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The Weekend Playlist: 07/30/15

Well, how about it, July? We’re just about done, now, aren’t we? In fact, we’re so much done that this Saturday marks yet another Fabulous First Saturday. So, expect all the great things associated with that to go down as usual. Also, as we noted earlier this week, the Movie Nights On The Creek will double in size if only for this weekend – tomorrow night features Todd C. Walker and “Anchorman” while Saturday night features Seaknuckle (above) and “The Sandlot.” It’s all free, and you can’t get better than free. You can even bring the entire family for the Saturday night event. The italics are designed to prove to you how important that is. Elsewhere, Lilac Daze will be at 123 W. Patrick St. this evening, and according to their Facepage, this might be their last hometown show in a while. Duly noted. Cafe Nola is hosting our dear friends in Heavy Lights Saturday night, along with Seagulls.  So now that we think about it, how about this: Check out Seaknuckle for free on the creek at 7 p.m. Watch the first half of “The Sandlot.” Walk on over to Cafe Nola. And party like you’re hardy until the sun comes up. Sound like a plan? We think so. Shane Gamble will return to Champion Billiards, and he’s always good for some country-fried fun. The wonderful women in The Hello Strangers will be at The Blue Side tomorrow night, and they may or may not be stopping in here for a quick Playlist Presents … session that we are super-duper excited for. There’s Last To Fire. There’s Tuesday’s Gone (Freebird!). There’s Broken Field Runner. There’s Joe Murray. There’s The Dan McGuire Group. There’s Nobody’s Parents. There’s 25 Ta Life. And, of course, there’s Super! Thanks For Asking. We’ll be all types of around town for the next three days. And then, of course, there’s next weekend. And holy cow, there’s a lot to say about next weekend. So, come on back here on Monday, ya hear. Please. Please. And please. It should be a fun few days in Frederick. Thank you much, July. Viva la August!

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Video Of The Day: Last To Fire’s Cover Of Ludacris’ ‘Money Maker’

It’s Thursday. You know what that means, right? It’s Alive @ Five Day! Up tonight is the Baltimore-based funk/soul outfit Last To Fire. To honor as much, we thought we’d post this video of the band covering one of the classic Ludacris songs, “Money Maker.” The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. along Carroll Creek tonight. It’s going to begin one hell of a busy weekend for downtown Frederick. Hello, Dog Days Of Summer!

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Photo Of The Day: Dale And The ZDubs

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So … were you there last night? Did you happen to wander past the creek and see some live-and-in-color music? If you did, you heard the sweet, sunny sounds of Dale And The ZDubs. Thus, this photo. We are now more than halfway through the Levitt Amp free concert series on Tuesdays here in Frederick. Up next are The Crawdaddies, six days from now. You’re up for some zydeco, right? Let’s hope so.

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Video Of The Day: Dale And The ZDubs’ ‘Incapable’

Tonight. 7 p.m. Along Carroll Creek. It’s free music Tuesday. Courtesy of Levitt Amp and the Downtown Frederick Partnership. On this fine evening, Dale And The ZDubs will be reggae-ing and rocking their way through Frederick. The fun begins at 7 p.m. We really love these guys, so if you just so happen to be free, you might want to wander on down and check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Promise.

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Movies + Music = Fun

Welp. As we mentioned last week, we have partnered up with the Downtown Frederick Partnership for the second year in a row (the above video comes from last year) to help provide you – yes, you! – with some free local original music along Carroll Creek this summer. And for the second year in a row, that free local original music will be performed in conjunction with the organization’s Movie Night On The Creek series that is expanding this year!

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We kicked things off on Friday with a couple of the dudes from Jack Funk performing before “Jurassic Park” took the screen. It was sunny. It was fun. A few strings were broken. A good time was had by all.

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Photo Of The Day: Willie & His Chaperones

Hey, hey. Saturday. Were you there? We hope so. Because if you were, you would have seen these fine men perform as part of Monocacy Brewing’s annual cornhole tournament. They rockabilly-ed all afternoon long and we can’t thank them enough for it. A special thanks also goes out to Todd C. Walker for his quick opening set before Willie and all his Chaperones took the stage. It’s now onward and upward to Aug. 8. We’ll have so much more on that in the weeks to come! Photo by Bill Green. He’s got the greatest voice in the world and you can follow him on Twitter here.

