Although it’s only been four years in between albums and only three years since I saw them perform last, I really missed Lower Dens. They covered the gap recently in a show at Ritual in Baltimore.
Druid Hill Park in the wind after a storm during Charm City Bluegrass Festival. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
Waking on Friday, the forecast indicated thunderstorms and heavy winds in the neighborhood of 3 to 7 o’clock. The hours passed slowly, work keeping me busy; periodic texts from my wife, little checks of the app, and nervous glances outside the windows of classrooms marked the passage of the clouds, the speed of the winds.
The award-winning Charm City Bluegrass Festival will take over Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park for a seventh annual celebration of bluegrass, folk, and Americana, headlined by The Bridge, Deer Tick, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Jeff Austin Band, for two days on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27.
The Seldom Scene is closer to their 50th anniversary (2021) of making music than they are to their 40th, and they maintain relevance in the scene that by many accounts they either buoyed or helped create. They certainly nodded to bluegrass traditions at The 8X10 in Baltimore recently. But like so many musicians that followed them, The Seldom Scene borrowed from other genres such as country, rock, and pop – with ease and a deep familiarity.
Noah Lennox will release Buoys, his sixth solo album as Panda Bear, on Feb. 8 via Domino Records. Three days later, Panda Bear performs at 9:30 Club on Monday, Feb. 11. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
The Love Boat, a new yacht rock tribute band, will perform its first DC show at Pearl Street Warehouse on Saturday, Jan. 12! This Baltimore-based cover band invites you to come aboard — for something smooth!
Hey, Future Islands are in DC on Friday to play at The Anthem, and Parklife DC has a very quick ticket giveaway for you! You can win a pair of tickets to see Future Islands at The Anthem on Sept. 28.
Future Islands make a long-awaited return to DC to perform at The Anthem on Friday, Sept. 28. Frontman Samuel Herring and company have been on the road a lot since the release of The Far Field, their fifth studio album, in 2017 via 4AD, but we haven’t seen them in DC city limits since a show at 9:30 Club several years ago!