Shemekia Copeland (Photo by Mike White)
Shemekia Copeland took command of the stage at the AMP by Strathmore recently as her band played the opening notes of the blues-rock anthem “Ain’t Got Time for Hate.” Co-written by ace songwriters John Hahn and Will Kimbrough (who also produced), the song leads off her latest album, the roots-infused America’s Child.
The Blind Boys of Alabama perform at City Winery on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
The titans of gospel took everyone to church when The Blind Boys of Alabama performed a show at City Winery in DC on Sunday. The Grammy Award winning group put out a 90-minute set which, by the end, had the crowd on its feet, dancing with hands raised, and giving the occasional, “Amen” to the men on the stage.
Iris DeMent (Photo courtesy Northstar Artists)
Iris DeMent received the Americana Trailblazer Award at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards. And now the iconic folk artist is blazing a trail to City Winery DC, where she performs on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Snoop Dogg and Tamar Braxton (Photo courtesy Je’Caryous Johnson)
Snoop Dogg is appearing in a semi-autobiographical musical, “Redemption of a Dogg,” which features music from the rapper’s recent gospel-inspired album Bible of Love, at Warner Theatre on Friday, Nov. 9. A handful of tickets are still available!
Franklin James Fisher performs with Algiers at Black Cat on June 28, 2018.
You’ll believe in the effectiveness of soul music as a form of protest when you see Algiers, the experimental rock quartet from Atlanta.
Frontman Franklin James Fisher has a powerful voice that goes low or hits high when called upon to do so, but mostly it booms gracefully through a room as it did at Black Cat on Thursday.
Algiers (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Post-punk-meets-gospel band Algiers released their second album, The Underside of Power, in 2017 via Matador Records. The quartet has been touring a lot, and they return to Black Cat on Thursday, June 28. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
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.