Looking at the history of new wave music, and more broadly rock in New York City, few bands are more paramount than Blondie. Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Clem Burke are still going strong today, and to celebrate their upcoming show at Wolf Trap, Careless Memories will celebrate the band tonight, July 13, at Dodge City.
Tonight — don’t crack up, bend your brain, see both sides, and throw off your mental chains with Careless Memories! And dance the evening away as if we were at a summer music festival. Starting at 8pm at Dodge City, I’ll play artists like Howard Jones, The English Beat, Modern English, Men Without Hats, Bow Wow Wow, Katrina and The Waves, Thompson Twins, Midge Ure, and others, inspired by the summer Retro Futura Tour.
To get ready for all of it, I chatted with Howard Jones himself last week! Revisit our Parklife DC interview with Howard, and then join our listening party at Careless Memories tonight.
Editors Note: This event was originally scheduled for May 25, but we have moved it to June 8. On May 25, we will present an evening of music dedicated to bands from Manchester in solidarity with the city after this week’s tragedy.
For the last several years, an ’80s festival called Retro Futura has presented some of our favorite artists, including Howard Jones, The English Beat, Modern English, Men Without Hats, Katrina (of The Waves), Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins, Midge Ure, and many others.
We’ll celebrate the ’80s festival circuit with these artists and others, alongside your requests, at the next edition of Careless Memories: A New Wave Party, this Thursday, May 25.
This Thursday, Parklife DC will give away a pair of tickets to see the legendary Giorgio Moroder for his DJ performance at 9:30 Club.
Show up at Dodge City (917 U St. NW, DC) to listen to some music by Giorgio and related artists during our Careless Memories: New Wave Party on April 13, and you can enter a drawing to win a pair of tix to see Giorgio when he visits 9:30 Club on Friday, May 12.
You have to be present to win. Drawing will take place between 10:30-11pm. Party starts at 8pm. For more information, visit and RSVP at our Facebook page.
On the second Thursday of every month, we pop over to Dodge City (917 U St. NW, DC) for our Careless Memories party, and play some new wave tunes for you while you have some drinks and maybe break out some dance moves.