Tomato Dodgers!
May
24
9:30 PM21:30

Tomato Dodgers!

yes, it's true:
~~~ THE RETURN OF Tomato Dodgers ~~~

Bring your workout clothes! We're turning Cafe Nola into an exclusive high-class fitness center, complete with Phredmills and Jeauxller Skating. 1, 2, 3, let's get active! Beat disease! Beat yourself up! OK!

Featuring a very special opening set from the incredible Grey Watson from South Korea!

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Tomato Dodgers are an action-funk rock and roll band from College Park, Maryland, right outside the nation's capitol. They've steadily built up a fascinated following across the east coast, with dynamic and strange participatory performances that blur the line between stage show and immersive art piece. They dance - they feed each other toast - they rap - they build doomsday devices onstage - and mostly they shred festivals and house shows like you or I might mow a lawn: with vigor and fierce skill.

Some bands come to make people sway gently in place. Tomato Dodgers come to impart a musical covenant as twisted and funky as the great black hole at the center of our solar system.

Tomato Dodgers have shared the stage with Martin O'Malley (really), Harry And The Potters, The Godz, Chain And The Gang, LIONIZE, You Bred Raptors?, Hop Along, Pinegrove, The Delta Saints, and more.

They will not rest until they perform on the moon.

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DJ Two Teks (Bang Bang)
May
25
9:30 PM21:30

DJ Two Teks (Bang Bang)

Immersed in the hip hop subculture of the 1980s, AJ Naylor a.k.a. DJ
TwoTeks taught himself how to cut and scratch on Technics 1200s by
mimicking the sounds of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eric B, and Jam Master Jay.
From there, he studied VHS tapes by the Invisible Scratch Pickles, DJ
Qbert, and DMC World DJ Championships competitions to refine his beat
juggling skills.

In the 1990s, he was featured on rap albums of local artists in
Frederick, MD, and released a series of mixtapes. In 2002, DJ TwoTeks
attended class at Scratch DJ Academy in New York City, NY and further
honed his skillset by studying under DJ I.Emerge, DJ Evil Dee, Rob
Swift, Mista Sinista, and Neil Armstrong. He started out as a battle
DJ, and has been scratching and beat juggling for the majority of his
career.

DJ TwoTeks does limit himself to any particular genre of sub-genre of
music, which is evident his sets and digital music collection. He has
DJ'd at venues in San Diego, CA; Washington, DC; Frederick and
Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; and New York City, NY alongside DJ Craze,
DJ Qbert, Biz Markie and Sharkey. Currently, he is the resident DJ of
a monthly party held in downtown Frederick.

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DoubleMotorcycle
May
26
9:30 PM21:30

DoubleMotorcycle

DoubleMotorcycle is a guitar pop band from Frederick, MD and they are determined to make you dance. Drawing from Motown, modern pop and Aussie guitar rock, the band exudes a mercurial energy hinged on pop hooks and catchy guitar-driven choruses. Notorious for their inspired live performances, DoubleMotorcycle are unafraid of a singalong (or a quick stage dive) and they are often unpredictable - but only in the best best best best best way. The band is currently touring to celebrate the release of their debut EP and their first music video for the track “Pyramid,” both of which are available now. “DoubleMotorcycle is a fun, full throttle dance party ready for summer!”-Us Weekly

Dinner Till 9:30pm | Music 10pm | Cover $3-5 | 21 & up

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
May
28
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Community Center
Jun
1
9:30 PM21:30

Community Center

Community Center Is A Full-Time Touring Rock Band That Has Been Winning Over Diverse Audiences With Storytelling Songwriting And Bombastic Live Sets That Feature Saxophone, Accordion, Violin, Clarinet, And Tag-Team Vocals.


