Radney Foster (Photo courtesy IVPR)
At least on a per capita basis, the DC metro area must offer one of the highest levels of arts and cultural programming in the country. Remarkably, many of these can be enjoyed completely for free. Fairfax County sponsors the Spotlight by Starlight concert series at Mason District Park, with performances by both local and national touring artists. Not only are these concerts completely free, they are funded entirely by private donations.
My latest delightful journey there took me to see Americana songwriter Radney Foster.
L-R: Brady Black, Todd Stewart, Johnny “Chops” Richardson, Randy Rogers, Geoffrey Hill, Les Lawless (photo by Allen Clark)
The Randy Rogers Band recently released Hell Bent, its ninth studio album, via Tommy Jackson Records. Randy Rogers and his bandmates play at 9:30 Club on Thursday, July 11.
Colbie Caillat performs with her new band Gone West at The Birchmere, July 7, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Walking through the parking lot at The Birchmere one recent evening after seeing Colbie Caillat perform with her new band, Gone West, I overheard a woman say to her friend, “Wow, that was such a great show; you could tell there was so much love in the room!” I whole-heatedly agree.
Dom Flemons performs at Hill Center on June 30, 2019. (Photo by Rashad Polk)
A show with Grammy Award winner and two-time nominee Dom Flemons was a journey through history and culture as much as a musical experience at Hill Center in DC recently.
LeAnn Rimes performs at The Birchmere, accompanied by Greg Hagan on guitar, June 30, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
When LeAnn Rimes casually walked to the microphone in bare feet and a simple white sundress recently, the vibe in the room felt like a warm summer evening on the back porch rather than on the main stage at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. After warmly welcoming the crowd to her “living room,” the audience could sense they were in for a real treat.
Dom Flemons (Photo courtesy Smithsonian Folkways)
Dom Flemons received a Best Folk Album Grammy Award nomination this past year for his album Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys. Black Cowboys sheds a light on the music, culture, and the complex history of the golden era of the Wild West by following the footsteps of the thousands of African American pioneers that helped build the United States of America. In 2010, as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk for Genuine Negro.
In a conversation with Parklife DC’s Mark Engleson, Dom discusses his path from Phoenix to DC, the reception he’s gotten for Black Cowboys and for a broader history of the American West, and his upcoming gig at the Hill Center at the former Naval Hospital on Sunday, June 30.
Wayne Hancock (Photo by Victor Barajas)
“Happy Father’s Day,” Wayne Hancock said, “unless you didn’t know. Then nice surprise!” With that, Wayne and his band launched into an instrumental during their recent appearance at Hill Country in DC.