Why, hello there, December. And hello there, holidays.
Leading the way for this first official weekend of the final month of 2019 (as well as the final month of the decade!) is what’s going down at Olde Mother Brewing up on North Market Street. And what’s going on at Olde Mother? Well, that would be the long-awaited release of the second full-length album from local favorites Silent Old Mtns.
Indeed, they are set to commemorate the release of “Gary” with an 8 p.m. concert at the brewery on Friday, which is quickly becoming one of the coolest music spaces in the city. Making matters even more enticing is that party-band favs DaMood will kick things off with an opening set that promises to make you both sweat and dance.
I was able to sit down with Mtns. leader Andrew Bromhal a couple weeks ago for a long, sprawling conversation regarding Frederick’s music scene. It was only a few days later that we exchanged a couple emails, one of which described how the name for their new LP, “Gary,” was birthed.
“Derek [Salazar] recorded some of the record at Pat’s grandfather’s house,” he told me, referring to his band’s drummer, Pat Acuna. “Pat’s grandfather, Gary, passed away soon after tracking wrapped. He’s who’s on the album cover. Derek mixed the album, and TW Walsh mastered it. TW has mastered some of my all time favorite albums, so I really wanted him to work on this.”
Expect to hear the album in full at Olde Mother on Friday. And as I wrote a couple months ago about “People,” the band’s first single off the new album, if you dig yourself some Coldplay, you’re definitely going to dig this.
Elsewhere over the next three days, Tenth Ward continues its Friday Night Live series with Luna as she takes the distillery’s Designated Music Space. She’s always been one of my all-time favorites to come from the strange world known as the Frederick Music Scene, so if you’re in the mood for some exotic cocktails and a low-key, relaxingly fun night, that’s probably going to be the place at which you want to be.
And as if those two things don’t have your mouth watering and your eyebrows perked, Cafe Nola has a back-to-back slate of music this weekend that serves as one of the best early Christmas gifts Frederick could give. On Friday night, Little River Creek Police, Limousine Beach and … wait for it … wait for it … Tuff Junior are going rock the night away.
This matters, why? Because word has it that Evan Owens will be sitting in on drums for Tuff Junior’s set. And that matters, why? Because the lead singer/guitarist of the band is Cory Springirth. And that matters, why? Because that’s two-thirds of the dearly departed, often imitated but never duplicated Old Indian. So to those looking for a potential reunion from the blues rockers someday … well, this might be the closest we ever get to that, so head on out to see it.
Then, there’s Saturday. Taking Nola’s stage will be The Dirty Middle, who I had the chance to check out only a few weeks ago when they played alongside Flo Petite. Sounding better than I’ve ever heard them sound, the band has taken their blend of the blues to the next level, complete with a killer Alabama Shakes cover that everyone in Frederick needs to see at least once. Both shows are slated to begin at 10 p.m. and as we like to say every so often in this space, no, you won’t want to miss it.
But alas, 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), you have about three weeks to get your holiday shopping done. So, what are you doing reading this silliness? Beats me. Get up, get out and get people stuff. Because that’s what we all need, right? More stuff.
Be safe. Be well.
Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.