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We Banjo 3.

Forget music; it’s Leap Day!

Or, well, not today. But it is on Saturday. And because it only happens once every four years … well, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least acknowledge it. I mean, how else could we keep our calendar in alignment with this planet’s revolutions around the sun?

Plus there’s some neat Leap Day trivia floating out there. For one, according to the World Wide Internet, couples in Greece avoid getting married during a leap year (and even more so on a leap day) because they consider it bad luck. And for two — ready for this? — astrologers believe those who are born on Feb. 29 have unusual talents, and one of those talents is being able to successfully burp the alphabet.

So, thanks for that, www.livethejourney.co.

Anyway, we ought to be thankful for Leap Day this year because on it (which, for those keeping score, is Saturday), We Banjo 3 will be performing at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Now, I had the opportunity to speak with Enda Scahill, founder of the band, all the way back in 2016 when these guys came to Frederick for the Weinberg’s Americana Festival. Of the many things we discussed back then, one of the biggest things that stuck out to me was his assessment of his band’s crowds.

“We require one thing from our audiences: Let go and enjoy yourselves,” he told me. “To that end, all audiences are largely the same; they have come to be entertained. Our shows are energetic and uplifting, yet there are quieter, more sensitive aspects. We try to offer something for everyone there, to see people smile, laugh and even cry with us. Dancing, foot-stomping and clapping is highly encouraged.”

You hear that, friends? Get those feet ready if you’re heading to the Weinberg. Be it dancing or stomping, they’ll need to be in shape.

Elsewhere this Leap Day weekend, we have a super radical metal show going down at the Eagles Club, which is also slated for Saturday night. The four-band bill will feature Half Heard Voices, Hostile Array, Storms Of September and Tending To the Corpses. The last time I ran into Nick, he of Olde Mother fame (and also the drummer for Tending To the Corpses), he told me that the band has been progressing nicely and that their show has evolved over the months.

Thus it must be said: What better place to see if that holds true than at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Eagles Club? Especially considering the cost. Why? Because it’s free. So grab your boots, chains, vests, and earplugs (that room can get loud) and head down to the East Patrick Street venue to see what’s up.

Speaking of metal, Cafe 611 will be flipping the switch on the power buttons Sunday when it hosts Today Is The Day, The Obsessed, Galactic Cross, Marzy Maddox, Caustic Casanova and Cold Winter Sky. Not only does that promise to be a rollicking good time, but it also has an early start time, which is 6 p.m., and early start times are the best. If you miss it, you miss out.

And actually, speaking of Cafes, Cafe Nola will host daMOOD Friday night (that’s The Day Before Leap Day for those keeping score) at 9 p.m. Word is it’s been a year or two since the group has performed there, so you may want to see what those fine people have cooking up these days. A five-dollar bill will get you in the door, and if you’re lucky, you might see cupid.

Finally, as we often do in this space, we round things up with the cover bands. First, there is the Champion Billiards slate, which will feature the JJ Billings Band on Friday and Shake The Room on Saturday. Both shows start at 10 p.m. and both cost $5. Unfriended will then head to the back room at Olde Towne Tavern on Saturday and at the very least, you ought to find them running through a Killers cover at some point in the night. We know that’s gotta count for something. Closing things out? How about DeadEye Stare at Bushwaller’s on Saturday night, which is a show slated for a 9:30 p.m. start.

Now, did I miss anything? Of course I did. So, if you’d like to be included in next week’s roundup, email cmcguire@journal-news.net. In the meantime (and in between time), let’s open our arms, hearts and minds for the month of March, which always promises two things. One, that spring will soon be here, and two, we most definitely must be prepared for some type of unexpected snow storm.

Be safe. Be well.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic

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