Live Review: Gregory Alan Isakov @ Baltimore Soundstage — 1/12/19

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Photo of Gregory Alan Isakov performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Jan. 12, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Just 61 days since he last came to the greater area (at 9:30 Club), Gregory Alan Isakov coasted into Baltimore at the Soundstage, one imagines in his old Vanagon (it wasn’t), his bandmates along for the ride.

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Live Review: Leyla McCalla @ The Hamilton Live — 1/11/19

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Leyla McCalla performs at The Hamilton Live on Jan. 11, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

I was looking forward to a good show to kick off 2019 — and Leyla McCalla’s scheduled performance at The Hamilton Live seemed like just the ticket. What I experienced though was far from merely “good.” Instead, Leyla’s performance was mesmerizing, sensual, joyous, and exquisite… adjectives that describe far more accurately her unique blend of traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music (with American folk and gospel thrown into the mix as well).

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Snapshots: Lake Street Dive @ Rams Head Live — 1/3/19

LakeStreetDive Rachael Price fronts Lake Street Dive at Rams Head Live on Jan. 3, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Lake Street Dive kicked off 2019 on the right foot recently with a sold-out show at Baltimore’s Rams Head Live. The show continued the band’s successful Free Yourself Up Tour, begun last summer in support of its most recent album of the same name, released in May 2018 via Nonesuch Records.

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Preview: Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert @ The Institute of Musical Traditions, 1/12/19

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Rayna Gellert and Kieran Kane (Photo courtesy the artists)

The godfather of Americana music is coming to DC metro to perform in at the Institute of Musical Traditions in Rockville, Maryland. Kieran Kane will perform with prodigious fiddler Rayna Gellert in what is sure to be a show to remember at the School of Musical Traditions on Saturday, Jan. 12.

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