Sure, officially, it might be the second weekend in 2020, but in reality … doesn’t it feel like the first?
I mean, with the weird placement of Christmas and New Year’s on a Wednesday this time around, our weeks have been broken up and our work schedules have shuffled between “start” and “stop” for what feels like months now (newsflash: it was only two weeks).
Still, as we do our best to get back into the swing of normality, may you have no fear as music in and around Frederick kicks back into gear (see what I did there?!). First up on this weekend’s slate is one of Frederick’s most beloved unofficial musical traditions, a performance from The Beatles.
Or, well, something like that.
1964, one of the most popular Beatles tribute acts touring the States, will return to the Weinberg at 8 p.m. Friday. It was all but six years ago when Mark Benson, the group’s version of John Lennon, told me how unexpected his tribute act’s journey has been.
“We never, ever, ever intended it to be full-time,” Benson told me. “We were all musicians beforehand, moving away from popular music, and thought this would be a fun thing to do. By the second year, we were doing it full-time. We thought it would be a Baby Boomer thing, but then colleges across America started booking us for eight or nine years. There’s no demographic not included at our concerts. It’s almost bizarre to see three generations of families out there, staring back at us.”
Will you be among the families staring back at the Ohio-based quartet this weekend? If so, be ready for an 8 p.m. start time. As it typically goes, the show is close to selling out, so if you don’t have tickets yet, it might be a good idea to remedy that sooner than later.
Elsewhere this weekend, Cafe Nola is playing host to two compelling shows Friday and Saturday nights.
First, The Keymakers will take the Designated Music Space, and that’s intriguing because … well, because The Keymakers themselves are intriguing. Consisting of brothers Rome and Red, they combine to create a signature blend of pop R&B that involves everything from live instrumentation to samples to some silky smooth vocals that deserve to be heard by the masses.
Perhaps that’s why, then, their music has been played more than one million times on Spotify. See it for yourselves at Nola on Friday at 10 p.m. and then, turn right back around Saturday night to reserve a spot at the same place for Dumb Valley, Miss Lonelyheart and Middle Kid, who will combine for what has to be Frederick’s best rock show of the decade (so far). Two of those three (Dumb Valley and Middle Kid) landed on my best-of list for 2019 and considering how Miss Lonelyheart is hard at work on another record, don’t be surprised if they land on the same list at the end of 2020.
And as if those options aren’t enough, we have at least two more that ought to turn your head. First, there’s Diane Bunch, who is the next artist up for Tenth Ward Distilling’s Free Music at the Cocktail Lab series. The fun begins there at 8 p.m. Friday and if you like some acoustic guitar with your Caraway Rye, that’s obviously the place for you.
Then, finally, on Saturday night at 10 p.m., local cover band Katanga! will undoubtedly fill the back room at Olde Towne Tavern. They’ve been around for a little while and they sure seem to be adored by the masses. Expect the rock. Expect the fun.
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. In the meantime (and in between time), settle into the beginning of the dog days of winter, where the snow is always a possibility and the spring feels like it’s eons away.
Be safe. Be well.
Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.