Charlie Parr (Photo courtesy the artist)
With a soulful voice and skilled resonator guitar playing, Charlie Parr recently held the crowd at the Black Cat at rapt attention. He briefly tuned his guitar before opening with the Ray Charles classic “C.C. Rider,” remarking, “We had a such a nice time on the way down, I thought this thing would be in better spirits.
Noah Gundersen (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)
In August, Noah Gundersen released Lover, his fourth full-length studio album, via Cooking Vinyl. The Seattle resident brings his highly personal new songs to Black Cat for a show on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Sneaks (Photo courtesy Black Cat)
Local acts Sneaks and Clear Channel team up for a double bill at Black Cat on Saturday, Oct. 19. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
Charlie Parr (Photo courtesy Red House Records)
Singer-songwriter Charlie Parr released an eponymous new album, a collection of new songs and new studio versions of classics and audience favorites from throughout his career on Sept. 27 via Red House Records. He’s been touring his personal brand of folk blues, and he makes another stop at Black Cat on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to play his songs.
Acid Mothers Temple (Photo courtesy Space Agency)
Washington DC and Japan have a long and colorful history of cultural exchange.
In 1912, Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted DC with Japanese cherry trees. Since then, several cultural exchange programs and initiatives have been institutionalized. This solidifying friendship is commemorated yearly via the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Japanese bands have also been performing in the US capital, with some of the country’s best bands performing here. From Japanese rock and heavy metal to the more contemporary Japanese pop or J-pop, Washington DC has bore witness to the changing trends and patterns of Japan’s eclectic music industry. Here are four of the best Japanese bands that already graced the city’s venues.
Members of Field Day (Photo courtesy Earshot Media)
Peter Cortner and Doug Carrion, former members of Dag Nasty, joined forces with Mark Phillips (Down by Law) as Field Day, and the band is making its live debut across the country this summer with new music to follow in 2020. Field Day performs at Black Cat on Friday, July 12, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Jonny Grave performs at Black Cat on June 15, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
At the Black Cat recently, Jonny Grave’s IMPALA EP release show demonstrated how musical diversity in reality (as Neil Young once said) “is all one song.”