Mavis Staples performs at the Lincoln Theatre in DC on Oct. 19, 2021. (Photos by Ari Strauss)
Amy Helm, perhaps, put it best Tuesday evening at the Lincoln Theatre when she said, “How deeply it moves me to stand on this stage before an American treasure” in Mavis Staples. Mavis headlined the evening, which was a fundraiser for JusticeAid.
JusticeAid is an umbrella progressive fundraising organization that raises money to support various grassroots organizations. The concert was a benefit for the Neighborhood Defender Service. The Neighborhood Defender Service is concerned with police violence, particularly against communities of color. In the evening’s opening remarks, we learned that, so far this year, JusticeAid has been able to give $300,000 to NDS and, following the successful concert, they plan to donate another $100,000 to the cause.
Amy Helm performs at The Hamilton on June 11, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)
On Friday, pandemic capacity restrictions were lifted in the District of Columbia. When Amy Helm performed at The Hamilton Live, it was the first time in 16 months that venue had been fully open to present live music to eager audiences. It was a special night; the enthusiasm and love from the crowd was palpable, as most of the attendees were at their first show since early March 2020.
For Helm and her band, it was their first time back on the road and being outside of her native New York state. She acknowledged the significance of live music reopening, saying it was an honor to be playing. She joked, “Just to full capacity?” to which her bandmate Connor Kennedy quipped, “You can’t really go further than that.
Amy Helm (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)
Acclaimed singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amy Helm releases her upcoming album What the Flood Leaves Behind (Renew Records/BMG) on June 18. One week prior to that, Amy performs at The Hamilton Live in DC on Friday, June 11!
Billy Bragg (Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Inspired by Billy Bragg’s recent Mother’s Day video release for his song “Can’t Be There Today,” City Winery and Billy are co-producing a special multi-artist Mother’s Day concert that will be broadcast on YouTube on Sunday, May 10.
Amy Helm performs at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, Vermont, on Nov. 21, 2014. (Photo by Michael O’Brien)
When you see Amy Helm perform, you believe that she’s taller than she actually is. Amy performed with livewire energy, and she carried herself with the regal stature of trueborn rock royalty in her show at AMP by Srathmore recently. She felt the spirit, and it moved her body.
Amy Helm (Photo by Jana Leon)
Singer-songwriter Amy Helm, daughter of Levon Helm of The Band, released This Too Shall Light, a new 10-song album, via Yep Roc Records in September. She performs at AMP by Strathmore on Thursday, June 27.