All right. So, we here at Frederick Playlist are pleased as punch (or, well, Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale) to announce a working relationship with the world-famous, awesomest-of-awesome, resident Frederick, Maryland, Brewery of Choice, Flying Dog, as the fine people over there get set to kick off their outdoor concert series, Summer Sessions.
This makes sense, why? Because music and beer go together like Iron and Wine (get it?!). No, but seriously: The wonderful people over there are bringing in some pretty great shows this summer and we want to make sure you — yes, you! — are acquainted with all the fabulous artists about to invade Frederick.
What does this mean? Well, it means that we’ll have a presence at each of the four events scheduled to go down from now until September. It also means that you, the fantastically music-and-beer-loving Frederick Playlist reader, will be subject to various amounts of coverage regarding each artist that’s set to appear at these events. Yes. That includes the opening acts.
In addition to some interviews, some videos, some pictures and some other things we have in store, we’ll also be offering up … wait for it … free tickets to each of the shows. In order to distribute these, we’ll have contests, drawings, random acts of competition and perhaps a good, old-fashioned joust to see who really wants to be the lucky winner.
Wait. We just received word that jousting is off the table. Sad face.
Anyway, as for whom exactly it is that the lovely people at Flying Dog are bringing into this fine city, let’s have a look:
Saturday, June 28 – JJ Grey and Mofro; Thomas Wynn and the Believers
Saturday, July 19 – Lucero; Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good
Saturday, August 23 – J Roddy Walston and the Business; Old Indian
Saturday, September 27 – Real Estate; Heavy Lights
That sounds pretty great, now, doesn’t it!? (That’s rhetorical).
You can find tickets to all these events at FlyingDogTix.com and they’ll run you about 25 bucks. As an added bonus this year, there is also a package that includes roundtrip Baltimore bus transportation, and those tickets will run you $40. Indeed, we are all thinking the same thing: That’s not a lot of money, but that’s a whole ton-bunch of fun.
So, check back here periodically over the next few months to learn a thing or 39 about the bands comin’ to town this summer. Or to learn how to win a few tickets here and there. Or to remind yourself of how fantastic Flying Dog beer is. Or to support local music. Or to tell us to how you feel about the weather. Either way, we’ll be here, doing all we can to make sure you’re good and ready once these fabulous musicians come to Fabulous Frederick, Maryland.
Oh, and Happy Summer!