Welcome to the middle of January, which is kind of like saying, “Welcome to the middle of despair.” No, but really: When was the last time you heard anybody say, “I really can’t wait for the middle of January! You know, because it has things like ‘cold weather,’ ‘little daylight’ and ‘no end in sight!’”?
The answer is never. Because people don’t say those things.
Even so, we have a killer package of music set to go down around Frederick this weekend, and it’s all centered around the Let There Be Rock School, which is celebrating 10 years in the game at Olde Mother Brewing. As a result, the evening will feature performances from a very large array of artists, including Half Heard Voices, Jayme Salviati, something called Doomstation, and above all else, Shaft.
Now, what is Shaft? Well, outside of being one of the greatest movies of the 1970s (don’t @ me), it’s also the name of Scott Marceron’s old band. And who is Scott Marceron? Scott Marceron is the owner of the Let There Be Rock School. And last week, I had a chance to catch up with him about Saturday’s anniversary show.
“My band started in ’94 and signed a record deal with Warren Haynes’ Evil Teen Records,” Marceron told me. “We released an EP and a full-length in 1999 and 2000. We toured relentlessly from 1996-2002 and played shows with Korn, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kiss and did the Family Values Tour.
“It’s gonna be fun,” he added before jokingly admitting, “I might need an oxygen tank.”
As for the anniversary of his school, though, Marceron was a little more optimistic than he was about his physical conditioning.
“I expect to have a blast,” he said. “We’re going to have all our amazing Let There Be Rock School families and students, present and past. The all-star group that’s going to perform is going to consist of past students that range from national touring and recording acts like Bad Seed Rising, More To Monroe and Bad Omens, and members of our original house band along with current school staff.”
The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday and is set to go until around 10 p.m. It promises to be the craziest party of the year (so far), and plus, it’s free, so honestly, what more could you want?
Elsewhere this weekend, a jam-tastic show is commencing Friday night at Cafe Nola as Jack Funk and Ginada Piñata are scheduled to plug into the Designated Music Space. Jack Funk, hot off the heels of their latest EP which saw the band continue its evolution into Frederick’s premiere jam band, never disappoint live and if a recent open jazz jam over in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is any indication of where the Piñata is, this pairing has potential to be the hottest thing in town all weekend.
Then, of course, there are the Saturday options that don’t involve the Let There Be Rock School at Olde Mother, and those events include, among others, Milton J & The Leftovers performing at Olde Town Tavern. They’ve been around for longer than a minute, and they always have a crazy level of energy to offer. That show begins at 10 p.m.
And finally, the Eagles Club is back! That’s right, kicking off its winter 2020 music slate will be the return of Eve Larsh, who promises to bring everything from some killer original tunes to a slew of cover songs that will surely get people out of their seats, dancing into the night. That set begins at 7 p.m.
Now, 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. In the meantime (and in between time), hang on tightly to the anticipation of the Super Bowl, friends, as that seems to be the only socially interesting thing happening between now and forever (or, well, that and these shows, at least … but you get it).
Be safe. Be well.
Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.