Nas (Photo courtesy Wolf Trap)
Rapper Nas released Nasir, his 11th studio album, via Mass Appeal Records in 2018. But the hip hop artist is on tour now to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his album Illmatic, and he’s doing it in style. Nas performs the album with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap on Sunday, July 14.
Damian Marley (Photo courtesy Roc Nation)
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley released Stony Hill, his 12th studio album, in 2018, and it went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Now Bob Marley’s youngest son heads to The Anthem for a show on Saturday, July 13.
Operators (Photo by Shervin Lainez)
Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade went totally new wave with his latest project, Operators. The synth-forward trio released Radiant Dawn, a second studio album, recently via Last Gang Records, and Operators perform at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, July 13.
L-R: Brady Black, Todd Stewart, Johnny “Chops” Richardson, Randy Rogers, Geoffrey Hill, Les Lawless (photo by Allen Clark)
The Randy Rogers Band recently released Hell Bent, its ninth studio album, via Tommy Jackson Records. Randy Rogers and his bandmates play at 9:30 Club on Thursday, July 11.
Members of Field Day (Photo courtesy Earshot Media)
Peter Cortner and Doug Carrion, former members of Dag Nasty, joined forces with Mark Phillips (Down by Law) as Field Day, and the band is making its live debut across the country this summer with new music to follow in 2020. Field Day performs at Black Cat on Friday, July 12, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Eilen Jewell (Photo courtesy conqueroo)
Americana singer-songwriter Eilen (pronounced ee-len) Jewell’s music mixes the influences of classic country and blues. On her last album, Down Hearted Blues, she covered a dozen classic tracks from that genre. She’s releasing a new album of original songs, Gypsy, next month.
Eilen will perform in Mason District Park on Sunday, July 12 at 7:30pm. The concert is sponsored Fairfax County and is free and open to the public. Parklife DC’s Mark Engleson caught up with Eilen for a chat prior to the show.
Rob Thomas (Photo by Randall Slavin)
Rob Thomas released Chip Tooth Smile, his fourth studio album, in April through Atlantic Records. The Matchbox Twenty frontman brings his solo show to The Anthem on Friday, July 12!