Only You (Photo by Sydney Wired)
As every fan of Depeche Mode knows, the band will perform at Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center) next month. To celebrate, we are exploring the early days of Mute Records, Depeche Mode’s long-time UK label, with a listening party at Dodge City on Thursday, Aug. 10.
Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol circa 1980. (Photo courtesy Ubé)
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.
Howard Jones performs at The Hamilton on Sept. 3, 2016.
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.
Howard Jones at Rewind Festival in 2013. (Photo courtesy Universal News and Sport)
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.
Giorgio Moroder Ticket Giveaway
Thursday, April 13
Giorgio Moroder (Photo courtesy 9:30 Club)
The legendary Giorgio Moroder, who has collaborated from everyone from Donna Summer to Debbie Harry to Kylie Minogue, is performing at 9:30 Club on Friday, May 12. You can win a pair of tickets to go.
Sydney Opera House (Photo by Lenny K Photography)
Parklife DC returns to Dodge City (917 U St. NW, DC) on Thursday, March 9, to serve up an evening of new wave music, this time with some Aussie flair.
Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran performs at MGM National Harbor on Dec. 31, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
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.
Sean T. Drinkwater of Freezepop performs at Subterranean in Chicago on July 16, 2015. (Photo by Kyle Gaddo)
Traditionally, February is an icy month here in the DMV. And yet midmonth, our hearts turn warm with romance at the arrival of Valentine’s Day.
David Bowie (Photo by Jimmy King)
He was the first modern pop musician to embrace reinvention, moving deftly across genres and lending his incredible voice to glam, soul, new wave, and industrial.
David Bowie would have turned 70 on Sunday. He passed away a year ago yesterday. In DC this week, various events have celebrated his life and legacy. We’ll continue that celebration tomorrow night at Dodge City with a monthly edition of our DJ party, Careless Memories: Happy Birthday, David Bowie.