Friends Records celebrates its fifth anniversary with a two-day bacchanalia of local music

Running a record label is hard—or so we imagine, because we've never actually tried to do it. Based on what we've heard from people who do, the enterprise requires hours for packaging records, CDs, and tapes and mailing them and monetary investments that, let's just say, come from the heart more than the head, just to name a few things. A lot of labels don't last very long, so it's worth celebrating the ones that do. Local imprint Friends Records has been the home for some of the best bands in Baltimore during its five-year run, and to celebrate, label head Jimmy MacMillan is hosting, along with Unregistered Nurse Booking, a two-day extravaganza of local music from Dec. 19-20 at the Ottobar. As the Facebook event page notes, there are going to be 40 artists (the most up-to-date list is below) on three stages and "special guests, big surprises, final shows first shows and a 40th Birthday!" Tickets are available now through Missiontix.com and cost $10 for Friday, $15 for Saturday, or $20 for both nights. Happy birthday, Friends. Here's to the next five.

Blacksage
Celebration
Ceramic Tones
Co La
Cryptid (first show)
DDm
The Diamond Sea (Sonic Youth tribute band)
Et al.
Expert Alterations
Eze Jackson
Gh∞st
Goblin Mold (Last Show)
Height With Friends
Holy Ghost Party
Microkingdom (2 sets)
Monster Museum
Natural Velvet
Pee Girl (Hole tribute band)
Raindeer
Rot Work
Sherman Whips
Shields
Slow Jerks
Small Apartments
Sr.
Sun Club
Sweepstakes
Television Hill (special "Hardin" set)
vayda
Vlonde
Weekends (Last Show . . . for now)
Will Redman
Wing Dam
Zu Shapes

+ Special Guests

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