‘Twas the night before Christmas … or something like that.
Welcome to the final weekend roundup of the year! With less than seven days before Santa squeezes his way down the chimney, I know exactly what you’re thinking: How can I pass the time quickly enough to ensure that Christmas will be here before you can say “reindeer?” Thankfully, I have an answer.
Attend these shows!
First up, we have the final event of 2019 at the Eagles Club. Emerging as one of the go-to places for live musical entertainment in town, that place is going to host Retro/Ricole as he embarks on the third installment of his Decades series.
Wait. You’re wondering what the Decades series is, right? Well, for those uninitiated, it’s a block of time during which the DJ himself spins songs from specific decades during specific hours. For instance, the first hour, you’ll hear only music from the 1970s. The second hour? The 1980s. And so on, and so forth.
Adding a wrinkle into things, however, is that because it’s the holiday season, Ricole is making this installment “The Noel Edition.” As for what exactly that means … well, you’ll have to show up and find out for yourself. Bonus points if you wear a Santa hat. The day is Saturday. The time is 7 p.m. Be there, or expect coal in your stocking.
Elsewhere, Cafe Nola is set to host two pretty great shows back to back on Friday and Saturday. First, on Friday, there’s Eyebawl, Sprouts, Winnebago Vacation and Gloop, who will be taking the Designated Music Space at about 10 p.m. Friday. For those who may not recall, I wrote about “Your Heart Claps For Me,” a song from Gloop’s most recent LP, “Smiling Lines,” only a handful of weeks ago.
As I said then, the song marked the sound of a band ready for its next chapter, and as you’ll see if you head down to Nola, the writing of that chapter is well underway. I promise that of all the things going down this weekend in Frederick, that’s the show that actually has the ability to rock the jingle right off those bells.
Then, ironically enough, another band with a song I reviewed earlier this year, Sunniva, will be leading the charge Saturday night at Cafe Nola when they plug in along with Color Machine and Baltimore’s Ozmo. I had the pleasure of catching up with Danniel Knight, Sunniva’s lead singer, not too long ago, and outside of some great conversation about the soon-to-be-closed Area 31, the exchange also reminded me that his band is perhaps better than it’s ever been, so this isn’t a show you’re going to want to miss.
(And, if the rumor and innuendo are true, you might want to enjoy music at Cafe Nola while you can, as I’ve heard the place is looking to cut back on its musical offerings once the new year begins).
Finally, two other things come to mind. The first is Tenth Ward’s Friday Night Live series, which this week welcomes Josh Crews to acoustic-rock out. That’s set for 8 p.m. Friday and if you dig spirits and songwriters, that’s the place for you. The second option? Well, how about “A Christmas Carol,” which the Weinberg will host all weekend, with both afternoon and evening performances.
Because what’s Christmas without a little Ebenezer Scrooge, you know?
So. Did I miss anything? Of course I did. That said, if you’d like to be included in the next roundup, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime (and in between time), stay safe out there. The holidays can take a toll on us sensitive souls, so try and be kind as much as possible. Also, don’t forget to use packing tape. That stuff’s for real.
Be well, and to all a good night.
Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.