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.
So, this is fun. We, here, at Frederick Playlist have devised a quiz to get you familiar with each band on Thursday’s Frederick Music Showcase at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Love to support local music, but you have no idea who you might enjoy listening to? Answer these five easy questions and then through the magic of weirdly intuitive Internet technology, you can find out which act you are most compatible with. Through words. And point systems. And clicks. And weirdness.
Again: What. You’re surprised?! All the videos this week will pertain to our first-ever Frederick Music Showcase on Thursday. If you’ve been checking back with us through the weeks, you might have seen the Frederick Playlist Presents … sessions we recorded with each of the four acts set to take the Weinberg stage. Today, we are grabbing the first two bands on Thursday night’s bill, Hard Swimmin’ Fish and The Knolly Moles, and reposting one of each’s performances. Above, you’ll find the Fish’s “Put Me Down” and below, you’ll find the Moles’ “Buzzed.” Tickets are on sale, remember. Naturally, the anticipation is unbearable. T-minus 72 hours!
What. Did you expect anything else? Welcome to Frederick Music Showcase week! It’s all going down Thursday night at the Weinberg. 10 bucks. Old Indian. Heavy Lights. The Knolly Moles. Hard Swimmin’ Fish. We were out and about all weekend, selling tickets and catching up with Hard Swimmin’ Fish, Seaknuckle, and all the great people that we encountered in between. If the impending snow allows, we’ll also be at Cafe Nola tonight for its open mic night, selling tickets, being annoying, and catching up with all the beautiful Frederick faces. Remember: You can get your tickets here. Remember (part two): It’s only 10 bucks. T-minus four days!
Holy moly. It’s been the busiest week in Frederick Playlist history. Are you exhausted? We are. But enough about us. How about you. Did you dig Seaknuckle Week? That was a whole lot of Seaknuckle a whole lot of the time. Gotta love those dudes. Got. To. Love. Those. Dudes. We’ll be tagging along tomorrow night when they invade Cafe Nola for the digital release of their EP. In fact, we’ll be all around town this weekend, throwing up posters, handing out flyers and selling tickets to our Frederick Music Showcase (not just one week away!). If you see us, come say hi, buy a ticket (you’ll get drink discounts!), and punch us in the face if you’d like. Or not. Anyway. Moving on, there’s oh-so-much going down on this oh-so-very-romantic Valentine’s Day weekend. Fredericks Brown will be taking the Weinberg stage tonight and that’s most certainly worth a thought or six (plus it’s pay what you want!). Our dear friend Doug Alan Wilcox will be at the Hill Chapel this evening as well, so you should stop on by and say, “What’s up!” for us. Spyro Gyra will be hitting the Weinberg Center tomorrow (which, by the way, is Friday the 13th!). Ghost Pepper, who we Q&A-ed earlier this week, will be debuting a new keyboard player at Champion on Saturday night. And also, even though we don’t go through Sunday on this list, it should be noted that a really great band – Quiet Life – will be at Cafe Nola on Sunday. There’s the Southern Charm Band. There’s the Dan McGuire Band. There’s the legendary Buckwheat Zydeco over in Shepherdstown. There’s Hard Swimmin’ Fish. There’s a folk song circle. And, of course, there is Souls Of Danger. Because whose soul isn’t dangerous? It will be cold, but it will be festive. Come see us, grab a ticket, rock to some Seaknuckle and eat too much chocolate. T-minus one week until we head over to the Weinberg for the first-ever Frederick Music Showcase. It’s so close, we can taste it. Who says love is dead? Happy Valentine’s Day!
So … what about the day after Valentine’s Day? You know what we mean, right? You spend all that time being so romantic, making plans, paying for expensive dinners, eating candy, smelling roses, but then you get to the day after and then what? Well, this year, the day after Valentine’s Day is Sunday, and to beat the post-holiday hangover, here is what you do: You go see a pretty great band at Cafe Nola.
Portland’s Quiet Life is coming to Cafe Nola on Sunday and you should care. Why? Because they’ve worked with Dr. Dog and Jim James. That’s why. Oh, well, that and the fact that they are pretty radical (as evidenced from the video above). We recently caught up with the band via email to talk about what it was like to work with those heavy-hittin’ names, which Portland artists we should know about, and what we can expect from their show at Cafe Nola. Enjoy!
Holy moly, this thing is a lot of fun. Four songs, two of which don’t even get past the 2 1/2-minute mark. A complete running time of way less than 15 minutes. It’s fast. It’s groovy. It’s unapologetic. It’s abrasive. It’s inspiring. And it’s everything a great EP needs to be: quick and to the point.
Seaknuckle’s “Nailed It” is a tour de force through everything that’s great about post-indie-rock. Recorded over a weekend in Baltimore, the urgency here bleeds through each note as though it’s the last time these guys will ever be allowed to play music again. For a quick four-song introduction to the world, it’s hard to imagine a more assertive effort.