Music Park: Bettye LaVette @ The Hamilton Live — 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 Live, 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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Don’t Miss: Dru Hill @ Howard Theatre, 8/18/17

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Dru Hill (Photo courtesy Howard Theatre)

R&B and soul vocalists Dru Hill have reported working on a new album, which would be their fifth overall and their first since 2010’s InDRUpendence Day, released on Kedar Massenburg’s label Kedar Entertainment Group. While the gents are hard at work, they also are hitting the road with a date at the Howard Theatre on Friday, Aug. 18.

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Snapshots: Algiers @ Black Cat — 7/24/17

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Franklin James Fisher fronts Algiers at Black Cat on Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

I have to admit that I’ve been waiting for this moment for the past two years, having last seen Algiers in DC in September 2015 to a small but enthusiastic audience.  In a Venn diagram where you have brilliant albums in one circle and commanding live shows on the other, Algiers would be that perfect middle where the power of tracks such as The Underside of Power and Animals take on a visceral intensity on stage as demonstrated on a steamy Monday night at Black Cat’s backstage.

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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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