Interview: Dan Fedoryka of Scythian (@ Appaloosa Festival @ Skyline Ranch Resort, 8/30-9/1/19)

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Scythian performs at Appaloosa Festival 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson/ Chestersimpson.com)

Dan Fedoryka of Scythian is pure joy in conversation. With the success of his Celtic-roots band, the laidback vocalist, guitarist, and accordionist is often busy planning a tour or a festival. But Dan remains generous with his time, and he is as pleasant on the phone as he is in person.

Parklife DC caught up with Dan to chat about the ever-growing Appaloosa Festival, occurring on Aug. 30-Sept. 1, and Scythian’s plans for the celebration of bluegrass, roots, and Americana. The fifth annual Appaloosa Festival will take place on Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 at the Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia.

Check out the Appaloosa Festival website for tickets and info. (After all, Appaloosa Festival won Best DC Music Festival in the inaugural Parklife DC Thrushie Awards for a reason last year!)

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Preview: Gary Clark Jr. and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/25/19

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Gary Clark Jr. (Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats team up with Gary Clark Jr. for a performance, one night only, at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 25.

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Snapshots: Mark Knopfler @ Wolf Trap — 8/18/19

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Mark Knopfler, former frontman of Dire Straits, released Down the Road Wherever, his ninth solo studio album, last year. He dropped by Wolf Trap on a solo tour Sunday, and Jason Nicholson took some pictures!

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Snapshots: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/17/19

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Noel Gallagher performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 17, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

As the setting sun painted the sky pink above Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds took the stage. Returning to the DMV for the second time in a year and a half, NGHFB played a show that impressed.

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Live Review: Halestorm @ Jiffy Lube Live — 8/13/19

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Lzzy Hale fronts Halestorm at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 13, 2019. (Photo by Angel Kim)

There’s something special about watching Halestorm perform in the middle of an actual storm. Winds blew rain deep into the covered seating area while lightning lit up the skies surrounding the venue, seemingly in tandem with the show’s light sequence. Real thunder wasn’t audible over lead singer and rhythm guitarist Lzzy Hale’s belts and roaring instrumentals, which were thunderous on their own — in a good way.

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Preview: Brittany Howard @ 9:30 Club, 8/23 + 8/24/19

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Brittany Howard (Photo courtesy Red Light Management)

Brittany Howard, lead vocalist for the Alabama Shakes, soon will release her debut solo record, Jaime, via ATO Records. But about a month prior to that release, Brittany performs two shows at 9:30 Club on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24!

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