Snapshots: Jon Batiste @ The Anthem — 6/15/19

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Jon Batiste performs at The Anthem his band, Stay Human, on June 15, 2019. The performance occurred during the 15th Annual DC JazzFest. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Anyone who watches late-night television likely knows Jon Batiste. He and his band, Stay Human, are the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The band paid a visit to DC recently to perform as a headline act at The Anthem during the 15th annual DC JazzFest.

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Live Review: Brandi Carlile @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/14/19

IMG_8748-12 Brandi Carlile bows as she walks onto the Merriweather stage on June 14, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

We’ve seen Brandi Carlile before, we’ve walked the very same steps at Merriweather Post Pavilion, sat under the same stars, even heard some of the same songs. But no part of us could prepare for the joy-letting, the rampant release of emotion, the impossible catharsis, and the absolute connectedness of this recent show.

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Live Review: Spirit Adrift @ Songbyrd Music House — 6/13/19

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Spirit Adrift poses at Songbyrd Music House on June 13, 2019. (Photo by Jamie Langley)

Hailing from the depths of Phoenix, Arizona, Spirit Adrift are making their way through the United States with High Command and Haunt. I caught them recently at their DC date, held at Songbyrd Music House, a venue that is part record store, part concert hall.

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Live Review: Darrell Scott @ AMP — 6/13/19

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Darrell Scott (Photo by Jim McGuire)

Darrell Scott is a master songwriter: Travis Tritt and the Dixie Chicks have taken his songs to the Country Top 5, he’s been voted Nashville Songwriter of the Year, and he’s received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song.

But Darrell also has the blues deep down inside his body, his bones, his heart, and his soul. Not the kind of blues you have when you’re sad. This kind of the blues that is the fire in the belly of all American music. It is seductive danger and gentle love, the harsh growl of the wolf of the door and the tender croon of the father’s lullaby at the baby’s cradle. And it all came out at a recent show at AMP by Strathmore.

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