Live Review: Jason Isbell and Father John Misty @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/21/19

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Jason Isbell performs at the Old Settlers Music Festival on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Dave Hensley)

“There’s a specific kind of fucked up person who pays good money to see this much sad music,” declared Rockville native Father John Misty after he finished singing “The Palace” recently. After playing “Elephant,” co-headliner Jason Isbell told the crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion, “That’s a sad song. I made the fucking thing up and I know it’s a sad song. I’ve sung it 150,000 times and it still makes me sad.”

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Concerts of 2018 by Mark E.

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Patterson Hood performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Dec. 7, 2018, in one of the best shows of the year. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

Mark Engleson, a man who truly loves live Americana, folk, and country, chose his Top 10 concerts of 2018 for Parklife DC.

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Music Park: Amanda Shires @ The Birchmere — 8/2/18

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Amanda Shires performs at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, on Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo by Glenn Cook)

Amanda Shires thrilled the crowd at The Birchmere on Thursday with selections from her new album, To The Sunset, and delighted them with her fun, quirky personality. Amanda is an absolutely lovely woman, and she could be really intimidating, but her fun, slightly goofy personality gave her a warm, endearing stage presence.

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Don’t Miss: Amanda Shires @ The Birchmere, 8/2/18

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Amanda Shires (Photo by Elizaveta Porodina)

Singer-songwriter and violinist Amanda Shires will release her highly anticipated fifth album, To The Sunset, on Aug. 3 via Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers. And on Thursday, Aug. 2, she will perform those new songs at The Birchmere.

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Music Park: Jason Isbell @ Wolf Trap — 7/24/18

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Jason Isbell rocks Wolf Trap on July 24, 2018. (Photo by Jay Premack)

Amidst light rain, a dedicated crowd came to see four-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform at Wolf Trap on Tuesday. While the weather may have been a little wet, Jason and his band were on fire, going into their bag of tricks, bringing out the hits, and busting out some badass jamming. It was a rare mix of top-notch lyrics, singing, and instrumentals!

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