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The Weekend Playlist: 11/26/14

Welp. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. What does that mean? Well, it means we’ll throw in an extra day of show listings for this week (though, as you’ll see, there isn’t really all that much to add, which is odd, considering how tonight is typically a big busy night for Those Who Like To Drink In Public). It also means that Frederick Playlist will return to its regularly scheduled programming on Monday, December 1. In the meantime (and in between time), however, we’ve got a boatload of stuff going down around town for the next four days. Mercifully, we’ll take this opportunity to remind you for the last time that we are still giving away tickets to see the Blind Boys Of Alabama at the Weinberg on Friday. If you’re the winner, we’ll be in touch Friday morning. We also have the next Last Saturdays hip-hop series installment going down Saturday at That Cuban Place (please note the change in venue this month). Cafe Nola, as it is wont to do every now and then, will be hosting a slew of shows from tonight through the end of the weekend, so you’ll want to stop on by that amazingly amazing place. Freddie Long appears to literally be everywhere at some point, so do with that what you may. There’s some Open Mic nights. There’s some jazz. There’s some Vinyl Rhino. There’s some snow. There’s some turkey. There’s some Black Friday. And, of course, there’s some Drop Dead Sexy. It’s cold. And the weather sucks. But since when does that mean the rock has to stop?!?!? That’s rhetorical. As for the things we are thankful for? It goes like this: You. Booze. Dots. And “Jane The Virgin.” That’s it. That’s the list. How about you? Oh, and, of course: HAPPY THANKS FLIPPIN’ GIVING.

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A Q&A With Davon

Hey, just in case you forgot: There’s life after Thanksgiving. And, in case your memory really went kaput, there’s something in town called Last Saturdays, which features local(ish) hip-hop talent performing on the final Saturday of each month. This month, the event will move to That Cuban Place and it will feature Davon, from the Philly area, headlining, along with Scott Free, Knowledge, Stitch Early (heads-up: we’ll be reviewing his latest set next week) and a few others.

We recently had the chance to catch up with Davon in anticipation of the show and below is what we learned. Among the things we touch on are Frederick’s hip-hop scene, which hip-hop artists we should be paying attention to in the Philadelphia area, and, of course, what we can expect from this month’s Last Saturdays concert. Everything is set to go down at 9 p.m. Saturday. And as always, don’t be square, friends; be there.

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Photo Of The Day: The Blind Boys Of Alabama

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Yeah, you knew this was coming. Our final photo of the week features the fabulous Blind Boys Of Alabama, who will be at the Weinberg on Friday. Why? Because we need to remind you once again that we are giving away two tickets to see the group. And if you mean to tell us that there’s a lower number of people who want free tickets to see the Blind Boys Of Alabama live than there are fingers on hands … well, then we are here to tell you humankind is worse off than we thought (or something along the lines this guy would tweet because yes, we are still laughing at something from yesterday). Don’t forget: The contest ends Friday morning and we’ll be in touch if your name is drawn.

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Hey, you – yes, you: Help Frederick!

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So, check this out. Right now, as we speak, the Downtown Frederick Partnership is engaged in a battle. It’s not a battle to the death, but it’s probably the second-most intense thing. Now, what is the organization looking to do? Well, it’s looking to earn a grant aimed at helping “small to mid-sized cities” bring music to town … for free. As in, free to the public. As in, set up a stage somewhere downtown and boom: Taylor Swift pops up with a guitar and the dude from Bleachers.

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Video Of The Day: Blind Boys Of Alabama Performing ‘Amazing Grace’

Two days until Turkey Day and three days until this legendary group hits the Weinberg. Did you hear that we’re giving away two free tickets to see them? Because we are. And you really ought to consider it. Because we all know you won’t want to spend money on tickets after you blow it earlier that day on a huge flat-screen TV or something. Plus, our calculations put it at a 93.29 percent chance that they’ll perform this hymn at some point on Friday. Also, it should be noted that the unofficial officially unofficial official moment that the Christmas season kicks off is when the Blind Boys Of Alabama first perform “Amazing Grace” the day after Thanksgiving. This is a historical fact. Anyway, check out the video, enter the giveaway, and get ready for some snow.