A One-Act Play in every song, Community Center’s show dominoes, spiraling into the crowd. The Baltimore band got it’s start in community musical theatre. We're rock band brought up on bar stories and long journeys. Over the course of a few years we've developed a vat of sound melting together eras of music including, but not limited to, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Folk and old Southern Hymns. Our music is heavily influenced by traveling. At moments we uprooted to live in a different state or country for a few months to gain a new perspective. Brian bicycled across the states coast-to-coast in the dead of winter. Danny lived on a boat for two years because one was available. We all had some great times on that boat. We brew beer, ride horses, go wandering in the middle of the night, run theatre companies, live in log cabins, go to Italy to paint, think celestially, and let nothing stand in our way. This music we write, we write because we love each other. We help one another out. Bad things happen along the way, and whenever one person feels bad there are seven other people to turn to and feel better. Music brings that out of us and we hope our music brings that out in you. We pride ourselves in wearing dozens of influences on our sleeve. If you were to ask any band member who we listen to, every one of us would give a different answer. We think this makes for an interesting end product although our inner-discussions about musical ideas can get pretty convoluted and nonsensical. All of us play multiple instruments on stage which makes for eclectic shows and a ridiculous amount of cases to pack in the van. The near-novelty amount of instruments was never meant to be a gimmick but developed from simple curiosity to keep testing out different combinations of sounds. Our house is now cluttered with more noise-makers than any band would ever need.

Check out our albums online, or better yet, come to a show!

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Jack Funk
Jun
2
9:30 PM21:30

Jack Funk

This grunge funk 4-piece from Frederick, Maryland takes a sharp rock approach to progressive funk music. By sonically creating a fictional world hauntingly similar to the one we all share, Jack Funk blends gritty, surrealist-style songwriting with funky instrumentation and improv. Raspy, soulful vocals, thought-provoking lyrics, melodic guitar leads, deep and dancy pockets, and primal, Bonham-esque drumming give Jack Funk a sound that gets people moving and thinking.

Doors 9:30 | Music 10. 21 and up.

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
Jun
4
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Hymn For Her
Jun
8
9:30 PM21:30

Hymn For Her

Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.”

Returning to the States after a 3 month UK/Euro tour this summer (2016), they immediately hit the road for fall & winter to promote, their August 12th US release, “Drive Til U Die” recorded partially in their Bambi Airstream and partially in studios with some great engineers/producers. (Vance Powell, Mitch Easter & Jim Diamond)

They recorded their 2nd album, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream”, in their vintage 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer at locations stretching from Philadelphia to Malibu on a three-month tour.

For their 3rd release, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames”, the twosome kicked it into high gear. They traveled to Ghetto Recorders/Detroit to work with Jim Diamond. They recorded live & mixed 12 original songs in just one week.

The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.

Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.”

Catch this duo as they burn down the highway and tear up your town like a Wichita twister.

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
Jun
11
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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The Knotty G's
Jun
15
9:30 PM21:30

The Knotty G's

Chuck Knott and "Jill with a G" form the funky and fun-loving folk duo known as The Knotty G's. Formed in Asheville, NC, they travel the country serving up soul in a hearty original recipe of pan-seared-boot-stomping-upbeat tunes, slow-cooked-captivating ballads, and even a few beaten-battered-deep-fried covers. Nothing short of a stir fry of fun, these characters can certainly satiate even the biggest of musical appetites.

Food till 9:30pm | Music 10pm | 21& up

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Strange Wayne/The Stereophonic Heartbreak/ Middle Kid
Jun
16
9:30 PM21:30

Strange Wayne/The Stereophonic Heartbreak/ Middle Kid

Strange Wayne:

Do you miss singing your lungs out to songs like The Middle? Remember those days of the heartbreaking slow rock of Dashboard Confessional? Have no fear Strange Wayne is here to take you back to the music of late 90s and early 2000s! We are a group of friends who, after discovering the same bands launched our musical careers, formed a 3-piece cover band that brings you the best of Jimmy Eat World, Brand New, The Starting Line, New Found Glory, Green Day, and many others

Middle Kid:

Middle Kid began as the acoustic solo project of Zack Willis. Using the project as an outlet for his indulgent, self-aware lyrics and catchy melodies, he recorded his debut EP “Whiner” in March 2015 in his mom’s kitchen. Since then, he has readapted his songs from acoustic to electric in an attempt to create a more ethereal sound, but with crushing waves of dynamic shifts. Now, Middle Kid is the full band project of Zack (Guitar/Vocals), Evan Braswell (Bass), and Matt Henry (Drums), reminiscent of bands like Foxing, Cursive, and Mansions.

