June 8, 2014
The Federal City Brass Band, founded in 2002 by Jari Villanueva recreates the sound and appearance of a regular U.S. Army regimental brass band of the 1860s. With the exception of some reproduction rope-tension drums, all of the instruments used by The Federal City Brass Band are originals dating to the mid-19th century, and come from the collections of band members and from the Mark A. Elrod Collection. The sources of the music the band plays include original band journals and sheet music of the Civil War era.
Members of The Federal City Brass Band are professional musicians, music educators, historians and re-enactors, and collectively represent some of the finest brass and percussion players in the Civil War music field today.
This concert is the culmination of activities coordinated to celebrate the Frederick County First Call Civil War weekend, a commemoration of the anniversaries of the Battle of Monocacy and the Emancipation in Maryland. Special thanks to the Tourism Council of Frederick County for supporting this performance.
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Opening night 2014 features one of Summer Concert’s favorite acts – one of the premier oldies musical acts in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Rock and Roll Relics concentrates on reproducing the sounds of the songs we grew up with. They feature a wide variety of styles, from the sweet sound of street-corner doo-wop, to the exciting ’60s sounds of The Beatles and The Mamas & The Papas. The group has been recognized across the region for their energy and authentic sound, even opening for The Beach Boys themselves. Bringing you all of your favorite oldies, The Rock and Roll Relics are sure to delight.
June 15, 2014
From their high school talent show to the Vans Warped Tour, Smoke n’ Mangos has worked hard to create a repertoire where anyone in the crowd of any age or musical background can find something to enjoy. This band of friends have opened for GRAMMY nominated and nationally touring artists, recorded three albums, and have received radio play up and down the East Coast. Examiner.com praises the group for playing a show marked by “an impressive range,” “high spirits, and strong playing, Smoke n’ Mangos gives every performance their all and never fails to let their fans know how much they mean.”
June 22, 2014
Cosmic Charlie was born in the musical Mecca of Athens, Georgia. From its summer 1999 inception, the band has steadily cemented its reputation as a band that puts a unique and personal twist on the Grateful Dead catalogue, a Dead cover band for folks that are ambivalent about Dead cover bands. Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, Cosmic Charlie chooses to tap into the Dead’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build. The result is healthy balance of creativity and tradition, and both the band and its audience are taken to that familiar edge with the sense that, music is actually being MADE here tonight.
June 26, 2014
Mister G will sing about his life-long love of reading, what to do when daddy’s snoring, and explain why it’s almost always better to be standing on top of your head. He’ll also be performing songs from his award-winning, bilingual (Spanish/English) albums, Chocolalala and ABC Fiesta.
Mister G’s new album, The Bossy E, is a rockin’ celebration of language, literacy and the power of imagination, with twelve original songs ranging from funk and bluegrass, to surf and world music. Join us for the Frederick CD release concert, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!
June 29, 2014
This is not your typical Beatle look-alike tribute act; don’t expect mop-top haircuts and faux British accents from Abbey Road LIVE!. Rather, this 4 piece band from Athens Georgia brings to life Beatles classics in a raw and spirited fashion, while remaining true to the original recordings. Combining attention to detail with a creative exuberance, the band always delights its audiences with its diverse repertoire of Beatles hits and more obscure favorites. Audiences young and old will be singing along and dancing all night!
July 4, 2014
A 30 year tradition in Frederick – Frederick’s 4th features regional and national entertainment beginning at noon on 2 stages of entertainment. Families from the surrounding region enjoy a day packed with amusements, activities and entertainment. Dunk a Frederick celebrity or race a bath tub down Culler Lake – there is a little something for everyone.
Pick a seat early, because the park fills up quickly for Frederick’s one and only fireworks show at dusk. Great seats can be found surrounding the swimming pool on Fleming Avenue, on the Frederick High School lawn and now in the entire Carillon area of Baker Park.
July 10, 2014
Rolie Polie Guacamole started out in Brooklyn, New York six years ago and has become a must see band across the east coast and mid-west. A top pick by Boston.com, Time Out Kids NY, and Time Out Kids Chicago, their high energy, interactive shows are a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active. The band’s cover album, Houses of the Moly, won a Parents’ Choice Silver Award and a NAPPA Honor’s Award in fall 2012.
July 17, 2014
Folk-rock married duo Jon & Carrie had a decade of playing shows, recording CD’s, and having cool artsy opportunities like being on a T.V. show, being finalists in a national song writing competition, and having international radio play from Belize to Ireland.
Jon and Carrie became parents and in turn began songwriting for kids, children’s birthday party shows, playing kids festivals, and recording their 1st CD for kids and their families called Mr Jon & Friends. Their CD quickly became a top seller on CDbaby.com, and also won a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award. So, let’s just say one thing just led to another. And now, Mr. Jon & Friends make music for kids and their families with hopes to inspire fun, laughter, and dancing.
