While this isn’t the week I’m contractually obligated to say something like “Happy Halloween!” — that comes next week, when, you know, it’s actually Halloween — this is the weekend that most venues in Frederick are celebrating the ghoul-tastic holiday. And so, as someone profound once said, attention must be paid.
The main event of sorts comes in the form of The Fun Boys. Having held the Halloween show tradition in town the last few years (originally alongside the dearly departed Cheshi), they are bringing their blend of fun, fun and … more fun to Cafe Nola Saturday night.
Now, when I ran into singer Sam Whalen a few weeks ago downtown, he was quick to mention the show, ensuring me that there were some special plans the band has in mind for it. Naturally, when I asked him to elaborate, he was coy, but even so: If there’s one thing that can be promised from a Fun Boys concert, it’s certainly a penchant for specialness. That said, you’ll want to put on your best Silent Old Mtns. costume and head to Nola for the fun, which is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
Also in the category of spook-centric gatherings, The Reagan Years will headline Champion Billiards’ 15th installment of its Halloween Bash at 10 p.m Saturday night. Adding intrigue to the proceedings will be what Champions calls Frederick’s largest costume contest during which prizes will be handed out for first, second and third places. Again. Don’t forget your best Silent Old Mtns. outfit.
Moving away from the ghosts and goblins, the Weinberg is hosting a fairly compelling concert Friday night as it welcomes in something called The Doo Wop Project. Now, I know what you’re wondering: What exactly is The Doo Wop Project? Well let’s take it straight from the Weinberg’s website:
“The Doo Wop Project starts at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today.”
Fair enough. For those interested, there are also two videos posted on the theater’s website along with the aforementioned description, and let’s just say, if you have a hankering for some “Grease Lightning,” this might just be the show for you.
And then finally, there’s the voice that completely caught me off guard in 2018, and that’s the voice of Hagerstown singer Flo Petite. She’ll be taking the Designated Music Space at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Eagles Club. That show, as is all the other shows at the place, are all ages and free of charge.
If you remember, her tune “AND” landed at the top of my best-of list last year when it came to local songs. Naturally, that track came off my favorite EP of the year as well, her “Soft Wrinkled Feelings.” Long story short: This isn’t something you want to miss. Word has it she’s been working on new material, and if it’s anything like her debut set, Saturday night ought to be one to remember.
So, as I say each week, 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. Now get to work on that Silent Old Mtns. costume!
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