The Stereophonic Heartbreak:

Catchy, electric, 60s-pop inspired rock to fill that void that your non-vinyl compatible bluetooth speakers can't fill.
The Stereophonic Heartbreak was born out of the head of lead songwriter, vocalist & rhythm guitarist James Bartlett. The bands songs are influenced by such 60's pop luminaries like The Beatles, Del Shannon, Smokey Robinson, The Kinks & The Who, to name a few.

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
Jun
18
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Future Sound
Jun
21
9:30 PM21:30

Future Sound

Future Sound is a monthly event that presents a wide variety of regional electronic music talent in a chill social environment. Each month is a little bit different, with fresh new guest DJs and live acts rotating in to mix things up.

LIGHTING, LASERS, HAZERS, PROJECTIONS, and BASS.

COCKTAILS, WINE, and CRAFT BEERS.

Future Sound takes place on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Cafe Nola, 4 E Patrick St. in Frederick, MD.

Music starts at 9:30 pm You *must* be 21+ with proper ID.

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DJ Babylon Featuring Lor Chainsaw & Swiss
Jun
22
9:30 PM21:30

DJ Babylon Featuring Lor Chainsaw & Swiss

DJ Babylon started his career spinning reggae in Downtown Frederick six years ago. After a brief hiatus, he's returned with a new formula. Babylon will be mixing modern Dancehall Reggae with current club tracks to create Babylon 2.0. Featuring Dj Babylon with Lor Chainsaw & Swiss. Doors open at 9pm don't be late and sleep on this local gem.

Doors 9:30 | Music 10 pm. 21 and up

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Blue Heaven (Dream Pop)
Jun
23
9:30 PM21:30

Blue Heaven (Dream Pop)

Blue Heaven is what you would probably, most likely call a band. They basically play music. Very goodly i might add. 12/10 would recommend. 

Blue Heaven is an indie pop band from Frederick, MD. From an interview with their drummer Matt Full: "When we first started the project we kept using the term “Dream Pop”. We wanted to write music with a specific alternative vibe in mind. We didn’t want to write mainstream pop music, and we also didn’t want to write specifically Indie Rock. We wanted to land right in the sweet spot between the two and write music that had the alternative influenced with the polished sound of pop. This is something The Cure accomplished long ago. They are a big inspiration to us."

Read the rest of the interview about Blue Heaven in The Frederick Local!

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/1VA5waBkXHapg19GZMgcmp

Apple Music - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/growing-single/1373634350

Preorder - http://store.nosleeprecords.com/catalogs/Blue-Heaven

Doors 9:30 | Music 10 pm. 21 and up. 

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
Jun
25
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
May
21
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Cycles at Cafe Nola!
May
19
9:30 PM21:30

Cycles at Cafe Nola!

Cycles epitomizes the power-trio format with ripping guitar, fat bass grooves played out through furious slapping, and dynamic drum beats flowing over intricate tempo changes. Each member wields a unique take on their instrument that when played together, forms a truly fresh and cohesive sound. Patrick Harvey commands the guitar with speed and precision reminiscent of Jimmy Herring while using his loop pedal virtually as its own instrument, a skill unique only to him. Michael Wood has subtly forged a drum style that showcases his rare ability to mashup funky hip-hop beats with frenzied rock riffs and only showcase flashy chops when necessary. At the heart of the band lies Tucker McClung’s dominant slap-bass chops that captivate audiences while pumping the musical blood through the band. 
Drawing influence from artists such as Rage Against the Machine, J. Dilla, Primus, Weather Report, and many, many more, Cycles fuses an eclectic blend of genres to produce an original sound that has become harder and harder to find. Although only two years old, Cycles have over 200 shows under their belt with tours extending across the entire U.S. 
Spring Tour 2018 begins in Denver with the band’s debut at the legendary Ogden Theatre, supporting one of the scene’s staples, TAUK, before heading out to the Northeast. The first week out East will see stops in some of the region’s favorite intimate venues in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. After a week of intimate shows, the band joins local Northeast favorite, lespecial, for shows in Bridgeport, CT, Burlington, VT, and a very special 4/20 show at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA, before wrapping up this leg of the tour at the fabled Brooklyn Bowl in NYC with locals, The G-Nome Project and Tweed. 
