“Could you get behind a slow marching band, and join together in the passing, of all we shared through yesterdays, in sorrows neverlasting” Slow Marching Band – Jethro Tull
“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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Friday, heavy metal rockers Judas Priest will release Firepower, the band’s 18th studio album, via Epic Records. Then the Brit headbangers will bring their epic Firepower 2018 Tour to The Anthem on Sunday, March 18.
Hannah Wants (born Hannah Alicia Smith) has been busy in 2016, dropping new tracks and mixing new tapes! And Club Glow brings the UK DJ and her sounds to Soundcheck tonight, Thursday, August 4!
In 2014, Hannah drew a lot of attention as the Best Breakthrough DJ at the DJ Mag Awards and as Mixmag’s Best Breakthrough DJ and Star of the Year.
A self-described music addict, Hannah honed her DJ craft when she went from Birmingham, England, to Ibiza in 2010, and her career took off from there. After hosting many club residencies, she picked up a Radio 1 residency in 2015. And that year, she released her popular single “Rhymes” while continuing her mixtape series.
But let’s not forget the new tracks! Listen to “Hidden Love” by Hannah Wants feat. Detour City (and other tracks) on Soundcloud:
This is a fantastically intimate opportunity to see the lady DJ who blew up 2014 and 2015, and who is on pace to own 2016 as well.
Tickets are available online and at the door.
Thursday, August 4