Luna will perform at tonight’s Alive @ Five.

With the fair over and In The Streets (also known as “the way you always pronounced it in the first place”) gone, the final weekend in September (and first weekend in fall) is upon us and musically, the season kicks off with some pretty strong options.

It begins tonight with the second to last Alive @ Five of the year. One of my favorite local singers, Luna, is bringing along The Starless Few to the Carroll Creek Amphitheater and if you’ve somehow been living under McCutcheons for the last five years, you can rest assured that your five bucks will be well worth the three hours she’s onstage.

Yet that’s only the beginning. Also on tap this weekend (see what I did there?!) is Oktoberfest, which is Frederick’s preeminent … well … Oktoberfest. That goes down at the fairgrounds Friday and Saturday and is highlighted by Triple Lindy performing at 6 p.m. Saturday night.

Oh, wait. What’s that? You have kids, but you still want to drink dark beer and participate in something called the Wolksmarch? Don’t worry because Mr. Jon, who probably … wait, definitely … still hates me from a review I wrote profiling one of his records years ago, will be offering not one but two — two! — sets in the kids zone. One begins at 2 p.m. while the other kicks off at 4:30. Yowie-wowie.

As for perhaps the most important show Frederick will see this weekend, that award goes to Sunday night, when Bob Marley’s band The Wailers takes the Weinberg Center stage. And while any day the Key City can host iconic reggae music from an iconic band is a good day, the opening act is what I have my eyes on: Stitch Early.

Indeed, Frederick’s most famous room for music is welcoming local talent onto its stage in the opening slot for a national act, a move we can only hope becomes a trend. Either way, the concert promises to be can’t-miss, even if the Ravens and Redskins lose earlier in the day.

“The Wailers should be a great show,” Executive Theater Manager John Healey told me in an email recently, “and one that is completely different from the night before.”

The night before, of course, is the Maryland Folk Festival, which will feature Livingston Taylor (James’ younger brother) in the headlining slot. Local performers Dry Town, The Hazards and Lea and Keith Koan will fill out the bill, which is organized by the fine people at Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprises, better known as F.A.M.E. to all us local folk (again … see what I did there?!).

Also worth considering this weekend is Moss French, otherwise known as Eric French, who will be bringing his one-man show to the Frederick Eagles Club at 7 p.m. Saturday night. You might know him from his songs featured on Tony Kornheiser’s podcast, or you also might know him because … well, everyone seems to know and like that dude. Open to all ages, the show is free.

And then there’s Cafe Nola, which will host two DJs on back-to-back nights. First up is DJ Two Teks, who will bring his Bang Bang party to the East Patrick Street spot on Friday before DJ Babylon hosts a Skate Night on Saturday. Both events begin around 10 p.m. — even though we all know how fashionable it is to be fashionably late.

Did I miss anything? Of course I did. If you’d like to be included in next week’s roundup, email For now, though, let’s pour one out for autumn, the most beautifully depressing season of them all.

Be safe. Be well.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic

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Livingston and James Taylor are brothers.

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