Upon their Colorado homecoming, Cycles return to the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins to support the national favorite Talking Heads tribute, Start Making Sense. Next up, the band prepares for another long trek out to Pennsylvania for their debut at the Pigeons Playing Ping Pong festival, Domefest, stopping in Columbus, OH, for the weekly “Weird Wednesday” series, Pittsburgh, PA and Frederick, MD along the way with more dates TBA!

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Future Sound
May
17
9:30 PM21:30

Future Sound

Future Sound is a monthly event that presents a wide variety of regional electronic music talent in a chill social environment. Each month is a little bit different, with fresh new guest DJs and live acts rotating in to mix things up.

LIGHTING, LASERS, HAZERS, PROJECTIONS, and BASS.

COCKTAILS, WINE, and CRAFT BEERS.

Future Sound takes place on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Cafe Nola, 4 E Patrick St. in Frederick, MD.

Music starts at 9:30 pm You *must* be 21+ with proper ID.

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
May
14
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Desmond Jones
May
11
9:00 PM21:00

Desmond Jones

In 2012 Dirty Mike and the Boys were hired for beer to play at what would be the most epic end-of-the-year party in recent Michigan State University history. A few parties, Craigslist ads, and rehearsals in Bota’s basement later, Desmond Jones was formed and has been playing around the country and eating at the finest diners in the Midwest ever since. With a catalog of 60+ original songs, Desmond Jones has performed over 500 shows across the country, sharing the stage with bands like Papadosio, Dopapod, EOTO, The Werks, The Main Squeeze, Here Come the Mummies and many more. Their self-titled debut album “Desmond Jones” is available now on all platforms.

For booking info contact: carly@everupwardent.com

MUSIC: www.desmondjones.bandcamp.com

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
May
7
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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DJ Babylon Turn Up! Feat. "Swiss"
May
5
9:00 PM21:00

DJ Babylon Turn Up! Feat. "Swiss"

DJ Babylon started his career spinning reggae in Downtown Frederick six years ago. After a brief hiatus, he's returned with a new formula. Babylon will be mixing modern Dancehall Reggae with current club tracks to create Babylon 2.0. Doors open at 9pm don't be late and sleep on this local gem.

Dj Babylon's New Mixtape "wheel back" https://www.mixcloud.com/jon-mathews/dj-babylon-wheel-back-reggae-mix-one-track/. STREAM FREE

#babylonsoundsystem #Djbabylon207 #cafenola #frederickmd

Doors 9:30 | Music 10 pm. 21 and up

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Conor and the Wild Hunt
May
4
9:00 PM21:00

Conor and the Wild Hunt

Aged 22, Conor Brendan has been a recording artist for over a decade. He has written and recorded over 80 songs professionally. The Wild Hunt is an amorphous conglomeration of traditional and non-standard instruments and voices supporting Conor’s vision. Conor Brendan recently performed at Boulder Theatre with Trevor Hall, Nahko, Wookiefoot, Earth Guardians, and Tubby Love. One of his songs is placed in the show ‘forever’; soon to be aired on Netflix. Conor is a water protector who spent a month on the front lines of Standing Rock, and performed in multiple concerts to support the Sioux Nation. 

Conor Brendan is soon to release his debut album, On the Road to Now, a patchwork-story folk rock album following a traveler’s journey. Album coming soon.

Food till 9pm | Music 10pm | 21 & up

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
Apr
30
9:00 PM21:00

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Blue Heaven (Dream Pop)
Apr
28
9:30 PM21:30

Blue Heaven (Dream Pop)

Blue Heaven is what you would probably, most likely call a band. They basically play music. Very goodly i might add. 12/10 would recommend. 

Blue Heaven is an indie pop band from Frederick, MD. From an interview with their drummer Matt Full: "When we first started the project we kept using the term “Dream Pop”. We wanted to write music with a specific alternative vibe in mind. We didn’t want to write mainstream pop music, and we also didn’t want to write specifically Indie Rock. We wanted to land right in the sweet spot between the two and write music that had the alternative influenced with the polished sound of pop. This is something The Cure accomplished long ago. They are a big inspiration to us."

