Snapshots: Shannon McNally @ City Winery — 2/13/19

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Shannon McNally performs at City Winery on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Diners heading to City Winery in Ivy City recently to see the last performance of Steve Earle’s winter residency were treated to a wonderful musical appetizer. Singer/songwriter Shannon McNally warmed up the capacity crowd with a tasty 45-minute solo set of acoustic tunes from her catalog.

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Snapshots: Carly Burruss @ The Birchmere — 2/5/19

CitizenHeights- Carly Burruss performs at The Birchmere on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The devil went down to Georgia, but a sweet angel came to Alexandria from Atlanta recently in the form of singer-songwriter Carly Burruss.

Carly is currently touring with Kasey Chambers and provided a warm and energized opening set at The Birchmere on Tuesday.

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Live Review: Greensky Bluegrass @ The Anthem — 2/1/19

GreenskyBluegrass- Greensky Bluegrass performs at The Anthem on Feb. 1, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

To paraphrase the old saying about fights in hockey… I went to a light show the other night and a bluegrass concert broke out. And so it went with Greensky Bluegrass at The Anthem on Feb. 1 for the first of two rowdy nights.

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Live Review: Gaelic Storm @ The Birchmere, 1/29/19

GaelicStorm- Gaelic Storm performs at The Birchmere on Jan. 29, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

When Gaelic Storm took the stage at The Birchmere recently, frontman Patrick Murphy had his tongue firmly planted in cheek as he congratulated the capacity crowd for bravely trudging out in the, ahem, storm to attend a concert. (Earlier in the day, several area schools and employers had an early dismissal in anticipation of a snow and ice storm that never really developed.)

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Live Review: Upstate @ Union Stage — 1/25/19

Upstate- Upstate performs at Union Stage on Jan. 25, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Upstate, the dynamic sextet from upstate New York (see what they did there…), performed at The Wharf’s Union Stage recently, serving up the opening act for The Lil Smokies. I met Upstate this past summer when they performed at Appaloosa Festival, where I was working as a photographer. Their infectious personalities caught my attention, and their unique sound, which blends folk, R&B, jazz, and gospel with killer vocal harmonies, blew me away.

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