Preview: Kentucky Avenue with Special Guest Justin Trawick @ Villain and Saint — 8/16/19

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Kentucky Avenue’s Stella Schindler and Dave Ries perform at The Birchmere, July 27, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Local alt-country band Kentucky Avenue debuts its quartet lineup when original members Dave Ries (lead guitar/vocals) and Stella Schindler (lead vocals/guitar) are joined by fiddler Michael Taylor and bassist Greg Watkins for performance at Villain & Saint on Friday, Aug. 16.

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Snapshots: Bencoolen @ The Hamilton Live — 8/10/19

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Teddy Scott (left) and Paul Gregg (right) of Bencoolen perform at The Hamilton Live, Aug. 10, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

DC-based Bencoolen performed an opening set at The Hamilton Live recently, delivering an energized 45-minute set to warm the crowd for the jazz/funk sextet Naughty Professor from New Orleans.

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Snapshots: The Circus Life Podcast 6th Anniversary @ 9:30 Club — 7/27/19

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Justin Trawick, The Circus Life podcast host and lead singer of Justin Trawick and the Common Good, performs at 9:30 Club, July 27, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

“Life’s a circus and this is The Circus Life.”

Frequent listeners to the Circus Life podcast recognize that phrase because it’s how host Justin Trawick begins each episode of the podcast which is recorded live in remote locations in and around the nation’s capital. The interview-based podcast features conversations between Justin and influential and interesting individuals in music and culture.

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Live Review: Masters of the Telecaster @ Rams Head on Stage — 7/26/19

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L-R: G.E. Smith, Tom Principato, and Jim Weider; The Masters of the Telecaster perform at Rams Head on Stage, July 26, 2019. (Photos by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

Jim Weider and G.E. Smith, the Masters of the Telecaster, came to town recently to join with local guitar legend Tom Principato for a pair of back-to-back weekend gigs at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis and City Winery in Ivy City DC. The performances were billed as a tribute to Roy Buchanan, another DC guitar legend and pioneer of the Telecaster sound.

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Live Review: Lori McKenna @ City Winery DC — 7/24/19

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Lori McKenna performs her album, Bittertown, at City Winery DC, July 24, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

Bittertown was undoubtedly Lori McKenna’s breakthrough album. Its release attracted the attention of Faith Hill, who went on to cover three songs from the album and paved Lori’s way to a successful songwriting career in Nashville.
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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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