Live Review: Esperanza Spalding @ The Lincoln Theatre — 12/1/18

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Esperanza Spalding performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Dec. 1, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Esperanza Spalding put a spell on DC’s Lincoln Theatre recently — 12 spells to be exact. The four-time Grammy award-winning bassist and vocalist spent an evening weaving incantations from her recently released album, 12 Little Spells.

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Don’t Miss: Lettuce with Waka Flocka Flame and Marcus King @ The Anthem, 11/3/18

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Lettuce (Photo courtesy the band)

Boston funk band Lettuce released a live album, Witches Stew, in 2017, and the sextet are arriving to play live at The Anthem on Saturday, Nov. 3, along with special guests Waka Flocka Flame and Marcus King (and opener Turkuaz)!

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Snapshots: Trey Anastasio @ Sixth & I — 2/14/18

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Trey Anastasio performs at Sixth & I on Feb. 14, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

In his solo album Traveler, released in 2012 and co-produced with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jónsi), Trey Anastasio imagines a convergence of the many roads he has taken in his remarkable musical career. That convergence was on display Valentine’s Day evening at Sixth & I, where the frontman for Phish took the stage for a solo acoustic performance in a sold-out show.

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Music Park: Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ State Theater — 12/30/17

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Kirk Joseph plays Sousaphone for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Ottawa Jazzfest on June 23, 2015. (Photo by Mike Bouchard)

The last week of 2017 will be remembered as a cold one. I’m not very fond of winter and I spend most of it grousing. So I found myself, somewhat sullen in mood, entering the State Theatre on the last Saturday before the New Year to encounter — warmth!

I’m not just talking about the toasty temperature of the State Theatre itself; I’m referring to the mood being set by the band on the stage. Dirty Dozen Brass Band (DDBB) had come to Falls Church this evening as part of their 40th Anniversary tour, and they were throwing down a piping hot musical stew of New Orleans Jazz over a bed of sizzling funk that turned this otherwise icy patch of Northern Virginia into summertime on the Bayou.

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Don’t Miss: Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ State Theatre, 12/30/17

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Photo by Chris Monaghan)

Formed in 1977 by Benny Jones, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The New Orleans collective is on tour with a stop at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Saturday, Dec. 30

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