Hello, Thursday. Hello, Labor Day Weekend. Hello, Block Party. Hello, you. And you. And you. And you. That’s right. The time is finally here. Saturday afternoon. The 72 Film Fest will screen local shorts. The Milestones will perform. We will screen “Ex-Machina.” And then hip-hop is going to take over for the night at the 200 East Art Haus. You can find out all you need to know about the schedule, cost, etc., here. You most certainly won’t want to miss it. Plus … it’s a First Saturday! And it deals with dogs. So, there’s that. Also of note: Justin Kalk and his orchestra are essentially touring the entire city for the next couple days, landing at Alive@Five, Cafe Nola and The Blue Side. Our good friends in Big Hoax will also be taking the Nola stage, and even though we don’t list Sunday happenings here, we should point out that Lost Keys will be at Cafe De La Nola Sunday night, and we spoke with them earlier this week. Elsewhere, Music On The Terrace kicks off at the library with Bumper Jacksons, and we spoke with them a little bit ago. There’s some bluegrass tonight. A bunch of open mics. Some jazz jams. A pinch of Donnie Wood (who they love listening to every Friday at 1 p.m. on The Local Playlist on WSHC!), who will be giving the Hard Times some hard times. A little Broken Rocker. A tad Red Light Rodeo. And so, so much more. We’ll be blocking and partying throughout all of Saturday. Please stop by and say hello. Please? Pretty please? Maybe? The door’s always open. Don’t forget it. Viva September!
If other local newspapers are to be believed, Josh Morningstar has already lived one hell of a life. Long before he even sniffed the age of 30 — or, for that matter, a guitar — the Funkstown native struggled with heroin addiction, eventually facing a life-or-death crossroads that changed the trajectory of not only his existence, but his career. Clean for a handful of years now, he’s managed to release a few records, sign to the Kansas City label Little Class Records, and land a job as a songwriter for a Nashville publishing house.
Alive@5. Tonight. You down? The Justin Kalk Orchestra begins its tour de force through Frederick (they’ll be at Cafe Nola this weekend, too) by heading to the creek to rock and roll and then rock some more. Here’s their clip for “The Dirty Thing.” Adjust your Thursdays accordingly.
Have you heard of Lost Keys? Consisting of Trevor Davis, Anthony Sloan and Jordan Miller, they are a relatively new band playing in and around the Frederick area. On Sunday night, they’ll be performing at Cafe Nola, beginning at 8 p.m. They blend all types of fun music and they have a Time Column. What more do you really need to know? Anyway, we recently caught up with them to discuss what it takes to mash Bob Marley and Sam Smith songs together, what goes into their signature atmosphere, and what we can expect from Sunday night’s show. Enjoy!
Yep. That’s about it. A random jam session, this is. Or, as the cutline reads, “From left, Dan Wilson, Kirk Evans, and Charlie Cottingham perform during an informal music session outside City Hall in Frederick. ‘Just friends out picking,’ said Wilson, adding that there are fewer mosquitos at City Hall than at their respective homes.” And a happy Wednesday to you, too. Photo by Graham Cullen. He’s amazing on all of our video work, and you can follow him on Twitter here.
Yes, we know there have been conflicting things circulating throughout the World Wide Internet about Saturday’s Block Party. Yes, we know we’ve changed the flyer approximately 39,152 times. Yes, we understand this is confusing. Yes, we apologize.
So, let’s lay it all to rest right now and go over everything that’s happening this Saturday, Sept.5, at the 200 East Art Haus (sponsored by Volkswagon; that’s a joke). What we are about to outline will be the super-final lineup for the day, for better or for worse. Let’s go.
We took this video quite a while ago at Church Street Pub, when the Last Saturdays hip-hop extravaganza was in full effect. And because we are holding a Block Party featuring this guy on Saturday night at the 200 East Art Haus … well, what better time than now to share it again? There’s going to be a lot of stuff. We’ll outline it later today. So … see you there, right?
NOTE: The following Q&A was conducted by Roy Ghim. He’s been instrumental in getting together the movie portion of Saturday night’s Block Party at the 200 East Art Haus. It should also be noted that he filmed the above video. If we could link to something of his right now, we would, but unfortunately, we have no idea what he would want us to link to. Either way, thanks Roy!
Retro/Ricole Barnes will perform this Saturday as part of our Block Party at the 200 East Art Haus. We recently caught up with him via text messages (yes, that’s true) to talk about his latest LP, “Mr. Sunrise,” some of the rapper’s influences, and the current state of Frederick hip-hop. To lean more about Saturday’s event, click here.
It might not be the best photo we’ve ever posted, but here’s a shot of the Matthew Gillich Trio performing two Saturdays ago at Big Cork Vineyards. It was part of Jazz In The Vines, a series we helped coordinate with the winery. Gillich opened for Jeff Cosgrove, and as you can see from this photo, a good time was had by all. More Jazz In The Vines dates are in the works, but for now, let’s point out that it’s officially Block Party week here at Frederick Playlist. And you best believe we’ll be back later today with something to remind everyone of as much. Jazz. Hip-hop. We got it all.
Well, then. Here we are. The final weekend of August. September is next. Summer is just about gone. And the fall will be wandering its way into our lives (along with a certain festival, of course). So, while things may seem a bit calm for the next three days, it’s only to make way for a storm that’s about to hit sooner rather than later (block party, what?). This weekend, though? This weekend still has some goodies. Our dear friend Karen Jonas (above) will be over in Damascus Saturday night, and if you happen to be looking for greatness on a Saturday night in Maryland, you won’t have to look much further than that. Mark DeRose will be heading down to Carroll Creek this evening for Alive@Five (let’s give it up for no rain this week!). A brand new open mic (one we did not profile a few months ago) is beginning at The Furnace this evening. That will be hosted by Sam Biskin. Jack Z & The Meteors are heading to Olde Towne on Saturday and gosh darn-it, that sounds fun. There’s a jazz jam. There’s Potomac Jazz. There’s the Monocacy Jazz Quartet (see a theme here?). There’s Cookin With Fire. There’s Doug Alan Wilcox. There’s Southern Charm. And, of course, there’s our favorite name of the week, Hot Mess. We’ll be back on Monday to unleash a whole train-load of stuff on the world in anticipation of our first-ever block party next Saturday. There will be some movies. There will be some hip-hop. There will be some rock. There will be a smoker. Yes. A smoker. Get up, get out and do something, as Macy Gray would say. Stay safe. Eat well.