Dupont Brass Band entertains Diner En Blanc DC on Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Like myself, you might not know much about Diner En Blanc other than the vague notion that everyone wears white and goes for dinner in a park somewhere. Last weekend, I saw firsthand that it’s much more — it’s actually a full-blown party held in a unique location, which turned out to be Nationals Park in our case.
Los Amigos Invisibles (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Los Amigos Invisibles recently released El Paradise, their 12th studio album, via Sony DADC Mexico. The record received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin, Urban, or Alternative Rock Album, and the band will soon embark on The Paradise Tour 2018, which visits 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 14. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Little Boots performs at The Carolina Theatre in Durham during Moogfest on May 18, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
When last I saw Little Boots in DC, I recommended Moogfest book the triple threat performer, DJ, and businesswoman, giving her opportunities to sing, spin, and lecture. Last week, she fulfilled part of that destiny with a live concert and a DJ set, crediting Moogfest for inspiring her to “rebuild” a live show after a successful year or so behind the decks.
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult performs at Fish Head Cantina near Baltimore, Maryland, on April 21, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)
Industrial quintet My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult brought their unique music to Fish Head Cantina near Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday on a stop for their 30th anniversary tour. Paivi was there to capture the magic!
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Last year, industrial disco outfit My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult celebrated their 30th anniversary. The band continue the celebration this year with a second round of touring to mark 30 years of making music, and they perform locally at Fish Head Cantina in Baltimore on Saturday, April 21.
Martin Gore performs with Depeche Mode at Capital One Arena on Sept. 7, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: ConspiracyCaptures/GrillworksBen)
The year 2017 was a good year for revisiting old friends as they returned to remind us that they truly still “got it.” In the past year, Parklife DC reviewed a great deal of musicians and bands, and the performances that really distinguished themselves often came as something of a pleasant surprise.
Shamir heats up the U Street Music Hall Dec. 15, 2017 (Photo by David LaMason)
Over the past year, Shamir Bailey, who records and performs under his first name, produced two entire albums. The first was a self released 12-track album entitled Hope earlier in the year. It’s filled with raw pop, punk, and even country gems that, according to the Soundcloud description, was written and recorded in a weekend. The second, Revelations, released on Father/Daughter Records, was delivered a mere seven months later in November. Both records are a significant change from the slick production of Ratchet but are more potent both lyrically and sonically than that LP.