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:
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!
One alternative performing arts center comes alive; another alt venue starts winding down to a magnificent death – using artistic license to say the place is going dark. Birth / death, cycles within the Frederick performing arts scene all happening in the span of a day. Let’s start first with Landless’ Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, which looks like a hilarious take on the teen angst of the Peanuts gang following the death of Snoopy. From what I can tell, tonight (Sept 17th show) looks like the last hurrah event for the short lived East St Arts Center, the new-ish name for the space the Landless Theater has occupied since late June. Continue reading Skystage opens today + Landless Theater’s last stand at East St Arts Center
Lots happening this weekend in Frederick including the In the Streets festival on Saturday -why don’t we start there with this update: Heavy Lights -who was listed in Thursday’s FNP to play the annual festival at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater – are not playing on Saturday. The band had contacted In the Streets a while back that they would not be able to play, given Brian Weakly and Derek Salazar have moved (or at least are in process of moving) from Maryland. That word apparently didn’t reach the FNP in time as their Thursday 72 Hr edition still listed HL playing in the afternoon right after Cheshi’s set… Continue reading Middle Kid EP show + Weekend of Cheshi + LEDA Kickstarter launch
I hate to merge these two topics, one is incredibly positive news about Frederick indie rockers Middle Kid and their much anticipated & brilliant album release today for the public to wraps its ear around – the other a huge bummer, the brand new East Street Arts Center about to financially wipe out and go dark. The two do have something in common: Middle Kid is hosting a fabulous EP release show at the East End Theater on September 11, along with Bested, Tina and Cheshi! Very killer lineup. One more in the positive category: this art show is opening today at Artist Angle sort of beneath Gravel & Grind. Another? Luna and Goodloe Byron art at the Park. More on all that after the jump… Continue reading East Street Arts Center (aka Landless) about to go under + Middle Kid EP release!