Music Park: Bettye LaVette @ The Hamilton — 5/19/18

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Bettye LaVette performs at the Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival on Aug. 9, 2014. (Photo by Leilah Thiel)

R&B singer Bettye LaVette graced The Hamilton with her divine presence on Saturday. Looking much younger than her 72 years, fit and trim, Bettye performed with bountiful energy and flawless style.

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Don’t Miss: Bettye LaVette @ The Hamilton, 5/19/18

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Bettye LaVette (Photo by Marina Chavez)

Legendary soul singer Bettye LaVette released Things Have Changed, her 10th studio album, on March 30. On the new record, Bettye tackles the songs of Bob Dylan as only she can. And now, she will perform them live in a show at The Hamilton on Saturday, May 19.

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Snapshots: Sleepy Creek SpringDig @ Sleepy Creek on the Potomac (Berkeley Springs, WV) — 5/4-5/6/18

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Black Masala lead a parade at Sleepy Creek SpringDig 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Sleepy Creek SpringDig returned May 4-6, 2018 for its fifth year to the region’s favorite family-friendly venue, Sleepy Creek on the Potomac in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The annual camp-out offers a stellar line-up of local roots music and national superstars, with added attractions such as playgrounds and parades. Chester Simpson took some photos of this year’s Sleepy Creek SpringDig, and folk musician Sally Mae Foster wrote some words to accompany them!

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Music Park: Loi Loi and Mundy @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 4/28/18

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Loi Loi performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on April 28, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Loi Loi headlined a birthday show in honor of frontwoman Kristie Di Lascio at Rock and Roll Hotel Saturday. An enthusiastic crowd turned up for Loi Loi, Mundy, Nihiloceros, and Time Is Fire! We arrived in time to surf some new wave melodies with Loi Loi and Mundy, both buoyed by high spirits and awash in cool tunes.

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Snapshots: NO BS! Brass Band @ Gypsy Sally’s — 4/27/18

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Lance Koehler drums in NO BS! Brass Band at Gypsy Sally’s on April 27, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Imagine legendary drummer and band leader Buddy Rich magically had a love child with funk icon George Clinton. The product would be NO BS! Brass Band of Richmond, VA. The East Coast modern funk band gave a heart-pounding energetic performance at Gypsy Sally’s on April 27, 2018 that was so hot, the fire alarm went off… twice!

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Around Town: Funk Parade @ U Street NW (DC), 5/12/18

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The Funk Parade March, free and open to the public, rolls down U Street NW, DC, on May 6, 2017. (Photo by John Sonderman)

Editor’s Note: Funk Parade recent introduced a general festival wristband, providing priority entry into select evening music venues during its showcase on May 12. Funk Parade also will host its first-ever Featured Showcase at the Lincoln Theatre, featuring Ari Lennox, Mannywellz, and more.

Buy the General Music Fest Wristband online here, and buy your tickets to the Lincoln Theatre Showcase online here.

For other details, Parklife DC presents the full text of a press release issued by Funk Parade on Thursday below.

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Music Park: Meshell Ndegeocello @ The Kennedy Center — 4/26/18

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Meshell Ndegeocello performs at the Kennedy Center on April 26, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

DC’s own Meshell Ndegeocello returned to the city Thursday night to perform a pair of back-to-back shows at the Kennedy Center. A near-capacity multicultural, multigenerational audience showed up for the multifaceted artist.

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