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Do You Want To Win Two Tickets To See Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn? Of Course You Do.

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.

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Photo Of The Day: Turkuaz

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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.

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The Weekend Playlist: 10/16/14

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.

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Video Of The Day: The End Of America’s ‘Silver A.M.’

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.

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Photo Of The Day: Gregory Porter

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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.

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Video Of The Day: Today Is The Day’s ‘The Descent’

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.

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Ten Things We Learned From The Last Four Months

So, it’s always good to check in every now and then, right? Right. Maybe refocus a little bit. Take inventory. Get the oil changed. Rotate the tires. Hold a players-only meeting. Head back down to Triple-A ball to work on that curve. Insert your own manly/sports/car metaphor here.

It’s been exactly four months and one week since our first launch weekend show went down with Heavy Lights and Can You Canoe? at Cafe Nola on June 6. In the meantime (and in between time), a lot has happened here at Frederick Playlist, so we thought it might be a good idea to reacquaint ourselves and reflect a little on some of the things that have gone down.

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Photo Of The Day: The 72 Film Fest

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What do you say we start the week off with some love for this weekend’s 72 Film Fest? Those fine people have been invading the Weinberg for the last few days and even though we here at Frederick Playlist are contractually obligated to give you all music, all the time, we wanted to take at least a second or four to celebrate some fantastic local art that we have going on around town and tip our hat to the event. Plus, music and movies go hand in hand. Duh. So, here’s a quick shot of the crowd from Saturday to begin the week and if you click here, you can find out who walked away a winner. Photo by Graham Cullen. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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The Weekend Playlist: 10/09/14

Here’s something we realized far too late today: Miss Tess is coming to The Opera House over in Shepherdstown tonight! We had a chance to see her at Cafe Nola a few years ago and all memories conclude that she was fantastic. Thus, the above video. Elsewhere this weekend, we have two great groups that are playing in two great places over the next four days, so you have no excuse to miss them. Those bands? New God and The Appleseed Collective. Both will be at Cafe Nola (the former on Friday night, the latter on Sunday), and both will be in Shepherdstown (the former tonight and the latter on Friday night). If you go through this weekend without seeing either of them, you are going through this weekend without fun. And who doesn’t want fun? That’s what we thought. Also, our buddies (hate that word) The Knolly Moles will be rappin’-and-rollin’ at Olde Towne Tavern on Saturday night, Jason Ager and Signs Point East are going to invade Cafe Nola, a folk song circle will be had, Freddie Long will head over to the Blue Sky Bar with his band, and there is something called Sticktime. Who knows what it is, but it sure does sound amazing. Also of note: If you’re in the mood for more something more visual, the always-fantastic 72 Film Fest is going down all weekend, so head over to the Weinberg to check it out. We’ll be back here next week, holding our Gregory Porter tickets near and dear to our tiny, silly hearts. Will you join us? Let’s hope so.

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The Get Right Band: ‘Bass Treble Angel Devil’

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Ladies and gentlemen. Children of all ages. Gather around. Because for what is sure to be an earth-shatteringly low price, you — yes, you! — can own a 13-track record of real, live original music that features such timeless wisdom as “She brings me honey/ She brings me honey/ She brings me honey/ And honey’s my new jam” or “You best be careful what you promise me/ You best be careful what you promise me/ You best be careful what you promise me/ I got a damn good/ I got a damn good/ I got a damn good memory.”

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