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Music Park: Yumi Zouma @ DC9 — 6/8/16

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Yumi-Zouma-Yoncalla-2-1-LEADYumi Zouma (Photo Courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR)

Yumi Zouma, by way of New Zealand, captivated the DC9 crowd on Wednesday, June 8th with a fine mix of dreamy pop, synth hooks and Christie Simpson’s exuberantly clear voice.

With their name etched in cursive, hovering in the stage background in bright lights, Yumi Zouma played 14 fun, breezy songs from their new album and two previous EPs.

Music Park: Dolly Parton @ Wolf Trap — 6/8/16

Dolly Parton 01 Dolly Parton performs at Wolf Trap National Park on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Dolly Parton famously grew up poor in the Tennessee Smokey Mountains, and her late father worked hard to provide for her large family.

At one point, her father traveled to Detroit for work in an effort to improve their finances. After missing his home and family, he returned.

In tribute to his dedication, Dolly wrote a song “Smokey Mountain Memories,” which appeared on a live album Heartsongs: Live from Home, recorded at Dollywood in 1994.

Stars and Bars: The Ivy Room @ Republic Restoratives Distillery

Ivy RoomThe 800-square-foot Ivy Room is a collaboration between lobbyist Vinoda Basnayake and Republic Restoratives Distillery’s Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner. (Photo Credit: John Robinson)

Nestled next to the Republic Restoratives Distillery like a fancy sun room, a new cocktail bar opened in Ivy City.

The Ivy Room, a well-appointed and airy tasting room, will serve cocktails made with Civic Vodka. Civic is made in the distillery mere steps away. You can easily see the tanks reflecting light through the giant windows. Those windows open, giving it the perfect atmosphere on a sunny day or evening.

Cocktails featuring Civic, like the Blackberry Sour and the Moscow Mule, are refreshingly good. Republic is also distilling a batch of bourbon, which will be ready in the next few weeks. I’ll need to venture back.

There will not be a kitchen on-site, but they will plan to arrange for food trucks to park nearby.

Ivy City is a burgeoning neighborhood, with multiple distilleries and a brewery (Atlas Brew Works). Yet it is not Metro accessible. Luckily there is a parking garage next door, along with some free parking nearby. You can also find a Capitol Bikeshare station only one block away.

Ivy Room hours
Thursday/Friday: 5pm to 11pm
Saturday: Noon to 11pm
Sunday: Noon to 5pm

Ivy Room Cocktail MenuIvy Room Cocktail Menu

Ivy Room - Blackberry SourBlackberry Sour with Civic Vodka

Music Park: Bayonne @ Black Cat — 6/7/16

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Bayonne performs at the Black Cat on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Austin-based electronic musician Bayonne stopped by the Black Cat Tuesday to open for Two Door Cinema Club. With vocals, synths, and drums, he proved really quite absorbing and well worth seeing!

A good deal of the crowd showed up to see Bayonne in the sold-out show. And Bayonne (born Roger Sellers) did not disappoint. He threw himself across his synthesizers, bounded around his drums, and sang intensely into his mic while performing some songs from his debut album, Primitives (released in March via Mom+Pop), and improvising some affecting synth and drum numbers.

Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Phillies & Cubs, 6/10-6/15/16

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11 things to look forward to on the Nationals’ homestand from June 10-15.

Get your tickets here!

1) Da Cubs. After getting swept by the Cubs in four games (May 5-8), the Nationals are ready to show the world (June 13-15) what they are made of. Against the team that has best record in baseball.

2) NatsPass! Get a ticket to every home game in June for just $50! Do it!

3) Bryce Harper. May wasn’t a great month for Bryce. He also sat out a few games after getting hit by a pitch. June will be the month he gets hot.

4) 80’s Night. With the all important free fanny pack on Friday, June 10th.

5) Legwarmers. See a pregame concert (5:00-6:30pm) on Friday, June 10th.

