Interview: Chuck Mead (@ The Hamilton Live, 7/23/19)

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Chuck Mead (Photo by Joshua Moon Wilkins)

In the ’90s through the mid ’00s, Chuck Mead led the (alt-)country band BR5-49, which placed several albums into the country charts, despite minimal radio airplay. Following the band’s hiatus, Chuck became the musical director for the Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet and its TV spin-off, Sun Records. Chuck has also released four solo records including, just this June, Close to Home.

This coming Tuesday, July 23, Chuck will appear in the Cosmic Honky Tonky Revue at The Hamilton Live with Jason Ringenberg and Jim Lauderdale. Mark Engleson of Parklife DC caught up with him before the show.

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Live Review: Weird Al Yankovic @ Wolf Trap — 7/16/19

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Weird Al (Photo courtesy Al Yankovic)

Some people view Weird Al Yankovic as “uncool,” as meant for geeks and nerds — for the weird kids. And while I certainly was one of those growing up, there were enough of us odd ducks at Wolf Trap to pack the place recently. And we got one of heck of a show.

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Preview: Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue featuring Chuck Mead, Jim Lauderdale, and Jason Ringenberg @ The Hamilton Live, 7/23/19

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Jason Ringenberg (Photo courtesy Michael J. Media Group LLC)

Can’t make it to Nashville’s Broadway to enjoy a good night of honk tonks? That’s OK because three very talented musicians — Chuck Mead, Jim Lauderdale, and Jason Ringenberg — are bringing their Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue to us in DC at The Hamilton Live on Tuesday, July 23!

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Live Review: Dear Boy @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 7/15/19

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Ben Grey fronts Dear Boy at The Fillmore Silver Spring on July 15, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Dear Boy, an indie rock quartet from Los Angeles, proved the perfect opener for the one-two punch of Brit bands James and The Psychedelic Furs at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently. The appealing group captivated the gathering sold-out crowd at The Fillmore immediately with their Britpop-inspired sound.

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Snapshots: Red Wing VII Roots Music Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park (Mt. Solon, VA) — 7/12-7/14/19

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The Steel Wheels presented the 7th annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys Park and campground in Mt. Solon, Virginia, last weekend. It was three days across five stages with 40 bands performing along the North River, under the Natural Chimneys, known as the Cyclopean Towers.

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Live Review: Yeasayer @ 9:30 Club — 7/12/19

Yeasayer 2 Chris Keating of Yeasayer performs at 9:30 Club on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes

Hailing from Brooklyn, Yeasayer consists of Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, and Anand Wilder. The band took the stage at 9:30 Club recently under a simple, long, sequin fabric running from the ceiling to the floor, almost acting like a makeshift disco ball. Everyone set their instruments, and they were ready for the night to begin. 

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