The Birchmere welcomes Nils Lofgren on Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
“Years later…Martin would try to find the words to articulate the power of togetherness in a world where togetherness had been corrupted — and to explore the effect of the music, the surprising lengths the people had gone to to hear it and to play it, as evidence that music, and art in general, are basic requirements of the human soul.” Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle
With the words, “Welcome to The Birchmere, thanks for showing up,” Nils Lofgren took the stage for the final night of a three-night weekend run in celebration of 50 years on the road.
Buddy Guy (Photo by Josh Cheuse)
“He’s been called the greatest living guitarist by Eric Clapton, he’s played with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his…double album, Rhythm and Blues, is a powerhouse set with guest shots by Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, and Keith Urban…”—so begins a feature in Guitar World about the legendary Buddy Guy, who will perform at The Birchmere on Monday, Sept. 24.
(Tedeschi Trucks Band performs at the Outlaw Music Festival on Sept. 8, 2018. Photos by Nathan Payne; Words by Jennifer Grant of Enlighten Life Now)
The 2018 Outlaw Music Festival Tour made a stop in the sweetest city on earth — Hershey, Pennsylvania — on Saturday, Sept. 8. The lineup included top names in music such as Willie Nelson, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Van Morrison, Sturgill Simpson, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, and The Particle Kid. Hersheypark Stadium hosted the star-studded music festival, a one-day event that creates a classic multi-day festival vibe by including several art and food vendors along with a full day of soulful and eclectic interpretations of blues and country music.
Nils Lofgren (Photo by Jo Lopez)
Musician Nils Lofgren, a longstanding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, will release a new solo album in 2019. But first, he’s taking some friends on the road for an acoustic tour, which begins with three nights at The Birchmere! Tickets are available for the first of those nights on Friday, Sept. 14, and the third, Sunday, Sept. 16. (The second night, Saturday, Sept. 15, is sold out.)
Jamie McLean performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Sept. 7, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
The Jamie McLean Band rocked the Wharf Friday night with a 90-minute, gritty soul performance at Pearl Street Warehouse. Frontman Jamie McLean, backed by bassist Chris Anderson and drummer Brian Griffin, took the stage with a pair of Memphis-style hollow-body electric guitars (cherry-color 1969 Gibson ES-335 and natural-color Heritage H-535), and he had the crowd on its feet dancing and reveling on the venue’s checkerboard dance floor from the very first note.
Keb’ Mo’ performs at The Birchmere on Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Four-time Grammy award winner Keb’ Mo’ gave a masterful solo performance at The Birchmere recently. The opportunity to cover this show is one of the best treats thus far in my eight months with Parklife DC.
John Hiatt performs at The Birchmere on Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo by Glenn Cook)
Singer-songwriter John Hiatt has often spoken of his affection for The Birchmere. On Monday, the first of a two-night engagement, he said, “This is almost like home.”
Playing to a sold-out house on his 66th birthday, John was clearly energized and having a great time, launching into his songs with a wide smile across his face. His mood was infectious, and the crowd was uplifted by his joyful presence as well as his beautiful music.