Oh, wow, then. We sure do have a weekend in front of us, now don’t we? It all kicks off tonight with the year’s second installment of Alive @ Five, which is set to feature local country music act Southern Charm. It’s five o’ clock and it’s five bucks. What more could you want? From there, goodness gracious. The next event at the 200 East Art Haus will go down, as we outlined earlier today, when Karen Jonas, Tom Senseney and The Knight Brothers (above) take the stage after a cornhole tournament commences inside. There are prizes and the prizes are good. Strike that. They’re great! Also this weekend, Artomatic continues with New God and Middle Kid Friday night and Old Indian, ye who will be headlining The Thing in a few weeks, on Saturday night. Ginada Pinata, who we questioned and answered earlier this week, are coming to The Blue Side as well, and that promises to be radical. And Cafe 611 appears to have approximately 4,029 acts coming through its doors over the next two days, so don’t discount that. And if you get to Sunday and you’re still looking for some music to help wind down the weekend, don’t forget about our Jazz In The Vines series out at Big Cork Vineyards, which kicks off at 2 p.m. Oh. And The Preakness. We’ll be shutting things down next week, stepping away from the Frederick Playlist grind (we’ll miss you more, promise) if only for a few days. So, until after Memorial Day, be safe and be good, friends. Why? Because Gregory Porter said so.
Note: The following was written by Roy Ghim. And … well, you all know Roy, right? Right. So enough with the explanations.
With Evan Braswell on bass, Matt Henry on drums, and guitarist/vocalist Zack Willis, they are more remarkable then they make themselves out to be. They’re Middle Kid, an expanded music project of Zack Willis’ invention, which originally was Zack bedroom-recording solo tunes on Soundcloud. Expanded, it has a Cursive-like thunder that is counterintuitive to the emo-esque underpinnings. Simply said, “It’s damn good indie rock,” especially for such a practically new band. They’ll be playing this Friday at the Artomatic Music Fest, sandwiched between Yellow K Recording artist New God and Gilbert Lee.
Country & Cornhole. Have you heard of it? Probably not because there are, what – 16 people going? Anyway, we wanted to check in and make sure you – yes, and each every one of the 16 of you – knew about the details of everything that was going on. First and foremost, there will be country music (duh) and a cornhole tournament (ditto) and it will be at the 200 East Art Haus (ditto duh). We have been working in conjunction with the fine people at WFRE 99.9 Free Country.
And here’s what we know:
There’s something so American about what The 29ers do. They’ve got twang and acute accessibility. There are times they can rock, complete with a quick tempo and distorted guitars, and there are times they can be tender, brushes on the drums and six-strings that are covered in delicacy. A lead vocal takes centerstage with an occasional tiny Southern accent during one song, while the next features more focus on pretty backing harmonies.
In short, it kind of feels like these guys can do it all, yet no matter what they do, it all has the undertones of the colors red, white and blue behind it. There’s just something so genuine, so innocent, so Americana, to the approach The 29ers take. You hesitate to box them into any single genre or niche, but you also feel you know exactly what they are going for. There’s a comfortability to it all, a familiarity that is a lot harder to pull off than one might believe.
Ginada Pinata. Have you heard of them? They’ve been a staple in the local jazz/funk/jam scene over a super long period of time, and they are awfully good. They are also going to be at The Blue Side on Friday night, and it’s definitely in your best interest to check it out. We recently caught up with drummer Jesse Shultzaberger to talk about what it was like to play The Barns at Wolf Trap, when we can expect new music from the Shepherdstown quartet, and why The Opera House is such a a great place for local music. The fun starts at 9:30 p.m., friends. Honestly. You won’t want to miss this.
