Around Town: Celebrate David Bowie @ Dodge City, 1/12/17

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David Bowie (Photo by Jimmy King)

He was the first modern pop musician to embrace reinvention, moving deftly across genres and lending his incredible voice to glam, soul, new wave, and industrial.

David Bowie would have turned 70 on Sunday. He passed away a year ago yesterday. In DC this week, various events have celebrated his life and legacy. We’ll continue that celebration tomorrow night at Dodge City with a monthly edition of our DJ party, Careless Memories: Happy Birthday, David Bowie.

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Don’t Miss: David Bowie’s Birthday Celebration @ Dodge City, 1/12/17

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David Bowie (Photo by Jimmy King)

David Bowie would have celebrated his 70th birthday on Jan. 8, 2017.

While David is gone, his music remains. So join Careless Memories: A New Wave Party on Thursday, Jan. 12, for a night of music by Bowie in remembrance of the man.

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Music Park: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 12/8/16

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Duran Duran photographed for Melody Maker Magazine in England in 1982. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Your live concert review blog Parklife DC hosts a little music party called Careless Memories on the second Thursday of every month at Dodge City (917 U St. NW, DC). And every month, we are inspired to explore some aspect of my favorite music genre — new wave — using some upcoming concert review or related event to which our blog is committed.

As you can imagine then, it makes me very happy to focus on the music of Duran Duran for the month of December, as we take our parties name from a Duran Duran song. The boys from Birmingham are coming to DC metro for two shows at the MGM National Harbor on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The New Year’s Eve show sold out, but tickets remain for New Year’s Day. (Check out our preview.)

Whether you’re going to MGM National Harbor or not, you can join us for a listening experience in appreciation of Duran Duran. In our next party on Thursday, Dec. 8, we’ll explore Duran Duran a bit with a look at their contemporaries and influences. But we’ll also keep in mind that it’s Christmas, so we’ll be sure to play a smattering of new wave Christmas tunes as well. Come and celebrate with us and our theme Duran Duran Save Christmas on Thursday.

I’m waaaaaay overdue in inviting you to watch the official music video for “Rio” by Duran Duran on YouTube:

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At Careless Memories, you’ll hear new wave tunes from Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Japan, Culture Club, Simple Minds, the Eurythmics, and Adam Ant (who’s visiting DC in January!). You can also count on hearing a little bit from Duran Duran influencers like David Bowie, Roxy Music, and CHIC.

Admission is free. RSVP on Facebook, or simply show up and say Merry Christmas!

For more from our fantastic photographer friend Chester Simpson, visit http://www.rock-n-rollphotos.com.

Duran Duran Save Christmas
Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, Dec. 8
Show @8pm
Free
21+

Around Town: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 12/8/16

Duran Duran tour visits San Francisco in 1982Duran Duran for Melody Maker Magazine in England in 1982. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

This past month, Sting reopened the Bataclan, the Paris concert venue that was shuttered for roughly a year after a horrific terrorist attack. That 2015 terrorist attack occurred during a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal, who days prior to the show performed a cover of “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran with the band on UK television and then made the cover part of their live set.

In the aftermath of that experience, Duran Duran donated their royalties from the Eagles of Death Metal cover to charity, and then subsequently dedicated live performances of the song to the good in people — as a sort of protest against terror.

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Don’t Miss: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 12/8/16

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Duran Duran for Melody Maker Magazine in England in 1982. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Christmas is the season of giving, charity, and good will toward all men. Duran Duran are the band of style, optimism, and really good parties. The two go very well together, don’t you think?

And so it is that Careless Memories: A New Wave Party will celebrate Duran Duran at the Christmas edition of our dance party on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Dodge City. Join us for an evening of amazing new wave songs as Duran Duran Save Christmas.

Watch the official music video for “New Moon on Monday” by Duran Duran on YouTube:

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The timing of our party is inspired by the surprise announcement of Duran Duran concerts on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at MGM National Harbor. (Read our Parklife DC preview!) Of course, Duran Duran came through town on their Paper Gods Tour at the Verizon Center back in April. (Read our Parklife DC review and analysis of why they are so great with disco-master Nile Rodgers.)

