Nola on Sunday night. We received a tweet yesterday from the fine people at Baltimore Folk Fest, alerting us to as much, and boom: The next thing you know, The End Of America is huge in Frederick. Or, well, huge on Frederick Playlist, at least. And that’s got to count for something, right? Maybe? Bahh. Anyway, remember: It’s not hard friends – just let us know what’s up and we will forever try to help in any way we can. It’s all out of love, you know. L.O.V.E.
Yes, it’s a press photo, but it’s still a photo nonetheless. Either way, we wanted to post this image today to remind you all that tickets are still, indeed, on sale to see the man in this photo perform on the Weinberg stage Thursday (tomorrow) night. And before you scoff and click elsewhere, just remember: This guy has been called the future voice of jazz for a little while now. Catch him while he’s coming up, not once he’s already there. Thank you. And you’re welcome.
Hey. Have you heard the news that Cafe 611 is bringing in a pretty heavy name on Thursday night? Well, in case you haven’t … now you have: Former Relapse Records recording artists Today Is The Day will be taking the stage, along with Lord Mantis, Fortress and March To Victory in what promises to be a delightfully ruckus evening. The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. and tickets are 15 bucks. Hey, it says 260,577 people have viewed this video on YouTube and 260,577 people can’t lie, now can they? That’s what we thought.