Live Review: Gary Clark Jr. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/25/19

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Gary Clark Jr. (Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

Genres are BS! The need to categorize was how blues became rhythm & blues and R&B was rebranded into rock ‘n’ roll — clever window dressing for marketers! Gary Clark Jr. would have none of it during a recent show at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The “guitar man” defied categorization as he traveled a continuum of American music that included blues, rock, and soul.

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Live Review: Cage the Elephant @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/22/19

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Cage the Elephant performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

The last time Cage the Elephant played the DC area was last fall at the DC Entertainment and Sports Arena. This time around, the six-piece band from Kentucky played Merriweather Post Pavilion at the DC stop of their co-headlining The Night Running Tour with Beck recently.

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Live Review: Brittany Howard @ 9:30 Club — 8/23/19

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Brittany Howard performs at 9:30 Club on Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Brittany Howard, lead singer of the Alabama Shakes, absolutely tore down the house in a solo appearance at the 9:30 Club on Friday evening. Following an excellent opening set by the all-female rock band Thelma and the Sleaze, Brittany took to the stage to a deafening chorus of cheers.
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Live Review: Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals @ Wolf Trap — 8/22/19

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Ben Harper performs at Wolf Trap, Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals put on a soulful and nostalgic set recently while performing at Wolf Trap, playing a setlist that included such Ben Harper classics as “Steal My Kisses,” “Burn One Down,” and a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.”

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Live Review: John Mayall @ The Hamilton — 8/22/19

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John Mayall (Photo by David Gomez)

The Hamilton introduced John Mayall on Thursday evening as “the godfather of British Blues.” In his sixth decade as a professional musician, the 85-year-old Mayall still appears pretty spry, and he remained on his feet for his entire performance. John is just as well-preserved mentally, and he filled the transitions between songs with informative context and droll British wit.

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Preview: Gary Clark Jr. and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/25/19

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Gary Clark Jr. (Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats team up with Gary Clark Jr. for a performance, one night only, at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 25.

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