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.
Martin Barre performs at Jammin’ Java on Oct. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
“I just want to be a good musician, I want to be a good songwriter, I want to get better.”
Refreshing words coming from a musician who’s been at the top of his game for over 50 years. Martin Barre is well-known as the long-time lead guitarist (1969-2012) for Jethro Tull. I spoke with Martin in anticipation of his “Martin Barre Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull Tour,” which will come to the DC Metro area for two shows on April 22 at The Birchmere and April 23 at Rams Head on Stage. (This interview has been edited for clarity and flow.)
Karen Jonas performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on March 31, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
The first time I saw Karen Jonas and her musical partner, Tim Bray, perform was at Gypsy Sally’s in 2015. I had the pleasure of seeing the duo with Karen’s band again recently at Pearl Street Warehouse on the night she won the 2019 Wammy Award for Best Country/Americana Artist.
Maggie Rogers performs at 9:30 Club on March 25, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Maggie Rogers is beloved by her fans. That her recent 930 Club shows sold out weeks in advance provided ample evidence of the fact.