The truth is that the most marquee event going on this weekend, of course, is the 72 Film Fest, which will screen its entires at the Weinberg Center on both Friday and Saturday. Who made the bestest, craziest, awesomest film this side of Carroll Creek? Only this weekend can tell.
Even so, this space in this newspaper is reserved for music. So, for as much as I do love me some film, we gather here today to discuss what’s out there when it comes to what soothes our ears for the next few days. And perhaps the most soothing thing to some will come from Michelle and Jason Hannon of One Blue Night.
They are set to appear as a duo Saturday evening at the Eagles Club on Patrick Street. It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since we recorded an episode of Frederick One Take with the bluegrass/country music stalwarts (find it on the YouTube!). Back then, Michelle and Jason were joined by their band to perform a song I instantly fell in love with, “Another Round.”
“I tend to write drinking songs because I like to drink,” Michelle told me about the genesis of the track. “It just kind of came into my head one day. The first line, which is, ‘You didn’t only break my heart, you hurt my liver, too,’ I thought was clever and silly. I came down at 8 ‘o clock in the morning and wrote the whole thing.”
And with any luck, she, along with her husband, will perform it Saturday. The fun is set to begin around 7 p.m.
For those looking for a little more rock than the roll, however, Cafe Nola has such a treat for you on Friday. Atomic Mosquitos and Killers From Space will take the restaurant’s stage and it goes without saying that if you’re into the theremin, you’re going to be into Friday night.
My favorite Mosquitos memory comes in the form of June 11, 2016. That was the first installment of The Thing (R.I.P.), which also doubled as rock-blues trio Old Indian’s final show. Their headlining set went down at 200 East (R.I.P. again) and the three lads chose the Mosquitos as one of the two bands that opened for them. I had many a people ask about the surf-rock mainstays after their set that night, and to this day, people still bring up how great the Mosquitos sounded on that fateful evening.
Oh, the way it was.
Anyway, also plugging into downtown this weekend is a slew of bands that will melt the melt off your face. For The Fallen Dreams, Thousand Below, EastDear Park and Hostile Array will combine to showcase a whole boatload of fast kick drum patterns and crunchy guitars at Cafe 611 Thursday. Tickets for that are $15 and doors are scheduled to open at 7 p.m.
And then there’s the bastion of all things “aspiring musician,” the open mic. One of those will take place under the stars (providing it doesn’t rain, mind you) at Sky Stage Friday night at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by F.A.M.E. (that’s Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise, for those unfamiliar) and admission is free.
See: And you thought it was a lost weekend for music, what with the 72 Film Festi as well as last week’s and next week’s jam-packed slate. But alas, there are no lost weekends of music here in Frederick, so get up, get out, and support something. Now, 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. The heart of autumn, here we come.
Be safe. Be well.
Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.