Music Park: The Temper Trap @ 9:30 Club — 10/6/16

The Temper TrapThe Temper Trap (Photo Courtesy of Girlie Action Media)

“This is our last song. You know what it is.” As the heady notes of “Sweet Disposition” reached the dancing part of our brains, everyone at the crowded 9:30 Club not moving suddenly found invigorating purpose. Dougy Mandagi, lead singer of The Temper Trap, brought the dancing throngs to an epic finish for their show on October 6th. “A moment of love, a dream, a laugh, a kiss, a cry.”

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Around Town: October’s OutdoorFest Mappy Hour @ The North Face, 10/11/16

Colorado BackpackingBackpacking in Colorado (Photo Credit: Jeremy Bailey)

DC’s Mappy Hour, put on by OutdoorFest, returns to The North Face in Georgetown for their October hour of happiness!

This time the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will come to teach you the skills and techniques you need to reduce your impact and enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

Plus get free beer and free Lyft rides down to Georgetown. What’s not to love?

Register here.

Mappy Hour – October 2016
The North Face in Georgetown (3333 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 )
Tuesday, October 11
6:30-9:00pm
Free (must register)
21+

Music Park: SHAED (Opened for Marian Hill) @ 9:30 Club — 9/10/16

SHAED EPA signed copy of SHAED’s new EP, Just Wanna See (Photo Credit: Jeremy Bailey)

As the members of SHAED walked triumphantly off the stage at the 9:30 Club, the audience exploded with cheer and began to chant mightily, “One more song! One more song!”

SHAED opened (along with VÉRITÉ) for Marian Hill on Saturday, September 10th, part of the early show at the club that night (scheduled before a separate DJ set at 11pm). Opening bands don’t get an encore in that situation, but the crowd was not having it. Finally, with the expectant crowd in full chant mode, Chelsea Lee (lead singer) had to come back on stage to put the nix on our hopes.

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Around Town: September’s OutdoorFest Mappy Hour @ Wunder Garten, 9/13/16

REI @ Wunder GartenREI @ Wunder Garten (Photo by: Jeremy Bailey)

The next OutdoorFest Mappy Hour will wrestle with the theme of topographic map reading. An essential skill for hikers and backpackers! REI outdoor instructors will be on hand to give guidance on how to read your map effectively and not get lost.

Mappy Hour is free to attend (with registration). Expect happy hour prices for your beers from the newly re-opened Wunder Garten (at its new location). In addition to German beers, they have expanded their beer menu to include a few local beers.

Come with maps and plans of the places you want to explore.

Register here.

Mappy Hour – September 2016
Wunder Garten in NoMa (1st and L Street NE)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6:30-9:30pm
Free (must register)
21+

Around Town: August’s OutdoorFest Mappy Hour @ Wunder Garten, 8/24/16

Conquer the mountainMt. Catherine, WA (Photo by: Jeremy Bailey)

This month’s Mappy Hour, by OutdoorFest, will be on the theme of adventure travel. Bring your big adventure ideas.

As always, Mappy Hour is free, but beer will set you back a few of your hard-earned pennies. This month, they partner with REI and move to the outdoor Wunder Garten in NoMa.

Register here.

I’ll be backpacking four days in Colorado next week. Can you come up with bigger adventure goals?

Mappy Hour – August 2016
Wunder Garten in NoMA (1st and L Street NE)
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
6:30-9:30pm
Free (must register)
21+

Around Town: Beer Fest by Drink the District @ Storey Park, 7/30/16

Beer in DCBeer in DC (Photo Credit: Jeremy Bailey)

Oh sweltering and nasty heat, how do we defeat you?

Not possible. But you can knock it down a few pegs, at least for a few hours, by drinking lots of cold, refreshing beer.

Not soon enough, the 5th annual Beer Fest comes to NoMa’s Storey Park on July 30th.

Aside from having the ability to drink as many beers as you want (from over 100 choices) in a four hour window, there will be games and live music and food trucks.

(Note: Updated to reflect the new times.)

5th Annual Beer Fest by Drink the District
Storey Park in NoMa (195 L Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002)
Saturday, July 30, 2016
4-8pm
$35 advance ($45 doors)
21+

Around Town: International Colombian Festival @ Gallaudet Pavilion, 7/17/16

Door Medellín, Colombia – come on in. (Photo Credit: Jeremy Bailey)

¡Viva Colombia!

DC will get the chance to indulge in the tastes and sounds of Colombia on Sunday, July 17th.

Come down to the DC (Gallaudet) Pavilion near Union Market for the International Colombian Festival. Colombian music, dancing, art and plenty of tasty food!

The festival will feature a series of bands from Colombia and a beauty pageant.

If it gets anything like Parque Lleras in Medellín, it should be a good time. If the food is anything like bandeja paisa, it should be amazing.

Bandeja paisa
Bandeja paisa

International Colombian Festival 2016
DC (Gallaudet) Pavilion near Union Market (1399 5th St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002)
Sunday, July 17
10am-7pm
$15 (VIP $35)
All ages (children under 10 free)

Music Park: The Struts @ Firefly Music Festival 2016 — 6/19/16

The StrutsThe Struts @ Firefly’s Treehouse Stage (6/19/16) (Photo by: Jeremy Bailey)

The Struts are showmen through and through.

This glam rock band from England is certainly channeling Queen, especially with Luke Spiller’s voice as pure and resonate as Freddy Mercury’s. After all, their name is The Struts and that is what they did.

Their music is classic, exuberant rock and roll. They mobilized the Firefly crowd at the Lawn Stage to great heights of excitement and sing-a-longs. Anyone that didn’t know them going in, certainly walked away with full intention of adding them to their playlist on repeat.

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Music Park: Stand With Me: A Song for Peace and Understanding

A group of DC-based artists and musicians recently gathered on the National Mall to create a song and video to promote peace, and they were joined by some volunteers they happened to encounter along the way. Watch their video above!

Multimedia journalist Winyan Soo Hoo wrote to us to explain their message of peace calls attention to the Syrian refugee crisis as well as the fight against Islamophobia.

“It’s a unique approach to a nuanced topic and a great way to call for compassion and decency for all communities,” she said.

In the spirit of brotherhood — and sisterhood — among all, we are compelled to share their video. Perhaps you will also!