Live Review: Willie Nile @ The Hamilton Live — 4/20/19

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Willie Nile performs at The Hamilton Live on April 20, 2019. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Willie Nile bridges the chasm that lies between Bob Dylan and The Clash. He ties intelligent, literate lyrics to frenetic melodies and crashing rhythms. Talk to Willie, and the F-bomb may pop out of his craggy face. Willie turns 71 in June, and he’s still active and creative — maybe more than ever. His creativity was on display at The Hamilton Live recently.

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Live Review: Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones @ Villain & Saint — 3/1/19

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Lara Hope fronts Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Hill Country DC on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

There’s Friday night music and Saturday night. Friday nights, I’m exhausted from a week at work. I need something low-key, not too aggressive. I got that last Friday with Rosanne Cash, who put on a wonderful evening of songs and stories. Saturday nights I can get rowdy, and Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones brought the party to Villain & Saint in Bethesda.

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Snapshots: Happy Birthday Elvis! @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 1/8/19

ElvisTribute-15 Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

A group of seasoned musicians threw a spirited celebration of Elvis Presley on The King’s birthday at Pearl Street Warehouse. Ben Eisendrath got rockin’ pictures of Vanilla Fudge, Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult, and Mike Peters of The Alarm!

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Live Review: Los Lobos @ City Winery — 12/21/18

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Los Lobos performs at City Winery on Dec. 21, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Initially formed by singer and guitarist David Hidalgo and guitarist/percussionist Louie Perez in 1973, the lineup of East Los Angeles band Los Lobos hasn’t changed in more than three decades. They know each other’s playing really, really well. And even though they scored a #1 hit with their cover of Ritchie Valens’s arrangement of the traditional song “La Bamba” on the soundtrack to the 1987 film of the same name, Los Lobos have never stopped being a blue-collar band in the very best sense: hardworking and professional about their performances — including one such performance at DC’s City Winery recently.

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