Well, it’s about time we catch up, don’t you think? There’s a bunch going on in the next few weeks, and we haven’t discussed much of any of it, and it’s Tuesday. So … you do the math.
First up, this weekend. As you might already know, Flying Dog is hosting Of Montreal on the brewery’s front lawn Saturday night. Mothers and local awesome dudes Old Indian are going to open the show. We’ll have a Q&A with Of Montreal’s leader, Kevin Barnes, up later this week. As always, we’ll be there, giving away koozies and generally being obnoxious, as we are wont to do. To buy tickets to the show, check out Flying Dog’s website. Doors are at 5 p.m. The music starts at 6 p.m.
But also this weekend, there’s something you might not know too much about. For the last few weeks/months, we here at Frederick Playlist have been trying to organize and support a locally bred jazz night. We initially wanted to host it at the 200 East Art Haus, but the city sort of told us to go get bent. Thus, the result: We’re going to put on a jazz event four times in the next year or so at Big Cork Vineyards.
We’re calling it Jazz In The Vines (or, if you check out Big Cork’s website, you’ll see “Big Jazz In The Vines,” which we’re going to assume is a play off the fact that the name of the vineyard is “Big Cork,” but hey: What do we know?). The first event is set to go down this weekend. Saturday night, to be exact. It will feature a duo of trios: The Matthew Gillich Trio (Matthew Gillich/Trumpet, Jeron White/Bass, Sawyer Gaydon/Drums) and the Jeff Cosgrove Trio (Jeff Cosgrove/Drums, Brad Linde/Saxophone, Mark Lysher/Bass). Gillich will begin at 6 p.m. Cosgrove should be hitting the stage at about 7:30 p.m. The cost of the ticket is $20, but – and this is a big “but” – that price also gets you a free glass of any type of wine they have. Better yet, you can bring your own picnic to ensure that you won’t have to blow anymore money on the evening.
So, there’s that.
And now there’s this: Saturday, Sept. 5. It’s the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. We’re hosting a block party. Yep. A block party. We’re still working out the kinks, but the hope is to have it be an 18-and-over event (fingers crossed). It’s going to feature as much local hip-hop talent as we can fit into one abandoned press room. Among the participants:
- Che Rock
- DJ Blaze Daily
- J Berd
- Retro Ricole Barnes
- Scott Free
- Stitch Early
Also that day, we hope to be screening some films, including films made by local filmmakers. Fun, right? In addition to that, there’s a good chance the fine dudes in The Milestones will be coming up from Baltimore to play a turned-up set to split the day between film and hip-hop. We’ll have tons of local vendors there, selling things, promoting themselves, helping out, saving the world, etc. Plus, we know that you can’t have a block party if you don’t have a gigantic grill outside, grilling the finest meats and cheeses Frederick has to offer. So, expect that, too.
The plan is to start the festivities at 2 p.m. with a couple films and then essentially have the fun go through the night. The cost will be $10 and that gets you all of the movies, all of the rock and all of the rap. You can check out the Facebook event and then let us know if you’ll stop by, if you’d like. This is the final event at the building before The Big Thing. Which, of course, we’ll have more details on soon.
For now, though. Check out some jazz. Check out some hip-hop. Check out some rock. Check out some movies. It’s going to be a fun three weeks, friends. Summer isn’t over yet!