Wow! New Spire Stages’ space feels incredible with a stage and open floor with seats on each side of the room. There was audible amazement as the lights dimmed before Flying Jacob began their set Saturday, especially from Sam Whalen (who’s slated to play Stages June 22 with The Fun Boys for the second Frederick Jams event). The show itself seemed to have a really great turnout with lots of the crowd commenting on how great the space was, its location, etc. I can’t express enough how important it is to go to these Frederick Jams events. Having experienced so much in the music scene over the past few years, Stages has serious potential to bring some serious musical acts into town. Walking into the room on Saturday night left me in awe of having a space for shows like the one you’re about to read about. So please, support the other Frederick Jams concerts (June 22 and July 27) and thank Kaitlyn Makers for putting an endless amount of effort, time and dedication into a possibly huge change for the Frederick music scene.

WVUNDER (Frederick)

A band that never saw themselves ever playing another show put on an amazing performance for locals, out of towners (someone drove 13 hours) and all those alike. Pop punk, alt rock and emo punk mesh flawlessly. Formulaic songs with rocking riffs, steady drums and direct high pitched (sometimes screamy) lead vocals with prowess — the backup vocals add extra intensity. It’s cool to see a band like this have it’s time to shine again. They’re a Frederick band that was just before I started to find out about local music.

Take Care (Frederick)

The band’s final show. Emo/pop-punk that hits hard instrumentally and through dejected lyrics and singing. Speed is their greatest asset as the band drives ahead with no intention of slowing down, which maintains the high energy. The group threw in a fun cover of Sum 41’s “Fat Lip” which engaged the crowd in a throwback singalong. The force of Take Care’s music had the crowd getting close to the stage and banging their heads. The band’s spirited stage presence made the music even more impactful.

Blue Heaven (Frederick, soon to be in Austin,Texas)

The ultimate dancey indie band with dashes of emo, shoegaze and a pop sensibility. The guitars drenched in reverb and chorus effects always cause you to dive deep into another divine dimension. The band’s on stage motions follow the jolting bass lines and drumbeats. The broad singing voice displays a rich range of reminiscing. This time they did a lovely cover of Modern English’s “Melt With You.” We’ll miss this amazing Frederick band as they move to Texas and try to take the next step with their music.

Flying Jacob (Baltimore)

Upbeat rock (alternative, emo — a bit punky) with soulful female vocals full of power/depth and angst, guitar with a layered clean overdrive tone, a rhythm section that keeps the music constantly pulsating and killer keyboard to top it all off. The band has an amazing musical chemistry. Singer Kaytlin Medley dominates the stage with natural charisma and high energy, moving to the music as if it emotionally consumes her. The rest of the band holds down an incredibly diverse pattern of musical ideas. Check out their song “To Our Corporate Fathers” for the ultimate anthem to all young workers dealing with minimum wage, two jobs and long hours.

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