Livestream Preview: Fellowcraft @ DC9, 10/27/20

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Fellowcraft (Photo courtesy Eventbrite)

Fellowcraft are a four-man band who mix a healthy does of blues and R&B into their indie prog rock. Jon Ryan MacDonald (guitar and vocals), Brandon Williams (bass and vocals), Pablo Anton-Diaz (lead guitar and vocals), and Zach Martin together create an unstoppable rock and roll machine that carry you back to the days of classic rock albeit full of their own original twists.

Performing live from the stage at DC9 on Tuesday, Oct. 27, Fellowcraft livestreams the show for you to watch at home!

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Interview: Foreign Air (New Album: Good Morning Stranger)

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Foreign Air (Photo by Elizabeth Miranda)

A little over a week ago, Foreign Air released debut album Good Morning Stranger, a smooth collection of 15 songs that will keep you dancing along whether in the club or more likely today in your home.

Based in Los Angeles and DC respectively, Jesse Clasen and Jacob Michael formed the band more than five years ago, and they started working on the full-length debut album three years ago. The result was clearly worth the effort, as the new music swells with dynamic melodies and towering electronics.

Both gents formed Foreign Air fresh from other acts, and their natural chemistry kept them together while working across the country. Jesse and Jacob still collaborate from across the country, perhaps making them the perfect band for the pandemic times in which we live. Parklife DC’s Mickey McCarter caught up with the duo to explore their working arrangements, the achievement of the new album, and living up to expectations.

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Preview: David Goodrich @ Gray Ghost Vineyards – 10/17/20

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David Goodrich performs at Gray Ghost Vineyards on Sept. 6, 2020. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Live performances are returning to the DC metro area. The return to “normalcy,” though, has been achingly slow and many argue we are still nowhere near normal. But despite the continued shutdown of many of the region’s larger indoor music venues, the past few weeks have seen many local artists performing outdoor gigs at Jammin’ Java and the State Theatre. In addition, ever resourceful musicians have been performing sidewalk and porch shows, at drive-in concerts and even outdoor shopping malls. Of course, live streaming continues unabated, but as I’ve written before, watching a performance on the screen just doesn’t compare to being in the same room, in front of the players, enveloped by the music.

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Song of the Day: “Space Phone” by Electric Grandmother

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Electric Grandmother (Photo courtesy the band)

“Sitcom-core” DC duo Electric Grandmother recently debuted a video for new song “Space Phone” from the band’s latest album, Relaunch. The music video for “Space Phone” consists of stop-motion animation created entirely by the band’s Mary Alice Hamnett.

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Around Town: Farewell, U Street Music Hall

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Walking up to U Street Music Hall (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Today, U Street Music Hall announced it is closing its doors effectively immediately due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Although primarily a DJ club, Parklife DC covered a number of exciting live shows at U Hall, as it was affectionately known. For much of its 10-year run, U Street Music Hall hit the sweet spot as a space for upcoming touring bands with its 500-person capacity and easily accessible location.

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Song of the Day: “Sedosa” by Mestís

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Mestis (Photo courtesy Cosa Nostra PR)

En Vivo, the brand new live album from world renowned guitarist Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders), is out now via Sumerian Records. For this project, Javier takes the name Mestís, and he shares a live performance from the album in the form of “Sedosa.”

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Live Review: Bobby Thompson and Friends @ Jammin’ Java – 9/20/20

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Bobby Thompson performs at Jammin’ Java on Sept. 20, 2020. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Famed American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter David Bromberg wrote, “you gotta suffer if you wanna sing the blues.” The irony, of course, is that when the bluesman (or woman) sings, everybody else feels good. So it was when local blues musician Bobby Thompson performed recently on a brilliant late afternoon show at Jammin’ Java.

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