Live Review: Broke Royals @ DC9 — 8/16/19

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Broke Royals frontman Philip Basnight performs at DC9, Aug. 16, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

Broke Royals recently concluded an intensive 10-day tour with a hometown performance at DC9. The DC-based power-pop group, and winners of Parklife DC’s 2018 inaugural Thrushie Award for best local band, put in 12 performances across the Midwest and the Atlantic coast over 10 days, reaching as far as Milwaukee, to promote their new album, Saint Luxury.

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Interview: Dan Fedoryka of Scythian (@ Appaloosa Festival @ Skyline Ranch Resort, 8/30-9/1/19)

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Scythian performs at Appaloosa Festival 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson/ Chestersimpson.com)

Dan Fedoryka of Scythian is pure joy in conversation. With the success of his Celtic-roots band, the laidback vocalist, guitarist, and accordionist is often busy planning a tour or a festival. But Dan remains generous with his time, and he is as pleasant on the phone as he is in person.

Parklife DC caught up with Dan to chat about the ever-growing Appaloosa Festival, occurring on Aug. 30-Sept. 1, and Scythian’s plans for the celebration of bluegrass, roots, and Americana. The fifth annual Appaloosa Festival will take place on Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 at the Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia.

Check out the Appaloosa Festival website for tickets and info. (After all, Appaloosa Festival won Best DC Music Festival in the inaugural Parklife DC Thrushie Awards for a reason last year!)

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Preview: Kentucky Avenue with Special Guest Justin Trawick @ Villain and Saint — 8/16/19

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Kentucky Avenue’s Stella Schindler and Dave Ries perform at The Birchmere, July 27, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Local alt-country band Kentucky Avenue debuts its quartet lineup when original members Dave Ries (lead guitar/vocals) and Stella Schindler (lead vocals/guitar) are joined by fiddler Michael Taylor and bassist Greg Watkins for performance at Villain & Saint on Friday, Aug. 16.

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Snapshots: Bencoolen @ The Hamilton Live — 8/10/19

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Teddy Scott (left) and Paul Gregg (right) of Bencoolen perform at The Hamilton Live, Aug. 10, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

DC-based Bencoolen performed an opening set at The Hamilton Live recently, delivering an energized 45-minute set to warm the crowd for the jazz/funk sextet Naughty Professor from New Orleans.

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Snapshots: The Circus Life Podcast 6th Anniversary @ 9:30 Club — 7/27/19

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Justin Trawick, The Circus Life podcast host and lead singer of Justin Trawick and the Common Good, performs at 9:30 Club, July 27, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

“Life’s a circus and this is The Circus Life.”

Frequent listeners to the Circus Life podcast recognize that phrase because it’s how host Justin Trawick begins each episode of the podcast which is recorded live in remote locations in and around the nation’s capital. The interview-based podcast features conversations between Justin and influential and interesting individuals in music and culture.

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Ticket Giveaway: DC Music Rocks Festival @ 9:30 Club, 8/17/19

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DC Music Rocks, a DMV syndicated FM radio show/podcast, will present its third annual DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Aug. 17, with an assortment of bands including local bands The Eli Lev Collective, More AM Than FM, Sub-Radio, Iza Flo, and Los Empresarios. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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