Don’t Miss: Nouvelle Vague @ Howard Theatre, 3/21/17

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Nouvelle Vague (Photo courtesy The Howard Theatre)

In Paris circa 2003, Olivier Libaux and Marc Collin formed Nouvelle Vague, a cover band that took its inspiration from a translation of “new wave.” Bossa nova also translates as “new wave” from the Portuguese. Inspired by this, Nouvelle Vague covered “New Wave” songs often in bossa nova style for four albums before taking a break in 2010.

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Snapshots: Amorphis @ Howard Theatre — 3/8/17

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Amorphis performs at the Howard Theatre on March 8, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Last week, a heavy metal stampede ran through the Howard Theatre as headlining heavy metal band Overkill brought along some friends to play a big show. (Check out our pix of Overkill at the Howard Theatre.)

One of those friend was Finnish progressive metal band Amorphis, six men from Finland who released their most recent album, Under the Red Cloud, in 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

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Snapshots: Swallow The Sun @ Howard Theatre — 3/8/17

Swallow The Sun @ Howard Theatre, Washington DC, 03/08/2017Swallow the Sun performs at the Howard Theatre on March 8, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Not long ago, Finnish doom metal band Swallow the Sun came through town with Sonata Arctica (check out our photos!), and then they decided to drop by again with a show opening for Overkill at the Howard Theatre on March 8.

(See our Parklife DC photos of Overkill.)

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Music Park: Vanessa Williams @ Howard Theatre – 3/10/17

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Vanessa Williams at the 95th Annual Miss America Pageant at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sept. 13, 2015. (ABC/Ida Mae Astute)

Poise. Personality. Preservation. Vanessa Williams showed the Howard Theatre how the three principles continue guide her career into the right direction because simply put, Vanessa has “The Right Stuff.”

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Music Park: Morris Day and The Time @ Howard Theatre — 1/28/17

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Morris Day and The Time perform at the Toronto Jazz Festival on June 19, 2015. (Photo by Geoff Dude)

“Brother Thomas, where is my mirror?” demands Morris Day.

In a snap, Thomas Austin swoops up a large mirror for Morris, who peers into it to adjust his hair and suit while preparing to perform for a good crowd at The Howard Theatre on Saturday night. The audience delights in the theatric exchange, which echoes a famous scene by Morris in “Purple Rain,” the 1984 movie in which Morris portrayed the rival to Prince’s “The Kid.”

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Music Park: Ginuwine @ Howard Theatre — 1/27/17

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Ginuwine performs at the 2015 Music Friendship Festival for Camp Zama, Japan, on Sept. 12, 2015 (Photo courtesy MWR Camp Zama)

1996 was the year of attention grabbing breakouts: Hotlanta hosted the summer Olympics to catapult itself to the now entertainment mecca of the South, former Vice President Al Gore demonstrated the Macarena dance to the world, and Tickle Me Elmo arguably caused childhood frenzy. Though, in the world of RnB, Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, also known as Ginuwine, emerged out of the collaborative shadows of now superproducer Timbaland to start his solo career with the frenzied single, Pony! Two decades and seven albums later, the Grammy-nominated singer returned home to DC on Friday and reminded the Howard Theatre why he’s still the Same Ol G’.

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