Once upon a time, on the second Thursday of the month, Parklife DC hosted Careless Memories: A New Wave Party, where we played some favorite tunes inspired by many of the concerts we review.
This event is suspended for the time being.
Thursday, Jan. 10: David Bowie and The New Romantics
David Bowie inspired a clutch of UK fashionistas known as the New Romantics, including bands such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Ultravox, Adam Ant, Eurythmics, and more. Let’s get synthy.
Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Second Thursday monthly
Thursday, Oct. 11: Careless Memories: ’80s Guitar Heroes
First wave introduced us to some spectacular guitarists, including Andy Taylor of Duran Duran and Johnny Marr of The Smiths. Let’s rock the night away.
Thursday, Sept. 13: Careless Memories: Lost ’80s
Celebrating Lost ’80s Live, featuring Bow Wow Wow, Animotion, Wang Chung, A Flock of Seagulls, and more
Thursday, Aug. 9: Careless Memories: A Night of New Order
Inspired by New Order’s performance at The Anthem on Aug. 28.
Thursday, June 14: Careless Memories: Happy Birthday
We celebrated a birthday! Yay!
Thursday, May 10: A Very British Careless Memories: The Human League
Inspired by The Human League, who have four West Coast tour dates this week but none on the East Coast!
Thursday, April 12: Careless Memories: The New Romantics
To toast Midge Ure, who is coming to town, we played the music of Ultravox and like-minded bands from the most synthpop genre ever.
Thursday, March 8: Out of Touch (The Music of Daryl Hall and John Oates)
Because Hall and Oates perform at Capital One Arena in June, we played nothing but their music all night!
Thursday, Feb. 15: Talking Heads: 18
Inspired by David Byrne, former frontman of the Talking Heads, at The Anthem this spring.
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018: Careless Memories: Talking Loud and Clear
Inspired by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, March 6.
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017: Careless Memories: Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Our Christmas party, featuring New Wave Christmas tunes.
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017: Careless Memories: Are Friends Electric?
Inspired by Gary Numan at 9:30 Club on Friday, March 9.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017: Careless Memories: Cool for Cats
Inspired by Squeeze at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017: Careless Memories: Post-Punk/New Wave Revival
Celebrating the bands of the post-punk/new wave rival, including Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, The Sounds, and more.
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017: Careless Memories: Mute Records 202
Inspired by Depeche Mode at Verizon Center on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Thursday, July, 13, 2017: Careless Memories: Make It Magnificent (A Blondie Night)
Inspired by Blondie at Wolf Trap on Thursday, Aug. 3.
Thursday, June 8, 2017: Careless Memories: Retro Futura
Inspired by the Retro Futura Tour with headliner Howard Jones, which visited Baltimore on Sunday, July 30.
Thursday, May 25, 2017: Music for Manchester
Inspired by a terrorist attack on Manchester, we played favorite UK artists like The Smiths, New Order, and others who hail from the city.
Thursday, April 13, 2017: Ciao, Giorgio
Inspired by the performance of Giorgio Moroder at 9:30 Club on Friday, May 12.
Thursday, March 9, 2017: Careless Memories: Land Down Under
Inspired by Colin Hay at The Birhmere on Sunday, March 12, and Monday, March 13.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017: Careless Memories: The Romance of Synthpop
Inspired by Book of Love at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017: Careless Memories: Happy Birthday, David Bowie
Inspired by the late David Bowie’s birthday on Jan. 8.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016: Careless Memories: Duran Duran Save Christmas
Inspired by Duran Duran and their New Year’s shows at MGM National Harbor on Saturday, Dec. 31 and Sunday, Jan. 1.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016: Careless Memories: Factory Records 202
Inspired by Peter Hook and The Light at the Howard Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016: Careless Memories: A Toast to the Pet Shop Boys
Inspired by the Pet Shop Boys at Warner Theatre on Friday, Nov. 11.
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016: Careless Memories: A Salute to Psych
Inspired by Echo and the Bunnymen at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 9.
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016: Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Inspired by good music all around!
Thursday, July 14, 2016: Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Inspired by a recent trip to Paris at its Pigalle New Wave Party — our inaugural edition!