Read the rest of the interview about Blue Heaven in The Frederick Local!

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/1VA5waBkXHapg19GZMgcmp

Apple Music - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/growing-single/1373634350

Preorder - http://store.nosleeprecords.com/catalogs/Blue-Heaven

Doors 9:30 | Music 10 pm. 21 and up. 

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DJ Two Teks (Bang Bang)
Apr
27
9:30 PM21:30

DJ Two Teks (Bang Bang)

Immersed in the hip hop subculture of the 1980s, AJ Naylor a.k.a. DJ
TwoTeks taught himself how to cut and scratch on Technics 1200s by
mimicking the sounds of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eric B, and Jam Master Jay.
From there, he studied VHS tapes by the Invisible Scratch Pickles, DJ
Qbert, and DMC World DJ Championships competitions to refine his beat
juggling skills.

In the 1990s, he was featured on rap albums of local artists in
Frederick, MD, and released a series of mixtapes. In 2002, DJ TwoTeks
attended class at Scratch DJ Academy in New York City, NY and further
honed his skillset by studying under DJ I.Emerge, DJ Evil Dee, Rob
Swift, Mista Sinista, and Neil Armstrong. He started out as a battle
DJ, and has been scratching and beat juggling for the majority of his
career.

DJ TwoTeks does limit himself to any particular genre of sub-genre of
music, which is evident his sets and digital music collection. He has
DJ'd at venues in San Diego, CA; Washington, DC; Frederick and
Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; and New York City, NY alongside DJ Craze,
DJ Qbert, Biz Markie and Sharkey. Currently, he is the resident DJ of
a monthly party held in downtown Frederick.

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night)
Apr
23
9:30 PM21:30

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Reggae Night With Dj Babylon! W/ Guest Nga Han
Apr
20
9:30 PM21:30

Reggae Night With Dj Babylon! W/ Guest Nga Han

DJ Babylon started his career spinning reggae in Downtown Frederick six years ago. After a brief hiatus, he's returned with a new formula. Babylon will be mixing modern Dancehall Reggae with current club tracks to create Babylon 2.0. Featuring a early premiere of up and coming Frederick native R&B artist J.Rose. Doors open at 9pm dont be late and sleep on this local gem.

Dj Babylon's New Mixtape "wheel back" https://www.mixcloud.com/jon-mathews/dj-babylon-wheel-back-reggae-mix-one-track/. STREAM FREE

#babylonsoundsystem #Djbabylon207 #cafenola #frederickmd

Doors 9:30 | Music 10 pm. 21 and up

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Future Sound
Apr
19
9:30 PM21:30

Future Sound

Future Sound is a monthly event that presents a wide variety of regional electronic music talent in a chill social environment. Each month is a little bit different, with fresh new guest DJs and live acts rotating in to mix things up.

LIGHTING, LASERS, HAZERS, PROJECTIONS, and BASS.

COCKTAILS, WINE, and CRAFT BEERS.

Future Sound takes place on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Cafe Nola, 4 E Patrick St. in Frederick, MD.

Music starts at 9:30 pm You *must* be 21+ with proper ID.

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night)
Apr
16
9:30 PM21:30

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Mr. Husband
Apr
14
9:30 PM21:30

Mr. Husband

Mr. Husband is the songwriting and comedy persona of Kenny Tompkins.  He is best known as co-founder of noteworthy indie-upstart Yellow K Records who released one of 2016's most critically acclaimed albums "Psychopomp" by Japanese Breakfast.   In his live band Tompkins is joined by Chris Morris of Cotton Jones on drums and Jasen Reeder of Page France on bass. The group is quickly making a name for itself with their unique live show which mixes in small doses of comedy, theatrics, and faux-self-help all centered around extremely well crafted songs.   Mr. Husband is currently on tour in support of their debut  "Plaid on Plaid" which was released on May 5th, 2017 via Yellow K Records.

