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Live Music in and Around Frederick

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There are so many reasons to go out and hear live music.  For one, it is just plain fun. But it can also reduce stress and anxiety, make people more empathetic, and improve sleep.  Read all about it herehere, and here.

OK, so we know live music is fun, educational, and good for us, but where to go?

If you live near Frederick, MD you don’t have to go very far to find quality live music.   Let’s take a quick look at several options here in Frederick and the surrounding area that would make a romantic date night, family outing with the kids, homeschool field trip, or a great reason to get out on your own and enjoy some “you” time.

Let’s kick things off with an obvious choice: The Weinberg.  You know it—and if you don’t, you have to go. Opened in 1926 as the Tivoli,  the Weinberg Center for the Arts hosts Broadway plays, orchestras, comedians—the full monty.  Parking is right around the corner in the Court Street Garage.

If vocal music is your cup of tea, then check out the Frederick Chorale with their holiday concerts on December 8 & 9.  The group has performed at the White House and internationally.  And if you are a singer why not consider joining up?  Read about their audition process here.

In Hagerstown we have the Maryland Symphony performing Dvorak’s famous Symphony No. 9 on November 16 and Christmas concerts December 21 & 22 with a sing-a-long featuring Santa Claus–it’s hard to beat that.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your little ones, make sure to give a listen to the  Frederick Children’s Chorus.  On December 23 they are performing a sing-a-long of Handel’s Messiah at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.  If you have a child that likes to sing click here to read about how to join up.

Moving into the new year we have the Frederick Symphony Orchestra performing works by Richard Wagner and a symphony by Gustav Mahler in March 2020.

And don’t forget concerts at local houses of worship like Calvary United Methodist Church.  On April 26, 2020 they are hosting pianist Michael Adcock (my former music theory teacher at Peabody).  He is really good.  As in, “did he really just pull that off, I didn’t think that was even possible” good.  Please mark your calendar to attend this FREE concert.

There are also numerous restaurants, coffee shops, wineries, and breweries that have live music.  Some even host open-mic nights if you want to take a turn performing.

Here are a few that come to mind:

Tenth Ward Distilling

Keyboardist extraordinaire Natalie Brooke is performing here October 18th (that’s tomorrow!).

The Blue Side Tavern

Ginada Piñata performing on November 2. Funky, jazzy, eclectic. Very talented. Definitely worth a listen.

Dublin Roasters

And there is so much more!  Student and faculty performances at Hood College, Mount Saint Mary’s, Frederick Community College, Hagerstown Community College.

Get out there and enjoy some live music!

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