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.
There are only a handful of Alive@Fives left, and tonight is one you won’t want to miss. Mark DeRose is set to come to town, unless a monsoon descends upon Frederick, Maryland (and according to The Weather Channel, it won’t). In light of tonight’s performance, here’s a clip for “All My Life,” as performed by the Mark DeRose Band. Thank God it’s Thursday. Block Party Week is almost here!
We thought we’d look back at Saturday’s FUNomenon for a middle-of-the-week photo (hey, if nothing else, it reminds you that the next Saturday is only three days away!). So … well … here’s a shot of country music superstar Trace Adkins performing at the fairgrounds last weekend. You really ought to check out what the event is all about and make a tiny donation, if you can, even though the event itself has come and gone. To learn more about how to do that, click here. Photo by Graham Cullen. He’s amazing on all of our video work, and you can follow him on Twitter here.
Oh, well this is fun. A few weeks ago, we had one of our favorite groups in all the land, The Hello Strangers, come in and perform in the gallows of our super-secret headquarters here on the outskirts of Frederick, Maryland. In case you missed it (or ICYMI, as the kids like to say), these fine ladies were featured as part of Rolling Stone’s great-country-albums-you-probably-haven’t-heard list earlier this year. A big deal, right?
Anyway, above, you’ll find a fantastic performance of their fantastic song “Ruined.” Below, you’ll find a take on “Will You Miss Me (When I’m Mrs. Robert McGee).” As always, a big thank you goes out to Graham Cullen for manning all the important stuff. Follow him on Twitter. Take his college courses. Hire him to shoot a wedding. We don’t know. Just get a hold of him. This time around, though, we’d also like to thank the great Sylvia Carignan and the great Marissa Horn. All three of them did amazing jobs on this. Enjoy!
It’s the first Tuesday all summer that we won’t have music tonight (for free!) tonight along Carroll Creek. So, this is our sad face. To commemorate the good times, though, we thought we’d share this video we shot of the final Levitt Amp performance, which featured Hard Swimmin’ Fish, one week ago tonight. The crowd was amazing. The band was great. A fantastic time was had by all. We miss you, Levitt Amp. Please come back next year.
We’re going to start the week with this photo of 3:AM performing as part of the final Movie Night On The Creek on Friday. They opened for “Interstellar” (and, well, the mayor) and a great time was had by all. We’d like to thank the Downtown Frederick Partnership for asking us to be involved booking the music for this summer’s run and, of course, we’d also like to thank Matt Traks, Seaknuckle, Todd C. Walker, Jack Funk and Big Hoax. See you back at the creek for some movies and music next year? Let’s hope so.
“You’re talking about coming out here and standing women on their heads. You’re talking about being the dealer. Well, all through tradition, in order to be the dealer, you gotta hold the cards.”
It’s an old professional wrestling promo — that’s where that passage comes from. It eventually gives way to a soliloquy from Ric Flair, screaming about “the toughest guy in studio wrestling I’ve ever seen in my life.” The scene comes from a time when the production of pro wrestling was so small, you could hear individual shouts from fans watching on as these beefed-up super heroes spatted off taunts and challenges to their dancing partners. Call it cheesy if you want, but anyone who’s even remotely a fan of the stuff can attest: It’s a pretty great sequence.