July 20, 2014
“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” – Glenn Miller
The World Famous, Glenn Miller Orchestra, the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Nick Hilscher is the orchestra’s present musical director.
July 24, 2014
Performing as The Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world. They work in a great variety of venues including theaters, corporate functions of all types, cruise ships…. you name it, they’ve done it. Sure, they’ve made numerous television appearances, won international juggling competitions, and taught at top circus schools. But what makes their act so appealing is their uniquely winning combination of dazzling technique and infectious humor. The Gizmo Guys’ rapid-fire act exhilarates and inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages.
July 31, 2014
Mr. Gabe once joked that his mission was to “set the kids up for a nice long nap.” But there may be a little more to this performer’s enterprise than that. “Some children’s performers emphasize life lessons; others introduce kids to a variety of instruments and musical styles. For Mr. Gabe it’s all about the songs and singing. He thinks it’s important that everyone grows up with a repertoire of songs that they can sing and share with future generations.”
In addition to his own compositions, Mr. Gabe performs classic children’s songs, like “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain,” and “Yellow Submarine.”
August 3, 2014
Jenny Leigh brings an edge to country music with unique songwriting, soulful grit, and larger than life vocals. The Jenny Leigh Band, comprised of musicians from Tennessee to Baltimore to Canada have performed and worked with artists across multiple genres including: Dierks Bentley, Ricky Scaggs, The Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Ivan Neville, Eric Lindell and Hootie & the Blowfish.
Following Jenny Leigh’s recent appearance as a finalist on CW’s “The Next” with John Rich, she raised 100% of the funds needed to record an EP in music city. “Tipping Point” was released in the summer of 2013 and features the writing talent of her co-writers; Adam Scott-Wakefield and Ryan Sorestad. The three of them moved to Nashville together in October of 2013 and have been loving being a part of the music scene ever since!
August 7, 2014
A singer, songwriter, performer and musician from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Billy Kelly made a New Year’s resolution in 2009 to record and release a CD of some of the songs he had written over the years for his two daughters. Since the release of his debut CD Thank You For Joining The Happy Club, Billy Kelly has made his mark in the Kindie Rock world.
Kids music reviewer Stefan Shepherd of Zooglobble.com calls Billy Kelly “the funniest person in kids music.” Billy Kelly and the Blahblahblahs are hitting Frederick with their unique Kindie Rock sound for you to come out and sing, dance and
August 10, 2014
The Kings of Crownsville play dynamic, accessible music to suit sophisticated tastes. They take great tunes, add a touch of New Orleans, a pinch of jazz, a hint of world-beat, and ground it all in solid alt-rock sensibility. The Kings are a six-piece band making essential music with piano, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass and drums. A two, three, and four-part vocal harmony signature sound offers a fresh look at songs by everyone from Johnny Mercer to David Byrne.
August 14, 2014
Local favorite, Mr. Brown the Clown is a zany guy that lives to bring smiles to children’s faces! Performing amazing feats such as juggling, pantomime and more, Mr. Brown the Clown is sure to brighten the day of any child and adult alike! He has a knack for keeping audiences laughing during his performances, and this one is sure to excite, because everyone loves a fun, goofy clown.
August 17, 2014
Since its creation in 1990, the Baltimore-based Unity Reggae Band has been pleasing listeners with its unique, roots-based reggae music. Now an accomplished musical unit, Unity prides itself on its versatility. From the very beginning, the band originally known as Natty Skank, has been a melting pot of various musical influences. Each member brings their own unique musical perspective which, when brought together under the umbrella of Reggae, creates a musical style that is unique but true to the roots-reggae style of music.
With nearly 25 years of live performance experience as a group, Unity knows how to please a crowd. Having amassed a huge repertoire of original reggae and covers, no two shows are ever the same. Veterans of three U.S. tours, Unity has shared the stage with THE WAILERS, YELLOWMAN, BURNING SPEAR, GREGORY ISAACS, EEK-A-MOUSE, and MUTABARUKA and its message of positivity to thousands of happy music lovers of all ages.
August 24, 2014
The year’s closing act is the brainchild of Steve Reed who has been playing “serious” lead guitar for 35 years including a national tour with “Sir Rod,” a wildly popular Rod Stewart Tribute act, Molly Hatchet, Motorhead, and the Guess Who.
Backed by musicians clocking in over 100 years of stage experience Gringo Jingo comes with the serious instrumentation needed to reproduce the rich, velvety smooth sounds of Carlos Santana. Enjoy classics like “Black Magic Woman” and “Evil Ways” and contemporary hits like “Smooth” and “Maria Maria”. Gringo Jingo performs his material with a party-like exuberance and assures no one will be sitting by the end of the set!