When you attend our holiday party, Duran Duran Save Christmas, you’ll dance along to an extra dose of new wave tunes from Birmingham’s brightest stars –- Duran Duran! Alongside Simon Le Bon and company, I’ll play some of their contemporaries in bands like Spandau Ballet, Japan, Culture Club, Simple Minds, the Eurythmics, and Adam Ant (who’s visiting DC in January!). You can also count on hearing a little bit from Duran Duran influencers like David Bowie, Roxy Music, and CHIC.

Admission is free. RSVP on Facebook, or simply show up and say hello! (And what an opportunity to introduce yourself: We are named after a Duran Duran song after all.)

For more from our fantastic photographer friend Chester, visit http://www.rock-n-rollphotos.com.

Duran Duran Save Christmas
Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, Dec. 8
Show @8pm
Free
21+

Ticket Giveaway: Peter Hook and The Light @ Howard Theatre, 11/23/16

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Peter Hook (Photo courtesy BBC)

Parklife DC is giving away five pairs of tickets to see Peter Hook and The Light live in DC during our next party — Careless Memories at Dodge City on Thursday! (Check it out on Facebook.) We are going to celebrate the bassist of Joy Division and New Order by playing a lot of music from both of his bands.

But for the sake of argument, let’s say maybe you cannot make it out to Dodge City (917 U St. NW, DC) on Thursday (although the next day is a federal holiday)! What might you do then? Go winless while one of Manchester’s favorite sons brings those awesomely splendid basslines to the Howard Theatre, where Peter Hook and The Light play on Nov. 23?

Well, love may tear us apart, but tickets will bring us together! In case you really cannot make it out on Thursday, we will give away a pair of tickets to see Peter Hook and The Light perform the songs of Joy Division and New Order right here on this blog.

Watch a young Peter Hook play in New Order as they perform “Bizarre Love Triangle” at Strawberry Studios Stockport on YouTube (exact date unknown) — and read Billboard’s “10 Reasons Why New Order’s ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ Is One of the Greatest Songs of All Time“:

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Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see Peter Hook and The Light. To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but we would like to know your favorite song by New Order or Joy Division. (Hey, I’m also going to use your responses to inspire my playlist at Dodge City on Thursday at 8pm. Come out to hear the songs.)

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 8pm on Thursday, Nov. 10, and then we’re all going to Careless Memories at Dodge City, where we will give away five more pairs of tickets in person! For this drawing, a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours, or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

If you don’t win, tickets are available online!

An Evening with Peter Hook and The Light
Performing “Substance” – Joy Division and New Order
Howard Theatre
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Doors @6pm
$35
All ages

Don’t Miss: Pet Shop Boys @ Warner Theatre, 11/11/16

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Pet Shop Boys at the first night of four sold-out shows at London’s Royal Opera House on July 20, 2016. (Photo by Ken McKay)

The ever-fabulous Pet Shop Boys have been feeling particularly creative lately, releasing a series of very very good albums.

Neal Tennant and Chris Lowe always have been somewhat restless musicians, setting high marks for their disco-oriented synthpop. Their recent work with producer Stuart Price, pop king of modern disco producers, really has raised the bar, however, particularly with their latest and 13th album Super, published in April via their own x2 label.

Pet Shop Boys launched a US tour in support of the new album in Las Vegas last month, and the tour arrives in DC on Friday, Nov. 11 in a sold-out show at the Warner Theatre. (Resale tickets are available for DC, and a few tickets remain for surrounding dates in New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere.)

Like the very best of the Pet Shop Boys’ catalog, Super is stuffed full of cheeky observations on society as well as substantive ruminations on who we are — all set to extremely appealing disco and house beats. Super opens with the outstanding “Happiness,” an addictive house composition that carries a great deal of weight with its minimalism without at all leaving us empty.

“Twenty-something” is one of those tracks full of cheeky observations, assessing the cockiness of youth. The lyrics of the song are offset by a cinematic video that depicts an unfortunate young man in San Diego caught in an unforgiving cycle of life as a criminal.

