Music Park: Hudson Taylor @ Lincoln Theatre — 10/2/18

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Hudson Taylor perform at the Lincoln Theatre on Oct. 2, 2018. (Photo by Marc Caicedo)

Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor have assembled friends and family for their current tour, opening Hozier. On Tuesday night at the Lincoln Theatre, with their high energy tunes, soaring harmonies and expert musicianship, they had the crowd asking for more after a brief, but hugely satisfying opening set.

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Interview: Hudson Taylor (@ Songbyrd Music House, 10/4/18)

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Hudson Taylor (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)

It has been a busy 12 months for Irish pop-Americana duo Hudson Taylor. Brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson Taylor have been true road warriors, living out of suitcases, while selling out shows in Ireland and across Europe. North America will be the next leg of their seemingly nonstop tour schedule. The band will open for Hozier on Oct. 2 at DC’s Lincoln Theater (its sold out) and headline Songbyrd Music House on Thursday, Oct. 4. Alfie Hudson-Taylor talks to Parklife DC about his experiences as a young musician.

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Don’t Miss: U2 @ FedEx Field, 6/20/17

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U2 (Photo by Anton Corbijn)

For the first time in history, the legendary U2 are dedicating an entire tour to one of their albums. In this case, the band will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 launches in North American on May 12, and it will arrive in DC for a performance at FedEx Field on Tuesday, June 20. All North American dates go on sale to the public at 10am local time today, Jan. 17. (European dates went on sale yesterday and sold out completely.)

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Ticket Giveaway: James Vincent McMorrow @ 9:30 Club, 11/9/16

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Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow seems to have a taste for beauty in unconventional spaces.

At least judging from the video for his latest single, “Rising Water,” where the camera explores intimacy in cramped alleyways and stodgy flats, only to release the participants in those encounters onto a scenic beach that (while scenic) seems unerringly real.

Well, the former folk rocker, now turned alternative R&B crooner, has released his third album, We Move, via Mahogany Books/Burning Rope in the United States as of September, and the whole thing seems very much about transporting oneself. Press releases for the album We Move suggest James was inspired by his own movements between Los Angeles, Toronto, and Dublin while recording the album. He’s on the move now with a tour, and he stops in DC to perform at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Watch the official music video for “Rising Water” by James Vincent McMorrow on YouTube:

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see James Vincent McMorrow at the 9:30 Club! To win, simply leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment but perhaps tell us your favorite song by Mr. McMorrow?

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday, Oct. 28, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

If you don’t win, tickets also are available online!

James Vincent McMorrow
w/ Dan Mangan
9:30 Club
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Doors @7pm
$30
All ages

Around Town: ShamrockFest 2016 @ RFK Stadium Festival Grounds — 3/12/16 (Part 1)

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What is ShamrockFest? Held every year at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds (aka the parking lot), it presents an interesting enigma.

If you take your cue from the revelers that attend every year (now 17 editions strong!), then you can easily look around and say it is about having fun with friends and letting go of inhibitions.

It is about dressing up in bright green, with shamrock logos, kilts or skimpy outfits. It is about basking in the waves of sounds, with fiddles, horns, guitars and drums. It is about dancing. It is about loitering with friends and enjoying yourself. It is about helping those said friends stand when they had just a wee bit too much… It is about hoisting a pint and saluting those about to rock. It is many things and more.

2016 was my 4th foray into the odyssey that is ShamrockFest (including three of the last five years).

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