Let me be the first to wish you (and you, and you, and you) a very happy Valentine’s Day.
The season of love is upon us. Buy your chocolate. Get your flowers. Cook that special dinner. Light some candles. Hold hands in the park. Celebrate going a week or two without arguing.
Or, hear me out, go see a show this weekend!
I say that because the slate for the next three days is pretty stacked and the last thing you want to do is gift someone a pair of socks and call it a day … right? Right. So, let’s get to it.
We’ll take things chronologically. Friday night, after you inevitably grab that cheesesteak at Cafe Nola and then head to Wag’s for their two-for-one happy hour, you’ll want to walk down the street to the Weinberg Center to check out JJ Grey & Mofro.
A “fusion of blues rock, funk, soul music and southern rock,” as the Weinberg’s website explains, JJ Grey & Mofro have visited Frederick before, namely when they performed as part of Flying Dog’s Summer Sessions concert series (oh, those were the days). And if only somebody, somewhere didn’t delete all the very hard work I put in for years under the Frederick Playlist umbrella, then I could quote an interview I conducted with the band’s namesake from around that time … but life.
I met a lot of people at that Flying Dog show who were JJ Grey fanatics, so if any of you are reading this, I hope you have a fabulous Valentine’s Day. If you aren’t familiar, fire up the YouTube and check out one of the best options for Valentine’s Day night in Frederick. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
If you aren’t into the large crowd thing, however, there is another fantastic option for Valentine’s Day night and that’s Adrienne Smith, she of The Dirty Middle fame. One of the most powerful voices in town, she’ll be bringing her blend of the blues to Tenth Ward Distilling and the cost is … well, there is no cost. It’s free. 8 p.m. is showtime there, and we all know that cocktails and the blues are two essential elements to a memorable Valentine’s Day.
Still, should you be waiting until Saturday to celebrate, there are at least two killer options out there. First is a sneaky-great show at the Eagles Club and it’ll feature Bruce Take Nap, Flo Petite and Sunniva. I pretty much love every person involved in this thing, but even if I hated them, there would be no denying the awesomeness of their music. So, check it out (darn it)! Things kick off at 7 p.m. and you won’t want to be late.
Little more than a stone’s throw away from the Eagles, of course, is Smoketown Creekside, and not only will Silent Old Mtns. be taking the brewery’s stage Saturday night, but they will be joined by the often illusive Tuff Junior, who will be bringing drummer extraordinaire Evan Owens with them. Halfway Old Indian reunion? Halfway Old Indian reunion. Five bucks will get you in the door and music begins at 8 p.m.
Then, finally, I know you love your cover bands, and there’s nary a better place to see them than Champion Billiards. This weekend is no exception as on Friday night, As If will plug in for their blend of nostalgic ‘90s neatness. Then on Saturday, The Reagan Years, perhaps the most popular cover band in all the land, will bring you some ‘80s love. Both shows begin at 10 p.m. and both shows will rawk with a “w.”
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), remember that those weird chalky hearts are never a good substitute for a real Valentine’s Day gift, so treat your partner right and grab that credit card, people! Gifts abound!
Be safe. Be well.
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