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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.