The Deftones perform at MGM National Harbor on June 14, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
As 2017 closed, quite a few new concert venues opened their doors in the DC metropolitan area. So we got to thinking how concert venues are such invaluable friends to concert attendees (and bloggers)! With the close of the year, Parklife DC would like to start a tradition of recognizing great concert venues with our Venue of the Year Award.
We salute The Theater at MGM National Harbor as Parklife DC’s 2017 Venue of the Year for going above and beyond expectations in its first full year operating at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The Zombies perform at 9:30 Club on March 23, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)
The Zombies Continue Banner Year
If the “Modfather” hands you one of his all-time favorite albums and tells you to listen, it would behoove you to do so.
Paul Weller helped transform the sound of British rock during the 1970s with his former punk rock-new wave band The Jam and later with The Style Council in the 1980s. When he’s not recording new music on his own (his 13th solo album “A Kind of Revolution” drops May 12) or performing live, you can find him at a record store collecting vinyl like it’s his job. His musical appetite is varied and oftentimes obscure, but always on point, so it’s no surprise a critically acclaimed commercial flop like Odessey and Oracle (misspelling courtesy artist Terry Quirk) is at the top of the tastemaker’s list.
The Ballroom in Buckeye + Bear (Photo by Joy Asico)
A cool new rock and roll bar has opened up in an unlikely location, just south of Dupont Circle. In the spot that once housed the Huxley, you can now find the laidback Buckeye + Bear (1730 M St. NW, DC), a 280-person concert venue.
From the concert posters on the walls to the red and black decor, Buckeye + Bear gives off a good vibe. It’s almost like the place belongs in an ‘80s movie about an aspiring musician who alternates between solving his life problems at the bar and jumping up on stage to rock the night away.
You will be able to catch some bands at Buckeye + Bear, of course, including the ever-popular ‘90s cover band White Ford Bronco this Thursday, June 23 in an intimate show. (Tickets are available online! $15) But Buckeye + Bear aims to provide a diverse range of entertainment, hosting comedy shows, trivia nights, and most importantly karaoke.
Bandsintown Concert Cloud
Here’s a cool mobile app: Bandsintown
The app will scan the music on your mobile device and find all upcoming live shows and concerts of those artists in your area.
It presents the upcoming artists in a Concert Cloud.
You can also slide the Concert Cloud scale to show just ‘Tracked Artists’ or to move it up and let Bandsintown add ‘Recommended’ artists based on what it previously tracked.
If not all of the artists you listen to are on your device at the moment, you can search for artists to add.
There is also a calendar listing of all your tracked/recommended artists.
Yet, if you’re curious about ALL shows in DC (or any city, if you’re traveling) happening every day, there is a feature that will list ‘All Local Shows’, including many of the smaller, intimate venues in the city.
The final cool thing is you can set-up notifications for when any of your tracked or added artists announce a new show in your area.
Check it out!
(Photo courtesy of Matthew Hurst)
To honor our veterans this coming Tuesday (11/11/14), HBO, Starbucks and Chase have teamed together to present a free concert on the National Mall.
The lineup of The Concert for Valor looks impressive. The Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, just to name a few.
There will also be appearances by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and more.
Admission if FREE and it starts at 7pm. The Mall will no doubt be packed and crazy. You might want to get there early. Plan ahead.
Hopefully DC has learned a thing or two about organizing big events on The Mall, especially after 2010’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear brought in far more people than expected.
The Concert for Valor
The National Mall
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Starts @7pm; The Mall opens to all @10am