Interview: Martin Barre (@ The Birchmere, 4/22/19)

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Martin Barre performs at Jammin’ Java on Oct. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“I just want to be a good musician, I want to be a good songwriter, I want to get better.”

Refreshing words coming from a musician who’s been at the top of his game for over 50 years. Martin Barre is well-known as the long-time lead guitarist (1969-2012) for Jethro Tull. I spoke with Martin in anticipation of his “Martin Barre Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull Tour,” which will come to the DC Metro area for two shows on April 22 at The Birchmere and April 23 at Rams Head on Stage. (This interview has been edited for clarity and flow.)

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Ticket Giveaway: Jacob Banks @ 9:30 Club, 2/19/19

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Jacob Banks (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

English soul singer Jacob Banks released Village, his debut full-length album, in November via Interscope. He’s touring the album here in the United States, and he visits 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Feb. 19. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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Music Park: Martin Barre @ Jammin’ Java — 10/14/18

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Martin Barre performs at Jammin’ Java on Oct. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

After interviewing Martin Barre for Parklife DC last week, I was eager to see the former Jethro Tull guitarist and his band perform. Sunday night at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia, I had the opportunity to see the musician responsible for so many of Tull’s classic rock guitar riffs, solos, and songs.

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Interview: Martin Barre (@ Jammin’ Java, 10/14/18)

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Martin Barre (Photo courtesy Lappen Enterprises)

In the pantheon of rock guitar greats, many familiar names come to mind: Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Santana. For many of us, the name Barre resides on that list as well. Martin Barre was the long-time lead guitarist for blues-turned-progressive rock band Jethro Tull from 1969 through 2012.

His intricate playing, unique style and iconic solos are well known to millions of fans. Parklife DC had the opportunity to chat with the guitarist in anticipation of the Martin Barre Band’s appearance at Jammin’ Java on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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Don’t Miss: The English Beat @ State Theatre, 6/21/18

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Dave Wakeling of The English Beat (Photo by Jay Gilbert)

The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling released Here We Go Love, their hotly anticipated new album on June 15! It was the first new album from The English Beat since 1982! And it’s full of terrific songs.

Dave and company will play some of those songs along with old favorites at the State Theatre on Thursday, June 21.

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Snapshots: Judas Priest @ The Anthem — 3/18/18

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Judas Priest performs at The Anthem on March 18, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest blasted into The Anthem on Sunday on the heels of releasing Firepower, their well-received 18th studio album, via Epic Records. Led by frontman Rob Halford, Judas Priest entertained a sold-out crowd clamoring for their classic metal sound.

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