The Flesh Eaters perform at Union Stage on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
For a punk band, it might seem strange to speak of the almost-reverential attitude of their fans. But The Flesh Eaters were never a typical punk band, even in their younger days. Their tracks were always longer, with songwriter and lead vocalist Chris D. (Desjardins) drawing from influences in beat poetry and genre cinema, such as noir, Westerns, and horror. He drew on those influences again in a rare DC show at Union Stage recently.
The Flesh Eaters, including Bill Bateman (The Blasters), Chris D. (frontman), John Doe (X), Dave Alvin, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), and DJ Bonebrake (X) (Photo by Frank Lee Drennen)
The classic lineup of The Flesh Eaters — consisting of John Doe, DJ Bonebrake, Dave Alvin, Bill Bateman, Steve Berlin, and Chris D — has reunited and published a new album, I Used to Be Pretty, released in January via Yep Roc Records. And The Flesh Eaters are touring with a show at Union Stage on Saturday, March 16. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
The Blasters (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Known for their bend of rockabilly, punk, R&B, and blues, The Blasters took their place in musical history with their first four albums from 1980-85. Led by vocalist Phil Alvin, the gents returned in 2012 for a new album, Fun on Saturday Night. They are touring still as original members Bill Bateman (drums) and John Bazz (bass), as well as longtime bandmate Keith Wyatt (guitar), join Phil for a show at Hill Country Live on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Photo by Daniel Jackson)
Touring behind their new album, From Downey to Lubbock — currently #1 on the Billboard Blues chart — Americana icons Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore performed Thursday night in front of a packed audience at Alexandria’s Birchmere.
Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Photo by Tim Reese)
On June 1, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore released Downey to Lubbock, a collaborative album that serves as a love letter to the American West, via Yep Roc Records. Dave and Jimmie have embarked on a tour together, and they perform locally at The Birchmere on Thursday, June 14.