Music Park: First Aid Kit @ The Anthem — 9/10/18

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First Aid Kit performs at The Anthem on Sept. 10, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

First Aid Kit delivered a memorable, delightful performance at The Anthem on Monday. Going well beyond the usual practice of a band hanging a banner with their logo, a massive screen displayed images to accompany the breathtaking vocals of Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg. This intricately-planned, stunning mixed-media presentation grabbed the audience and held their attention throughout the band’s performance.

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Don’t Miss: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams @ Gypsy Sally’s, 9/20/18

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Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams (right side) and their band (Photo by Ahron R. Foster)

Singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams performed together in Levon Helm’s band. The duo teamed up for an eponymous album in 2015, and they did it again with a new record, Contraband Love, released last year via Red House Records. Larry and Teresa will play at Gypsy Sally’s on Thursday, Sept. 20.

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Music Park: Keb’ Mo’ @ The Birchmere — 8/25/18

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Keb’ Mo’ performs at The Birchmere on Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Four-time Grammy award winner Keb’ Mo’ gave a masterful solo performance at The Birchmere recently. The opportunity to cover this show is one of the best treats thus far in my eight months with Parklife DC.

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Music Park: Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely @ City Winery — 8/21/18

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Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo perform at City Winery in DC on Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

I had a personal reason for attending and photographing the show of Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely recently at the City Winery in Washington, DC, I knew them in the ole days of the ’70s.

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Music Park: John Hiatt @ The Birchmere — 8/20/18

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John Hiatt performs at The Birchmere on Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo by Glenn Cook)

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt has often spoken of his affection for The Birchmere. On Monday, the first of a two-night engagement, he said, “This is almost like home.”

Playing to a sold-out house on his 66th birthday, John was clearly energized and having a great time, launching into his songs with a wide smile across his face. His mood was infectious, and the crowd was uplifted by his joyful presence as well as his beautiful music.

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