Around Town: 2018 Thrushie Awards @ Parklife DC, Thru 9/30/18

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A wood thrush! (Photo by Trish Gussler)

Parklife DC this year will honor the best in DC concerts with our inaugural awards program, named for our new mascot, DC’s own state bird — the Wood Thrush. Our “Thrushie” Awards will salute bands and venues in line with our mission to review live music concerts.

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Around Town: Temporary Closing @ Black Cat, Thru 1/28/18

The Black Cat
The Black Cat (Photo by Kevin Harber)

After its New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31, Black Cat, one of DC’s top indie rock clubs, closed its doors for roughly four weeks for repairs. The Back Cat intends to reopen on Sunday, Jan. 28, for a concert headlined by Destroyer, which features Dan Bejar of The New Pornographers.

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Around Town: 2017 Venue of the Year @ MGM National Harbor

Deftones @ MGM National Harbor, 14/06/2017
The Deftones perform at MGM National Harbor on June 14, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

As 2017 closed, quite a few new concert venues opened their doors in the DC metropolitan area. So we got to thinking how concert venues are such invaluable friends to concert attendees (and bloggers)! With the close of the year, Parklife DC would like to start a tradition of recognizing great concert venues with our Venue of the Year Award.

We salute The Theater at MGM National Harbor as Parklife DC’s 2017 Venue of the Year for going above and beyond expectations in its first full year operating at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

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Around Town: Thanksgiving Dinner @ Central Michel Richard, 11/23/17

Central Michel Richard located in downtown D.C. Central Michel Richard (Photo courtesy MoKi Media)

Thanksgiving is a few days away, and you’re staying in town! Want a terrific spot to eat dinner and watch the world go by with friends? Look no further than the excellent Central Michel Richard (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC), which is hosting a traditional three-course Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 23.

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Around Town: Chris Rock @ MGM National Harbor — 10/18/17

Chris Rock 11 Chris Rock performs at MGM National Harbor on Oct. 18, 2017.

Sometimes you sing lead vocals in a band, and sometimes you simply play tambourine. At least, that’s how relationships and marriages are when you do them right, said Chris Rock in his analysis at MGM National Harbor last week.

And when you are forced to play tambourine, you better play some damn sexy tambourine, Chris quipped.

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Don’t Miss: Chris Rock @ MGM National Harbor, 10/18-10/21/17

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Chris Rock (Photo courtesy Ticketmaster)

The inimitable Chris Rock will bring his keen comedic timing and off-color jokes to MGM National Harbor for four nights, beginning tonight, Oct. 18. Chris appears Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in The Theater at MGM National Harbor this week on The Total Blackout Tour, and only a few tickets remain for each performance (although tonight is sold out). Find tickets online.

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Around Town: Butterfly Bash @ Union Market — 10/13/17

DSC_0329 Amanda Marshall, founder of Fair Chance, addresses the 2017 Butterfly Bash on Oct. 13.

The MusicianShip, a DC nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of youth through music, recently turned to Fair Chance, a nonprofit that acts as a kind of consultant to other nonprofits, to build capacity and reach more young people.

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