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The Weekend Playlist: 02/23/17

For your viewing pleasure this evening, Lost Keys will be at Flying Dog Brewery. It’s free. It’s part of Thursday Night Live. Its at 6 p.m. And on such an absolutely magnificent day (weather wise) … well, why wouldn’t you want to go, get out, have a beer or three, and listen to some live music? Don’t be a dope. Elsewhere this weekend, the Plate Scrapers seem to be everywhere. And we mean every. Where. First, Barley & Hops tomorrow night, and then The Opera House over in Shepherdstown Saturday night. Dig some plate. Dig some scraper. The Get Right Band, whose latest album we adored, is heading on into The Blue Side, so that seems awfully fitting. Why? Because good vibes will forever equal sunny skies. EJ, formerly of The Knolly Moles, will be bringing his tunes to Vini Culture. There’s As If. There’s Israel Creek. There’s Willie and all of his Chaperones. And there’s a ukulele open jam that ought to quench your ukulele thirst. Honestly, though. Ukes. A reggae band. Warm weather. Is this honestly still February? Not for long. We’ll see you back here next week as we welcome in March. Be well.

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Music & Mental Health: Use Your Pain

Behold Music & Mental Health, a feature we hope to bring you more often than not, written by the fabulous Imade Borha. She’ll check in from time to time with her thoughts on … well … presumably, music and mental health. Duh. If you dig, you can follow her on Twitter here. Enjoy! 

I got hit a lot growing up. But not the type of hits that come from spanking. I grew up in the same Church of God In Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) denomination that recent Weinberg performer Cory Henry was raised in. There were times when my first church reached such a fever pitch, that people would dance and shout while being “filled with the Holy Ghost.” Their flailing arms would hit me by accident. As a little girl, one hit was all I needed to slip on my Mary Jane shoes and retreat to a calmer location. 

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Middle Kid: ‘Yeah, Sure’

Middle Kid’s latest set, “Yeah, Sure,” is proof positive that great things can come from being neither the oldest or the youngest. The brainchild of Zack Willis, these six songs harken back to the days when bands like Harvey Danger could write songs like “Flagpole Sitta” and sell hundreds of thousands of records. It’s grunge music for the pop-rock set, the kind of stuff that inspired Brand New to concoct “The Devil And God Is Raging Inside Of Me,” which, of course, subsequently inspired bands like Middle Kid to make records like this some 10 years later.

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The Weekend Playlist: 02/16/17

The man above these words, Mr. Stitch Early himself, will be kicking things off tonight at the Weinberg Center for the Frederick Music Showcase Vol. 3. Also on the bill will be Guys In Thin Ties, Cheshi (who are releasing their debut EP) and Bad Seed Rising. Doors are at 6 p.m. The music starts at 7 p.m. We’ve been talking about this for months. Let’s hope some people come out, eh? So, then, maybe, hopefully, perhaps, via the grace of God, we might just be able to hold a Frederick Music Showcase Vol. 4 someday? Maybe? Perhaps? Please? Pretty please? A few things should also be noted regarding tonight’s event: The official pre-party will commence at Shuckin’ Shack around 5 p.m., so don’t miss that. And then there will be two – two! – after-parties this evening: One, at JoJo’s, the other at Firestones. The Dan McGuire Group will be rocking and rolling the latter while Unfiltered will be doing the same at the former. Oh, and it’s also Tropical Bitch release night. So much stuff! So little time! OK. We’ll stop. Moving on and elsewhere this weekend, Kai Orion, who we questioned and answered earlier today, will be coming to Coffee Co. and man, that should be fun. Mateo Monk is heading to The Blue Side this evening. Signs Point East are going to be headlining Cafe Nola Friday night and that should be neat. Delenda, who we spoke with a few months ago, will be hitting Cafe 611 with a slew of other metal acts. And Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles should be nothing short of incredible at the Weinberg on Saturday night. A whole bunch of options await you for the next three days and there isn’t a single good reason to pass on any of them. We hope to see you tonight, friends. Support. Local. Music.

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A Q&A With Kai Orion

Oh, this is going to be a treat, friends. Tomorrow night (that’s Friday for those keeping score) Kai Orion is heading to Frederick Coffee Co. to perform and goodness, gracious you should care. Why? Because if you remember, he released one of the most brilliant albums we’ve ever heard a couple years ago. So, when he reached out to alert us that he’d be coming to town, we absolutely had to ask him a few questions. And among the issues discussed in those questions were how the hell “Pots & Pans” came together, how big of an influence Peter Gabriel had on him, and how on earth he can even think of playing some of those songs live. If you do one thing (besides go to the Frederick Music Showcase tonight, of course) this weekend, this should be that one thing. Honestly. Truly. Madly. Deeply. 

