Snapshots: Punch Brothers @ The Anthem — 9/6/18

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The Punch Brothers perform at The Anthem on Sept. 6, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The Punch Brothers, who released a new album, All Ashore, on July 20 via Nonesuch Records, visited The Anthem yesterday on the tail-end of an extensive US summer tour.

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Music Park: Keb’ Mo’ @ The Birchmere — 8/25/18

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Keb’ Mo’ performs at The Birchmere on Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Four-time Grammy award winner Keb’ Mo’ gave a masterful solo performance at The Birchmere recently. The opportunity to cover this show is one of the best treats thus far in my eight months with Parklife DC.

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Music Park: Blondie @ New York State Fair — 8/22/18

Blondie_NYStateFair Debbie Harry fronts Blondie at the New York State Fair on Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

At the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York, you can still get a baked potato for $1 and a cup of chocolate milk for 25 cents (they reportedly dispense over 30,000 cups of milk a day). You also get the unparalleled value of seeing a performance by New Wave legends Blondie, as I did last week.

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Music Park: Ann Wilson (of Heart) @ Wolf Trap — 8/20/18

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Ann Wilson of Heart performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Some songs, no matter when I hear them, cause my memory to immediately jump back in time to a random moment of my childhood. When Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Ann Wilson (of Heart) took the stage at Wolf Trap recently and sang “Barracuda,” the iconic galloping guitar riff immediately drew my memory back to a warm summer day many, many years ago at my childhood community pool.

“Barracuda” was playing on the pool’s PA system (courtesy of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR) when I learned to dive through a hula-hoop into the deep end of the pool. For some reason, I will always associate the song with that memory.

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Music Park: Jeff Beck @ Wolf Trap — 8/20/18

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Jeff Beck performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Several years back, Rolling Stone Magazine published its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (once for Yardbirds and once on his own) Jeff Beck is No. 5 on that list. He played at Wolf Trap recently, and seeing him live is another item crossed off my bucket list.

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Music Park: Cake @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/18/18

Cake_Merriweather Cake performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Eight months ago, when I started covering live music for Parklife DC, I pitched my editor for the opportunity to cover Cake when they came to town in August. I was new and wondered if that request would come to fruition — perhaps, perhaps, perhaps… And it did! In one of the odder concert pairings of the summer, Cake appeared at Merriweather Post Pavilion recently with Ben Folds and special guest Tall Heights — and I was there to cover it.

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Don’t Miss: Kentucky Avenue @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 8/24/18 (Snapshots @ The Birchmere — 7/25/18)

KentuckyAve_Birchmere Kentucky Avenue performs at The Birchmere on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Americana duo Kentucky Avenue perform as part of The 9 Songwriter Series at Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday, Aug. 24. Learn a little bit about the band, see some pix of a previous performance, and make plans to see them!

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