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The Weekend Playlist: 02/11/16

T-minus one week until the Frederick Music Showcase Vol. 2. We’ve debuted exclusive videos from Retro/Ricole Barnes, Katie Powderly, Freddie Long and Silent Old Mtns. in the last month, and now we’re a mere seven days away. You have your tickets already, right? We hear they’re going fast (that’s not true). But before we get there, we have this weekend to consider. The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio will be taking the Weinberg stage tomorrow night, and from what we understand, that has something to do with Valentine’s Day. Or love. Or happiness. Or some such nonsense. Hard Swimmin’ Fish, in an act of serendipity, will be at JoJo’s Saturday night, and if you remember last year, we showed up at the exact same place with the exact same band to remind all you lovely faces that the Showcase was happening the following week. Memories. Smoke N Mangos (above) will be taking the Cafe Nola Designated Music Space this weekend with the Skeleton Twins, and that promises to be a load of fun. And then there’s something called Superbueno. Your guess is as good as ours. Anyway, try to stay warm this weekend, friends. We’ll be back next week with all the details you need to know about Thursday’s event at the Weinberg. Plus: A special announcement! Exciting, we know. For now, pour a mug of tea and have yourself a merry little Valentine’s Day. That is, if love is a thing that actually exists. Be well.

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Josh Gray: Josh Gray

JGThere’s a story about Josh Gray that goes like this: Right as he was putting together his songs, he felt the urge to play them live. So, he did what any other local musician would do — he asked around about the possibility of hopping on a few shows here and there as an opening act. Then, as the performance dates approached, he decided against taking the opportunities provided. The reason?

He wasn’t ready.

Or, at least so he thought. The decision had nothing to with self-esteem, he insisted in a local magazine. It was just a matter of wanting to make sure everything was just right before stepping in front of an audience. He wanted to be sure. He wanted put his best foot forward.

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Frederick Playlist Presents … Silent Old Mtns. & Retro/Ricole

Oh, this is special, friends. For the final Frederick Playlist Presents … installment before our second-annual Frederick Music Showcase, we have Silent Old Mtns. … remixing their song “Ash & Bone” with the great Retro/Ricole Barnes. Can it get any more exclusive than that? No. The answer is no. It can’t.

In case you have been living under a rock, these two acts, along with Katie Powderly and Freddie Long, will take the Weinberg Center stage next Thursday. Cue the links to everybody else’s Frederick Playlist Presents sessions …

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The Weekend Playlist: 02/04/16

Fire In Ice! Fire In Ice! Fire In Ice! Yes, friends. It’s a First Saturday here in Frederick, Maryland, and, in addition to all of the fire and all of the ice, there’s a hell of a lineup of music set for the next three days. Tonight’s crop is led by the excellent Mandolin Orange, who will be at the Weinberg Center as part of its Tivoli Discovery Series (AKA, you can pay what you want in order to get in the door). And we all love the Weinberg, right? Because in exactly two weeks, we’ll be rocking and rolling the Frederick Music Showcase Vol. 2. But you already know that because you saw Ricole’s video from this week, and you listened to our latest podcast episode … right? Elsewhere this weekend, our dear friends in Hard Swimmin’ Fish (above) will be joining the Woodshedders for a Mardi Gras party at the Opera House over in Shepherdstown. And trust us: If there’s a place to be for a Mardi Gras party, it’s at the Opera House over in Shepherdstown. A whole host of incredible tribute acts will be at Cafe 611 tomorrow night, and holy moly, you ought to give that a look, especially if you enjoy a bit of Metallica, Black Sabbath and the like. There’s some Vinyl Rhino. There’s some 7th Sun Band. There’s some jazz jam. There’s some Lovebug Junkies. And then, of course, there’s some Decapitated. It’s supposed to be 40 degrees and sunny. Perfect weather to get up, get out, and do something. We’ll see you back here next week with the final Frederick Playlist Presents … video before the Showcase. And oh, it’s a doozy. Be well.

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Frederick Playlist Presents … Retro/Ricole Barnes

Well, this is fun.

We’re going to make history on February 18 at the Weinberg Center when Retro/Ricole Barnes takes the stage with his band, DaMood. How so? Well, it will be the first time live hip-hop has ever been performed on the Weinberg stage. Or, at least, so we’re told. And that’s pretty neat.

