Music Park: R. Kelly @ MGM National Harbor — 5/21/17

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R. Kelly performs at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Say what you like about R. Kelly, but the man is a hell of an entertainer.

The full-blown cultural icon was at his best (or worst, depending on your point of view) in a boisterous show at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, strutting his stuff, taking every opportunity to mingle with his female fans, and at the end of the day earnestly demonstrating that he’s got the goods, particularly with his naturally gifted voice.

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Music Park: Kari Jobe @ McLean Bible Church — 3/31/17

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Kari Jobe (Photo courtesy Capitol CMG)

Kari Jobe took to the stage at McLean Bible Church on Friday to excited, pleasant applause, along with her band, including her husband of two years, Cody Carnes. When she would speak, the crowd was in absolute silence, with the exception of some softly spoken agreements and other words of praise.

This was not a typical concert.

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Don’t Miss: Kari Jobe @ McLean Bible Church, 3/31/17

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Kari Jobe (Photo courtesy Merge PR)

Worship leader Kari Jobe will make a stop at Mclean Bible Church in Virginia this Friday, March 31. Kari recently released her fourth full-length album, titled The Garden, on Capitol CMG — and she is currently on the accompanying The Garden Tour, playing her new songs as well as others. Friday’s show is sold out.

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Music Park: Seratones @ DC9 — 10/20/16

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AJ Haynes leads the Seratones in a performance at SXSW 2016 on March 18, 2016. (Photo by Paul Hudson)

The Seratones, led by singer AJ Haynes, rocked DC9 nightclub Thursday, taking me back to what it may have been like if I were going to concerts in the ‘60s or ‘70s!

If I had to describe the sound of The Seratones, I would say it’s a mix of punk, blues, and rock. I can’t really think of a band to compare them to, but they have a classic rock sound. I might even go as far as to say that AJ’s vocals are comparable to Janis Joplin. The Seratones are made up of AJ (vocals), Jesse Gabriel (drums), Connor Davis (guitar) and Adam Davis (bass). They are currently on tour promoting their debut album “Get Gone,” released on Fat Possum records this past May.

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Don’t Miss: Seratones @ DC9, 10/20/16

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Seratones (Photo by Chad Kamenshine)

Louisiana gospel-garage quartet Seratones have been busy this year, and they aren’t quite done with DC in 2016!

In May, the band dropped their debut album, Get Gone via Fat Possum, and they have been burning up the touring circuit all year. In support of that album, Seratones will visit DC9 on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Watch Seratones perform “Don’t Need It” on CBS This Morning on March 5, 2016, via YouTube:

Seratones are AJ Haynes (vocals), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass), and Jesse Gabriel (drums), but AJ particularly has drawn a lot of appraise for her powerful voice.

“Seratones singer-guitarist A.J. Haynes takes gospel into the garage, and what comes out is fiery rock ‘n’ roll,” said NPR Music.

Baltimore rockers The Milestones open. Tickets are available online.

Seratones
w/ The Milestones
DC9
Thursday, Oct. 20
Doors @830pm
$12-$15
All ages

Don’t Miss: Switchfoot @ Fillmore Silver Spring, 10/26/16

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Switchfoot (Photo by Robbie Jeffers)

Over the summer, San Diego rock quintet Switchfoot returned with their 10th studio album, Where the Light Shines Through, via Vanguard Records. Like LeBron James dashing down the court to a basket, Switchfoot slam dunked that album into the Billboard charts, where it reached #3 on the Rock, Alternative and Overall Digital Albums charts and #10 on the Billboard Top 200.

Well, of course, that called for a tour, and to sweeten the pot, Switchfoot teamed up with Relient K to launch the “Looking for America” tour. That tour has been underway, and it is set to hit the Fillmore Silver Spring on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Watch the official music video for “Float,” the lead single from Where the Light Shines Through, by Switchfoot on YouTube:

Switchfoot have been remarkably consistent for the past 20 years, since its establishment by the brothers Jon and Tim Foreman. They are of course joined by Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar), and Chad Butler (drums), as they continue to produce uplifting power pop.

Switchfoot have found very appropriate tour partners in Relient K, who recently released their eighth record, Air for Free.

Tickets are available online.

Switchfoot
w/ Relient K
Fillmore Silver Spring
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
Doors @7pm
$33
All ages