Snapshots: Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ The Hamilton — 6/23/18

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation performs at The Hamilton on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

New Orleans’ Big Sam’s Funky Nation brought the NOLA funk to The Hamilton Live on Saturday, and the audience, all on their feet and grooving, loved it!

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Music Park: Tony Bennett (and special surprise guest Lady Gaga) @ Wolf Trap — 6/23/18

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Tony Bennett performs with Lady Gaga at Wolf Trap on June 23, 2018. (Photo by Lock & Company)

Just minutes before showtime at Wolf Trap, an extremely bright double rainbow spanned across the sky, centering the venue beneath its colorful glow. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect to welcome a living legend to the stage.

Introduced by a recording from his friend Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, dressed in gray pants, a blue blazer, and sporting a mustache, hit the stage and was welcomed with a standing ovation.

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Don’t Miss: Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ The Hamilton, 6/23/18

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation (Photo by Willow Haley)

Big Sam’s Funky Nation dropped Songs in the Key of Funk, the band’s latest album, on May. Now, the funky jazz collective from New Orleans performs at The Hamilton Live on Saturday, June 23.

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Snapshots: Patricia Barber Trio @ City Winery — 6/8/18

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Patricia Barber performs at City Winery on June 8, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Jazz piano great Patricia Barber was joined by bassist Patrick Mulcahy and drummer Jon Deitemyer as the Patricia Barber Trio, and the group charmed City Winery in DC during an opening concert for the DC Jazz Festival on Friday. Here are some pictures of the show!

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Music Park: Alex Zhang Hungtai @ Moogfest — 5/19/18

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Alex Zhang Hungtai in a video still from “Pierrot” (Photo courtesy WFS Communicatons)

Alex Zhang Hungtai, the nomadic musician formerly known as Dirty Beaches, settled down for at least an evening at Moogfest 2018 recently to play a set of avant-garde jazz.

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Music Park: Luke Winslow-King @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 5/10/18

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Luke Winslow-King performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on May 10, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Heading into Luke Winslow-King’s show Thursday at the Pearl Street Warehouse, I was interested to observe the crowd reaction. Earlier that day, I’d written a review of his new album, Blue Mesa, published on Friday by Bloodshot Records. On Luke’s previous previous five albums, he’d played entirely acoustic, a mix of traditional styles — blues, jazz, ragtime, pre-war folk. On Blue Mesa, Luke goes electric, moving in a more blues and roots rock direction. The photographer that accompanied me to the show noticed the difference, describing Luke’s style as more “rockabilly.”

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