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The Weekend Playlist: 07/23/15

And here we are again … Thursday! And here we are again … Movie Nights On The Creek! And here we are again … 200 East! It’s going to be a busy weekend for us, over here at Frederick Playlist. In addition to May Weather (above) performing tonight at Alive@Five, this year’s Movie Night On The Creek schedule kicks off tomorrow evening. Just like last year, we’ll be providing the music before the big screen is blown up and the blankets are spread on the lawn. It’s free. All you have to do is be 21 years old. Or older, of course. First up this week is Nick and Dan from Jack Funk playing an acoustic set before “Jurassic Park” scares us all to shreds. We’ll be there, talking to anyone who wants to talk (which, all things considered, might just be a desolate tree; the joke being no one wants to talk to us), and perhaps giving away a free beer koozie or two. Then, on Saturday, the next event at the 200 East Arthaus (look, it’s German now!) will go down as Monocacy Brewing holds its annual cornhole tournament in the building. We’ll be providing the music for that, too, which will feature Willie And His Chaperones, as well as the great Todd C. Walker. There will be prizes galore. And darts. And a candy machine. So … who doesn’t want to check that out? Elsewhere, Biohazard is going to burn your body to the ground at Cafe 611 tonight, so you should really check out what it’s like to have your body burned to the ground. Seriously, though: That should be a fun show. There’s Craggy Island. Bumper Jacksons are releasing their CD over in Shepherdstown tomorrow night (and we did a Q&A with them once!). Our dear friend Doug Alan Wilcox will be at a winery. A ukulele jam will commence. Cafe Nola has some great artists, as always. Grand Ole Ditch will be at The Blue Side and we still need to check that place out. And then Teamster. And then Brother Down. And then The Few. And then Vitality. And then, of course, Hey Baby!. So … hey baby! you. Yes, you. Come say hi if you see us mulling about, doing inane things and talking to trees. A lot of fun stuff is happening this weekend. Dive in, friends. August is almost here!

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Plaeground: ‘Love Is Real — Live From The 8×10′

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It’s all about the saxophone.

No, but really. With plaeground’s latest, “Love Is Real — Live From The 8×10,” that’s the truth. It’s all about the saxophone. Why? Because it’s that live instrumentation that sets Will Saxton’s pet project aside from all other electronic-based groups around. This isn’t just a collection of beeps and burps. These are real people. With real instruments. With real imagination. And with real talent.

That’s what makes “Love Is Real” so unbelievably exciting. Start with the opening title track, which translates the set’s namesake into four-plus minutes of sonic bliss. Backed by a killer slow burn of a groove, the song is what you’d hope to hear on ‘80s pop radio during a sweaty late-Saturday-night. The sax is seamlessly smooth while a flute flutters in and out of the background, adding a texture that transcends genres. It’s like what would happen if Branford Marsalis was the musical director of The Weather Channel. In this case, the local on the 8’s promises humid, steamy early-morning hours.

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Video Of The Day: Todd C. Walker Performs

Hey, remember this thing? That’s right – it was our first-ever Frederick Playlist Presents … event, in which, literally, nobody showed up. Well, this weekend, the great Mr. Walker will be opening our next event at 200 East, which features a cornhole tournament as well as a headlining set from Willie And His Chaperones. It’s a daytime/evening thing, so you’ll want to reserve the afternoon for it. It should be a lot of fun. So … see you there?

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Photo Of The Day: Jack Funk’s Stuff

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It’s an uninteresting photo, but hear us out: Remember the Movie Nights On The Creek, organized by the Downtown Frederick Partnership, that we were at last summer? Well, they’re back! (And, of course, better than ever). They begin again this Friday with “Jurassic Park,” and again, we are the ones responsible for the music. Kicking things off this year will be some of the dudes from Jack Funk. Thus this photo of their gear, taken from their Facebook page. (Hey, it’s the best we could do). The music will start at about 7 p.m. The movie begins when the sun goes down. It’s all free and as we all know by now, there’s nothing better than free.

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