Interview: Brent Smith of Shinedown (@ Out of the Darkness Community Walk — 11/2/19)

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Brent Smith of Shinedown participates in the Out of the Darkness Walk on Nov. 2, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

An hour before sunset on Saturday, more than 2,500 people disembarked from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a long trek around the tidal basin. The walk was part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk.

Leading the walk for the second straight year was Brent Smith, lead singer of Shinedown. Invited by radio station DC 101, and walking as part of their One More Light team, Brent took the time to talk with many of the participants, and to lend a compassionate ear to those who told him of the reasons why they were walking.

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Live Review: Silence the Violence w/ Katy Perry, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones @ The Anthem — 10/11/19

KatyPerry1 Katie Perry headlines The Anthem on Oct. 11. 2019. (Photo by Dave Barnhouser, 13th Hour Photography)

About 10 years ago in India, Katy Perry met Bob Roth, who taught her transcendental meditation, the singer said at The Anthem recently. She credited transcendental meditation with providing her peace and focus.

“I’m always searching for something — searching for light and searching for consciousness and deeper meaning — and this is the No. 1 thing that has brought me that,” Katy said. “And of course it has helped with many hangovers!”

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Preview: Silence the Violence w/ Katy Perry, Norah Jones, Mavis Staples @ The Anthem, 10/11/19

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Katy Perry (Photo courtesy Capitol Records)

Headlined by Katy Perry, Norah Jones, and Mavis Staples, The David Lynch Foundation hosts its Silence the Violence benefit concert at The Anthem on Friday, Oct. 11, to benefit 10,000 at-risk youth in the district.

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Live Review: HERAFest 2019 @ City Winery DC – 9/22/19

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Jill Sobule headlines HERAFest at City Winery on Sept. 22, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

So, let’s talk about women in music. A recent Washington Post article asked, “What’s it like to be a woman in rock today?” Of course the answer is, that’s the wrong question. Does anyone ever ask, “What’s it like to be a man in rock music?”

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Live Review: DC Music Rocks Festival @ 9:30 Club — 8/17/19

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Eli Lev performs at the DC Music Rocks Festival on Aug. 17, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

I’ve been following the District of Columbia’s live music scene for several years yet I’ve just barely begun to scratch the surface of the diversity, variety and joy that so many musical artists bring to this region. The same could be said about the third annual DC Rocks Music Festival recently — despite the line-up of a wonderful array of 12 bands and singer-songwriters, there is so much more to discover in our own backyard.

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Around Town: Dine-N-Dash @ Penn Quarter + The Wharf — 6/12/19

DineNDash2019-01 World Central Kitchen serves paella to guests checking into Dine-N-Dash 2019 at the National Union Building on June 12, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Nonprofit World Central Kitchen, established by Chef José Andrés to feed people after global disasters, held its top fundraising event recently, drawing hungry hoppers to more than 30 DC restaurants in Logan Circle, Penn Quarter, and The Wharf to dine and dash through curated meals and drinks.

As ever, this event was a lot of fun, and everyone left with full tummies and high spirits.

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Preview: Dine-N-Dash @ Penn Quarter/ 14 St./ The Wharf, 6/12/19

Flight Wine Bar Kabir Amir, owner and sommerlier, pours at Flight. (Photo courtesy Dine-N-Dash)

José Andrés and World Central Kitchen have recruited 30 restaurants to participate in the annual Dine-N-Dash fundraising event to benefit the nonprofit global charity as restaurants at The Wharf, located in Southwest DC, join the event for the first time on Wednesday, June 12.

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