Caitlin Canty performs at Jammin’ Java on Jan. 11, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
As a musical descriptor, “Americana” has lost its meaning, its context, slowly bastardized by the easy metamorphosis of a sound into something bigger, like a mouse birthing all other mammals over time.
The same is true of the descriptor “roots”, which is a catchall for anything predisposed towards a folky sound with tones inspired by the more-distant past. Without context, they are nearly meaningless terms. These genres were giving their proper context in a powerful show by Caitlin Canty at Jammin’ Java on Friday.
Willie Nile performs at the 100 Club in London on Nov. 19, 2013. (Photo by markheybo)
Veteran rocker Willie Nile and his band played Vienna’s Jammin Java on Friday on the heels of Thanksgiving. Spirits were already high after the holiday, and Willie and the boys put on a energetic show, filled with new songs and old favorites. Willie may be 70, but he remains youthful and energetic on stage, still brimming with rock ’n’ roll swagger, and he moves like a man half his age.
Willie Nile (Photo by Christina Arrigoni)
Willie Nile released Children of Paradise, his 12th studio album, this summer, and he’s bringing the new music to Jammin’ Java on Friday, Nov. 23.
Lucy Kaplansky performs live. (Photo by Jamie Kalikow)
Folk singer Lucy Kaplansky played to a full house of passionate fans at Jammin’ Java on Friday evening, covering old and new tunes and covers.
Martin Barre performs at Jammin’ Java on Oct. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
After interviewing Martin Barre for Parklife DC last week, I was eager to see the former Jethro Tull guitarist and his band perform. Sunday night at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia, I had the opportunity to see the musician responsible for so many of Tull’s classic rock guitar riffs, solos, and songs.
Martin Barre (Photo courtesy Lappen Enterprises)
In the pantheon of rock guitar greats, many familiar names come to mind: Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Santana. For many of us, the name Barre resides on that list as well. Martin Barre was the long-time lead guitarist for blues-turned-progressive rock band Jethro Tull from 1969 through 2012.
His intricate playing, unique style and iconic solos are well known to millions of fans. ParklifeDC had the opportunity to chat with the guitarist in anticipation of the Martin Barre Band’s appearance at Jammin’ Java on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Robbie Fulks (Photo by Andy Goodwin)
Chicago singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks helped define alt-country when he released his first album in 1996. He most recently released Upland Stories to universal acclaim in 2016 via Bloodshot Records. On the road once again, Robbie plays Jammin’ Java tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 27.