Preview: Masters of the Telecaster @ Rams Head on Stage, 7/26/19, @ City Winery, 7/27/19

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The Masters of the Telecaster perform at City Winery DC on June 30, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Known collectively as the Masters of the Telecaster, Jim Weider, Tom Principato, and GE Smith celebrate the Fender Telecaster in two shows in the greater DC area this weekend — at Rams Head on Stage on Friday, July 26, and City Winery DC on Saturday, July 27. Each of the two shows will pay special tribute to a DC-area musician who owed their musical legacy to the Telecaster guitar.

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Live Review: The Bacon Brothers @ The Birchmere — 7/19/19

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The Bacon Brothers perform at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, July 19, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

While preparing to cover the first night of a three-night Bacon Brothers residency at The Birchmere, I joked with my friends via a Facebook post that they would all become two degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon, a reference to the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon parlor game which became popular in the 1990s.

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Live Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Wolf Trap — 7/17/19

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The Tedeschi Trucks band performs at Wolf Trap on July 17, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The Tedeschi Trucks Band had a stroke of good luck in the form of an early evening thunderstorm recently. The pouring rain cooled down what was a sweltering hot day, making the atmosphere at Wolf Trap for their performance decidedly comfortable.

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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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