Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2018 by Chris

Greta Van Fleet
Greta Van Fleet performs at 9:30 Club on July 20, 2018. Chris Smyth chose another photo from this show as one of his 10 Best of the Year. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

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.

When I was asked to write a piece about my 10 favorite photos from the past year, initially I was very excited to do it. It seemed like an enjoyable way to recap what has been an exciting year of concert coverage. I joined Parklife DC in March, but as of this writing, I have been fortunate to have covered 21 shows, and I produced a total of 28 reviews. This has been far more fun than I ever could have imagined.

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Snapshots: Dierks Bentley @ Jiffy Lube Live — 9/7/18

Dierks Bentley Dierks Bentley performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Sept. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jules McNamara)

Dierks Bentley released The Mountain, his ninth studio album, recently via Capitol Records Nashville. He brought his Mountain High Tour to Jiffy Lube Live on Friday, and Jules McNamara got some pix of the boot-stompin’ action.

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Music Park: Shinedown @ Jiffy Lube Live — 8/19/18

Shinedown Shinedown performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 19, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

The concert started with a giant explosion, but it would be far from the only startling moment of the night. On a co-headlining tour with Godsmack, Shinedown put forth everything one would hope from an arena ready rock band at Jiffy Lube Live on Sunday — extreme energy, pyrotechnics and lasers, eardrum-blasting musicianship, and soaring vocals that touch everyone from the front of the pit to the back of the lawn.

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Music Park: Godsmack @ Jiffy Lube Live — 8/19/18

Godsmack
Godsmack performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 19, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

The deep drumming that opens the title track and first song on the new album, When Legends Rise, immediately fills you with the sense of impending doom, as many Godsmack songs tend to do. This made for the perfect opening song for Godsmack’s performance at Jiffy Lube Live on Sunday. A quick transition into a heavy guitar riff, and 15 seconds into the night, there is no doubt that Godsmack has put forth another powerful, rib-crushing album.

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