Preview: Phish @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 6/22/19

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Phish (Photo by Brantley Gutierrez)

Phish hit the road for the summer on a 26-date tour that culminates with the band’s traditional Labor Day run of shows in Commerce City, Colorodo. Along the way, guitarist Trey Anastasio and company stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, June 22, and there are very few seats remaining!

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Preview: Perry Farrell @ City Winery, 6/19/19

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Perry Farrell (Photo by MEENO)

On June 7, Perry Farrell released Kind Heaven, his third solo studio album, and also launched the Kind Heaven Orchestra World Tour. The highly anticipated tour arrives at City Winery DC on Wednesday, June 19. Very limited tickets remain for the show!

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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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Live Review: The Lemonheads @ 9:30 Club — 6/13/19

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The Lemonheads rock out at the 9:30 Club on June 13, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Evan Dando, the creative force and songwriter behind The Lemonheads, has written some brilliant songs. In fact, they are some of the most hook-laden creations ever put to vinyl from the late ’80’s to mid-90’s. And in 2003 his solo album, Baby I’m Bored, has one of my favorite songs, “Hard Drive,” that’s even more moving when you see him perform the song alone with only a guitar being the only accompaniment. He would do exactly that at a recent show at 9:30 Club.

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Live Review: Keb’ Mo’ @ The Birchmere — 6/13/19

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Keb’ Mo’ performs at The Birchmere on June 13, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Robbie Moore refers to her husband and modern blues legend Keb’ Mo’ as the happiest man in the blues world. Keb’s happy disposition was evident when the four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist took the stage at The Birchmere in Alexandria recently to delight fans with a nearly two-hour solo set.

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Live Review: Tom Russell @ Jammin’ Java — 6/12/19

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Tom Russell (Photo by Nadine Russell)

Two small paintings of equal size framed the stage at Jammin’ Java. Stage right, the face of Johnny Cash sat on one chair, and stage left, the face of Leadbelly, on the other. Folk/Americana musician Tom Russell began painting (seriously, at least) in 2003, and his work now appears in galleries and hotels. His works also appeared with him at Jammin’ Java recently.

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