Best of Year: Top 12 Musical Moments of 2020 by David

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Grace Potter performs at The Anthem (Photo by David LaMason)

What can be said for a year that began with so much promise but ends, well, like we are all feeling stuck in an alternate dimension.  Looking back on my calendar which went so off the rails after two and a half months in, it really does look like a glimpse into a world that should have been but one that’s now alternate history. 

But even in this bizarro world of COVID-19 there was some great music created at homes, online, socially distanced, and even on the streets!  There is nothing that can beat the feel of a crowded show, the thrill of being there, and the joyous exhaustion that follows, but this past year we saw people pulling together – giving what they could – to keep live music alive despite every roadblock tossed in its way.

Since these lists are often limited by “best of” or Top 10, I want to include, well, all of those performances I caught this past year.  There weren’t many, but each one I relive when I hear a song from a brilliant artist I’ve seen or go through photos from the past year. Here are my Top 12 Musical Moments of 2020 in chronological order.

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Interview: Will Oldham aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy (@ Lincoln Theatre, 3/7/20)

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy (Photo courtesy The Billions Corporation)

Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, released I Made a Place, his latest studio album, last November via Drag City. He made the album with his wife while they were artists in residence in Hawaii, and the results are engrossing but also amazingly tranquil.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy performs with Jonathan Richman at the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, March 7. Prior to the show, Parklife DC’s Mickey McCarter chatted with Will about making the record and touring with Jonathan.

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Ticket Giveaway: Jonathan Richman @ 9:30 Club, 10/20/18

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Jonathan Richman (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Jonathan Richman, best known as the frontman for influential proto-punk band Modern Lovers, will release a new solo album, SA, on Oct. 1 via Blue Arrow Records. He is performing with drummer Tommy Larkins, his frequent collaborator, in a show at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Oct. 20, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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