We’d also guess that live hip-hop has never been performed at the General Treaty Store in downtown Frederick … until now. Behold our third Playlist Presents session in anticipation of the upcoming Frederick Music Showcase Vol. 2. It features Retro/Ricole Barnes performing “Keep Calm and Blow Up” with members of his band, DaMood. There’s still time to win a limo ride to the event, so head over to the Weinberg’s website to grab some tickets! Note the enthusiasm.

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For The Record Podcast Episode 18 – Frederick Music Showcase Vol. 2

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Check it out – the podcast is back! If only briefly. For this 18th episode, we gave the controls to the fabulous Sam Whalen of Silent Old Mtns. He, along with his band, as well as Retro/Ricole Barnes, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers and Freddie Long, will be performing at this year’s installment of the Frederick Music Showcase at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Feb. 18. For this episode, Whalen sat down with Powderly and her keyboard player, Colin Shultzaberger.

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The Weekend Playlist: 01/28/16

Oh, January. Can’t we just wrap this up already? Behold the final few days of the first month of 2016. There aren’t a lot of things going on this weekend, but what is happening is what is happening (see what we did there?!). In addition to tonight’s usual slew of open mics, People’s Blues Of Richmond (above), who we know from both the inside of their van, as well as their opening slot this summer at one of Flying Dog’s summer sessions, are coming to the Blue Side with Soul Exchange, and gosh darn-it, if that isn’t something you ought to check out. Also Saturday night is a fabulous show at Guido’s including the fine fellas in Seaknuckle, and The Meer, who hate us. Ginada Pinata, who we’ve heard quite a bit about, will be at the Blue Side tomorrow night, while Willie Barry, who rockabillied 200 East last summer, is set to take the Beans In The Belfry stage. Oh, and if none of that sounds good enough, there’s also something called Klepto Radio. Have yourselves a fabulous final weekend of January, friends. We’ll be back next week with a new Frederick Playlist Presents … video, along with some other goodies. T-minus three weeks until the Frederick Music Showcase Vol. 2. You’ve got your tickets by now, right?

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Stephen Lee: ‘West Of Twenty-Three’

slFrom the very first second of Stephen Lee’s “West Of Twenty-Three,” you love him. As he stretches out the words “I,” “got” and “a,” with nothing else behind him, it’s hard not to feel your eyebrows raise in wonderment. Then, when he finally caps the thought with “can in my hand, I got beers in my belly” … well, dude wins all of the endearing points. It’s inevitable that this is going to be fun. It’s inevitable this is going to be a trip.

And it is. Armed with a punk-rock rasp and Americana ethos, Stephen Lee is the unknown Baltimore version of Chuck Ragan or Tim Barry. All of the songs here are boozy, sloppy, aggressive and acoustic-based in the best ways. This is one of the rare cases of the guy at the party with an acoustic guitar who you actually want to be around. Just sit back and let him fill the air with a very specific — and very intoxicating — blend of balladry.

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Frederick Playlist Presents … Katie Powderly

Whew. How ’bout that snow, eh?

Actually, because of the snow, the above video is the only one we’ll be able to share of our super-exclusive, super-awesome, super-fun Frederick Playlist Presents … performance featuring Katie Powderly. For those who have been living under … well … snow for the past few weeks, Katie will be part of our second-annual Frederick Music Showcase at the Weinberg Center on February 18. You’ll be there, right? Because you’ve already purchased your tickets … right?!?!

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The Weekend Playlist: 01/21/16

Well, this is interesting. If you don’t see a show/venue on this list, it’s because the music has been canceled, as far as we can tell. That includes a lot (the Weinberg, Elk Run Vineyard, etc.), so be mindful of as much (for instance, the Del McCoury date has been moved to April). So far, it appears that the open mics for tonight are still a go, as well as Future Sounds moving to Thursday nights at Cafe Nola. Also at Nola this weekend is the subject of our Q&A this week, Cheshi, along with Rhin (above) and Middle Kid. The Blue Side, from what we can tell, is carrying on with their slate of events this weekend. The same (we think) can be said for Cafe 611. Either way, be safe over the next few days, friends. If we even get half the amount of snow people say we will, it ought to be a fun time to catch up on some Frederick Playlist Presents (or, for that matter, go to Baker Park for a snowball fight). But, hey man: These storms never pan out to what people think they’re going to be, right? Right?! Anyway, we’ll be back next week with some goodies to share. Viva la Frederick Snowlist!

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