Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka (Photo by Matthew Daniel Siskin)
Greta Van Fleet releases its first new song in more than a year, “My Way, Soon” (Lava/Republic Records.) The song is a liberating and jubilant track that celebrates and reflects the band’s personal transformation over the past three years. Also released is the track’s companion music video, which was shot, edited, and directed by the band.
Greta Van Fleet kills it at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Chester Simpson)
A friend’s college-aged son, Patch, asked me a year ago if I had heard of this new band, Greta Van Fleet?
No, I hadn’t, and who where they? He pulled up their video on his phone and showed me. I proceeded to watch in amazement as these young kids performed their music. I was equally as amazed when I saw them headline the DC101 Kerfuffle at Merriweather Post Pavilion recently.
Greta Van Fleet (left to right: Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka) (Photo by Travis Shinn)
A “kerfuffle” is a commotion or fuss. Surely, local DC101 was thinking of something similarly disorganized when it lifted the name for its annual concert jamboree. That said, the DC101 Kerfuffle at Merriweather Post Pavilion will likely run like a well-oiled machine on Sunday, May 19, considering the high caliber of the bands performing — Greta Van Fleet, Young the Giant, The Revivalists, Tom Morello, SHAED, and The Blue Stones!
Greta Van Fleet performs at 9:30 Club on July 20, 2018. Chris Smyth chose another photo from this show as one of his 10 Best of the Year. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.
When I was asked to write a piece about my 10 favorite photos from the past year, initially I was very excited to do it. It seemed like an enjoyable way to recap what has been an exciting year of concert coverage. I joined Parklife DC in March, but as of this writing, I have been fortunate to have covered 21 shows, and I produced a total of 28 reviews. This has been far more fun than I ever could have imagined.
Cloves performs at 9:30 Club on July 20, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
Opening for Greta Van Fleet, Australian artist Cloves started off the evening at the 9:30 Club, moving around the stage with a fluidity and sultriness that commanded the attention of those in attendance
Greta Van Fleet performs at 9:30 Club on July 20, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
The energy was high upon entering the 9:30 Club on Friday night. Fans lined up for hours in advance of the 8pm doors to ensure a spot along the barrier at the front of the general admission crowd for an up-close view of Greta Van Fleet, a band who has not yet released a full-length album.