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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Live Review: Julian Lage Trio @ Union Stage — 11/28/18

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The Julian Lage Trio performs at Union Stage on Nov. 28, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Julian Lage bounded onstage wearing a huge grin that never left his face the entire evening in his recent appearance at Union Stage. And for good reason — his trio thrilled on many levels: technically, musically, and emotionally. Along with his two companions, Jorge Roeder on standup bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums, Julian’s set hit all the right notes, flowing like one long beautiful song, and it kept us all smiling along with him.

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Don’t Miss: Esperanza Spalding @ Lincoln Theatre, 12/1/18

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Esperanza Spalding (Photo by Carmen Daneshmandi)

Esperanza Spalding released 12 Little Spells, her seventh studio album, via Concord Records in October. She appears at the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the accompanying 12 Little Spells Tour.

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Don’t Miss: NO BS! Brass Band @ Black Cat, 11/24/18

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NO BS! Brass Band (Photo courtesy Paradigm Agency)

Our blogger Ari Strauss caught NO BS! Brass Band of Richmond, Virginia, earlier this year. His reaction: “Imagine legendary drummer and band leader Buddy Rich magically had a love child with funk icon George Clinton. The product would be NO BS! Brass Band.”

Sounds like a good show for the long Thanksgiving weekend, doesn’t it? We’re in luck! NO BS! Brass Band perform at the Black Cat on Saturday, Nov. 24.

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Music Park: Lake Street Dive @ The Anthem — 11/9/18

LakeStreetDive- Lake Street Dive performs at The Anthem on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Recently celebrating its one-year anniversary, The Anthem, I.M.P.’s flagship 6,000-person capacity music venue at DC’s Wharf, invariably plays host to musical artists who are moved to say something along the lines of, “Holy shit, this place is huge,” when greeting the audience as they take the stage. Performing to a sold-out audience on Friday, Lake Street Dive became one of those bands.

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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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