Music Park: R. Kelly @ MGM National Harbor — 5/21/17

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R. Kelly performs at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Say what you like about R. Kelly, but the man is a hell of an entertainer.

The full-blown cultural icon was at his best (or worst, depending on your point of view) in a boisterous show at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, strutting his stuff, taking every opportunity to mingle with his female fans, and at the end of the day earnestly demonstrating that he’s got the goods, particularly with his naturally gifted voice.

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Don’t Miss: The Orwells @ Black Cat, 5/27/17

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The Orwells (Photo by Kelly Puleo)

Garage punks The Orwells released their second full-length album, Terrible Human Beings on Feb. 17 via Canvasback Music. The Chicago quintet have been on tour to support it, and they make their return to DC with a show at Black Cat on Saturday, May 27.

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Ticket Giveaway: Twin Peaks @ 9:30 Club, 5/9/17

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Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks are hitting a peak this year with the release of a live album, Urbs in Horto, released digitally March 31 and due physically on May 5 via Grand Jury. Twin Peaks are sweeping the nation with a concert date locally at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, May 9. You can win a pair of tickets to go see them, courtesy Parklife DC.

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Music Park: Earth, Wind & Fire @ MGM National Harbor — 2/18/17

Earth Wind Fire 10 Verdine White and Philip Bailey perform with Earth, Wind & Fire at MGM National Harbor on Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Philip Bailey absolutely stunned me at MGM National Harbor on Saturday, when gave the full range of his voice to a sold-out crowd in The Theater.

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Don’t Miss: Earth, Wind & Fire @ MGM National Harbor, 2/18/17

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Earth, Wind & Fire (Photo courtesy Mark Young Entertainment)

Maurice White was one of the mighty musicians who fell in 2016, marking a catastrophic year for music fans. But the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire already had retired from making music. His bandmates Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson carried on without him in 2013 to release a 20th full-length album, Now, Then & Forever.

With Maurice gone, Earth, Wind & Fire launch a tour of material old and new, starting at MGM National Harbor on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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