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Time Columns
Apr
13
9:30 PM21:30

Time Columns

"In 2015 they are back and one thing is for certain: their new material is top notch...Time Columns have clearly returned with a lot of force" -Fecking Bahamas

"These songs either snap or roar depending on how the band plays off each other...This is all quite brilliant and the crowd seems to sense that little bit extra that these guys have. This band is well worth your attention." -DC Rock Live

"Mana by Time Columns is a bizarre, gutsy, beautiful and downright masterfully crafted album...that absolutely shines amidst a sea of unsuccessful underground post-rock, avant-garde and experimental music. Count this one as a serious landmark" -The Silver Tongue

"I fell in love with this band...Time Columns is the pure essence of essential musicianship...It's moody, dark, progressive, and catchy...Best album all year" -Independent Feedback

"Their music is powerful post-rock done in a friendly and welcoming manner. The influences are literally everywhere on this album...I really feel like 'Mana' should appeal to a wide array of fans" -Postrockstar

"Time Columns...is like a child Hercules, packing a serious punch in a bite-sized morsel...impressing me with its ability to go from chaotic and calm and back...Follow this band now, they WILL take off." 
-Is This Revolutionary

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The Get Right Band
Apr
12
9:30 PM21:30

The Get Right Band

"The Get Right Band are the type of performers that you just know will break out. Their songs are infectious and take you immediately to a very happy place. The lyrics are smart and bear weight." 
-The Huffington Post

THE GET RIGHT BAND is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). They are one of Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” picks, Home Grown Music Network’s 2015 “Best New Band of the Year,” and were voted “Best Progressive Band” in Western North Carolina by Mountain Xpress readers. They have performed on the famed World Cafe, a nationally syndicated NPR show, and have brought their unique sound to major festivals and venues such as FloydFest, The Orange Peel, Music City Roots TV Show, The Green Parrot, Arlene’s Grocery, and Riverbend Fest. Combining catchy, clever, honest songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to move your head, heart, and hips. 

“An ass shaking good time.”
-Relix Magazine

The band is built on the musical brotherhood that guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher and bassist Jesse Gentry have formed playing music together since middle school. Durocher, who is a trained composer and has been commissioned to write for symphonies and chamber groups, possesses guitar chops that can soothe or rage and a charismatic swagger as a frontman and a singer. “Durocher has an impressive range and rich clarity to his vocals—think a more soulful Dan Auerbach” (Connect Savannah). Gentry’s virtuosic bass playing “catapults from elastic to nasty” (The Mountain Xpress). With the addition of Jian-Claude Mears, a drummer with “precision, passion, and an inescapable momentum” (Live For Live Music), the group’s sound has become an unstoppable force. They have been wowing audiences around the country and the Caribbean since their inception in 2011 with an unparalleled live show and a relentless tour schedule. 

“I love this song!”
-Marc Maron, of WTF podcast

On August 5, 2016, The Get Right Band released their third studio album, Who’s in Charge? The record was made at Asheville’s legendary Echo Mountain Studios (Widespread Panic, Zac Brown Band, Smashing Pumpkins), engineered, mixed, and co-produced by Julian Dreyer (The Avett Brothers, Dawes, Band of Horses), and mastered by six-time Grammy winner Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Grace Potter, Dr. John, Beck). The album has received praise and support from such giants as The Huffington Post, NPR, Relix, WTF with Marc Maron, Live For Live Music, PopWrapped, and dozens of radio stations around the country. While seamlessly blending a number of different genres, the CD is held together by The Get Right Band’s honest songwriting, fierce playing, and strong self-identity. The powerful songs and the pop/rock/psychedelic approach to production puts the album in the realm of acts like My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, and The Black Keys (with hints of Sublime and early Chili Peppers).

“Tight and diverse jams and a distinctive, intellectual but accessible worldview.”
-Live For Live Music

The Get Right Band has had the honor of playing shows with national acts such as Galactic, Rusted Root, Victor Wooten Band, Martin Barre (of Jethro Tull), Turkuaz, Mike Dillon Band, Jeff Sipe Trio, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Jeff Coffin’s Mutet, Larry Keel, and Bobby Lee Rodgers.

