Snapshots: White Ford Bronco w/ Leigh Nash, Vertical Horizon, and Eve 6 @ The Anthem — 12/31/19

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White Ford Bronco rocks DC with a New Year’s Eve performance at The Anthem, Dec. 31, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

White Ford Bronco, DC’s beloved all-’90s cover band, rocked in the new year at The Anthem recently where they played before a crowd of over 3,600 people, the biggest show yet in the band’s 11-year history.

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Snapshots: Clutch @ 9:30 Club — 12/29/19

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Clutch frontman Neil Fallon engages fans at DC’s 9:30 Club, Dec. 29, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Clutch kicked off ClutchMas, the band’s annual run of shows between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, with a blistering set at 9:30 Club. The show in DC on Sunday preceded shows at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, on Dec. 30 and a New Year’s Eve show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Dec. 31.
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Snapshots: Thievery Corporation @ 9:30 Club — 12/21/19

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The Thievery Corporation performs at DC’s 9:30 Club, Dec. 21, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Thievery Corporation recently concluded its 10-week Babylon Falling Tour with a weekend pair of hometown shows at DC’s 9:30 Club on Dec. 21 and 22. The tour, which began Oct. 10 at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, hearkens back to the 2002 album The Richest Man in Babylon and its 2004 reworking, Babylon Rewound.

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Live Review: Rachael & Vilray @ Sixth & I — 12/12/19

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Rachael & Vilray perform at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Dec. 12, 2019 (Photo by Ari Strauss)

As soon as jazz-vocal duo Rachael & Vilray took the stage recently, the audience at DC’s Sixth & I Historic Synagogue made known its love for Lake Street Dive frontwoman Rachael Price. While singer/guitarists and principal composer Vilray took a moment before the first song to tune his guitar, a few fans broke the silence with complimentary greetings.

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Book Talk: Debbie Harry @ Sixth & I — 12/4/19

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Debbie Harry and Chris Stein arrive at Sixth & I on Dec. 4, 2019. (Photos by Ari Strauss; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Debbie Harry had a memory to share of performing in DC, recalling that she was at the old 9:30 Club.

Prior to performing, Debbie left her small dog alone in the green room. She returned after her show to find the frightened dog perched upon the furniture, chased to higher ground by rats big enough to challenge her.

Debbie recounted the anecdote at Sixth & I on Wednesday while on a book talk tour to promote her memoir, Face It, which was published in October via Dey Street.

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Snapshots: Gaelic Storm @ The Birchmere – 11/21/19

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Gaelic Storm on stage at The Birchmere, where they played to a sold-out audience, Nov. 21, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Gaelic Storm breezed into town recently to perform in front of a sold-out crowd at The Birchmere. It was the band’s 41st appearance at the iconic Northern Virginia music since forming as a Santa Monica, California pub band in the mid-1990s.

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Snapshots: Rising Appalachia @ The Hamilton Live — 11/20/19

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Rising Appalachia performs in front of a sold-out audience at DC’s The Hamilton, Nov. 20, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

When sisters Leah and Chloe Smith formed Rising Appalachia over a decade ago, they created a unique folk sound that is equally influenced by their Southern upbringing in Atlanta and their vast experience traveling the world and experiencing diverse cultures. The band brought that unique sound to The Hamilton Live recently where they played to a sold-out crowd and promoted their newest album, Leylines, which released independently earlier this year.

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