The concert started with a giant explosion, but it would be far from the only startling moment of the night. On a co-headlining tour with Godsmack, Shinedown put forth everything one would hope from an arena ready rock band at Jiffy Lube Live on Sunday — extreme energy, pyrotechnics and lasers, eardrum-blasting musicianship, and soaring vocals that touch everyone from the front of the pit to the back of the lawn.
I recently found myself musing on the merits of listening to recorded albums versus attending live performances for the different experiences they provide the listener. As a jam band, Tedeschi Trucks Band provides a live experience for the audience that is simply unequaled by the studio album. The heavy improvisational element of their performance means that every show is unique. Sure, their recorded albums are great, too — they won a Grammy for Best Blues Album with Revelator — but it’s as a live act that that they truly amaze. And amaze the band did at Wolf Trap on July 11 as headliners on their Wheels of Soul Tour.
Blues rock group the Tedeschi Trucks Band last year released Life from the Fox Oakland, their second live album, via Fantasy Records. And speaking of playing live, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks bring their namesake band to Wolf Trap on Wednesday, July 11 for their Wheels of Soul Tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band.
Sunday was a night of fast and ferocious music at The Fillmore Sliver Spring. As the opening act ahead of Bullet For My Valentine, heavy metal band Trivium brought their combination of guttural screaming and clean singing to a frenzied audience.
Jangle poppers Sister Hazel made the leap to country with their ninth studio album, Lighter in the Dark, which was released in 2016 via Croakin’ Poets/Rock Ridge. Sister Hazel are on tour, and they perform at 9:30 Club on Friday, July 21. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
To many, the number seven represents good luck or completion, which is very true and well-deserved for Amber Denise Streeter, otherwise known as Sevyn Streeter. The 30-year-old R&B singer is on the journey to transition from her skilled stint as a collaborator and songwriter to pop acts (Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Usher) into the realm of a top-notch R&B vocalist and performer. To add to two acclaimed EPs, Sevyn will release her debut album, Girl Disrupted, on January 27. In support of the album, Sevyn treated her DC fans to a show at the Howard Theatre on Sunday for her current tour, Girl Disrupted.