Brent Smith and Zach Myers participate in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 20, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
On a picture perfect autumn day, beneath a partly sunny sky, over 3,000 people showed up to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to express emotions of love, support, and hope. On Saturday afternoon, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held their Out of the Darkness Community Walk in the Nation’s Capital. Saturday’s walk is just one of hundreds that take place all across the country this year to help bring awareness and raise money, to work towards changing the culture’s approach to mental health.
This year, Brent Smith and Zach Myers, the lead singer and lead guitarist of Shinedown, participated in the walk.
Shinedown performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 19, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
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.
Tedeschi Trucks Band performs at Wolf Trap on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
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.
Tedeschi Trucks Band (Photo by Greg Logan)
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.
Matt Heafy fronts Trivium at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 6, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)
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.
Trivium (Photo courtesy Atom Splitter PR)
Heavy metal quartet Trivium last released The Sin and the Sentence in October 2017 to rave reviews! The band now is opening Bullet for My Valentine, and they appear together at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, May 6.
Sister Hazel (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
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.