Music Park: Nils Lofgren and Friends @ The Birchmere — 9/16/18

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The Birchmere welcomes Nils Lofgren on Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“Years later…Martin would try to find the words to articulate the power of  togetherness in a world where togetherness had been corrupted — and to explore the  effect of the music, the surprising lengths the people had gone to to hear it and to play it, as evidence that music, and art in general, are basic requirements of the human soul.” Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle

With the words, “Welcome to The Birchmere, thanks for showing up,” Nils Lofgren took the stage for the final night of a three-night weekend run in celebration of 50 years on the road.

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Don’t Miss: Nils Lofgren @ The Birchmere, 9/14-9/16/18

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Nils Lofgren (Photo by Jo Lopez)

Musician Nils Lofgren, a longstanding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, will release a new solo album in 2019. But first, he’s taking some friends on the road for an acoustic tour, which begins with three nights at The Birchmere! Tickets are available for the first of those nights on Friday, Sept. 14, and the third, Sunday, Sept. 16. (The second night, Saturday, Sept. 15, is sold out.)

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Music Park: Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely @ City Winery — 8/21/18

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Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo perform at City Winery in DC on Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

I had a personal reason for attending and photographing the show of Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely recently at the City Winery in Washington, DC, I knew them in the ole days of the ’70s.

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Music Park: John Hiatt @ The Birchmere — 8/20/18

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John Hiatt performs at The Birchmere on Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo by Glenn Cook)

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt has often spoken of his affection for The Birchmere. On Monday, the first of a two-night engagement, he said, “This is almost like home.”

Playing to a sold-out house on his 66th birthday, John was clearly energized and having a great time, launching into his songs with a wide smile across his face. His mood was infectious, and the crowd was uplifted by his joyful presence as well as his beautiful music.

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Don’t Miss: Joe Ely @ City Winery, 8/21/18

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Joe Ely (Photo by Barbara FG)

Genre-busting singer-songwriter Joe Ely has released a lot of material — solo and as a member of The Flatlanders and Los Super Seven — since his 1977 self-titled debut album. The legendary guitar slinger will perform with the equally eclectic Alejandro Escovedo at City Winery in DC on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

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Snapshots: Red Wanting Blue @ City Winery — 6/19/18

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Red Wanting Blue performs at City Winery on June 19, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Midwestern rock band Red Wanting Blue delivered a gritty, electrified, performance at City Winery recently. The Columbus, Ohio-based group is wrapping up an eight-week tour of the United States in support of its new studio album, The Wanting, which released in April via Blue Élan Records.

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