Saturday February 8th Frederick/Western Maryland area bluegrass band The Plate Scrapers held their Live CD Release party and debut at Smoketown Creekside in front of a packed room of about 150 of their biggest fans. After seeing this show I can report that the live music scene in Downtown Frederick seems to be alive and well with Smoketown Creekside as Frederick's newest music venue. What a great night!
The band took the stage about 8pm, played two sets of bluegrass/jam music in what turned out to be a heater of a show. The set list (see in photo gallery below) consisted of mostly originals with a few covers sprinkled in like Mississippi Half Step, Panama Red, Big River and a smokin hot Get It While You Can that had the crowd singing along "I like your biscuits in my gravy ma'am, before the stores all close get it while you can". They weaved in and out of traditional bluegrass breakdowns into some down right trippy grass jams until about 11 PM leaving fans begging for more as they left the stage. I hadn't seen The Plate Scrapers since they played at the Weinberg in Frederick a few years ago and I can tell they've clearly been gaining momentum with their fans and their sound since that show. Keep an eye on these guys I think you're going to been seeing them at all the big festivals soon.
Speaking of big festivals it was announced at the show that Smoketown Creekside will be hosting this years Road To DelFest concert in their parking lot across the street from the brewery. In years past the Road To Delfest was held at several venues in the weeks leading up to the festival Memorial Day Weekend. This years Road To DelFest will be held on one day with 10 bands and food trucks, kind of like a mini DelFest in Frederick. How Cool is that? The Road To DelFest will be held on Saturday April 18th and so far The Plate Scrapers are the only confirmed band on the line up. Stay tuned for more line up details in the coming weeks.