Live Review: The Felice Brothers w/ Al Olender @ DC9 — 10/14/21

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The Felice Brothers (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)

Hailing from upstate New York’s Hudson River Valley, The Felice Brothers began in the mid-2000s as the musical project of brothers Ian, James, and Simone Felice. They began their career as buskers, and have referred to themselves (who knows how jokingly)  as “scumbags.”

Their career got a boost from another area resident, legendary Band drummer and vocalist Levon Helm, who invited them to perform at one of his Midnight Rambles in Woodstock. It’s fitting that the Brothers got a break from him, as their music owes obvious debts to The Band and Bob Dylan, in its mix of humor, surrealistic imagery, and ironic gloss on classic Americana. Their early recordings were rough — one was made in a chicken coop — but have grown more refined over the course of their career. As they toured with acts ranging from Justin Townes Earle to Old Crow Medicine Show to the Dave Matthews Band, the Brothers became more sophisticated artists.

That sophistication was on display in their unique brand of folk country-rock/ Americana in a packed house at DC9 recently.

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Livestream Preview: Logan Smith @ DC9, 12/8/20

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Logan Smith (Photo courtesy the artist)

With a soulful maturity and melodic expertise, Logan Smith presents himself with musicality beyond his years and a voice you’ll never forget. Drawing from a wide variety of influences such as The 1975, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, and Harry Styles, his music puts forth a powerful and noticeable presence.

Catch Logan in a livestream direct from the stage of DC9 on Tuesday, Dec. 8!

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Poll: What Is the Best Music Venue in DC for 2020?

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A band on stage! (Photo by Montecruz Foto)

Welcome to the 2020 Thrushie Awards!

Parklife DC will name the DC best local music venue of the year with your input. The Thrushie Awards are open to DC-area music venues that host touring bands. These venues must be occupied by its owner-operator and not a “for-rent” concert hall operated by an independent agent.

Learn more about each nominee by clicking on their name in keywords. Or name your own candidate!

Vote for the best music local music venue in the DC metro area now through Dec. 11.

Live Review: Fellowcraft @ DC9 — 10/27/20

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Jon Ryan MacDonald fronts Fellowcraft at DC9 on Oct. 27, 2020. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Like four links in a chain, the members of Fellowcraft relaxed and rolled to the rhythm in a performance at DC9 recently. The four guys hadn’t performed for an audience in more than seven months, but they instantly drew tight as they rocked through 12 big tunes for a successful livestream.

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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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Around Town: DC9 Open for Takeout

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DC9 (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Hey folks, DC9 asked the mayor if it could resume business with takeout and delivery of food and alcohol. And the mayor approved!

DC9 had been closed since the DC mayor’s March 13 order to close nightclubs. Other establishments that hold liquor licenses, such as taverns, were able to pivot to takeout food, but DC9 initially was not.

The mayor allowed DC9 to reopen beginning April 22, and now the club’s burgers and Southern-leaning plates are available for online and in-person ordering!

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Stars and Bars: Welcome to DC9

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DC9 Nightclub (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

When you Google “DC9 Nightclub,” the search engine giant helpfully informs you that “the live music venue” is a “Tri-level hipster hangout with snug basement bar, music stage with dance parties and rooftop deck.”

What that doesn’t fully tell you, however, is that DC9 is perhaps the most chill spot to discover the best rising bands, find the best affordable cocktail to put you in the zone, and altogether check your troubles at the door.

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Around Town: Emergency Relief Funds for Music Venue Staff

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A sign announcing a coronavirus closing (Photo by Ted Eytan)

DC has closed its music venues to efforts to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19). As such, staffers at concert halls around town are out of work.

Management at several music venues have established relief funds for their workers, allowing the public to donate directly to efforts to provide money directly to venue staff.

Should you ever have enjoyed a show at any of the venues below, please consider a donation to thank the hard-working staff who helped make it a great experience. Parklife has compiled a list below of music venues administering support funds, along with a statement posted by the management of each.

Parklife will udpate this list as relevant. Feel free to add info on relief efforts for music venue staff in the comments.

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Around Town: DC Closes Nightclubs Indefinitely to Fight Coronavirus

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Music gear on DC9’s stage (Photo by Jon)

Prior the declaration of a national emergency on March 13, DC’s IMP concert venues, including 9:30 Club and The Anthem, declared they would voluntarily close down through March 31 as part of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

But a clarified order issued by DC’s mayor on Sunday shut both venues indefinitely all the same.

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