Welcome to the final weekend before Thanksgiving. Now, with it being such an occasion, you know what that means: This is the final opportunity for us to take a look at that fabulously tacky extravaganza called “Drinksgiving,” which to most, is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
And we’ll get to that in a second. But first, this weekend. Leading the way is one of Frederick’s most celebrated original indie rock acts, Middle Kid, who are releasing their brand-spankin’-new LP, “Queen Of Rockledge.” Now, if you remember, I wrote about the title track a few weeks ago on these very pages. It was good. Darn good, in fact. And the rest of the record is just as promising as the lead single.
So, in short, go listen to it. Duh.
Anyway, the show is going down Friday at the Eagles Club on Patrick Street. Joining the band on the bill will be Boat Water and Flooring, who both know how to rock and roll. As always at the Eagles, the fun begins at 7 p.m. and there is no cover charge. That in mind, be sure to save some pennies to purchase the new Middle Kid merch! Because if you can’t support local artists, who can you support?
“We’re hoping to get as many people out as we possibly can to celebrate the release of ‘Queen Of Rockledge’ and this may be one of the only times you can catch us playing the record in its entirety,” lead singer and Middle Kid mastermind Zack Willis told me last week. “There’s no cover charge and it’s all ages because we want it to be as inclusive as possible, so there are a million great reasons to come through.”
Elsewhere this weekend, Diane Bunch (not to be confused with Diane Birch, who you might recognize from sharing the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Nick Jonas) is going to step up at Tenth Ward Distilling’s Friday Night Live series, which is set to kick off at 8 p.m. Friday. The fine people at Tenth Ward have been doing a great job getting their music efforts off the ground, so cozy up with a cocktail and get on down there.
And then there are back-to-back shows at the Weinberg that ought to turn your head. It begins Saturday night with the creatively named “Classic Albums Live” collective re-creating the Doors’ classic set, “L.A. Woman.” Those guys always know what they’re doing, so if you fancy yourself a Doors fan on any level, that’s going to fall in the can’t-miss category.
The next day, then, the theater will turn around and host Mandolin Orange, who happened to perform on “The Today Show” last week. Now, for those who aren’t familiar with Mandolin Orange … well, first, shame on you, and second, check out the description that the Weinberg’s website has for the duo: “Their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz have built a steady and growing fan base with this kind of intimacy, and on their newest album, ‘Tides of A Teardrop,’ it is more potent than ever.”
Tickets for that show range from $30 to $50 and the music is set to begin at 8 p.m.
Now, with all of that out of the way, I thought I’d give you two more bonus picks for the aforementioned “Drinksgiving” (again with with the tacky name!). First up is Jack Funk, who recently underwent some lineup changes and will release a brand new EP at Olde Towne Tavern on Wednesday while also playing host to D.C.’s Surprise Attack, who will open the show. That promises to be a funkin’ good time (see what I did there?!) and if you must partake in “Drinksgiving” festivities, why not do it with some funk?
Conversely, the other extravaganza on my mind will be the Original Booze Brothers, who will take the upstairs stage at the Eagles Club on Wednesday night as well. Making things more festive for the occasion will be a food drive the band hopes to put together for the event. So, don’t leave home without a canned good, or else … or else … well, I don’t know.
I mean, come on. It’s the season of giving, people. You know what to do.
And speaking of as much, did I miss anything? Of course I did. So, if you’d like to be included in next week’s roundup, email email@example.com. In the meantime (and in between time), head out to your nearest turkey store to stock up on all the Thanksgiving staples. It being only one week away, you wouldn’t want to procrastinate any longer, now would you?
Be safe and be well.
Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.