Whoa, there. How about that snow?! Fear not, though, friends, because through sleet, rain, or whatever other force of nature might come our way, the music never stops. Thus, behold a video from our showcase, a showcase that went down two weeks ago today. Check out Old Indian performing “South Carolina” at the Weinberg Center, cuddle up under some warm blankets, grab a can of PBR, turn on “The Today Show” and have yourself a fabulous snow day! And such.
So, how great is this thing?! Check out this cake (along with cupcakes that spell out pretty much everything you needed to know about our Frederick Music Showcase) given to us by local awesome people Cakes To Die For. It was on display, and available to eat, at the showcase, which happened precisely two weeks ago today. Not only does it look neat, but it tasted incredible. Take our word for it. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.
Warning: It might take three or four listens, but by about listen five, you’ll be waking up humming the melodies to some of these songs without even realizing you’re doing it. You’ll hear the record begin and wonder where the time went when, eight tracks later, it’s over and you’re still waiting to find that one bad song that reminds you of where you are in the listening process. You will press repeat. And there will be nothing you will be able to do about it.
New God’s “Firework” is so subliminally infectious that there should be a law against this type of accessibility. The catchiness comes in almost every indie form imaginable: Slow. Fast. Groovy. Loud-to-soft. Soft-to-loud. Live instruments. Processed bleeps. Happy. Sad. Tiny. Huge. Take whatever formula your cooler flannel-wearing cousin adores and these guys have perfected it. It all amounts to what Bon Iver and the Beach Boys would sound like if the former got excited and the latter grew up reading Pitchfork.
For today’s video, we thought we’d share a performance from the Frederick Music Showcase on Feb. 19 (yes, you can expect an obnoxious amount of photos and videos to come down the pipeline through the weeks. Because, duh). Here, check out Hard Swimmin’ Fish performing “Have Your Way” during their opening set. They seem to be having fun. Did you have fun? We hope so.
Holy mackerel. Did anybody expect that?
We didn’t. Not in our wildest dreams did we believe the first-ever Frederick Music Showcase would go like that. Maybe it would go all right, we thought. Best-case scenario, a few hundred people would show up. It would be fun. It would be a nice foundation to (hopefully) do more somewhere down the line.
But that? A crowded lobby? A cake with the Frederick Playlist logo? Selling out of Monocacy Brewing beer within about three-and-a-half minutes of doors opening? Ovations that weren’t just heard but felt both before and after each band hit the stage? A gaggle of excitement pouring from the Weinberg walls? Doubling our goal in ticket sales?
Whew! Really needed that week off, right? Right. Now, with the arrival of March, we ease our way back into things with a photo from our Frederick Music Showcase that went down at the Weinberg last month. We’ll have more on the event in a few minutes, but for now, check out Old Indian, who closed out the show in fantastic fashion. Photo by Bill Green. He’s got the greatest voice in the world and you can follow him on Twitter here.
Welp. Here we are. It’s do or die for Frederick Playlist tonight at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Old Indian. Heavy Lights. The Knolly Moles. Hard Swimmin’ Fish. Do you have your tickets yet? Hopefully. If not, there will be some available at the door. 7 p.m. starting time. 10 bucks. You’ll get a glass and you’ll also receive drink discounts at both Bushwaller’s and JoJo’s if you give them your ticket stub. Eight months of existence all lead to this moment. Not to put too fine a point on it, but … well … PLEASE COME!!!! Elsewhere this weekend, Big Hoax and Signs Point East, two local bands we have Q&A-ed, will be taking the Cafe Nola stage on Friday night, and if the venue’s website is to be believed, Buck Wyatt and Skribe is a show you simply cannot miss on Saturday night. Southern Charm, a group we’ve been hearing a thing or two about lately, will be at JoJo’s on Saturday night as well, and Paul Ivey will be bringing the musac (not music) back to The Lodge, which keeps offering up acoustic music each weekend now. Pause for a round of applause. Plus, if you feel like traveling, Louisiana legend CJ Chenier will be in Shepherdstown at The Opera House, and anyone who knows Paul Simon is all right with us. There are the Secondhand Ramblers. Paul Ivey. Muskrat Sally. Drunk Naked Pirates. And, of course, Doctor Smoke. We’re taking the week off next week, so we’ll be back here in March, ready for the next chapter (if the book doesn’t end up closing after tonight, that is). So, honestly: If you think about it this evening, come on over to the Weinberg, check out some incredible talent, support local artists, and let’s all make Frederick a music town together. Sound like a plan? So with all that said … we’ll see you later, right? OK. Good. Happy Showcase Day!
Today is the day! Today is the day! As a reminder that tonight is our first-ever Frederick Music Showcase at the Weinberg Center, we are going to round out the week’s videos with a couple performances from our Frederick Playlist Presents … sessions that feature Old Indian and Heavy Lights. Heavy Lights should hit the stage around 8:45 and Old Indian will do so about an hour after them. Tickets are still on sale. The weather might be cold, but the Weinberg will be smokin’. OK. That was cheesy.
Note: The below story was written by Cassandra Mullinix. You can check out all the great stuff she has going down on her Facebook page, or, if you’re so inclined, you could follow her on Twitter. For those looking to get tickets to tomorrow night’s Frederick Music Showcase, click here. The below story will appear in this week’s 72 Hours.
Live music shows happen every weekend in Frederick, but the Frederick Music Showcase tonight will be a game-changing event for the town’s growing music scene. The people behind the Frederick News-Post music website Frederick Playlist have been working with the Weinberg Center for the Arts to host four long-standing and hard working local bands for the event. It’s the first time local bands have been featured at the Weinberg Center and for many of the bands, it is a first time to play a seated top-notch venue.
Can you even believe they’re going to let us in the Weinberg tomorrow night? Like, really, though. They even put us on the marquee! Thus, this photo (because no, in case you were wondering, there isn’t a new local band called “The Weinberg Marquee” … yet … and this isn’t a photo of said band performing). We’re one day away. There’s still time to get your tickets either at the Weinberg box office or online. Using a word like “excited” doesn’t even come close to doing this thing justice. Photo by Sam Yu.