JR Russell fronts The Reflex in a show at Cathdral Commons on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.
“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground.
Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…” “THE REFLEX!”
So goes the audio track introducing the DC area’s tuffest ’80s cover band — The Reflex. In all seriousness, The Reflex, who usually perform as a quintet, deliver terrific carefree fun, mixing every single one of your favorite songs from the ’80s into a kitsch-laden show sure to please — as they proved in a Friday evening performance at Cathedral Commons in DC.
Nouvelle Vague perform at the Howard Theatre on March 21, 2017 (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)
Triple threat. Third time’s the charm. Rule of three. The Holy Trinity. Three-part harmony. 3-D.
Nouvelle Vague (Photo courtesy The Howard Theatre)
In Paris circa 2003, Olivier Libaux and Marc Collin formed Nouvelle Vague, a cover band that took its inspiration from a translation of “new wave.” Bossa nova also translates as “new wave” from the Portuguese. Inspired by this, Nouvelle Vague covered “New Wave” songs often in bossa nova style for four albums before taking a break in 2010.
Life on Mars, a David Bowie Tribute Band, perform at Gypsy Sally’s on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
Halloween Jack may have been a real cool cat, but so are the six gents who performed at Gypsy Sally’s Friday in a David Bowie tribute band called Life on Mars.
David Bowie (Photo by Jimmy King)
It’s little wonder that Philadelphia has declared this week David Bowie Week, as Bowie recorded Young Americans at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia in 1974.
Enthusiastic teenagers who became known as The Sigma Kids lurked outside the studio and occasionally accompanied Bowie during the making of the album, and some of them who still live in Philadelphia have coordinated a week of events for the period that includes Bowie’s 70th birthday and the first anniversary of his death this week. You can find out more at http://www.phillylovesbowie.com.
Here in DC, we’re not quite as organized but we do have a number of Bowie events occurring over the next week.
Bowie tribute band Life on Mars perform at Cary Street Cafe in Richmond, Va., on Feb. 18, 2016. (Photo courtesy Life on Mars)
A six-man band in Richmond, Virginia, aims to keep alive the spirit of David Bowie, and they are coming to DC to perform at Gypsy Sally’s on Friday, Jan. 6.
David Bowie would have turned 70 on Jan. 8, so this is a perfect opportunity to come out and salute the music icon. (Our own DJ dance party — Careless Memories: Happy Birthday, David Bowie — follows shortly after at Dodge City on Thursday, Jan. 12!)
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.