6) Get on the field. Both a Seniors Stroll the Bases (June 11) and a Kids Run the Bases (June 12).

7) Steven Strasburg. Tied for 1st in wins (9) and 4th in strikeouts (100), Steven’s NL Cy Young chances are not out of the question. Although, beating out Kershaw and Arrieta will be tough.

8) Nats love dogs. Keep bringing your Pups to the Park #4 on Monday, June 13th.

9) $1 Good Humor ice cream on Tuesday, June 14th.

10) Fanny pack not enough? Come back on Wednesday, June 15th and get a free Tote Bag.

11) Seriously, the NatsPass. 10 home games in June for $50.

Music Park: Bands Performing at Firefly Music Festival Playing Nearby, June 2016

The Backyard Stage at night at Firefly Music FestivalThe Backyard Stage at night at Firefly Music Festival (Photo Credit: Danilo Lewis)

We all know the 5th Annual Firefly Music Festival is coming to Dover, Delaware from June 16-19.

We all know you want to go (and there are still passes here).

But for whatever reason, you can’t make it. Well, not to fret, you can still catch many of the artists and bands nearby in the DC area!

 

For those of you going, this also serves as a good list of bands to catch at Firefly.

Two Door Cinema Club
Local show: Black Cat, Tuesday, June 7
Firefly: Thursday, June 16 @ 10:00pm

CHVRCHES (preview)
Local Show: Rams Head Live!, Sunday, June 12
Firefly: Saturday, June 18 @ 6:00pm

Ellie Goulding
Local Show: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Monday, June 13
Firefly: Friday, June 17 @ 8:30pm

Whilk & Misky
Local Show: U Street Music Hall, Wednesday, June 15
Firefly: Thursday, June 16 @ 8:30pm

Tame Impala and M83 (together)
Local Show: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Thursday, June 16
Firefly: Friday, June 17 @ 9:30pm (Tame Impala)
Firefly: Saturday, June 18 @ 9:00pm (M83)

AlunaGeorge
Local show: 9:30 Club, Friday, June 17
Firefly: Thursday, June 16 @ 9:45pm

Fitz & the Tantrums
Local show: 9:30 Club, Saturday, June 18
Firefly: Friday, June 17 @ 6:15pm

Oh Wonder
Local show: 9:30 Club, Tuesday, June 21
Firefly: Thursday, June 16 @ 8:00pm

Silversun Pickups and Blink-182 (together)
Local show: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Kerfluffle), Saturday, June 26
Firefly: Saturday, June 18 @ 8:15pm (Silversun Pickups)
Firefly: Sunday, June 19 @ 6:45pm (Blink-182)

 

If I find others, I’ll add them!

Sports Park: Lesser Known Sports Teams in DC

DC Breeze

Aside from the major sports teams in DC you are familiar with (the Nationals, Capitals, Wizards, Redskins and United), there are any of number of professional and semi-professional teams in DC for your potential fandom.

Did you know there is a professional ultimate frisbee league in the US, and DC’s team is called the DC Breeze? The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) consists of 26 teams around the country.

DC Breeze
Plays at Hotchkiss Field, Gallaudet University (800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-3695)
Upcoming schedule (currently playing)

 

Did you know there is a professional women’s soccer league in the US, and DC’s team is called the Washington Spirit? The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) consists of 10 teams around the country.

Washington Spirit
Plays at Maureen Hendricks Field at Maryland SoccerPlex (18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds, MD 20841)
Upcoming schedule (currently playing)

 

Did you know there is a professional tennis league in the US, and DC’s team is called the Washington Kastles? In fact, they have won five consecutive championships. The World Team Tennis (WTT) league consists of six teams around the country.

Washington Kastles
Plays at Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center (600 22nd Street NW Washington, DC 20052)
Upcoming schedule (starts July 31st)

 

Did you know there is a local women’s roller derby league called DC Roller Girls? Currently, there are four active teams, with sarcastic names like Cherry Blossom Bombshells, DC DemonCats, Scare Force One and Majority Whips.

