Snapshots: Lake Street Dive @ Rams Head Live — 1/3/19

LakeStreetDive Rachael Price fronts Lake Street Dive at Rams Head Live on Jan. 3, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Lake Street Dive kicked off 2019 on the right foot recently with a sold-out show at Baltimore’s Rams Head Live. The show continued the band’s successful Free Yourself Up Tour, begun last summer in support of its most recent album of the same name, released in May 2018 via Nonesuch Records.

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Live Review: John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band @ City Winery — 1/2/19

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The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band performs at City Winery on Jan. 2, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Many identify bluegrass music with the classic bluegrass music of Bill Monroe, or Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. While that represents the roots of bluegrass, the music has evolved, even developing into distinct styles. At City Winery DC, the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, J2B2, recently gave a virtuosic performance of progressive bluegrass.

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Preview: Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert @ The Institute of Musical Traditions, 1/12/19

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Rayna Gellert and Kieran Kane (Photo courtesy the artists)

The godfather of Americana music is coming to DC metro to perform in at the Institute of Musical Traditions in Rockville, Maryland. Kieran Kane will perform with prodigious fiddler Rayna Gellert in what is sure to be a show to remember at the School of Musical Traditions on Saturday, Jan. 12.

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Live Review: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ The Anthem — 12/31/18

TromboneShorty Trombone Shorty performs at The Anthem on Dec. 31, 2018. (Photos by Ari Strauss)

Trombone Shorty Heats Up New Years Eve at The Anthem
Words by Juliet Van Wagenen and Ari Strauss

With vibrant notes, Trombone Shorty blasted an energetic and enthusiastic crowd at The Anthem into the New Year as the clock struck 2019.

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Live Review: The Band of Heathens @ Hill Country Live — 12/31/18

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The Band of Heathens performs at Michael Hearne’s 15th annual Big Barndance in Taos, New Mexico, on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo by Dave Hensley)

Coming from one of America’s great musical cities, Austin, Texas, The Band of Heathens played on New Year’s Eve at Hill Country BBQ. Formed in 2008, the BoH mixes Americana influences with roots rock. On their most recent project, A Message from the People Revisited, they journey into soul, gospel, and R&B.

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Live Review: David Wax Museum @ Union Stage — 12/30/18

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David Wax Museum performs at Union Stage on 12.30.2018 (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

David Wax Museum brought the band’s border-crossing, world-spiced Mexo-Americana party to the Union Stage in DC with barely 24 hours left in the year. The core (and married) duo of David Wax and Suz Slezak took to the stage with percussionist/ trumpeter Danilo Henriquez and bassist Ben Kogan, warming the audience on this December night, smiles beaming like spring flowers around the whole club, stage to bar.

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