Preview: Hammer’s House Party @ Entertainment and Sports Arena, 8/23/19

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MC Hammer (Photo courtesy Universal Attractions Agency)

Hip-hop sensation MC Hammer brings his legendary Hammer House Party to D.C.’s new, state-of-the-art venue Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights (1100 Oak Drive SE) on Friday, August 23, presented by SiriusXM Fly with special guests Sir Mix-A-Lot, Kid ‘N Play, Tone Loc, DJ Kool, and Young MC.

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Live Review: Drab Majesty @ Union Stage — 8/8/19

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When I first saw Drab Majesty, I admittedly wasn’t 100 percent open to what the duo were doing. Clad in impenetrable makeup and reaching into a mentally calculcated genre of music, Drab Majesty struck me as a bit too artificial and maybe too confining.

After seeing them again at Union Stage recently touring on third album Modern Mirror, I embraced the concept more and if nothing else, gained a deeper appreciation for the splendor of Drab Majesty’s music.
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Live Review: Rebelution @ MECU Pavilion — 8/8/19

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Rebelution performs at MECU Pavilion on Aug. 8, 2019. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

With a pristine sunset over the Inner Harbor as a backdrop, Rebelution brought their good vibes and good times to MECU Pavilion for their Baltimore stop on their headlining Good Vibes Summer 2019 Tour. The good vibes were apparent as they radiated throughout the lawn, the pavilion, the stage — basically the entire venue.

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Live Review: Dawes @ Lincoln Theatre — 8/6/19

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Dawes performs at Lincoln Theatre on Aug. 6, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Dawes treated a full house at the Lincoln Theatre to an evening of pure rock ’n’ roll magic recently. Their muscular grooves and tender lyrics echoed vestiges of the great Americana and folk-rock tradition, bringing to mind Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Band, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

As Dawes jammed out, traces of the Grateful Dead colored their sonic palette. When bassist Wylie Gelber crossed his ankles and almost leaned into his monitor, his lithe frame and wide shoulders resembled the figure of the Dead’s Phil Lesh.

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