Ok I do have to lament just a tad, the end of October means ghosts, ghouls and merryment -but I know that the good folks at Landless Theater will be packing up as I write this. If you’ve been following WesternMachines or read my FNP column on Thursday, you know that the Landless Theater is moving out and it’s a lost opportunity for the Frederick performing arts scene. (Stay with me after the jump, there be positive stuff to balance out the darkness…) Continue reading Landless & ESAC Going Landless redux + Funboys/Stitch Early @ Skystage + DEAD WILL RISE show @ MET
Here’s the latest as I’m still shocked to hear: Landless Theater, who was operating the East St Arts Center at the old Hobbytown in East Frederick since July –just as they were given a new lease on life until January, was told by the landlord to move out on Sunday. That expiration date came and went – and the update: Landless now has until the end of October to move out. This has turned into a holy mess as the Landless was scheduling and programming events in lieu of their extention to January 2017. Now all that has to be yanked up with the sudden reversal by the landlord and the management company -who is looking for something like a consignment retailer to come in and lease the 12,000 sq ft space. Landless Theater is scrambling to find another alt / pop up venue space in Frederick (anyone know of any? I’m looking your way Marvin Ausherman, hello?!).
The Nov 11th all ages indie rock show with Middle Kid/My Friday Anthem/Gloop and Mess originally scheduled at East St Arts Center (and ironically was going to be a fundraiser to keep ESAC afloat) has now been moved to a house show location – a venue self described as The Squat [516 Lee Place in Frederick].
Miss Lonelyheart was originally going to book a show along with J. Robbins (who played in Dischord bands like Jawbox) – now they are looking elsewhere…
This weekend here’s 2 shows not to be missed:
Pretty rad reunion: DJ Mathias and DJ Two Teks – spinning under the same sky. Skystage that is and Friday night should be the first time they’ve DJ’d together since…the 2000’s? When they went separate ways, Mathais eventually wound up in DC, headlining the 9:30 club on several occasions, including the moving tribute to Prince after he passed on to the great gig in the sky. DJ Two Teks, (aka AJ Naylor) has been busy juggling an ethical clothing venture Fred & Co 1745 and DJing some crazy Nola shows billed as Bang! Bang! The show is from 7-9pm
Saturday, also at Skystage will be a ridiculously good show with Luna opening and Retro/Ricole with Da’Mood blasting out of the park woith their blistering rock / hip hop. Rounding out the evening: DJ 100 taking over at 9. It’s a Halloween costume party as well, so don’t forget to prepare. It’s not a free show tho, roughly $13 plus change, check the eventbrite link for tix. Show time 7-10pm
Speaking of hip hop…
J Berd been working on some new tracks, check out this on soundcloud – he’s conspiring with Telepathy & Baby Bee [with Luis the Beatmaker on production].
Last but not least in the Frederick indie film world…
LEDA short preview rolled out at the 72 Film Fest recently and now Sam Tressler IV is running out of time for his kickstarter campaign to fund the production and avoid the hollywood studio system that’s managed to produce tripe like Transformers 1, Transformers 2, and so on. I think there’s 2 days left before deadline…
Here’s a the latest plea/thank you to donators from Sam:
Choices: Lilac Daze album release show tonight at the East St Arts Center (resuscitated from the dead yet fragile existence until January) or DJ Two Teks spinning at the inaugural Teen/Youth Dance Night. To make your indecision more difficult, Silent Old Mts will perform for the last time with their pianist Thom Huenger along with Blue Heaven at Cafe Nola. All this going down tonight. Solution: transmorgify yourself Calvin & Hobbes style! Continue reading Lilac Daze album release show @ ESAC+ Silent Old Mts @ Nola + DJ TWO TEKS @ skystage tonite
Nearly 3AM and bleary eyed, seems perfect time to listen to Miss Lonelyheart’s new 7″ Ordinary Living. First: the fact that a Frederick based band is even releasing a 7″ is just extraordinary. Visually it’s stunning, shock pink vinyl with a tapir (I think it’s a tapir) right on the cover. Dropping the needle now, I can officially do so as today marks Miss Lonelyheart’s first release in over 14 years, to which they’re celebrating along with Dot/Dash (featuring ex members of Minor Threat)… Continue reading Miss Lonelyheart 7″ EP release @ Cafe Nola + Skystage Saturday Oct 8
I was trying to conjure up those old B movie horror films with Dr Frankenstein yelling “IT’S ALIVE!” in faux German accent, but I can barely contain myself. Originally I was going to write an obituary, having initially been excited about the possibilities for the performing arts scene in Frederick with the Landless Theater moving into the old Hobbytown, a ginormous 12,000 sq ft space in east Frederick last summer. Then tragedy struck, hopeful revenue streams dried up and the newly dubbed East St Arts Center was set to go dark on Oct 1 (I wrote about the decision to close up shop in Western Machines here). Instead an 11th hour miracle: no moving out today! This happened late last night on Facebook:
The holidays come early for East Street Arts Center! Our landlord decided she wants to help us stick around, so we are in business through January and hopefully beyond! Time to start planning!