Dermot Kennedy stopped in Baltimore for the first time and I had the pleasure of being there to witness a young, international breakout artist in his first local performance.
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.)
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–
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If you don’t win, tickets also are available online!
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).
On Saturday, March 12th, the 17th Annual ShamrockFest hits the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds with an epic amount of green and Irish music.
Your local Irish heroes, Scythian, will be playing at 5:30pm, along with plenty of other bands, notably Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys.
And Mr. Van Winkle himself, aka Vanilla Ice, will also rock the mic like a vandal. Paired with an Irish Coffee, things could get very interesting. (Irish Vanilla Ice Coffee?)
Here are 17 reasons you should go this year!
RFK Stadium Festival Grounds
Saturday, March 12, 2016
General: $29.99 (or $24.99 with purchase of 4+ tics)
VIP: $74.99+ (21+ only)
We know that Saint Patrick’s Day is a little over four months away yet, but given how warm it is this DC weekend, it’s hard not to think of that portal to Spring that comes with waves of green.
And so it is that exactly three months from tomorrow, on March 12, 2016, you will have an opportunity to celebrate with ShamrockFest, returning again to the grounds of RFK Stadium.
As announced recently, ShamrockFest will feature headliners Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly as well as Street Dogs, Scythian, Go Go Gadjet, Fighting Jamesons, and more than 25 additional bands, DJs, and performers across six stages.
When Bridie Monds-Watson was 14-years old, a friend of hers was being bullied by another girl at school in Ireland.
Saddened by the experience, Bridie, now better known as SOAK, took to writing a song in a stream of consciousness manner to deal with the resulting feelings.
“I don’t understand/what her problem is/I think she’s just a fish!” SOAK wrote of her friend’s tormentor in a song that came to be called “Sea Creatures.”
That sort of quirky train of thought runs throughout all of SOAK’s songs, which she writes primarily to deal with things happening in her life. She delivers those songs in a soulful booming voice that belies her diminutive, now 19-year-old, stature. On stage, she’s friendly and warm with a touch of shyness as she strums a guitar that accompanies her haunting voice.
At DC9 on Sunday night, SOAK opened her show with “Explosions,” and the very full room immediately fell silent upon the opening notes of the sad folk pop song.
Watch SOAK perform “Explosions” for The Sunday Sessions, recorded live in The Workman’s Club, Dublin, on Oct. 19, 2014: