Listen, I know I’ve been neglectful (not updating often) but my new mantra is quality, not quantity. Still, since the WesternMachines/Skystage/Thing show May20th (so glad you came / sorry if u didn’t go), plenty of great shows have come & gone. Good shit happening in the film scene as well, including the F3 Pride Film Fest (which I covered in the FNP earlier in June, shameless plug). But seeing as I’m typing simultaneously whilest biking thru the city, wobbly & avoiding near death collisions – no more apologies – this post be real short.
First: let’s fill you in on cool shows happening + great events as too much good shit is happening this weekend (I’m trademarking that last fragment, get yr fucking hands off that Flying Dog. ’cause I know where u live).
Rozwell Kid – album release show with Gloop at SLAYGROUND Friday June 22 / 7:30-11pm
WHAT A COUP…can I tell you how incredible this is? West Virgina’s Rozwell Kid, newly signed to California indie label SideOneDummy and blowing the bejezus up – are launching their US tour with a album release show at…wait for it… the Frederick house venue known as the Slayground. The DIY venue is relatively new, and out of total respect for the occupants, I’ll set the tone: if you go, do not act like a bona fide asshole. I’ll let you figure out how to interpret and process that. You still in? To get the address, go to this link and make contact. Suggested $5 donation. Self described as ‘noisy grunge junk’ from Frederick, Gloop is also on the bill – and if you know your WesternMachines history, Gloop and their show at the JunkDrawer was (I think) the 2nd or 3rd WesternMachines post ever when it launched last summer. So that show, which included Cheshi, had to end prematurely when the cops was called to the makeshift storage space/outdoor venue, but it would end happily when the show moved over to Knights Castle –house venue to the rescue! Back to Rozwell Kid, they’re about to go on a pretty sizable US tour (including a stop at Omaha’s Slowdown -run by Saddle Creek Records), and going coast to coast. If you missed them at 200 East Art Haus (like the very first show at 200 East in 2015 and very last official show there last month), this intimate house setting is going to be radical.
Travelin’ Appalachians Revue @Area31 / 7-11pm
now goddammit – why are all the good shows packed on the same weekend, on the same day ?!? From their FB events page:
Hello, Frederick. This show is real special for us, it marks our first steps with this project outside the state of West Virginia. We can’t wait to celebrate that milestone with you. ~Celebrate~ being the key word here- that’s the whole purpose of this show.
In case you’re not familiar with The Travelin’ Appalachians Revue, we are an annual mobile arts and culture festival, featuring a showcase of Appalachian writers, musicians, and artists. This is our THIRD ANNUAL year, and like I said, this is our FIRST time outside West Virginia. RAD!
Hope you can join us at the Area 31. The show kicks off at 7pm. Entry is free, but we ask you to considering donating what you can at the door so we can give all these talented folks a little cashola for their hard work.
That said, we will NEVER turn anyone away who can’t afford it!
Again, this show starts at 7pm and it is ALL AGES.
This gig is doubly unique because we will be featuring a film screening by Frederick filmmaker Samuel Tressler IV
~AS WELL AS~
A very special one-time-only ACOUSTIC set from Cheshi
and more musicians and writers from WV are on this bill. Transmorgrify yourself and attend both events – it’s like the best of WV has descended onto Frederick on Friday.
But I must let loose more foul language ($*%#*&%^#@^%*$^!) as the Frederick Film Festival returns this year (now rebranded as Frederick Film & Music Fest) and opening night is…you guessed it : fucking Friday.
The Film Fest spans from Friday’s opening at the Weinberg to Saturday – with the 2nd day spread out across several venues. Me, if I can’t transmorgrify, will likely check out some documentaries on Syrian refugees on Saturday at the Deleplaine. Check out the full event schedule here. And do check out Imade Borha’s FNP article about some of the highlights to possibly see at the film festival.
What is a music and film aficionado to do? Keep transmorgriying, Calvin & Hobbes style.
- If there are three of me, one can go to the Slayground
- another to Area 31
- and the third to the Weinberg for F3’s opening night
Maryland Doom Fest returns this weekend as well – adding to Friday night’s troubles of splitting several ways, but Saturday and Sunday night offers options to attend as well. Wander to the ‘ass end of North Market st’ and it’s there at Cafe 611 you’ll find these excellent regional and national metal acts that range in scope and subgenres.
I’ll update soon on the high Priestess of all things Metal in Frederick, Caroline Wexler with her pick of not-to-be-missed bands for the festival:
Faith in Jane
Serpents of Secrecy
Here’s more from Caroline: “…each day this year is packed with a bunch of amazing bands, so you could really show up at any time and the quality of music you’d be seeing would be off the charts. And the headliners this year are nuts. Captain Beyond is a 70s rock group that hasn’t released and album since 1977 and they’re releasing one this year…like big time rockstar types. Honestly the quality of Doom Fest has always been of such a high caliber, right from the first one they did a few years ago. Never been disappointed by this festival.”
Hella endorsement. So…I’m splitting up 4 ways on Friday now…
But during the day Saturday, I don’t have to split myself up as one event takes over part of the city during the day: the 2017 Frederick Pride Fest. Head over to Carrol Creek Linear Park beginning at 11am and celebrate LGBTQ pride & culture -and give a middle finger to trump and his bigoted agenda that reversed Obama’s school policy on transgender students. For last min schedule updates, check the FB page.
I’ll try to update tomorrow or sometime this weekend as there’s tons to talk about – I haven’t even discussed Subversive Zine issue #2 now out at yr favorite subversive joint in the city (issue #3 coming out in…July?), and a brand new article I wrote for the FNP that came out today discussing the potential for the New Spire Spaces (formerly the Artomatic building on church st) to be a catalyst for the Frederick music/film/art scene. Could that (or it’s sister venue, New Spire Stage, set to open next year) finally be the [permanent. read: not temporary] mid-size venue we’ve all been praying to jeebus for? Check that here. Some super awesome voices weigh in, including Ashli Cheshire of Cheshi, Alexa Johnson -who started the SQUAT, the DIY house venue that started last year (but SQUAT’s lease ending in August), and Ryan Nicholson from Heavy Lights. There’s also the matter of underground hip hop artist J Berd who’s going to be playing with RZA in Montreal later in early fall – yes RZA – downright exciting. No press has covered the fact he opened for Redman and Method Man in Pittsburg last month. J Berd, with the Makeshift Crew put out a new mixtape that’s dope af, check it here:
We’ll talk more about J soon.
After the weekend —keep a look out for :
Monday June 26 at Skystage is Cinemonday’s screening of Watership Down Hell to the yes!
Tuesday June 27 New Spire Spaces Open House (see above and/or here)
Kid got to be picked up from summer camp, gots to go before CPS is called on my ass. Culture up. Fuck trump and fuck fascism. Peace Love and Resistance.