So, about Saturday, July 11, 2015 …
If you haven’t heard by now, you might be under a rock (especially if you’re reading this site, because this site has been all 7/11, all the time for a bit now). But just in case that rock has stood between you and the outside world, let’s get the specifics out of the way. Saturday night at 200 East Patrick St. (or 200 East, or Frederick Arthouse, or Playlist Funhouse, depending on who you talk to), Seaknuckle is going to release their first-ever LP, “Get Over It.” That will be commemorated with a show featuring Rozwell Kid and Silent Old Mtns., who used to be broken up, but will now be all types of back together for this momentous occasion.
Before the music, we will organize a beer pong tournament. The amount of people who sign up for the beer pong tournament will ultimately decide what time the music starts. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Sign-ups will likely go until 6 p.m., at which time we will begin play. The cups will have water in them, not beer. If the opposing team sinks a shot in one of your cups, you will be trusted to take a drink of your beverage. The first beer, in effect, is on us. With a ticket price of $10, you will receive a chip for that first beer, which you will theoretically use during your first match. From there on out, it’s all you.
The beer, it should also be noted, will be all Flying Dog, all the time.
As for the beer pong tournament rules, let’s have a look:
- You can rearrange the cups once you have three left. You get only one rearrange per game.
- If you bounce the ball and land it in a cup, that’s worth two cups of the opposing team’s choice.
- If the ball rolls back to your team, you will indeed have the opportunity to take a shot, but the shot must be thrown from behind your back.
- Once you get down to the final cups, redemption shots will be awarded.
- It’s a single-elimination tournament.
- Each team must consist of two people.
- Everyone who buys a ticket to the show will have the option of competing in the tournament. You can defer this if you choose.
- If you are one person, but want to compete, we will pair you with someone who is likeminded.
After sign-ups conclude at 6 p.m., we will draw a bracket that everyone can see at all times. We will have volunteers monitoring the gameplay, but depending on how many people sign up, there’s a large part of the competition that will be run on an honor system. This can be fun, people. We have no room for jerk-ery. There will be designated tables for teams who were eliminated to continue to play before the music begins. You can play on those tables as you please, but the results will not be considered in the actual tournament. Obviously. Once the music begins, the tables go away.
Now to prizes. If you are the last team standing at the end of the competition, you will receive prizes. Yes. Prizes! Here are the prizes:
- Two $25 gift cards to Bennigan’s in Clarksburg.
- Two $25 gift cards to Laurienzo Brick Oven Cafe.
- Two copies of the CD Seaknuckle is releasing that night, “Get Over It.”
- A Seaknuckle t-shirt.
- A voucher for two tickets per person to any upcoming event at 200 East Patrick Street of your choosing.
Depending on the day, night, mood and whatever else might pop up, you may also get the opportunity to play Seaknuckle in a game of beer pong before the music begins. That will be determined as the event goes on. The event is for those 21 and over. The Seed Of Life Cafe will have food for sale (we hope). The Met will be there (we love them!). The Comedy Pigs will perform at some point. And there will be tables for area organizations. We will make these clear for when doors open at 5 p.m. No smoking. If you need to, we will have a designated area outside for that.
Now, look. We’ve been working for weeks trying to get this thing together. Some of us have been trying to push this through for an entire year. Cough. So, let’s try and not mess this up. We’ll have security there. We’ll have all the necessary checks and balances in order, but from what we’ve gathered through the years, Frederick has been in need of a legitimate-yet-neat mid-sized venue that can hold shows and be a place for everyone with an artistic offering to congregate. Smaller than the Weinberg. Bigger than Nola. That’s the phrase some of us have been hearing for years now.
This can be that. It’s designed to showcase every artist, musician and everything else in between that we can showcase in and around Frederick, Maryland. There are a lot of cool things that are possibilities for down the road, but none of anything happens if we can’t come together for this one night and make it work. We need more than 50 people to show up to make it all worth investing in. We need people to be responsible adults when they walk through those doors. And we need people to be as understanding as possible when problems arise (because they always do).
We need this to be the moment that everyone finally comes together under one roof for the greater good, and that greater good is establishing Frederick, Maryland, as its own cool, hip, forward-thinking place for original art to not only exist, but thrive. Not Baltimore. Not D.C. But Frederick. This, in effect, could be the first step in a journey that changes a lot of things around here. There are miles to go, yes, but if we help each other walk – and eventually (fingers crossed) run – who knows what the other side of the finish line could bring.
So … with all that said … we’ll see you Saturday, right?