Preview: Rachael & Vilray @ Sixth and I, 12/12/19

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Rachael & Vilray (Photo by Jonno Rattman)

Lake Street Dive singer-songwriter Rachael Price and composer, singer, and guitarist Vilray teamed up as the duo Rachael & Vilray. Rachael & Vilray released a self-titled debut album on Nonesuch Records recently, and they perform at Sixth & I in DC on Thursday, Dec. 12.

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Live Review: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones @ Strathmore Music Center — 12/2/19

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Bela Fleck performs at MerleFest on April 27, 2018. (Photo by cp_thornton)

We all have ideas and preconceptions about different kinds of music. We can’t help it; we’re exposed to something, and it fixes our notion of what it is. For years, whenever I thought of jazz, I pictured a saxophone in my mind’s eye, and I heard a particular sound. While that sound is representative of some jazz, it’s certainly not representative of all it.

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, an all-star lineup of progressive jazz musicians, demolished and rebuilt my ideas of what jazz is and can be at the Strathmore Music Center recently.

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Preview: Béla Fleck and The Flecktones @ Strathmore Music Center, 12/2/19

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Béla Fleck and The Flecktones (Photo courtesy the artist)

In 1988, groundbreaking banjoist Béla Fleck was asked to put together his “dream band” for the Lonesome Pine Specials television series. The resulting band was The Flecktones, and they launched their first official tour a year later. Now, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones mark their 30th anniversary at the Strathmore Music Center on Monday, Dec. 2.

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Interview: Jenny Scheinman (@ National Gallery of Art — 11/3/19)

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Jenny Scheinman (second from right) with Parlour Game (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

Jenny Scheinman is a highly accomplished violinist and fiddle player, as well as a singer. Her work straddles the worlds of jazz and roots music. In September, she appeared with Robbie Fulks at Jammin Java. On Sunday, she played with Alison Miller’s Parlor Game at the National Gallery of Art.

At the show, Mark Engleson of Parklife DC spoke with Jenny about the range of her work, her musical background growing up, and her influences. They also discussed the experience of being a Jewish artist in the roots music world.

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Preview: The Cinematic Orchestra @ 9:30 Club, 11/2/19

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The Cinematic Orchestra (Photo by Eddie Alcazar)

The Cinematic Orchestra — led by Jason Swinscoe and Dom Smith — tours with a seven-piece band of virtuosic performers who are all long-standing members of the revered electronic group. The ensemble performs at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Nov. 2.

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Snapshots: Patricia Barber @ City Winery — 10/22/19

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Patricia Barber performs at City Winery on Oct. 22, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Singer-pianist Patricia Barber recently released Higher, her first new album in six years, via ArtistShare. She performed songs new and familiar with the Patricia Barber Trio at City Winery recently, and Jason Nicholson was there to capture the show.

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