Around Town: Snallygaster 2017 @ The Yards — 9/23/17

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The team from RaR Brewing presented four beers at Snallygaster 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Thousands of beer enthusiasts poured into The Yards in DC for Snallygaster 2017 to enjoy more than 350 beers and a stageful of bands under a very hot sun on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Here are some pictures and observations on the Snallygaster 2017.

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Don’t Miss: Snallygaster 2017 @ The Yards, 9/23/17

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Hey folks, don’t look now but Snallygaster 2017, the DC area’s most exciting beer festival, is this Saturday, Sept. 23, at The Yards (1300 1st St. SE, DC). Tickets are on sale now for sampling 400 craft beers from around the country as well as entertainment from three fantastic bands.

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Music Park: DC Music Rocks Festival @ 9:30 Club — 9/2/17

ThrowingPlates03 Throwing Plates perform at 9:30 Club on Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The 9:30 Club transformed Saturday into a showcase for some of the finest local bands DC has to offer. The brainchild of local DJ and musician Brian Nelson-Palmer, the first annual (one hopes) DC Music Rocks Festival presented five bands, each with distinct musical pedigrees.

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Music Park: Sheer Mag @ Black Cat — 8/23/17

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Sheer Mag perform at Mohawk Place in Buffalo, New York, on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Brendan O’Connor)

If you didn’t know that Sheer Mag had only formed in 2014, and you heard their music, you might well think they were a classic rock band! If DC didn’t yet know Sheer Mag, the band introduced themselves in a matchless show at the Black Cat on Wednesday.

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Music Park: CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers @ Capital One Arena — 8/9/17

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Nile Rodgers performs at Capital One Arena in DC on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

With a smile on his face and a guitar in his hands, Nile Rodgers strode onto stage at the newly renamed Capital One Arena on a double bill with Earth, Wind & Fire on Wednesday to give us the gift of dance.

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Music Park: Earth, Wind & Fire @ Capital One Arena — 8/9/17

Earth, Wind & Fire 6 Ralph Johnson, Philip Bailey, and B. David Whitworth sing with Earth, Wind, & Fire at Capital One Arena on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

Earth, Wind & Fire swept into the Verizon Center, newly renamed Capital One Arena that very same day, and dazzled a large crowd on their 2054 Tour on a double bill with Nile Rodgers and CHIC on last Wednesday.

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Don’t Miss: Earth Wind & Fire + CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers @ Verizon Center, 8/9/17

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Earth Wind & Fire dance at MGM National Harbor on Feb. 18, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

If you ever have heard Philip Bailey sing, you know what an amazing voice the gent has. But I would say you really have to see him live to get the full effect of how he turns on a dime to raise a falsetto and drop it into a baritone, such as when he sings “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” made famous by Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics. Thankfully, you have an opportunity to do just that as Philip’s powerhouse disco and funk group Earth, Wind & Fire are here in DC Wednesday, Aug. 9, for a show at Verizon Center.

And even better, they are teaming up with their contemporary Nile Rodgers, who is bringing the CHIC collective along with him.

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