Live Review: John Moreland @ The Birchmere — 10/1/19

JohnMoreland_Birchmere
John Moreland, right, performs at The Birchmere on Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

With talented sideman and fellow Tulsa resident John Calvin Abney accompanying him, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland delivered his trademark Americana ballads at The Birchmere recently. Opener Darrin Bradbury remarked that the previous night in Baltimore, he’d seen a grown man on the edge of tears during John’s set. “I’ve got to write me some of those,” he joked.

Continue Reading

Live Review: Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi @ The Kennedy Center — 9/26/19

Rhiannon_Francesco1_photo_by_Karen_Cox_small
Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi (Photo by Karen Cox)

Banjo player, fiddler, and singer Rhiannon Giddens, accompanied by Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, entertained, educated, and amazed a spell-bound crowd in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater recently.

Continue Reading

Live Review: Cat Power @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/25/19

Cat Power
Cat Power (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Cat Power turned back the clock to start her set at the Lincoln Theatre recently. Twenty-one years ago, she released her album Moon Pix. Two of its mains themes are loneliness and disillusionment. The song “He Turns Down” references Chan Marshall’s feelings of alienation from religion, particularly in the line “I’m not saved he turned me down.”

Continue Reading

Live Review: HERAFest 2019 @ City Winery DC – 9/22/19

Herafest22
Jill Sobule headlines HERAFest at City Winery on Sept. 22, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

So, let’s talk about women in music. A recent Washington Post article asked, “What’s it like to be a woman in rock today?” Of course the answer is, that’s the wrong question. Does anyone ever ask, “What’s it like to be a man in rock music?”

Continue Reading

Interview: Darrin Bradbury (@ The Birchmere, 10/1/19)

Darrin Bradbury by Danielle Holbert 2
Darrin Bradbury (Photo by Danielle Holbert)

Darrin Bradbury writes about the way things really are in America — a singular perspective shaped by a natural gift for storytelling, a lingering battle with depression, and a sly sense of humor. A self-described folk satirist who has toured the country for more than a decade, Darrin collects his oddball observations in his newest album, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs, which released Sept. 20th via ANTI- Records.

Parklife DC’s Ari Strauss spoke with Darrin by phone to talk about the new album and his upcoming show at The Birchmere on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Continue Reading

Snapshots: The Waterboys @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/22/19

waterboys_3_DSC00750
The Waterboys perform at the Lincoln Theatre on Sept. 22, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

The Waterboys, the storied UK folk rockers, released Where The Action Is, the band’s 13th studio album, via Cooking Vinyl back in May. Frontman Mike Scott and company returned to DC to perform at the Lincoln Theatre recently, and Jason Nicholson photographed the show!

Continue Reading

Snapshots: Watermelon Park Festival @ Watermelon Park (Berryville, VA) — 9/19-9/21/19

Larry Keel Experience and Friends
Larry Keel performs at the 2019 Watermelon Park Festival on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo by Chester Simpson/ Rock-N-RollPhotos.com)

The 16th Annual Watermelon Park Fest a three day music festival, was held at the Watermelon Park Campground near Berryville, Virginia. It’s located on the banks of the beautiful Shenandoah River on Sept. 19-22 with music, camping, as well as canoeing, kayaking and inner-tube floats and late night jam sessions around the campfire. Nothing better!

Continue Reading