By far the most notable music thing going on in Frederick this weekend is something that’s actually going on all weekend: the Shadow Frost Music and Arts Festival.

The time? 4 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. The place? How about The Clarion Inn and its event center. The price? $30 for Friday, $60 for Saturday and $89 for a weekend pass. The bands? Well, it’s quite the list, but headlining the proceedings will be Vastum, Deceased and Darsombra, along with acts like Barishi, Magic Circle, Volur and Yatra, among many others.

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to speak with Mary Spiro, who is not only putting on this event, but also heads up the Shadow Woods Metal Fest each summer. She explained to me that the idea for Shadow Frost came in part from the response she received regarding the festival’s summertime companion.

“A lot of people don’t necessarily like camping,” she said, “so I thought, how can I recreate that togetherness vibe indoors where people can sleep in regular beds? This is sort of an experiment. I’ve never done anything in a hotel before, but The Clarion Inn seemed to be really a good host for the steampunk festival. We are basically taking it over — nobody else is staying in (the) hotel other than us. It’s a nice setup for people to feel like they can just park (their) car on Friday and party all weekend and not have to think about going anywhere else.”

She later added that she would like to see a large crowd, but she is already happy with the interest shown so far.

“I’d love to see 200 people through the door,” she said. “But I’m not thinking of it in terms of that. I feel like it’s successful at this point because I’m happy with the lineup and tickets are selling every day. I hope more people come, but this is the first time we’ve done, it so I don’t know what to expect.”

The festival will be an all-ages event and underage tickets will be available at the door for those accompanied by a paid parent. Kids under the age of 5 will get in for free. For more information on all of it, check out

Still, for those who might be out toward the mall, taking a gander at I-270, looking for some music but not quite being up for a metal festival … well, there’s always The Amish Outlaws, who will be bringing their fun-loving schtick back to Champion Billiards on Friday night. Perhaps you want to combine the two? You know — a little metal on Friday and cover band debauchery on Saturday? If so, Drunk Naked Pirates will be taking the Champion stage Saturday, and as always, both Champion shows begin at 10 p.m.

Also this weekend, there’s an inventive event coming to Cafe Nola and … well, let’s just allow the Facebook event to do some explaining for us:

“If you ever wanted to play your favorite Tony Hawk games with their badass soundtracks being played live in the background, you’re in luck!”

That’s right. Not only is there going to be a Tony Hawk Pro Skate tournament at Cafe Nola Saturday night, but FATO The Band is going to be playing songs from all the Tony Hawk games live and in color. To sweeten the pot, the event also claims that “cameos from members of your favorite local bands” will also go down.

So, really: What’s there not to love? So grab that Playstation 1 controller and head down for the 9 p.m. start.

Finally, there are two more things we’d be remiss for not mentioning. The first is John Lawton, he of Chèvre fame, who will perform at the Hometown Harvest Kitchen at 6 p.m. on Saturday. And then Marshall Fuzz, who is becoming one of Frederick’s most beloved bands, will plug into the Designated Music Space at Olde Towne Tavern at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Now, did I miss anything? Of course I did. So, if you’d like to be included in next week’s roundup, email In the meantime (and in between time), remember that February has an extra day this year, so as you continue to recuperate from that Valentine’s Day hangover, just know that St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it — even if we have to go through an extra day to get there.

Be safe. Be well.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic

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