Around Town: The Wammies @ Lincoln Theatre — 3/31/19

DSC_0287
Jeffrey Tribble Jr., Executive Director of The MusicianShip, addresses the Butterfly Bash in 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The MusicianShip, a nonprofit dedicated to providing music education to DC youth, sponsored its first Wammie Awards, recently choosing “the best of the best” among DC musicians for recognition to continue the mission of the dissolved Washington Area Music Association.

As editor of Parklife DC, I was a judge and a presenter for the 2019 Wammie Awards at the Lincoln Theatre on March 31, and I’m pleased to provide the full list of winners.

Continue Reading

Live Review: Rare Essence @ City Winery — 3/17/19

Rare Essence 1
Rare Essence performs at City Winery on March 17, 2019. (Photos by Andy Jillson; Words by Joshua Hudson.)

City Winery seemed like a long way from where this night might have gone down in 1976. But Rare Essence have been bringing their go-go sound to audiences around the DC area for 43 years now, and they brought it again at the winery recently.  

Continue Reading

Around Town: Official Hip-Hop Museum Launch Party @ Blind Whino — 1/18/19

IMG_1759 Tony “Big Tony” Fisher of Trouble Funk at the official Hip-Hop Museum Launch Party at Blind Whino on Jan. 18, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Thanks to Dave Mays (founder of The Source Magazine), Jeremy Beaver (owner of Listen Vision Studios/founder of Hip-Hop Museum), and Culture House (formerly Blind Whino), DC has yet another museum to add to its proverbial list.

Continue Reading

Snapshots: Raheem DeVaughn @ Howard Theatre — 12/21/17

Raheem DeVaughn 38 Raheem DeVaughn performs at the Howard Theatre on Dec. 21, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

R&B sensation Raheem DeVaughn organized a big holiday show at the Howard Theatre on Dec. 21, and Chris Castillo was there to photograph it! The show was all about uniting people, and Raheem was accompanied by the legendary go-go band Backyard Band, Major, Faith Evans, and several other acts!

Continue Reading

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

DSC_4605
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.

Continue Reading