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A Q&A With The Artomatic Music Bookers

The musical portion of Artomatic kicks off Saturday with local hip-hop artists J Berd, DJ TwoTeks and Stitch Early and continues until Friday, June 10, when Time Columns (above – building look familiar?) are slated to headline the final show of this year’s event. We recently caught up with Roy Ghim and Soren Dodge, the two guys tasked with booking and organizing the 2016 music slate. Among the things we discussed were some of the pitfalls the duo has faced, which nights standout as must-see lineups, and, well, world peace. Each show starts at 8:30 p.m. For more, visit artomaticfrederick.org.

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The Weekend Playlist: 04/28/16

So, we should start with this: Remember last Friday, when we had the fine young lads in Marzy Maddox in our super secret Frederick Playlist studios for a live stream on the Frederick News-Post’s Facebook page? Welp, we’re doing it again, except this time, Lost Keys are coming in to play a few songs. The time? 5 p.m. The day? Tomorrow (Friday). We figure it’s a good way to remind you that the Art Market at 200 East is coming up, precisely one week from Saturday. For now, though, tune in tomorrow to check out some of the fabulous surprises these guys have in store. Got it? Good. And now on to the shows going down in and around town. Brian Litz, who will be at our next Jazz In The Vines installment over at Big Cork next month, is going to bring some jazz to Beans In The Belfry tonight. The fine fellas in Dale & The Z-Dubs (above) are bringing their blend of reggae radicalness to Cafe Nola, and lord knows we all need some good vibes every now and then. Josh Morningstar, whose latest album we reviewed last year, is heading to The Blue Side, and if that’s not good enough, SoulXchange will be following him up Saturday night. There’s Willie and all of his Chaperones. There’s Just Left. There’s Muskrat Sally. There’s Special Delivery. There’s Kalevra (and word has it the great Jordan Miller will be sitting in on drums with them, which should truly be incredible). There’s 7th Sun. There’s the Amish Outlaws. And then, of course, there’s Bang Bang. Don’t let the cold and the rain keep you inside. April is coming to an end. That means summer – which is May because this area rarely gets a true spring – is right around the corner. Be good.

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A Q&A With 7th Sun

The next few weeks will be busy ones for local rock act 7th Sun. On Saturday, they will be taking the Olde Towne Tavern Designated Music Space at 10 p.m. And then, on May 13, they will be performing at Barley & Hops to commemorate the release of their recently recorded five-song, self-titled EP. We recently caught up with the band’s guitarist/vocalist, Eric Partyka, to talk about what went into the recording, why they decided to get into the studio in the first place, and what he thinks is the most perfect song ever written. Enjoy!

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The Weekend Playlist: 04/21/16

Well. Ted Cruz was in town today. So, there’s that. Anyway, welcome to the weekend. It’s going to be jammed and it’s going to be packed. Miss Lonelyheart leads the Cafe Nola lineup for Friday night while The Dirty Middle, who we hear killed it at our Big Cork series last Sunday, will be rocking and rolling all over Nola this weekend as well. There’s Skate Jam(!), led by More To Monroe, who you can see above. We wrote about that earlier today, so we shant say much more for now. Cafe 611 has two nights of entertainment that ought to make your ears perk to the moon. Willie and every single one of his Chaperones will be heading to The Blue Side, and that’s a winning combination: Good Music + Good Food = Yay! There’s Mac Cheese. There’s The Outpatients. There’s As If. There’s Faith In Jane (twice!). There’s Every Other Weekend. There’s Oren Polak Duo. And then there’s ukuleles. A lot of them. Rest in peace, Prince. It’s a sad, sad day for music, and that’s not a sentence that is typed lightly. Why not honor The Purple One this weekend by seeing some live music? Sounds like an idea, no? See ya Saturday.

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All You Need To Know About Saturday (Volume 6)

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 10.09.55 AMWell. So. Saturday. Skate Jam. Awesomeness. Fun. Skating. Food. Music. Awesomeness. And, of course, Jam. Whatever that means.

