Music Park: Laura Burhenn @ Songbyrd Music House — 12/14/16

Laura Burhenn 01 Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds performs at Songbyrd Music House on Dec. 14, 2016.

Laura Burhenn came home to DC for the holidays.

She even brought with her a Christmas song in her visit to Songbyrd Music House on Wednesday. Of course, despite a jingly medley, that song turns out to have some bite as Laura tackles climate change, dishonest politicians, and a search for truth in “All I Want Is Truth (for Christmas),” a holiday offering from her project The Mynabirds released by Saddle Creek in 2012.

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Don’t Miss: Laura Burhenn @ Songbyrd Music House, 12/14/16

Laura Burhenn
Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds (Photo by Bliss Katherine)

A little over a year ago, DC’s own Laura Burhenn stopped by U Street Music Hall while touring the latest album from The Mynabirds, Lovers Know. When she wrapped up that tour, she found herself in a lull. Thankfully, she hit the road again and returns to DC to perform solo at Songbyrd Music House on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

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Music Park: Ingrid Michaelson @ Lincoln Theatre — 11/21/16

Ingrid Michaelson 10/26/2016 #15Ingrid Michaelson and band on the Hell No Tour (10/26/16) in LA (Photo Credit: Justin Higuchi)

With notes and remembrances writ large behind the stage, Ingrid Michaelson and her merry band regaled the sold out Lincoln Theatre on November 21st with songs of longing and heartache and empowerment.

In fact, we knew we were in for an entertaining night when Ingrid exclaimed, “DC! So nice, doing me twice.” Referring, of course, to the fact she was playing at The Lincoln Theatre for two nights.

Ingrid’s show was about having fun, and it was clear that she was enjoying herself immensely, with a wry smile on her face at all times and a steady supply of jokes and stories.

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Music Park: Mandolin Orange @ The Hamilton Live — 11/3/16

Mandolin Orange 12 Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange perform at The Hamilton on Nov. 3, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Before hitting the road to tour their new album, Mandolin Orange did a number of recording sessions for various music outlets, which really warmed them up to the songs and how to present them live.

Andrew Marlin (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (vocals, violin, guitar) were especially mindful of those experiences during their sold-out show at The Hamilton on Thursday night. They praised the DC concert hall for its acoustics and warmth, which aided their ability to capture the sound they wanted from the new songs — songs like “My Blinded Heart,” which they performed next.

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Don’t Miss: Ingrid Michaelson @ Lincoln Theatre, 11/21 & 11/22/16

Ingrid MichaelsonIngrid Michaelson’s Hell No Tour (Photo from Ingrid Michaelson FB)

Ingrid Michaelson will bring the Lincoln Theatre to life for two nights, November 21st and 22nd, during her Hell No Tour. The tour spans the country and the final two nights are in DC!

She’s supporting her seventh album, It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense, released in April 2016. Although I haven’t listened to many of the songs from this album, I liked her previous two albums, especially 2012’s Human Again. Indeed the song “Do It Now” was among my most played songs that year.

The new “Hell No” is an upbeat ode to breaking up and not missing that person at all. The video is a Snapchatesque cornucopia of weird things happening to Ingrid’s face. Kind of funny.

(Updated) The second night is sold out, but you can still get tickets to the November 21st show. Buy your tickets here.

This will be my first time to catch Ingrid perform live. Should be a good time. Don’t get FOMO and regret missing this show!

Ingrid Michaelson
w/ AJR
Lincoln Theatre
Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (second night sold out)
Doors 6:30pm
$55
All ages