I know what you’re thinking. It’s Thanksgiving. Black Friday madness is on its way (actually, at this point, Black Friday deals seem to begin sometime between the Fourth of July and Labor Day, but that’s another story). And Frosty Friday, Frederick’s downtown version of the event, holds a special place in all of our hears for one reason for another.
So, where does that leave music when it comes to the inevitable Thanksgiving hangover that oh, so many of us experience after the turkey has been refrigerated, the wine bottles have been thrown out and Creepy Uncle John can’t stop snoring on the couch? The answer is always tricky. Do you really want to travel into the madness known as “outside?” Or would you rather just cuddle up with a few blankets, endless Christmas movies and an Amazon account that’s about to get unreasonably active?
Well, in case your answer is the former, I’m here to remind you that yes, there are still entertainment options waiting for you — yes, you! — somewhere within the friendly confines of Frederick, Maryland.
Leading the way, of course, is the Eric Byrd Trio. Now, this isn’t your regular Eric Byrd Trio performance, mind you, which alone would be more than worth it to head outside for as your Frosty Friday winds down. Instead, this is a special performance, and for that, I will now head to our correspondent on the scene, otherwise known as “The Weinberg Website’s Blurb:”
“What has become an annual tradition in the DMV now comes to the Weinberg Center for the very first time,” the theater’s website reads. “For years now, Washington-native Eric Byrd has been performing the iconic soundtrack from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ with his trio at venues across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The show begins with a screening of the Peanuts holiday classic followed by a live performance of the Vince Guaraldi masterpiece score, complete with choral accompaniment during ‘Christmastime is Here.’”
And if you claim there’s a better way to celebrate the bridge between Thanksgiving and Christmas, then I’m going to claim you are a nincompoop.
Also this weekend, Chèvre, one Mr. John Lawton’s brainchild, will be heading to the Cafe Nola Stage with a contender for Best Band Name Of The Week: Yellow Tie Guy. For those who aren’t familiar with either Chèvre or Lawton … well, the guy has been a staple in Frederick’s music scene for an awfully long time dating back to his days with the dearly departed Signs Point East.
Plus, he’s a super nice guy and he works at Flying Dog. So, what’s there not to love? That radicalness will kick off around 10 p.m. Saturday night at Cafe Nola, which means you ought to have a full 24 hours of rest between the time the turkey settles in your belly and the time you need to get off the couch, put on a coat and head toward East Patrick Street.
You know you want to. You know you need to.
And then finally, there’s the sleeper hit of the week: Natalie Brooke and The Band. If you haven’t checked these guys out, you’re sorely missing out on some deliciously funky awesomeness that makes it impossible for anybody with two feet and a heartbeat to sit still. Ms. Brooke and her band of players will be taking the Olde Towne Tavern Designated Music Space Saturday at 10 p.m. Saturday night and you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to ring in December than to see what’s going down there.
Now, as I always ask, did I miss anything? Of course I did. So, if you’d like to be included in next week’s roundup, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime (and in between time), it’s already too late to begin your Christmas shopping, so get on out to support local businesses this weekend before ultimately grabbing that credit card for some Cyber Monday fun. Oh, holidays.
Be safe and be well.
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