Around Town: Vote for the 2021 Wammie Awards (Thru 1/31/21)

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A virtual Wammies Awards program will be held on March 28, 2021. (Photo by Elise Cai)

Voting for the 2021 Wammie Awards has officially begun. Residents of DC, Maryland, and Virginia can now vote for their favorite local artists and musicians for a 2021 Wammie Award. Nominations are still open through Jan. 31, so music lovers can both vote and nominate through the end of January.

Vote for your favorite DC artists now!

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Around Town: Congress Passes #SaveOurStages Act

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls for support for music venues outside Brookyn’s Baby’s All Right on Aug. 18, 2020. (Photo courtesy NIVA)

Congress on Monday passed a pandemic relief bill that includes $15 billion for independent venues and promotors, providing a vital lifeline to music venues such as DC’s 9:30 Club, Black Cat, DC9, and others.

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Poll: 2020 Thrushie Awards — Results!

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Pie Shop DC (Photo by Aiden Korotkin)

Parklife DC today announces the best in DC concerts with our annual awards program, named for our mascot, DC’s own state bird — the Wood Thrush. Our Thrushie Awards salute bands and venues in line with our mission to review live music concerts.

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Around Town: Nominations Open for Wammie Awards

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Jeffery Tribble, Jr., Executive Director of The MusicianShip addresses the Wammie Awards in 2019. (Photo courtesy of The MusicianShip)

Nominations for the 2021 Wammie Awards are now live. Residents of the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area can nominate their favorite local musicians and artists, including themselves, for a coveted Wammie.

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Around Town: Funk Parade to Go Virtual in 2021

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The Lady Raiders Step Squad perform at the DC Funk Parade on May 12, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

After being forced to cancel the 2020 Funk Parade, The MusicianShip announced it is bringing the festival back for 2021 with a hybrid experience.

With a timeline for widespread vaccine access still uncertain, Funk Parade will forego its traditional Parade, Day Festival, and Night Festival in favor of virtual and smaller, socially-distanced events.

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Vote: What Is the Best in DC for 2020?

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A wood thrush! (Photo by Trish Gussler)

Parklife DC will honor DC bands and venues with our send annual Thrushie Awards program, named for our mascot, DC’s own state bird — the Wood Thrush. As always, our Thrushie Awards are inspired by our mission to review live music concerts and spotlight bands and concert halls covered by Parklife DC.

Voting for Thrushies runs through Friday, Dec. 11 at midnight, and you get to vote for your favorite DC band or venue.

In the past, we have also solicited votes for Best Music Festival, but we have paused that category this year as the novel coronavirus forced the cancellation of our favorite DC-area music festivals in 2020.

Our poll focuses local bands from our coverage and interviews from the past year and local music venues where we reviewed shows or promoted livestreams.

Write-in candidates are welcome!

Vote for your favorites!

Poll: What Is the Best Music Venue in DC for 2020?

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A band on stage! (Photo by Montecruz Foto)

Welcome to the 2020 Thrushie Awards!

Parklife DC will name the DC best local music venue of the year with your input. The Thrushie Awards are open to DC-area music venues that host touring bands. These venues must be occupied by its owner-operator and not a “for-rent” concert hall operated by an independent agent.

Learn more about each nominee by clicking on their name in keywords. Or name your own candidate!

Vote for the best music local music venue in the DC metro area now through Dec. 11.

Poll: Who Is the Best Local Band in DC?

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Guitar! (Photo by Duane Storey)

Welcome to the 2020 Thrushie Awards!

Parklife DC will name the DC best local band — or performer — of the year with your input. Local bands include those who live in the National Capital Region and issuing new material this year (livestreaming during the coronavirus epidemic is a plus!). Learn more about each nominee by clicking on their name in keywords. Or name your own candidate!

Vote for the best music local band in the DC metro area now through Dec. 11.

Around Town: Insomniac Events Acquires Echostage and Soundcheck

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Glow President and CEO Pete Kalamoutsos (Photo by Doug Van Sant)

EDM and dance enthusiasts, rejoice! It seems a sure bet that two of DC’s top DJ venues are set to survive the pandemic.

Insomniac Events recently announced the acquisition of electronic music event promotions company Club Glow and iconic venues Echostage and Soundcheck in Washington, D.C.

The deal, which concluded in February 2020, pairs global promoter Insomniac Events with Pete Kalamoutsos, whose Club Glow is a power player in the DC electronic music scene, as Insomniac expands its reach on the East Coast while aligning itself with a longtime industry vet.

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Around Town: Farewell, U Street Music Hall

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Walking up to U Street Music Hall (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Today, U Street Music Hall announced it is closing its doors effectively immediately due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Although primarily a DJ club, Parklife DC covered a number of exciting live shows at U Hall, as it was affectionately known. For much of its 10-year run, U Street Music Hall hit the sweet spot as a space for upcoming touring bands with its 500-person capacity and easily accessible location.

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