Music Park: Tony Bennett (and special surprise guest Lady Gaga) @ Wolf Trap — 6/23/18

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Tony Bennett performs with Lady Gaga at Wolf Trap on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Lock & Company)

Just minutes before showtime at Wolf Trap, an extremely bright double rainbow spanned across the sky, centering the venue beneath its colorful glow. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect to welcome a living legend to the stage.

Introduced by a recording from his friend Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, dressed in gray pants, a blue blazer, and sporting a mustache, hit the stage and was welcomed with a standing ovation.

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Music Park: Sons of Apollo @ Howard Theatre — 5/20/18

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Sons of Apollo performs at the Howard Theatre on May 20, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

You hope that with any band, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But when you start with amazing individual parts, the expectations can get quite high. Fortunately, with prog-metal supergroup, Sons of Apollo, those expectations were not only met but exceeded in a thrilling show at the Howard Theatre on Sunday.

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Music Park: Jonathan Davis (of Korn) @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/17/18

Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 17, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

Beneath a flood of red light, Jonathan Davis, best known for being the lead singer of Korn, brought his performance to The Fillmore Silver Spring. One week in advance of the release of his new solo album, Black Labyrinth, Jonathan and his band performed the new album nearly in its entirety.

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Music Park: Myles Kennedy @ Baltimore Soundstage — 5/16/18

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Myles Kennedy performs at Baltimore Soundstage on May 16, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

Myles Kennedy has one of the more distinct voices in hard rock today. While the rock landscape is full of rough, low-end singers, Myles’ voice is higher in register, similar to guys like Axl Rose and Bruce Dickinson. On Wednesday night, looking much more youthful than his nearly 50 years of age, dressed in a black button down shirt and sleeveless white undershirt, and playing in front of a simple black curtain imprinted with The Year of the Tiger logo, Myles put his voice on full display, playing a solo acoustic show for a sold-out audience at the Baltimore Soundstage.

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Snapshots: Bullet for My Valentine @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 5/6/18

Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 6, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

Welsh hard rockers Bullet for My Valentine will release Gravity, their sixth studio album, via Search and Destroy and Spinefarm Records on June 29. On the road to the record release, BFMV performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, May 6, and Chris Smyth took some pictures of the show.

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Music Park: Trivium @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/6/18

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Matt Heafy fronts Trivium at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 6, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

Sunday was a night of fast and ferocious music at The Fillmore Sliver Spring. As the opening act ahead of Bullet For My Valentine, heavy metal band Trivium brought their combination of guttural screaming and clean singing to a frenzied audience.

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Music Park: Pink @ Capital One Arena — 4/16/18

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Pink performs at Capital One Arena on April 16, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

Aerial acrobatics, costumed dancers, pyrotechnics, confetti, countless outfit changes, and fireworks filled Capital One Arena on Monday. Somehow, all of that was jam packed into two hours of Pink’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour, and it was a spectacle to behold.

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