Watch the official music video for “Twenty-something” by the Pet Shop Boys on YouTube:

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The new PSB songs sit very well beside older numbers while seeming like a sharpening of the vision displayed on some of the duo’s ’90s material like the Nightlife album, while improving upon it immensely.

Parklife DC is so excited about this show, that we dedicated our monthly new wave party, Careless Memories (which happens second Thursdays at Dodge City!) to the inimitable Pet Shop Boys. This is going to be a great show.

The show is sold out, but resale tickets may be available!

Pet Shop Boys
Warner Theater
Friday, Nov. 11.
Show @8pm
Sold out
All ages

Don’t Miss: Careless Memories @ Dodge City — 11/10/16

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Peter Hook, formerly of New Order and Joy Division (Photo by Mark McNulty)

Peter Hook and The Light are coming to the Howard Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 23, to play a lot of great songs by Hooky’s former bands New Order and Joy Division. So we at Parklife DC are dedicating our monthly party Careless Memories to Hooky, New Order, Joy Division, and Factory Records and calling it Factory Records 202. (Read more about the upcoming live show by Peter Hook.)

Celebrate with Careless Memories as we give away *five* pairs of tickets to see Peter Hook and The Light live at the Howard Theatre. You can win these tickets by showing up between 8pm and midnight to the next Careless Memories on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Dodge City (917 U St. NW, DC).

I’ll give away a pair of tickets every hour during Careless Memories — likely at 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm, and 11:30pm.

Watch Peter Hook and The Light, accompanied by a 16-piece choir, perform “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division at Manchester Cathedral on Nov. 15, 2011:

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Thankfully for your Careless Memories host, the following day (Nov. 11) is a Veterans Day federal holiday. So perhaps you too can stay a little later and request your favorite New Order or Joy Division song?

At our Factory Records 202 evening, we’ll play tunes mostly by New Order and Joy Division, but we will also give some love to a few of their Factory Records labelmates — like Section 25, The Wake, The Durutti Column, A Certain Ratio, and others — as well as their fellow Manchester UK bands that set the scene — such as The Buzzcocks, The Chameleons, The Fall, and yes even The Smiths.

RSVP for Careless Memories on Facebook, or simply come out that night! Admission is free. Don’t miss your chance to win a pair of tix to see Peter Hook and The Light at the Howard Theatre on Nov. 23!

Factory Records 202
Careless Memories: A New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, Nov. 10
Show @8pm
Free
21+

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Around Town: Careless Memories @ Dodge City, 10/13/16

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Neil Tennant at Movistar Arena on May 13, 2013. (Photo by Claudio Poblete)

Whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, you’ll find a comfortable place to land and have a drink at Dodge City this Thursday. And if you happen to like the synthpop disco stylings of the Pet Shop Boys, all the better, as Careless Memories: A New Wave Party will toast the English duo and their long career with a DJ set dedicated to Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, along with their peers and contemporaries, on Thursday evening!

The Pet Shop Boys arrive in DC on Veteran’s Day next month to perform at Warner Theatre, and while that show is sold out, you can still celebrate the pending arrival of the Pet Shop Boys with Parklife DC at Dodge City tomorrow, Oct. 13.

We will play selections from the very first Pet Shop Boys album, the groundbreaking Please, and all the way to their latest, the stupendous Super. Along the way, we’ll add other groups that cross the new wave, house, and disco lines like the Pet Shop Boys.

Get in the mood with the memorable music video for “Always on My Mind,” a popular cover by the Pet Shop Boys on YouTube:

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In our opinion, noted British actor Joss Ackland really makes that video.

Anyway, you’re formally invited to join us for a night of very literate disco and the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, The Human League, ABC, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Marc Almond, New Order, the Associates, Saint Etienne, Giorgio Moroder, Bronski Beat (*and* The Communards), Wham!, and probably quite a bit of various projects by Vince Clarke. Oh, and some David Bowie.

You can RSVP on Facebook or simply show up — admission is free!

A Toast to the Pet Shop Boys
Careless Memories: New Wave Party
Dodge City
Thursday, Oct. 13
Show @8pm
Free admission
21+