The Original Booze Brothers

At the Original Booze Brothers’ core are two prominent longtime musicians in the Frederick area: Fred Humbert and Lee Radcliffe. If you scour their Facebook page you’ll see that they’ve been involved in the Frederick music scene for many years and even owned and operated the first downtown Frederick bar to host live music. They founded their Blues Brothers inspired act in 1978.

The band’s show on Friday night featured many blues classics that got the crowd dancing and jiving. Each band member is tight and concise, as you’d expect from musicians who have years of experience playing. Felt-out guitar solos, a steady rhythm section and vocal participation from the whole band are what makes the band excel and succeed in being a truly entertaining live act.

Cathy Ponton King

Incredible blues show with musicians at the top of their game. King’s voice is full of soul and appreciation/admiration toward the blues legends she covers and her band is beyond experienced and versatile (almost all the members had a song their singing was featured in). Curtis Pope, who was part of Wilson Pickett’s band The Midnight Movers delivered phenomenal trumpet as well as a song where he provided passionate vocals.

Sweet Something

Incredible four piece band that delivers the perfect retro blend of light jazz. The group provides subtle vocals with insane control and beautiful emotion/soul, dynamic stand-up bass, laid-back in the pocket drums and perfectly executed keyboard. The crowd is impressed and dazzled by each instrument’s solo sections and captivated by singer Ariana Harbin who encourages them to clap after each solo. Harbin’s giggly persona is intoxicating as she says to the crowd, “I can be at your wedding. Well, the band can perform at your wedding. I’m single too so I guess we could get married. I don’t bite ... often.” My favorite performance was their rendition of “Ain’t Misbehavin’ (I’m Savin’ My Love for You).”

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