Live Review: Nils Lofgren @ The Birchmere — 5/21/19

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Nils Lofgren (Photo by Carl Schultz)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Nils Lofgren has achieved iconic status — and induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — playing with these legendary acts, but as he came out a house of fire on “Walkin’ Nerve,” he left no doubt that he is one hell of a rock star in his own right. The Maryland native made a recent homecoming among family, friends, and a packed house, on the first of two nights at The Birchmere.

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Live Review: Chris Smither @ The Hamilton Live — 5/17/19

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Chris Smither (Photo courtesy the artist)

It’s amazing what one man, with one acoustic guitar, sitting in a chair onstage, can do. What his facial expressions and gestures can add to his songs. How he can intoxicate you with just a glass of the dry wine of his wit. Seasoned musician Chris Smither injects so much life and so much humor into his live performance, yet with such understated taste. He did so much at The Hamilton Live recently.

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Live Review: In This Moment @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/15/19

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In This Moment performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 15, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Stopping by The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, In This Moment performed their elaborate stage show to the amazement of The Fillmore crowd. For every concert, In This Moment manages to bring an arena sized feel into the club setting.

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Interview: Chris Smither (@ The Hamilton Live, 5/17/19)

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Chris Smither (Photo by Jeff Fasano)

Singer-songwriter Chris Smither performs at The Hamilton Live on Friday, May 17. Chris released Call Me Lucky, his latest record, last year via Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert with distribution by Redeye. Recorded at Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills and packed with Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye, the album pulls from deep in the soul and a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris’ deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own.

Prior to his DC concert, Chris took a phone call from Parklife DC’s Mark Engleson, who asked him about his relationship with New Orleans and the blues, meeting your heroes, and his advice for the younger generation. [This interview has been edited for length and clarity.]

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