The Smithereens will perform at The Birchmere on Friday, June 21! You can win a meet and greet, along with tickets to see the band, with Parklife DC.
The Smithereens remain one of America’s musical treasures. Formed in New Jersey in 1980, the band’s timeless power-pop sound — rife with strong, catchy melodies, meaningful lyrics and walls of layered guitar, bass and drums — remains intact.
Huge fans of Buddy Holly and the ’60s British Invasion (particularly the Beatles, Kinks, and The Who), along with Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, the band incorporated these influences and wore them proudly on their musical sleeves as they developed their own original style and sound.
Signature songs like “Blood and Roses,” “A Girl Like You,” “Only a Memory,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” and a raft of critically-acclaimed albums (Especially for You, Green Thoughts, 11, and many others) have cemented the band’s place in the hearts, minds, and ears of their devoted worldwide fanbase.
Watch the official music video for “Blood and Roses” by The Smithereens on YouTube:
After the untimely passing of lead singer Pat DiNizio, the band continues to tour with three original members — guitarist Jim Babjak, drummer Dennis Diken, and bassist Mike Mesaros.
The band is currently fronted by another famous veteran of the power-pop scene — Marshall Crenshaw! Marhshall is enjoying his time touring with the band while also having established his own noteworthy career, which includes having a Top 40 hit in 1982 with “Someday, Someway.” Marshall does a great job of carrying on the tradition and high standards of The Smithereens.
Parklife DC is giving away a meet and greet, along with a pair of tickets, to see The Smithereens at The Birchmere. To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment, but we would like to know your favorite song by The Smithereens.
For the rules of this giveaway–
Comments will be closed at 5pm on Wednesday, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours, or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!
Friday, June 21
Show @ 7:30pm