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Frederick Music Showcase artists talk about their breakthrough songs

Note: The following is written by the fabulous Imade Borha. It appeared as the cover story in this week’s edition of 72 Hours. If you dig, you can follow Ms. Borha on Twitter here. Enjoy! 

The Frederick Music Showcase is all about breaking through, whether that’s to a new platform, prominence, or artistry. On Feb. 16, the third installment of the Frederick Music Showcase will feature Stitch Early, Cheshi, Bad Seed Rising, and Guys In Thin Ties on the Weinberg Center for the Arts stage.

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Celebrity Playlist: Stitch Early And His Band

Tomorrow night is the night, friends. The third-annual Frederick Music Showcase is set to go down at the Weinberg Center for the Arts and you have t-minus 14 hours to still grab those $10 tickets. Local hip-hop artist Stitch Early is going to kick things off in all types of style when he hits the stage at 7 p.m., pronto. We recently caught up with the rapper, along with members of his band, to get a Celebrity Playlist together that might just be a bit more surprising than you had initially thought (System Of A Down?! Really?!). It makes sense, considering how he’s got some surprises up his sleeve for tomorrow night. And you won’t want to miss that … would you?!

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All You Need To Know About Thursday

Can you believe this thing is about to turn three years old? So weird.

Indeed, friends, Thursday night is the third-annual Frederick Music Showcase at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, right here in lovely downtown Frederick, Maryland. As we’ve done each year before the fun commences, we are here to give you – yes, you! – the lowdown on everything that will be going on. First and foremost, check out the set times:

  • Stitch Early: 7 p.m.
  • Guys In Thin Ties: 8 p.m. 
  • Cheshi: 9 p.m.
  • Bad Seed Rising: 10 p.m.

Got all that? Good. Each act gets 45 minutes to rock, rap and roll and doors are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 now, but they tick up to $15 the day of the show. We can’t stress this enough, friends: Save some money and get some tickets now! You don’t want to have to spend five more bucks, do you?! Do you?!?!

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The Weekend Playlist: 02/09/17

Well, friends, Lost Keys have a lot riding on their EP release, which is set for tomorrow night (that’s Friday, for those keeping score) at Champion Billiards out there by the movie theater. If you have a pulse, you like music, you want to support some good people and you enjoy fun … well, this is for you. We reviewed their EP a couple months ago and here’s a hint: It’s great. Honestly. If you’re in search of something radical to do this weekend, it’s hard to think of a better option. Got all that? Good. Elsewhere … well, the tap room series at Flying Dog is getting back in full swing after taking a week off, and Ashli Cheshire, she of Cheshi fame, will be performing an array of acoustic fun. Cue the shameless DON’T FORGET THAT ONE WEEK FROM TONIGHT IS THE FREDERICK MUSIC SHOWCASE plug that such realities incite. She’ll be performing at it – with her band, of course – and they will be releasing their self-titled EP. So much fun. So much awesomeness. Also, Bencoolen, who we questioned and answered earlier this week, will be heading to Cafe Nola and that should be quite the show. Our old friend Doug Alan Wilcox will be bringing the hits to Elk Run Winery. There’s the Rumpke Mountain Boys. There’s Poetic Endurance. There’s The Reagan Years. There’s the fine young men in Hard Swimmin’ Fish. And then, of course, there’s Judge. Yes. Judge. Don’t forget about that last-minute Valentine’s Day shopping you know you have to do. Snuggle up with someone. You won’t regret it.

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Sara Evans To Bring Bra-Country To The Weinberg

Note: The below story was written by Sue Guynn. You can read the below story as well as all you need to know about the local country music scene on her blog, Three Chords And The Truth

Look out bro-country music, because bra-country is on the move. And that makes country artist Sara Evans happy.

Evans came to stardom in the 1990s, the days when the power songs of Reba McEntire, Faith Hill and even Evans defined country music. After the recent years of songs about partying, pickup trucks, beer and girls (aka bro-country) country music is slowly changing its tune with more women artists (aka bra-country) filling the airwaves again.

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