How about some details, eh? The music kicks off at 2 p.m. The cost is $5 if you bring a skateboard and $10 if you just want to rock and roll. The fine human beings at Pitcrew are going to offer a pop-up skate park (which is why you get a discount if you bring a board … duherr). Word on the street is that there will be a best trick contest for Those Who Bring Skateboards. A prize, however, is still being worked out. Because, honestly: What’s a contest without a prize?

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7th Sun: ‘7th Sun’

7thsun22Oh, the ‘90s were great, weren’t they? The glam scene of the 1980s took the natural next step, from spandex and leather boots to flannel shirts and ripped blue jeans. Rock music was consistently featured on Top 40 radio, alongside boy bands and Disney stars. Who cares if the genre bro-ed out for all those years; at least someone with an electric guitar made TRL’s afternoon countdown!

Bands like Creed and Sevendust and Nickelback and Candlebox and Limp Bizkit were able to exist and — gasp! — even sell millions of records. Like it or not, it was the last time rock music actually felt like it was mainstream (because despite all the hope in the world, Alabama Shakes ain’t following up Justin Bieber on any radio dial anywhere ever). Sure, it gets dismissed as being watered down (because, well, it was), but it held a large place in the hearts of a whole lot of angry, dreadlocked teenage boys.

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A Q&A With Jordan From Lost Keys

Well, so, it’s April 20th. You do the math. Lost Keys are commemorating the occasion with a special installment of their Wednesday night Cellar Door residency. The great Jordan Miller, who plays drums for the group, reached out earlier this week to get us hip to what they have in store for tonight. In turn, we thought we’d throw him five questions to help explain what the band plans to offer on this holiday evening. It sounds like it’s going to be a burning good time (get it … get it?!). The fun starts at 9 p.m. Hey, if nothing else, you know you’ll need some food. Check it out!

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A Q&A With Miss Lonelyheart

Hey, you guys know Miss Lonelyheart have gotten back together by now, right? Right. But did you know they are set to take the Cafe Nola Designated Music Space on Friday night along with The Furr and Unholy Sights? Well, you do now. We recently caught up with Andy Stout from the band to get the story about how they broke up and came back together, what some changes in the music scene are between when they first started and how it is now, and, of course, what the future looks like for the Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, rock outfit. The fun is set to begin at 9:30 Friday night. You’ll check it out, right? 

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The Weekend Playlist: 04/14/16

Welp. T-minus four days until the saddest birthday ever. But you don’t care about that. All you care about is the music and the rawk (with a “w”). And this weekend, in addition to being absolutely beautiful (or at least so says pretty much everyone ever), will feature the music and the rawk (with a “w”). Cafe 611 is prepared to bring all the fun this evening with a five-spot of awesomeness led by Madball. It’s all-ages and it’s 7 p.m. That’s radical. Elsewhere, one of our favorite favorites, Fractal Cat (above), is heading to Cafe Nola Friday night, and if we weren’t too busy bumming out about bumming out, perhaps we would try (for the second time, even!) to see those dudes at The Nola. Bumper Jacksons, ye of recent Weinberg fame, will be over in Shepherdstown at the Opera House. And even though it’s not listed here, don’t forget about our next Jazz In The Vines installment at Big Cork Winery on Sunday. The Dirty Middle (with the fabulous Adrienne Smith leading things) will take the Designated Music Space at 2 p.m. Tickets include wine, friends. Tickets include wine. There’s the Del McCoury Band. There’s Soulflower. There’s Calisus. There’s Bird Watchers Club. There’s Guilty As Charged. And, of course, there’s Young Skillz, with, naturally, all of the z’s. We’ll be back next week with perhaps an announcement or two that you may or may not be interested in. Our hope is you are (actually, our hope is that it actually happens, but that’s another story). Go enjoy the weather, everybody. You only get one April 14, 2016.

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Country & Cornhole. You In?

Because lines of communication appear to not be paramount with anybody, anywhere, ever.

Saturday, May 21. In addition to the Preakness Stakes, whatchya got going on? How’s some country music and a cornhole tournament sound? Might we be able to interest you in that?

Check it out. In conjunction with the fabulous people over at 99.9 WFRE (free country!) 200 East is going to host a fantastic feat of fabulous fun (yes, we know that made little sense, and yes, we know that alliteration is the sign of a lazy writer; deal with it).

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