The Best Japanese Bands to Ever Play in Washington DC

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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.

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Ticket Giveaway: Field Day @ Black Cat, 7/12/19

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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.

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Live Review: Jonny Grave w/ Maryjo Mattea and Pleasure Train @ Black Cat — 6/15/19

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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.”

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Interview: Jonny Grave (@ Black Cat, 6/15/19)

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Jonny Grave performs at Jammin’ Java on April 10, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Jonny Grave, the man and his music, defy categorization. Yes, he learned his chops studying blues greats like Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, and R.L. Burnside, but as I sat down to write this piece, I opened up the advance file of his new EP, IMPALA, and something unexpected and wondrous began pouring from the speakers.

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