Music Park: Sevyn Streeter @ Howard Theatre, 1/22/17

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Sevyn Streeter (Photo courtesy Atlantic Records)

To many, the number seven represents good luck or completion, which is very true and well-deserved for Amber Denise Streeter, otherwise known as Sevyn Streeter. The 30-year-old R&B singer is on the journey to transition from her skilled stint as a collaborator and songwriter to pop acts (Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Usher) into the realm of a top-notch R&B vocalist and performer. To add to two acclaimed EPs, Sevyn will release her debut album, Girl Disrupted, on January 27. In support of the album, Sevyn treated her DC fans to a show at the Howard Theatre on Sunday for her current tour, Girl Disrupted.

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Don’t Miss: Ginuwine @ Howard Theatre, 1/27/17

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Ginuwine (Photo courtesy The Howard Theatre)

It’s been nearly six years since a new solo album from DC R&B superstar Ginuwine. He’s been slowly working on an eighth studio album, tentatively known as “Same Ol’ G…the Bachelor,” referring both to the title of his debut album and his recent divorce.

While Ginuwine may not yet have a new album, he’s certainly been busy, and he’s putting up a concert performance at The Howard Theatre on Friday, Jan. 27.

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Don’t Miss: Morris Day and The Time @ Howard Theatre, 1/28/17

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Morris Day performs with The Time at Bethesda Blues and Jazz on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

In the months after the passing of Prince, many of his friends and collaborators launched tours and paid tribute to his memory. Top among those friends is Morris Day, who has been on a roll with his band The Time, recently visiting Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club for a pair of shows.

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Snapshots: Parklife DC More Best Pictures of 2016

Savages @ 930 Club 26 Savages at 9:30 Club on March 27, 2016 (See the full blog)

As we wrap up 2016 here at Parklife DC, we looked back on our best concert photos of the year, where reviewed our 10 (actually 11) favorite photos on our blog.

But while Paivi and Kristie considerably brightened up our blog with their pictures, Theresa C. Sanchez and myself also have been out there photographing some concerts. So now we are rounding up the best of the rest to present some cool photos that Theresa and I captured over the year as well.

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Snapshots: Rasputina @ Howard Theatre — 12/17/16

Rasputina @ Howard Theatre, Washington DC 12/17/2016 Rasputina performs at the Howard Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)

Twenty years ago, Melora Creager introduced the world to an unusual genre of music — cello rock — with her band Rasputina.

The band released its debut album Thanks for the Ether via Columbia Records in 1996, and now Melora and company undertook a 20th anniversary tour of the album with a stop at the Howard Theatre in DC on Saturday, Dec. 17.

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Snapshots: Parklife DC 10 Best Pictures of 2016

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Peter Hook performs at the Howard Theatre on Nov. 23, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)

It’s been a good second year for Parklife DC, particularly as we really improved our concert photography game.

Our little blog recruited some excellent photographers, notably Paivi Salonen, who is really quite good and sticking around with us into 2017! We also had the pleasure of working with Kristie Chua, who has moved onto other endeavors.

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Don’t Miss: Rasputina @ Howard Theatre, 12/17/16

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Rasputina (Photo courtesy Howard Theatre)

Melora Creager already fronts an unusual band with Rasputina, which she founded in 1992. Originally composed of all women, Rasputina became one of the leading American cello rock bands.

Yes, Melora, an accomplished cellist who performed on tour with Nirvana, fulfilled the demands of her muse by creating a cello rock band that it as turns personal, humorous, insightful, and melodic. In 2015, Rasputina published their latest album, Unknown. The album was inspired by a personal struggle of Melora with identity theft, and she was supported by a new lineup including pianist and beatboxer Luis Mojica and cellist and vocalist Carpella Parvo (who also appeared on Rasputina’s first album, Thanks for the Ether).

Rasputina have hit the road again in support of their new album, and the band visits the Howard Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

Watch a performance of “Indian Weed” from Unknown by Rasputina for Sonarch Media on Dec. 17, 2015:

As you can see from the video, Rasputina enjoy elaborate costumes as much as they do intricate music. With their focus on their physical presence, the band in a way continue to emphasize what’s real, something Melora points to in the inspiration for the new album. Unknown isn’t available digitally in part because she wants people to handle it physically, and she rejected the idea of putting it on the cloud, where it too could perhaps be hacked.

Be there! Tickets are available online.

Rasputina
w/ Eliza Rickman, Aubreylyn
Howard Theatre
Saturday, Dec. 17
Doors @6pm
$20/$25
All ages

Don’t Miss: Seu Jorge @ Howard Theatre, 12/13/16

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Seu Jorge performs at the Howard Theatre on Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)

A lone figure poignantly sat with his guitar in the middle of the stage, wearing a wool cap, dungarees, and a polo shirt. It might seem an odd ensemble for a sincere performance, particularly given the musician’s shirt is emblazoned with “Team Zissou,” but Seu Jorge is no ordinary performer.

The Brazilian artist regaled a very sold-out house at the Howard Theatre on Nov. 8 with tales of how he came to participate in the film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and how he took up a number of acoustic covers by David Bowie at the urging of director Wes Anderson. To say the show was a hit would be the understatement of the year — the audience went mad for the Seu Jorge show, which consisted of nothing but those Bowie covers.

If you missed it, fear not! Seu reprises the show locally again at the Howard Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 13. I urge you to go and experience the Portuguese-language tribute to the era of Ziggy Stardust.

Watch Seu Jorge perform “Life on Mars” at the Howard Theatre on Nov. 8 in a video by Theresa C. Sanchez:

Since Bowie’s passing in January, DC has seen its share of tributes and wakes to the career of a fantastic musician. But as I noted in our Nov. 8 review of Seu Jorge’s show, “Seu sang with passion, and his capable guitar transported us across romantic spaces. It was a revelation to remember the fire in the original Bowie glam compositions, and Seu wisely stripped them down and let that fire glow.”

A VIP meet and great option is available in addition to general admission. The VIP package includes VIP early entry into the venue, an exclusive meet and greet with Seu Jorge, a personal photograph with Seu Jorge, and exclusive merchandise.

Tickets are available online. See you there!

Seu Jorge Presents “The Life Aquatic,” A Tribute to David Bowie
Howard Theater
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Doors @6pm
$38.50 GA/$191 VIP
All ages

Music Park: Peter Hook & The Light @ Howard Theatre — 11/23/16

Peter Hook and The Light @ Howard Theatre, Washington DC, 11/23/2016 Peter Hook performs at the Howard Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 23. (Photo by Paivi)

Peter Hook, former bassist for Joy Division and New Order, is willing to bet that we are not soon to forget that he contributed significantly to the sound of both bands. If Hooky were a gambling man, this gambit paid off well for him indeed, as he wrapped up a successful US tour of tracks found on the Substance compilations by both bands — a tour where many stops sold out and a local visit to the Howard Theatre last Wednesday drew a very full house indeed.

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