Jonny Grave performs at Black Cat on June 15, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
At the Black Cat recently, Jonny Grave’s IMPALA EP release show demonstrated how musical diversity in reality (as Neil Young once said) “is all one song.”
Tal Wilkenfeld performs at City Winery on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, Prince, Herbie Hancock. The list of musicians heaping praise on Tal Wilkenfeld starts, but by no means ends, with those iconic names.
Jonny Grave performs at Jammin’ Java on April 10, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Jonny Grave, the man and his music, defy categorization. Yes, he learned his chops studying blues greats like Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, and R.L. Burnside, but as I sat down to write this piece, I opened up the advance file of his new EP, IMPALA, and something unexpected and wondrous began pouring from the speakers.
A reveler leads a march in the Funk Parade on May 11, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
The rain started before it ended — but just barely. The “it” in this case being DC’s annual Funk Parade and Festival, which took place last weekend along the city’s U Street corridor. A celebration of music, art, dance, and community, the Funk Parade, now in its sixth year, adopted #DontMuteDC as its theme for 2019.
Mountain Goats perform at 9:30 Club on April 26, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
I’m way late to the party when it comes to The Mountain Goats but my excuse is that the musical road that brought me to John Darnielle and company was very long and winding. To say the least. It finally took me to 9:30 Club to see the band recently.
Martin Barre performs at The Birchmere on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
“Could you get behind a slow marching band, and join together in the passing, of all we shared through yesterdays, in sorrows neverlasting” Slow Marching Band – Jethro Tull
Los Lonely Boys perform at City Winery on April 14, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
If I have to work on a Sunday night, it may as well be an evening out with my partner enjoying a nice glass of wine, a delicious meal, and listening to the blues rock of Los Lonely Boys.