Santigold performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 6, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Flashback to more than 10 years ago, you could’ve caught me singing “L.E.S Artistes” by Santigold on repeat on my iPod — but that song came to life recently at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Santigold: 10 Years Golder Tour featured the full self-titled debut album for an eager crowd, ready to soak up the nostalgia feels of her album and other songs too.
Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis perform at The Anthem on April 28, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
I had the great honor of covering Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith last year in 2018 (check those posts out by clicking on the artists’ names). When it was announced that they would tour jointly together, I thought ” What a perfect pair!” Luckily, the tour started in Kali’s hometown recently, and we were in for a treat from both ladies in a sold-out show at The Anthem.
Yannis Phillippakis (of Foals) performs at the 9:30 Club on April 16, 2019. ( Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Foals were a sight to behold over two nights at 9:30 Club recently. On the first sold-out night, the stage was set-up meticulously yet casually for the show. A lion tapestry and plants bordered the stage and the band’s instruments sat in the middle. Foals came prepared to show DC how to have a good time.
Emily King performs at the 9:30 Club in DC on April 4, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Emily King kicked off her Scenery Tour recently at the 9:30 Club. It’s been almost four years since she last came to DC — since the release of The Switch in 2015. And DC embraced Emily with with lots of cheer and couldn’t wait for the night to begin.
José González & The String Theory performs at Lincoln Theatre on March 20, 2019. Photo by Brenda Reyes.
At sold-out Lincoln Theater recently, José González and The String Theory delivered an amazing performance. It was a real treat to have seen a full ensemble of instruments with the vocals of José González to give it magical touch.
Chai performs at Union Stage on March 18, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
I caught onto Chai in November 2018 and thought that I had to go really far to see them live, but luckily I only needed to catch the metro to Union Stage. Den-Mate and Haiku Hands started the night off amazingly and hope to see them again very soon. After the openers, the crowd started to chant out C-H-A-I, and I was ready for their set to begin.
Chelsea Lee of SHAED performs at U Street Music Hall on March 2, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Recently at U Street Music Hall, SHAED (pronounced shade) took the stage to a packed crowd. It was a hometown show, and so it is always nice to come home and play with your closest friends and family. Interestingly enough, the first time I saw SHAED was not in DC but all the way in Chicago at Mamby on the Beach in 2017. So, I was glad to see them closer to home.