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)
Apr
9
to Apr 10

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night!)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Fractal Cat
Apr
7
9:30 PM21:30

Fractal Cat

Fractal Cat is a seven-piece psychedelic rock band bridging sounds from Chuck Berry to The Flaming Lips. Lyrics combining social commentary and mysticism ring prominently over swirling guitars, horns, strings, and multipart harmonies. The band released The Tower, its third album of all-original material, live in studio at WTMD Radio, Baltimore in early 2017—the station’s first ever album release party. In July, the album debuted at #14 on the Relix/Jambands.com radio chart. That same month, Fractal cat hosted a sold-out Summer of Love tribute at Baltimore's Creative Alliance. In 2016, Fractal Cat was featured in the “Maryland Music” documentary presented by Maryland Public Television, and in 2014, it's single "Tryptide" made WTMD's top 14 Baltimore songs of the year. The group and its side projects share the stage with acts of all stripes, including Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, Dan Deacon, The Mantras, People’s Blues of Richmond, Cris Jacobs Band, the Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many more.

Food Till 9:30 | Music 10pm | $5 Cover | 21 & UP

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The Fun Boys
Apr
6
9:30 PM21:30

The Fun Boys

The Fun Boys are a Maryland based band and prefer to be called "The Fun Boys". One time on the way to summer camp a lady bug slipped into my slipper, what a friend! It's okay though, I got no bugs on me.  I went to Aunt JJ's last night to eat some ho-hos and got a hella-belly ache.  This band is cool I guess.  It hurts to play instruments, but it's okay!  I got no bugs on me (not)! I know the guy who owns this bar too.  Cool guy!  Lots-o-tats!  I can't wait to get tattoos too, dude.  Me and Sam and Colin and Matt and Andrew and Haas, we got lifer tattoos. Mine says "DOES MY FACE LO" and his says "OK LIKE A DRAGON".  Too fun! #toofun  The Fun Boys are from Frederick, MD.  They consist of 4 members at the same skill level.  You gotta see it.  It's a nightmare.  

Food Till 9:30pm | Music 10pm | $5 Cover | 21 & UP

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night)
Apr
2
9:30 PM21:30

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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SoulXchange (Soul/Jazz/Funk/Blues)
Mar
31
9:30 PM21:30

SoulXchange (Soul/Jazz/Funk/Blues)

Soul Xchange is the newest project of Frederick music scene veterans Neil Durr (guitar and lead vocals), Evan Durr (bass guitar and backing vocals), Andrew Kuhens (guitar and backing vocals), and Eric Calhoun (drums and vocals.) You may know them from some of their other myriad projects-Joint Effort, Mary-eL, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, The Altered States of America, and more. But in this case, Neil Durr steps from the sidelines to the limelight, showcasing his talents as both guitar player, singer, and bandleader.

They play an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, funk, blues, improvised jams, with hints of rock and reggae. This band definitely knows how to get the energy pumping in a room and how to get folks out on the dance floor.

Doors 9:30 | Music 10. 21 and up.

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DJ Two Teks (Bang Bang)
Mar
30
9:30 PM21:30

DJ Two Teks (Bang Bang)

Immersed in the hip hop subculture of the 1980s, AJ Naylor a.k.a. DJ
TwoTeks taught himself how to cut and scratch on Technics 1200s by
mimicking the sounds of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eric B, and Jam Master Jay.
From there, he studied VHS tapes by the Invisible Scratch Pickles, DJ
Qbert, and DMC World DJ Championships competitions to refine his beat
juggling skills.

In the 1990s, he was featured on rap albums of local artists in
Frederick, MD, and released a series of mixtapes. In 2002, DJ TwoTeks
attended class at Scratch DJ Academy in New York City, NY and further
honed his skillset by studying under DJ I.Emerge, DJ Evil Dee, Rob
Swift, Mista Sinista, and Neil Armstrong. He started out as a battle
DJ, and has been scratching and beat juggling for the majority of his
career.

DJ TwoTeks does limit himself to any particular genre of sub-genre of
music, which is evident his sets and digital music collection. He has
DJ'd at venues in San Diego, CA; Washington, DC; Frederick and
Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; and New York City, NY alongside DJ Craze,
DJ Qbert, Biz Markie and Sharkey. Currently, he is the resident DJ of
a monthly party held in downtown Frederick.

