Live Review: Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery — 1/15/19

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Alejandro Escovedo (left) performs at the Set Theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland, on April 13, 2017. (Photo by Sean Rowe)

Alt-country rock legend Alejandro Escovedo, named Performer of the Decade at the end of the 1990s by roots music bible No Depression, made his second appearance at City Winery DC on Tuesday, sharing a personal tale of perseverance and the search for a better life.

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Live Review: Los Lobos @ City Winery — 12/21/18

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Los Lobos performs at City Winery on Dec. 21, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Initially formed by singer and guitarist David Hidalgo and guitarist/percussionist Louie Perez in 1973, the lineup of East Los Angeles band Los Lobos hasn’t changed in more than three decades. They know each other’s playing really, really well. And even though they scored a #1 hit with their cover of Ritchie Valens’s arrangement of the traditional song “La Bamba” on the soundtrack to the 1987 film of the same name, Los Lobos have never stopped being a blue-collar band in the very best sense: hardworking and professional about their performances — including one such performance at DC’s City Winery recently.

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Music Park: Melissa Etheridge @ The Birchmere — 11/27/18

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Melissa Etheridge performs at The Birchmere on Nov. 27, 2018. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Watching Melissa Etheridge on Tuesday evening at the Birchmere, one becomes aware of her phenomenal level of talent. Her husky vocals, a Great Plains-inflected Janis Joplin, have lost nothing, and they are especially impressive in a live performance. Melissa is a triple threat, however: She’s a monster guitar who plays blazing solos, and she writes fantastic songs.

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Don’t Miss: DC 101 Office Party @ The Anthem, 12/4/18

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Bastille (Photo courtesy Red Light Management)

British synthpop band Bastille will soon release its third album, Doom Days, but first it will headline the DC101 Office Party at The Anthem on Tuesday, Dec. 4! Sharing the bill with Bastille are Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Meg Myers, and The Glorious Sons.

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