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The Weekend Playlist: 08/27/15

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.

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Video Of The Day: Mark DeRose’s ‘All My Life’

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!

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Photo Of The Day: Trace Adkins At FUNomenon

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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.

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Frederick Playlist Presents … The Hello Strangers

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! 

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Video Of The Day: Hard Swimmin’ Fish At Levitt Amp

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.

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Do You Want A Free CD? Of Course You Do.

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Well, you’ve heard about this Frederick Fall Fest thing, right? Saturday, October 10. The 200 East Art Haus. J Roddy Walston And The Business. Seaknuckle. Heavy Lights. Old Indian. A slew of DJs on the inside. Live rock and roll on the outside. An art gallery. A recording studio. Food. Beer. Awesomeness. Got it? Good.

So, it’s with great pleasure and excitement that we can finally announce this …

Along with your ticket to the festival, you’ll receive a free compilation CD. What’s the significance of the free compilation CD? Over the last few months, we’ve set up a pop-up recording studio in the 200 East Art Haus. We’ve been lucky enough to receive the equipment on loan and donation from some pretty great people and studios around town. The great Ryan Nicholson rounded up the gear. The great Derek Salazar has been working as an engineer/producer on the performances. Because of that, we’ll pause for a video of Heavy Lights performing at our super-secret Frederick Playlist Presents … location. Ryan looks so nice:

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Photo Of The Day: 3:AM

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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.

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The Weekend Playlist: 08/20/15

Goodness, gracious. We told you this might be a hectic week of announcements and goodies and we weren’t kidding. In case you missed it, we announced the worst-kept secret in Frederick yesterday when we formally released the details on the Frederick Fall Fest set for Saturday, October 10, at the 200 East Art Haus. J Roddy Walston & The Business. Seaknuckle. Heavy Lights. Old Indian. Are you as excited as we are? We hope so. But we still have a a couple months until we make it there, so for now, let’s concentrate on the next three days. Of Montreal is headlining a night of fun at Flying Dog with Old Indian and Mothers. We spoke with Kevin earlier this week about the show, and he had a lot of interesting things to say. We’ll be there, handing out koozies and the like. You know where else we’ll be? Big Cork Vineyards on Saturday night for the first-ever Jazz In The Vines installment featuring Jeff Cosgrove and Matthew Gillich. So, between wine and beer, we feel like we have this weekend covered, no? Elsewhere, Cafe Nola is hosting its first Frederick Folk Fest starting tonight and it goes on for the next three days. There’s a ton of great stuff going on there, so you really ought to swing by that if you get the chance. The FUNomenon will host Trace Adkins and Jamie Lynn Spears at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, and that’s a great cause with a pair of uber-known names, so if you dig yourself some country music, don’t be shy and check that out. The rain is going to keep Alive@Five away for this week, so here is our sad face. But all is not lost. Because finally, we here at Frederick Playlist get to come full circle: The last Movie Night On The Creek for 2015 is going down tomorrow night and it features “Interstellar.” The opening music? It will be Pete Goodwin’s band, 3:AM. If you remember, the very first artist to play our very first Movie Night installment was, indeed, Pete Goodwin (before Todd C. Walker). The video above came from that afternoon, and this time around, he’ll be bringing his full band to entertain you, and you, and you, and you, and you. It’s free and it begins at 7 p.m. You’ll come grab a koozie or three, right? Maybe? We’re asking nicely. For now, though, settle in for some of the doggiest of summer’s dog days. One more August weekend after this and then … whoa, it seems like the summer flew by, doesn’t it? We’ll be here, there and everywhere over the next three days, so forget the back-to-school-blues and come celebrate the season as it begins to wind down. We’ll bet you a spin of the wheel that you won’t regret it.

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A Q&A With Of Montreal

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For the second time in three summers, Of Montreal will be performing on the front lawn of Flying Dog Brewery, this time on Saturday, with Mothers and Old Indian filling out the bill. A few months removed from the release of “Aureate Gloom” this past March, we recently caught up with the band’s leader, Kevin Barnes, via phone to talk about the show in Frederick, how personal his latest album was to record, and how he’s currently working on two separate followups to his most recent breakup-fueled set.

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Retro/Ricole Barnes: ‘Mr. Sunrise’

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“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.

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