Clem Burke (third from right) with Blondie (Photo by Guy Furrow)
New wave legends Blondie dropped by The Anthem recently, and while it was great to see the entire band, it was especially satisfying to witness drummer Clem Burke in action.
At 64, Clem remains a drumming powerhouse, moving with precision and dynamics that surpass that of musicians half his age.
STOMP dancers create notes with brooms. (Photo courtesy STOMP)
STOMP: The Visual and Vicarious Workout!
STOMP is a variety where show silent comedy, intercultural performative art (stepping and part), marching band precision, and go-go-adjacent percussion intersect to leave an audience full of suspense to follow bombastic sounds with slick movements.
Jason Bonham performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 25, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
“This is the most fun anyone could have fully clothed standing in front of an audience.”
That was Jason Bonham describing Sunday night at The Fillmore Silver Spring as he led his band, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (JBLZE) in a revival (not a tribute) of the 1970’s preeminent rock band. The music project he refers to as the “band I play in for fun” performed over two hours of Zeppelin’s music to a faithful and adoring sold-out audience.
Jason Bonham (Photo courtesy Lappen Enterprises)
Any music lover will tell you, rhythm is an essential ingredient of a song. Any musician will also tell you that percussion was the first musical instrument. Ancient peoples discovered that banging on things would create patterns and melodies one could move to and feel deep inside. Since those first humans struck a piece of bark or a stretched animal skin, the tympani, the gong, the dulcimer, and the piano, among other percussion instruments, have become central to orchestras, jazz combos, pop groups, and marching bands.
When it comes to drummers, one of the greatest modern drummers ever to play was surely John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Recently, ParklifeDC had the pleasure of speaking with drummer Jason Bonham, John’s son, in anticipation of Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening appearance at The Fillmore Silver Spring this Sunday, Nov. 25.