Well, then. It seems like a bit of a thin lineup this weekend, but … wait. When the hell is it going to stop damn raining?! Anyway, yeah. It appears to be an unusually bare weekend of music, but that doesn’t mean there is absolutely no music. Duh. And, even more so, that doesn’t mean there isn’t quality music that all of you – yes, all of you! – need to check out. The slate is led by this weekend’s Artomatic music, which will feature Mathias, Cheshi and Retro/Ricole Barnes, who you can see above in one of our super-duper-exclusive Frederick Playlist Presents … sessions from earlier this year. That promises to be a fabulous show and promises are promises, remember. Also this weekend, The Reagan Years are celebrating 20 years (!) at Champion Billiards Saturday night and we all know you like yourselves some Reagan Years. And then, of course, the fine institution that is Alive @ Five kicks off for 2016 tonight when Triple Lindy takes the Carroll Creek Amphitheater stage. And if you hate on Alive @ Five, you might as well just move to Boonsboro. Kidding. Anyway, also of note: Tomorrow is Friday The 13th. We’ll be back next week, to talk a little more about The Thing and get ready for Country & Cornhole. Don’t be square. Be there. Happy Middle Of May!
Last night (that’s Tuesday for those keeping score), Roy Ghim, who is part of the team who booked the slate of music at Frederick’s Artomatic this year, chatted – literally over Facebook – with Retro/Ricole Barnes and his band, Da’Mood, in anticipation of their show this weekend with Cheshi and Mathias. And because we want to remind you – yes, you! – of all the fine things that Artomatic has going on, music-wise, we thought we’d post it here, edited and in Q&A form. The questions came from Ghim and the transcript came from Ghim, so go follow him and all the fabulous things he does on The Twitter and such. The fun starts Friday at 8:30 p.m., friends, and it’s free. You can’t beat free.
Well. All right, then. Here we go.
For the last several months, we’ve been working tirelessly, mercifully, on an idea. That idea? To completely and shamelessly rip off South By Southwest and try to turn Frederick, Maryland, into a tiny version of Austin, Texas, if only for one day, sans the abundance of food trucks (yet with the addition of something called a “Pickle Back”).
The plan, as it went, was to hop around to all the fabulous music venues downtown (and even some places that aren’t usually tied to musical events) and beg, borrow and barter with all of everybody in order to see if they might be on board with such silliness. If anyone could spare an hour, or two, or three or four on a Saturday afternoon, we would be eternally grateful and all of the good local music karma would be placed on any possible venue who might be willing to help us out.
We completely understand that you may have missed out on this weekend’s Art Market at the 200 East Art Haus (though if you did … well, that was mean) and a performance from Lost Keys. Though if you checked in on last week’s Weekend Playlist, you saw the above video as a teaser for Lost Keys’ Frederick Playlist Presents … session, which we promised to post about this week. And now, finally, it is with great excitement that … well … we can officially post about the session.
Yes, we are still putting the finishing touches on the latest Frederick Playlist Presents … session, but in the meantime, above is one of the two songs we’ll be posting from Lost Keys. They’ll be performing at the Art Market Saturday afternoon at the 200 East Art Haus. It’s free, and you can’t beat free. Also free? Artomatic! That’s right. The fun kicks off on Saturday and the music portion begins that night with Stitch Early, DJ Two Teks and J Berd. Pile the Kentucky Derby on top of that and you have yourself a full Saturday! OK. Enough with the exclamation points. Elsewhere this weekend, Jack Funk and SoulXChange are going to bring the grooves to Olde Towne and that promises to be neat. There are a ton of open mics slated for tonight, so grab your guitar and get downtown. Or, well, somewhere, at least. Bruce In The USA is coming to Champion’s and our guess is that’s not a Megadeath tribute act. Cafe Nola has Cheshi, who always rocks and rolls each time she steps to the mic. There’s Hucklebuck. There’s The Get Right Band. There’s The Few. There’s a whole metric ton of acoustic acts set to storm downtown as a part of First Saturday. And, of course, there’s the Dang Gang. There might be rain (what the hell is this – October?!), but there might also not be rain. Either way, there’s going to be fun. And a bunch of it. Like we said, you can’t beat free. So grab a mint julep and settle into May by checking out some live-and-in-color music this weekend. Viva La Art Market!