Deanna Bogart Kicks Off The Frederick Film Festival 2012 Premiere Event With A Special Evening Of Short Films And Live Music

The Frederick Film Festival – The F3 – is kicking off the events leading up to the 2012 festival (which starts on June 22) a bit early with an evening of short films and live music at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center starting at 8:30pm on Saturday, June 9. The evening’s event is part fund-raiser, part awareness-raiser designed to preview the type of great film that will be screened at the festival later in the month. As it did last year, the F3 Kickoff blends interesting short films with live music, as well as food and drink supplied by Brewer’s Alley (included in the ticket price) for a full evening’s entertainment. 

This year, the music is provided by Maryland musical legend Deanna Bogart with accompaniment by drummer Mike Aubin. The acclaimed blues and boogie pianist combines the energy of 1930’s style boogie piano blues with contemporary blues sounds emanating from places like New Orleans, Chicago, and Memphis. Her shows are infectious excitement and are known for their raw power. Such a large musical presence in such an intimate venue like the Delaplaine is sure to yield a memorable evening’s entertainment. 

From her early years with the well known Maryland band Cowboy Jazz to her nearly two years as a player in Root Boy Slim’s band, Bogart’s live performances were always an attraction. Eventually, and inevitably, she started her own band and began playing the east coast garnering accolades, a reputation, and loads of followers. Despite skepticism that any recording of her work could equal the power of a Bogart live performance, she has released 8 albums to much acclaim.

Bogart has appeared on stage with the likes of BB King, Brian Setzer, Buddy Guy, James Brown, Doctor John, They Might Be Giants, Spyro Gyra, Ray Charles, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and the Neville Brothers.  She is the recipient of no less than 20 Washington Area Music Awards– the “Wammies”– her most recent album, Timing is Everything, helped garner her five awards in one year, including Best Blues Vocalist, Best Group, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, and Musician of the Year.

Cashbox magazine called Bogart a “butt-kickin’ barrelhouse player that could give a good chase to old Jerry Lee.” Blues Revue built on that when they said that “A big part of what makes Deanna Bogart such a delight is her vivacious, charismatic live show. Whether displaying dazzling technical skills at the keyboard or playing soulful tenor sax, the ensemble sound Bogart and her band is skintight.” The Washington Post raved about “her two-fisted turns on piano that radiate plenty of energy and momentum!”

The Frederick Film Festival considers it an honor to host this talented musician. The kick-off event is designed to not only bring awareness of the upcoming film festival but to do so by presenting amazing musical acts to the Frederick area. The F3 hopes to continue this tradition well as the festival matures.

The F3 Premiere Event takes place at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center pavilion, 40 South Carroll St. starting at 8:30pm. Tickets are $45 and include not only the music and the movies, but also food and Brewer’s Alley’s most famous product…fresh from the tap. Tickets are available online at: www.F3Tix.com

This kickoff party initiates a celebration of film and the arts leading up to the June 22-24 festival. Pre-events include kids movies; a special screening of a documentary about Frederick artist Charles Forsythe at the Delaplaine; a special late presentation of a new movie from Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez; an evening at Artomatic DC, and an opening night musical event and afterparty that’s sure to please. For more information about the festival and other events leading up to it, go to www.FrederickFilmFest.com.