Crooked Hills

Crooked Hills will perform at Cafe Nola Friday night and it will also be the final Frederick performance featuring their drummer, Marcus Collins, second from left.

“Hey brother. Where ya going?”

So go the words of Crooked Hills singer Brett Putz on his band’s “Shadow In The West Woods.” And in the case of his band’s Friday night show at Cafe Nola, the answer to that question will be west. Very, very west.

Indeed, the hard rock act will say goodbye to their drummer, Marcus Collins, who from what I understand, will be moving to Colorado following this weekend’s rock and roll show. Now, while I’m not the only one who will be sad to see him go, I may just be the only one who worships at the altar of his drumming.

OK, perhaps that’s too strong a phrase, but in all honesty, Crooked Hills’ debut LP, which came out a couple years ago, features a master class in drums from Collins and in all my time writing about music in this town, it’s truly some of the most impressive stick work I’ve heard on a record from ‘round these parts.

This is all to say … well, go give the guy a hug! Tell him you love him. Maybe even throw him a 20 for gas. Either way, the show promises to be one of the most memorable of the year in Frederick, if only because of how crazy-entertaining Putz can be on stage.

Or, well, that and because of one of the sneaky-can’t-miss things going down this weekend that also happens to be part of the Nola show: Tending To The Corpses.

Who is Tending To The Corpses? Tending To The Corpses is a band that will melt your face. It’s really that simple. More intriguingly, though, it also features Nick Wilson on drums.

And who is Nick Wilson?

He co-owns Olde Mother Brewing! Duh!

Anyway, it wasn’t long ago when I was fortunate enough to share a beer or three with him while sitting on the Olde Mother couch, talking for a couple hours about the whole music thing, and rest assured, much like he does with beer, Nick takes a super precise, and super serious approach to performing. So, no. You won’t want to miss it.

Also this weekend, some great news continues to emanate from the Weinberg Center for the second weekend in a row, a bonafide local artist will open for a bonafide national artist. The Unconditional Lovers, led by Frederick singer/songwriter Katie Powderly, will fill the opening slot for The Steel Wheels, one of the best Americana groups you could hope to see live.

“We will be booking a lot for the spring,” Katie said recently on an episode of Make ’N’ Music’s Local Live web series, during which she also performed her song “Beneath Blue Light.”

“But in the interim, we’ve been hunkered down, secretly quietly working on stuff, and when the new album comes out, we’ll be sharing it with everyone,” she continued.

Translation? This is most likely the last time anyone will see The Unconditional Lovers on stage this year, so be sure to head to the Weinberg Saturday night with your folk-rock shoes on.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the return of something I’ve been wanting to see back in Frederick for quite some time: the last Saturday’s hip-hop series that used to be led in part by J Berd. For those who remember the Church Street Pub staple, this is the part where you should smile.

As for what’s happening this weekend ... well, change “last” to “first” and what you have is a revival of the series with a new home, in this instance, the Frederick Eagles Club. Among the first installment back, you’ll find performances from Jon Daily, J Berd, Ull Neva No, Space Man and Draid Vicious. The fun starts at 7 p.m. You bring the hugs. They’ll bring the rhymes.

Now, if none of those suggestions strike your fancy, there are a few other things you ought not forget — assuming it doesn’t rain, of course. One is the final installment of Alive @ Five, which goes down Thursday. The Hayley Fahey Band will help you sway to the wind as they conclude the Carroll Creek Amphitheater’s most popular series each summer. And the other is Sky Stage, where Jack Funk, Wild Bay, Radii and Box Era will make the toes tap and the arms swing.

With the calendar turned to October, you won’t have many opportunities to see live music outside this year, so choose your nights wisely, friends. In the meantime, though, I must ask: Did I miss anything? Of course I did. So, if you’d like to be included in next week’s roundup, email For now, let’s get to work on those Halloween costumes.

As always, be safe. Be well.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic

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