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Do You Want To Win Two Tickets To See The Blind Boys Of Alabama Live? Of Course You Do.

It’s the season of giving, you know. Last week, we gave you the opportunity to check out “The Last Waltz” and at least six of you seemed interested (thanks so much!). This week, we have a pair of tickets to see the Blind Boys Of Alabama on Friday at the Weinberg. Better yet? It’s their Christmas show. Let’s get ready for some news release action:

This holiday season, the Blind Boys are touring in support of their new album, “Talkin’ Christmas!” (Sony Masterworks), their second-ever Christmas album which features blues legend Taj Mahal and includes several brand-new songs as well as older classics. This special concert will feature songs from the new album, as well as the band’s previous GRAMMY®-winning Christmas recording, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” 

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Photo Of The Day: The Last Waltz

First thing’s first (I’ll eat your brains, said Nicki Minaj, once): We’re going to shut it down on Wednesday instead of Thursday this week. Why? Because Thursday is Thanksgiving. And who’s kidding who here – we can’t compete with a holiday aimed at eating and drinking ourselves into a coma. Actually, we can’t really compete with anything, now can we? Anyway, so there’s that. Now take a look at this photo of “The Last Waltz” performance that went down last night at the Weinberg. For those wondering, Ms. Heather Sutton won our ticket giveaway last week, so we hope she had fun as she rocked and rolled into the late afternoon on a rainy Sunday. Also of note: We’ll be launching another giveaway in a few hours, so check back in to see what’s next. Photo by Graham Cullen. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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The Weekend Playlist: 11/20/14

We should note, for the love of all things good, one more time that we are giving away two tickets to see “The Last Waltz” performed live and in color this weekend at the Weinberg. But because it’s on Sunday, it will not appear in the below listings. Sad, we know. But still, check it out if you get the chance – it should be pretty awesomely awesome. As for what we actually have on tap for this weekend … well, Prophets Of The Abstract Truth will be jazzin’ things up at Ayse in a couple hours, so you won’t want to miss that. The Reunion is going to have some radical bluegrass. The funny, funny lads in Seaknuckel (not sure if they changed the spelling or if Cafe Nola’s website is just wrong) will be at Cafe Nola tomorrow night, and they rock harder than pretty much anything on earth. Cafe 611 will host a Get Funk show on Saturday, so if you are looking to get funky, that will be your chance. There is something called the Original Booze Brothers, which is kind of a great name for a band. And, of course, Jack Funk will funk-and-roll Olde Towne on Saturday night. It’s supposed to get warmer at some point, right? Let’s hope so. In the meantime (and in between time), take a look at what Frederick has going on this weekend and make a decision or three. Stay warm, friends.

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Fractal Cat: ‘Lovingkind’

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“I’m not afraid to say, ‘I love you, baby,’” Miles Gannett sings on the first song of Fractal Cat’s latest set, “Lovingkind.” No, he’s not. No, he’s really not. In fact, he’s so not afraid to say “I love you,” that it kind of feels like “Lovingkind” should come with a teddy bear and box of chocolates. Or, perhaps more accurately, a truckload of sunflowers and a few old pairs of bell-bottoms.

Why? Because from the beginning sounds of those acoustic guitar chords featured on that opening title track, it’s clear how tripped out Fractal Cat can be. Which, for the record, is a lot. A glorious amount of a lot, in fact, which translates beautifully into a whirlwind trip through psychedelia that touches on echoes of everything from experimental Beatles to the ill-fated Chicago indie-rock outfit This Is Me Smiling. As fun as it is pleasant, as expansive as it is simple, “Lovingkind” makes no apologies for being what it is.

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Video Of The Day: The Last Waltz Tribute’s ‘I Shall Be Released’

With one last effort to spread the word about our giveaway, today’s video features “The Last Waltz” tribute performing “I Shall Be Released,” just like The Band and Dylan did. Or something like that. Remember: These fabulous people will be taking the Weinberg stage Sunday afternoon and you – yes, you! – can still win two tickets to see it all go down. It promises to be better than great and you should know by now that we wouldn’t lie.