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
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!
“Friday I’m in love…” What- I didn’t see you there – damn, -you caught me singing 90’s Robert Smith – there’s just no damn privacy here in cyberspace. Where was I? Yes, late late post to remind everyone in/around Frederick that there’s 2 not to be missed shows this evening – actually in just a few short hours. But first, a question: anybody go to the Future Sounds show at Cafe Nola? They had a neat lineup pairing vox talent with turntablists… Continue reading Middle Kid house show / Heavy Lights last show(?)