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Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night)
Mar
26
9:30 PM21:30

Cafe Nola Open Mic (Every Monday Night)

Every Monday night, Cafe Nola hosts the best open mic in town. Come share your songs in a warm and encouraging environment. We can externally mic your acoustic or plug you in if you have a pick up. Full bands welcome! We even have a drum kit you can use. Liquid courage sold at a fair market price.

We are proud to say that our open mic is the one frequented by many local and regional songwriters from the area's best known bands. Folks from bands you know and love come here to test out their new material before bringing it to the stage with the whole band. People you might recognize sharing their newest, stripped down work: Heavy Lights, Silent Old Mtns, Soul Xchange, Secondhand Ramblers, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, Joint Effort, Seagulls, The Knolly Moles, Seaknuckle, and more.

Sign up 8 pm, Music 9 pm. 21 and up

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Joy On Fire (Jazz-Rock Fusionists)
Mar
24
9:30 PM21:30

Joy On Fire (Jazz-Rock Fusionists)

Bass, drums and sax are a trio. JOY ON FIRE, however, is a triomassive — an insurgent kaleidoscope of sound greater than many multiples of its parts. Referencing the most daring jazz-rock fusionists in modern history, the band performs a blistering spectrum of instrumentals best described as “fuzz-jazz” or “Zeppelin-meets-Coltrane.”

JOY ON FIRE (JoF) originally formed in 2009 in Baltimore, MD, under the name SuperSharpShooter and, as such, became a force in Charm City’s roiling avant-garde music scene. (The name change was encouraged by John Zorn and JoF manager Corinna Makris — it’s a long story for another day.)

Now based in Greensboro, NC, JoF travels the East Coast melting faces with its adventurous self-titled debut CD, which — akin to some of the more groundbreaking albums of the 60s and 70s like Yes’s Relayer — features three big songs: “The Complete Book of Bonsai,” “The Marriage of Hell and Heaven” and “If 3 Was 8” (the title a tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 Was 9”).

Core members Anna Meadors (saxes) and John Paul Carillo (bass/guitar) remain, augmented by drummer/percussionist Chris Olsen.

Anna plays alto, soprano and, her current favorite, baritone sax, at times switching horns mid-song, changing textures to fit the morphing moods of JOY ON FIRE’s often multi-themed, multi-movement compositions. She’s a passionate soloist on all three instruments — and the baritone, much like Dana Colley’s sax in Morphine, is a real riff machine, a tugboat of a horn that can push the rest of the group’s big sound around and around and around.

John switches from bass to guitar and, when he does play bass, he plays in a guitar style, with lots of chords and single-note riffs hooked between. Adding wah-wah, distortion, delay and other effects, John’s bass covers the additional ground of rhythm guitar and keyboards, launching UFOs into the sky while digging deeply into the dark soil of the groove.

Chris’s drumming swings from rock to jazz to somewhere completely distant from the two, and adds a savory element of organic abandon informed by his immersion in NY’s avant-jazz world. He adds percussion to the recipe in the form of various frame drums, silkscreen and many found, homemade and modified instruments.

Never comfortable at rest, JOY ON FIRE is preparing its follow-up album, tentatively called On Fire, featuring “Le Phant,” “The Spider’s House” (from Paul Bowles’s novel of the same name), “Double Dub,” “Hey, Hey” and “The Complete Book of Bonsai, Part Two” (paradox intended!).

Doors 9:30 | Music 10 pm. 21 and up

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Jack Funk
Mar
23
9:30 PM21:30

Jack Funk

Jack Funkis a musical family of monkeys that hoot, stomp, and clap, seeking to decipher the modern world in phrases that translate fluidly for clean and dirty ears. Together they do the bidding of an entity operating as Jack Funk.

This grunge funk 4-piece from Frederick, Maryland takes a sharp rock approach to progressive funk music. By sonically creating a fictional world hauntingly similar to the one we all share, Jack Funk blends gritty, surrealist-style songwriting with funky instrumentation and improv. Raspy, soulful vocals, thought-provoking lyrics, melodic guitar leads, deep and dancy pockets, and primal, Bonham-esque drumming give Jack Funk a sound that gets people moving and thinking.

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