Live Review: Goose @ The Chrysalis in Merriweather Park — 8/12/22

Goose performs on the first of two nights at The Chrysalis in Merriweather Park the evening of Aug. 12, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

It’s difficult to keep tabs on the progress and achievements of some of the busiest and most prolific bands out there.

But you’d have to be intentionally ignoring live music news to have missed any recent updates on Goose, a group that began in earnest in 2014 and has experienced a recent rapid rise in popularity, including through the pandemic years.

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Interview: Zach Lupetin of The Dustbowl Revival (@ The Hamilton Live, 8/20/22)

The Dustbowl Revival (Photo by Bob Turton)

The Dustbowl Revival has been hard at work on new music! And frontman Zach (aka. Z.) Lupetin shared some of his personal experiences of family on life via his Instagram account in the lead up to his band hitting the road again!

Locally, The Dustbowl Revival appear at The Hamilton Live in DC on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Parklife DC’s Ari Strauss emailed a few questions to Zach to ask him about life, love, and music. Zach generously provided some answers prior to The Dustbowl Revival’s return to DC.

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Live Review: Hiatus Kaiyote @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 8/12/22

Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote performs for a sold-out audience at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 12, 2022. (Photo by Will Colbert)

On Aug. 11, a supermoon brightened the night sky of cities across the globe. Twenty-four hours later, Hiatus Kaiyote, a band who has described their sound as “multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster shit,” one-upped the celestial body.

On Aug. 12, the Australian quartet gave an illuminating performance during a sold-out show at The Fillmore Silver Spring.

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Snapshots: The Driver Era w/ Summer Salt and Almost Monday @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 8/5/22

The Driver Era performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 5, 2022. (Photos by Brooke Landers)

Brothers Rocky and Ross Lynch, who form the musical duo The Driver Era, performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently! They brought along openers Summer Salt and Almost Monday, and Brooke Landers was there to photograph the concert.

These are Brooke’s first photos for Parklife, and we think they really take you to the show!

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Live Review: Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown @ Wolf Trap — 6/18/22

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Trombone Shorty headlines Voodoo Threauxdown 2022 at Wolf Trap, June 18, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Fresh off the recent release of Lifted, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Anderson’s second album for Blue Note Records, his traveling mini-festival of funk that is Voodoo Threauxdown made its way to Northern Virginia for a nearly four-hour show at Wolf Trap. The recent performance headlined by Trombone Shorty included four bands whose members span the history and the future of New Orleans music.

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Live Review: Ohio Players @ The Birchmere — 5/28/22

The Ohio Players perform at The Birchmere on May 28, 2022. (Photo by Will Colbert)

“Gem City” is an unusual nickname for Dayton, Ohio. Perhaps, it’s a nod to a time when the city churned out the who’s who of funk. Artists like Zapp, Roger Troutman, Heatwave, and Slave, to name a few. This past Memorial Day Weekend, The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, welcomed Dayton’s crown jewel of funk and R&B — the Ohio Players.

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Live Review: EarthGang @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/20/22

Olu of EarthGang performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 20, 2022. (Photo by Will Colbert)

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be transferred. I’m no Einstein, but I’m confident that principle was proven during EarthGang’s recent performance at The Fillmore Silver Spring.

The Atlanta hip-hop duo, consisting of Olu (aka Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (born Eian Parker), engaged fans in call-and-response — “when I say earth, you say, gang” — doused them with water guns and enthusiastically rhymed verses from their catalog. The charged-up audience returned their energy at every opportunity.

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Snapshots: National Cannabis Festival @ RFK Stadium Festival Grounds — 4/23/22

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Wiz Khalifa smokes a joint while performing at the National Cannabis Festival on April 23, 2022. (Photos by Shedrick Pelt)

The National Cannabis Festival returned to RFK Stadium Festival Grounds recently to celebrate the leaps and bounds the cannabis community has made in the name of cannabis advocacy. Vendors, food trucks, local merchants, and of course smokers gathered to fellowship around the love for their favorite pastime.

A crowd estimated at 20,000+, throughout the day of April 23, showed up early to take advantage of the beautiful weather in the DMV. Carts and coolers in tow, the amazing musical lineup had everyone excited as they claimed their spot for the evening. Pro Cannabis organizations Legacy DC & Gifted Curators provided an educational element with a panel of speakers featuring Dead Prez’s M-1 and adult film star Sara Jay.

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Live Review: Tank and the Bangas @ 9:30 Club — 3/21/22

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Tarriona “Tank” Ball leads Tank and the Bangas in a performance at 9:30 Club on March 21, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

It takes an extraordinary relationship between a group of musicians — colleagues or friends who inevitably become tight-knit like family — in order to produce and sustain some of the most cutting-edge sounds coming off any stage.

The glorious result of a durable and flourishing dynamic between the large number of members in this propulsive funk-soul-hip-hop-poetry vehicle, Tank and the Bangas has thrived through the pandemic thanks largely in part to the groundwork laid before it — and the proof was on display at 9:30 Club recently.

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