Live Review: Sunny Sweeney @ City Winery — 12/15/19

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Sunny Sweeney (Photo courtesy True Grit Management)

Sunny Sweeney brought her Dysfunctional Family Christmas show to DC recently, with frequent partner Brennen Leigh joining her at City Winery. Accompanied by Sunny’s guitarist Harley, the pair traded off songs and stories, making for a highly entertaining evening.

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Live Review: Robert Earl Keen @ Lincoln Theatre — 12/6/19

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Robert Earl Keen performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Dec. 6, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

“If you want Christmas music,” Robert Earl Keen told the Lincoln Theater recently, “go to the mall.” REK’s Countdown to Christmas Tour steered clear of holiday music until the encore, when he played the fan-favorite “Merry Christmas from the Family,” an ode to the dysfunction and craziness of the holidays.

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Live Review: Blue October @ Baltimore Soundstage — 11/14/19

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Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October (Photo by Chris Barber)

I had the pleasure of seeing Blue October for the second time this year recently. Justin Furstenfeld and company made a stop in Baltimore at one of my personal favorite venues — Baltimore Soundstage — as they finished the last few dates of their current tour.

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Preview: Blue October @ Baltimore Soundstage, 11/14/19

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Blue October (Photo by Chris Barber)

A must-see on the fall festival circuit? The upcoming music documentary Get Back Up, which centers on Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October and his struggle with addiction.

Meanwhile, catch Blue October, back and reinvigorated onstage, in performance at Baltimore Soundstage on Thursday, Nov. 14.

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Live Review: Maxo Kream @ U Street Music Hall — 10/25/19

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Maxo Kream performs at The Anthem on Oct. 25, 2019. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

If the Astros being in the World Series is any sign that the city of Houston is glo-ing up right now then Maxo Kream and his Brandon Banks Tour making its way around the US is the icing on the cake. H-Town has forever been layered with certified artist dating back to the godfather’s DJ Screw, Big Moe, and Devin The Dude. Now it’s Maxo’s time to tell his story about life in Clutch City.

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Live Review: ZZ Top @ MGM National Harbor — 10/25/19

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ZZ Top performs at MGM National Harbor on Oct. 25, 2019. (Photo by Jules McNamara)

ZZ top is one of the world’s most iconic rock bands. With their Texas-style goatees, sunglasses, hats, and black attire, the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are instantly recognizable. But they’re also iconic in the sense that this is a truly great band. They may call themselves “Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers,” but, beneath the image, this a tight group of incredibly talented musicians.

And ZZ Top’s appearance on their 50th Anniversary Tour at MGM National Harbor recently showcased that, after all these years, they’re still the best at the dirty Texas blues-rock.

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