Around Town: Wammie Awards @ Gather, 7/13-7/17/20

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Jonny Grave performs at 9:30 Club on March 9, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 Wammie Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for March to recognize the best of local DC-area music. But now The MusicianShip, the nonprofit producer of the awards program, unveils a schedule for a virtual Wammie Awards to occur over the week of Monday, July 13, to Friday, July 17, via Event DC’s new virtual forum, Gather.

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Song of the Day: “Prisoners” by Doves

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Doves (Photo by Jon Shard)

Doves recently revealed their first new music in 11 years and broke their silence on new album rumors by announcing their long awaited fifth studio album, The Universal Want, set for release on Sept. 11 through IMPERIAL in the United States.

Buoyed by refreshed chemistry, restless studio creativity, and public reaction to their return, Doves have set free the album’s first single, “Prisoners.”

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Preview: Wandering Lies @ Jammin’ Java, 7/11/20

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Wandering Lies (Photo courtesy the band)

Wandering Lies is a female-fronted rock band based out of DC. By combining their do-it-yourself work ethic, and unwavering dedication with a signature sound, singer Angie Pepa, rhythm guitarist Noli Conty, lead guitarist David Chaletzky, bassist Myk Menez, and drummer Jason Brooks are paving their own road to success.

That road includes a stop for “A Song & A Slice: A Socially Distanced Outdoor Concert Series,” at Jammin’ Java on Saturday, July 11.

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Livestream Preview: Maggie Miles @ Pearl Street Warehouse, 7/9/20

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Maggie Miles (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)

Maggie Miles teams with Pearl Street Warehouse to present a weekly variety show featuring artist performances, Q+As, industry panels, and more.

She launches the show with Jarreau Williams and other guests via Facebook and other social media on Thursday, July 9.

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Song of the Day: “Dandelions/ Liminal” by Emmy the Great

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Emmy the Great (Photo by Nononino)

Emmy the Great announces news of her new solo album April / 月音, to be released on Oct. 9 via Bella Union.

She also shares first single “Dandelions/ Liminal,” a song about being OK with uncertainty and learning to co-exist with your own sorrow and the sorrows of the world.

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Preview: Daryl Davis @ The Birchmere, 7/11/20

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Daryl Davis (Photo courtesy of The Birchmere)

You may have heard tales of an eloquent Black man who surprisingly engages with the Ku Klux Klan, occasionally convincing its members to abandon the group by expanding their awareness of brotherhood and human rights for all men.

That man is musician Daryl Davis, a Bluesman and scholar ever there were one, and he’s heading to The Birchmere to boogie down for a show on Saturday, July 11.

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Song of the Day: “Lovechild” by Marieme

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Marieme (Photo by Ogata)

Marieme will release a string of singles this summer: Songs for the Revolution. Marieme was so moved by recent events she decided to get to work with new music with the hopes of starting to heal herself and the world around her.

She kicks the series off with a video only release of her track “Lovechild” that recently premiered on Billboard Pride. Of the track Marieme said, “The song is about remembering who you are, you’re a lovechild.”

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