Well, business has picked up, as the people like to say. There’s oh, so much going on this weekend here in Frederick (and surrounding areas) and there isn’t a single good reason that you should be missing out on any of it. We’ve been showcasing the many different aspects of Americana Fest all week, and it finally comes to fruition tomorrow night as our most recent Frederick Playlist Presents … artist, Big Hoax (above), kicks things off. Another super-neat thing going down is what they have happening at Cafe Nola each night. The official afterparty for the fest Friday and Saturday will feature a handful of great artists including (but not limited to) Christopher Paul Stelling and Katie Powderly. It’s all Americana, all the time. Elsewhere, Freekbass, he of Q&A fame earlier today, is going to be at The Opera House in Shepherdstown, and you certainly wouldn’t want to miss that. The Secondhand Ramblers are pulling double duty, appearing at Isabella’s tonight and then Bushwallers on Saturday. There are two jazz events this evening. Two open mics as well. There’s Sticktime. There’s Drunk Naked Pirates. There’s C-9. There’s Girl On Top Band. There’s Recently Vacated Graves (gotta love that name). And then, of course, Sheep Shifter. Stay safe this weekend, friends. It’s going to be jam packed with great sounds and great times. Don’t be the one to sit home, missing out. Why? Because you’ll regret it. Times a million. Duh. All right, April: Here we come!
Freekbass. Have you heard of him? He has worked with everyone from Bootsy Collins to Phish’s Mike Gordon. On Saturday, he’ll be bringing his band to The Opera House in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for a 9 p.m. performance. We recently caught up with him via email to talk about his childhood obsession with magic, the rich musical history that his hometown, Cincinnati, has, and his latest instructional DVD, “Funktronic Groove Construction with Freekbass & DJ Logic.”
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Tomorrow night — what are you doing? You know. It’s a nice, springtime Friday night. The birds will be chirping. The weather will be the weather. The End Of March will be the End Of March. The Weinberg Center for the Arts will be hosting the Americana Fest through the weekend and Big Hoax is going to be kicking things off at 7:30 p.m.
Luke Alexander, the group’s leader, stopped by the super secret Frederick Playlist offices recently to play a handful of tunes as part of our Frederick Playlist Presents … series. Above, you’ll find his “Cafe On Market Street” and below you’ll find “Over And Over,” which also happened to be the song that the band submitted in the recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert competition. Both, as you can imagine, are fabulous.
Hey, did you check out our Q&A with Americana Fest artists The Hello Strangers? We love those gals. They’ll be taking the Weinberg stage this weekend, and you really ought to get there early to check them out. Delta Rae? They’re the headliners on the same night (Saturday). Thus today’s video. We’ll be back later today with another Frederick Playlist Presents … session featuring yet another Americana Fest artist. So much Americana. So little weekend.
The Hello Strangers will be performing Saturday night as part of the Weinberg Center’s Americana Fest (remember, you can enter to win tickets here). Hailing from just across the border in Pennsylvania, the band had a breakout year in 2014, releasing a self-titled set produced by Steve Ivey, working with Jim Lauderdale, and touring the country. We caught up with them right before their very busy trip to South By Southwest last week and talked about what to expect from their Americana Fest set, what it was like to record in Nashville, and what’s next for the Sisters Chace.
Heavy Lights performs at SXSW last week. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.
Here we go, friends. It’s the final installment of Cassandra Mullinix’s travels at this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas. She’s been posting photos of her week over on her blog (which you really need to check out), and she’ll have a photo essay in this week’s 72 Hours. You can have a look at parts one through six here. And, of course, we’d like to thank Cassandra for checking in each day through all the madness. We owe her six pounds of chocolate. Hopefully, she likes chocolate.
Hey, did you see our live stream of “The Voice”‘s Paul Pfau yesterday?! That was pretty fun. You can still watch an archived version of his performance if you just click play, so you ought to check it out. Speaking of video, we’ll have video of Big Hoax up later this week. And speaking of Big Hoax, they will be at the Americana Fest this weekend. And speaking of the Americana Fest this weekend … The Hello Strangers will be there, too! Whew. That was a lot of dots to connect. Remember: There’s still time for you to enter to win free tickets for the event at the Weinberg. There will be so much greatness. You will not want to sit it out.
Well, hey there. Did you know that Paul Pfau, “The Voice” contestant who was voted off last night, will be performing at the Empty Bowls Banquet in Middletown tonight? Well, if you didn’t, he is. And tickets, as they say, are sold out. But worry no more, friends. Uncle Playlist is here. Check back at about 6:30 p.m. to watch live video of him performing a handful of songs to the Middletown faithful. Pretty neat, right? Or, well. We hope, at least. Simply press play.
Rozwell Kid performs at SXSW last week. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.
If you haven’t noticed by now, Ms. Cassandra Mullinix has begun to post pictures from her SXSW adventures over on her Bucket Of Rock blog. We’ll continue to post her diary entries this week because, well, she’s awesome. Check out what she had to say about Friday, March 20, after you check out parts one, two, three, four and five:
Hey, did you know that we are giving away some tickets to this weekend’s Americana Festival? We are. All you have to do is sign up. Among the fabulous acts you’ll see are The Steel Wheels, whose video for “Red Wing” you can check out above. We’ll be back throughout the week with some exclusive videos and Q&As with other artists set to appear at the Weinberg Center this weekend. The excitement, of course, is mounting.