Spafford performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 5, 2020. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
One of the many pleasures of blogging for Parklife DC is getting exposed to myriad types of music throughout the DC metro area. Whether it’s experiencing a new local player putting her/ his voice out there in the cacophony of great area performers or seeing established national touring bands with huge loyal followings, the thrill of documenting live music (to my mind, its purest form) is indeed a privilege. For someone like me, with a foot in the past and one stepping into the future, I get to tread a musical path that stretches out in many directions.
Spafford (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)
Spafford have embarked on a Winter 2020 headline tour, and the jam band performs at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb 5.
Howe Gelb and Giant Sand (Photo courtesy Fire Records)
Howe Gelb referred to himself as an “indie rocker” recently at DC9, but others have called him an alt-country godfather.
Spirit Adrift poses at Songbyrd Music House on June 13, 2019. (Photo by Jamie Langley)
Hailing from the depths of Phoenix, Arizona, Spirit Adrift are making their way through the United States with High Command and Haunt. I caught them recently at their DC date, held at Songbyrd Music House, a venue that is part record store, part concert hall.
Gin Blossoms perform at State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Feb. 16, 2019. (Photo by Chester Simpson)
Now in 2019, Gin Blossoms are celebrating 30 years since their debut album Dusted. And that celebration came to the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, recently.
Soulfly performs at Cafe 611 in Frederick, Maryland, on Feb. 7, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Veteran heavy metal peddlers Soulfly brutalized the crowd at Cafe 611 in Frederick, Maryland recently. Lead by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, Soulfly delivered the metal goods playing an intense set of classic ’90s and early ’00s Soulfly material, alongside several tracks from their most recent studio release.
Spafford (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Spafford dropped a studio album, For Amusement Only, last year — a rare move for the storied jam band, which focuses on its live output. Spafford is playing live at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Feb. 9, giving DC an opportunity to see what all of the buzz is about.
Soulfly (Photo by Charlene Tupper)
Soulfly recently released Ritual, a new album, via Nuclear Blast. The heavy metal quartet are touring with a stop at Cafe 611 in Frederick, Maryland, on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Joey Burns fronts Calexico at the Lincoln Theatre on April 27, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Calexico’s Joey Burns is a gentleman. Aside from his easy-going banter between songs, his musical generosity toward his bandmates, and the stellar renditions of his compositions, he made sure to thank the adoring Lincoln Theater crowd repeatedly throughout his band’s performance on Friday, with a special shout-out to those parents of small children who went through considerable effort to be there. As we were to learn, the Calexico frontman knew firsthand of what he spoke.
Calexico (Photo by Jairo Zavala Ruiz)
Calexico, the seven-man Arizona-based Americana band, released The Thread That Keeps Us, their ninth studio album in January via Epitaph Records. Led by founders Joey Burns and John Convertino, Calexico are touring their new material with a stop at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, April 27.