DC Roller Girls
Plays at 5706 Lafayette Place, Edmonston, MD (recently moved to this location from DC Armory)
Upcoming schedule (currently playing)

Don’t Miss: Matt Corby @ 9:30 Club, 6/13/16

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Matt Corby (Photo by Bryce Jepson)

Bluesy folk singer Matt Corby has released his full-length debut album Telluric via Elektra Records, and he’s touring in support of it with a visit to the 9:30 Club on Monday, June 13.

Matt gained a lot of attention in his native Australia with several EP releases, but he’s now breaking through in the United States with his new album.

Initially, Matt wrote songs for the album in Los Angeles two years ago, but he threw those songs out and doubled down on his effort to become as proficient as possible in all aspects of music. Matt turned to home studios and wrapped up in a rural cottage in Australia. He wrote and recorded new music for Telluric, and then co-produced it with Dan Hume. MOJO calls the new songs “transcendent gospel-soul.”

Check out the results for yourself! Watch Matt Corby perform “Sooth Lady Wine” live at Electric Brixton on YouTube:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhHnMGzfhgM]

The Wild Honey Pie is presenting Matt’s appearance at the 9:30 Club. Of the show, The Wild Honey Pie says, “His catchy melodies will make you hum along, his soulful voice will captivate you and the rhythm will keep you on your feet.”

Overcoats open for Matt Corby. Tickets are available online.

Matt Corby
w/ Overcoats
9:30 Club
Monday, June 13
Doors @ 7pm
$25
All ages

Around Town: SAVOR @ National Building Museum — 6/3/16

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Stouts. Porters. As I walked the National Building Museum’s expansive floor, pausing at various brewery tables to read the cards flaunting a beer name/style and its tasty looking small bite pairing, it struck me. There are a lot of stouts and porters for a summer event. And that is fine by me.

At the 9th Annual SAVOR (An American Craft Beer & Food Experience) on Friday, June 3rd, if I had counted all the beers I tried, I suspect 75% or more were on the dark side.

Of the 76 craft breweries on hand (from 28 states), 26 of those chose to pour a stout (16 breweries) or a porter (10). Compared to the far more common approach to feature IPAs (33) and other lighter, summer styles.

Some of my favorites:

  • Vanilla Java Porter (Atwater Brewery, Michigan)
  • Stavropol Russian Imperial Stout (Confluence Brewing Company, Iowa)
  • Sérendipité Stout (Parish Brewing Co., Louisiana)
  • Salted Caramel Imperial Stout (Southern Tier Brewing Co., New York)

Don’t Miss: Bayonne @ Black Cat, 6/7/16

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Bayonne (Photo by Dustin Cohen)

Bayonne (born Roger Sellers) is an intriguing musician from Austin, Texas, who plays synths and drum while singing Americana-tinged ambient pop.

The man is certainly a unique performer, and tonight, he opens for Two Door Cinema Club in a sold-out show at the Black Cat!

Yes, the show is far sold out (some tickets released yesterday went fast!), but if you’ve already got your ticket, show up early for Bayonne.

Bayonne released his debut album, Primitives, on Mom+Pop on March 25, and he’s been touring to promote it. It features very catchy, melodic tunes like “Appeals,” which draw you in with its rhythm and intensity. It’s a song about a failure to launch, and the music and lyrics melt together perfectly.

Watch the official music video for “Appeals” by Bayonne on YouTube:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ6xl6CKITE]

Interestingly, Bayonne is a big admirer of Phil Collins — and I can kind of see the influence actually.

Show up early and catch Bayonne if you’re going to the Black Cat tonight! The show is sold out.

Bayonne
Opening for Two Door Cinema Club
Black Cat
Tuesday, July 7
Doors @730pm
Sold out
All ages