Snapshots: Appaloosa Festival @ Skyline Ranch Resort — 8/30-9/1/19

5th Annual Appaloosa Roots Music Festival

Jessica Willis Fisher performs at Appaloosa Festival over Labor Day weekend. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

“There are no strangers here, only friends who have not yet met.” — William Butler Yeats.

That quote from Yeats opened the program for the 2019 Appaloosa Festival, which invited friends of all stripes to Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia, over Labor Day weekend for a gathering of bluegrass, folk, Americana, Celtic rock, and more! Parklife DC’s Chester Simpson captured the action on film.

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Preview: Kentucky Avenue with Special Guest Justin Trawick @ Villain and Saint — 8/16/19

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Kentucky Avenue’s Stella Schindler and Dave Ries perform at The Birchmere, July 27, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Local alt-country band Kentucky Avenue debuts its quartet lineup when original members Dave Ries (lead guitar/vocals) and Stella Schindler (lead vocals/guitar) are joined by fiddler Michael Taylor and bassist Greg Watkins for performance at Villain & Saint on Friday, Aug. 16.

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Snapshots: The Circus Life Podcast 6th Anniversary @ 9:30 Club — 7/27/19

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Justin Trawick, The Circus Life podcast host and lead singer of Justin Trawick and the Common Good, performs at 9:30 Club, July 27, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

“Life’s a circus and this is The Circus Life.”

Frequent listeners to the Circus Life podcast recognize that phrase because it’s how host Justin Trawick begins each episode of the podcast which is recorded live in remote locations in and around the nation’s capital. The interview-based podcast features conversations between Justin and influential and interesting individuals in music and culture.

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Preview: The Circus Life Podcast feat. Justin Trawick and The Common Good @ 9:30 Club, 7/27/19

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Justin Trawick (Photo by Casey Gill)

Singer-songwriter Justin Trawick presents a sixth anniversary concert for his podcast, The Circus Life, at 9:30 Club on Saturday, July 27! At the show, you can see Justin and The Common Good, along with FeelFree, The Dirty Grass Players, Mystery Friends, Abigail Furr, and other special guests.

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Live Review: Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival — 5/4/19

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Odetta Hartman performs at the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival was held in northeast DC last weekend. It featured numerous local bands and artists, as well as a few that came from out of town for the festival. With four stages of music, the festival ran from noon to eight o’clock.

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Snapshots: The 9 Songwriter Series @ Union Stage — 4/5/18

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The 9 Songwriter Series came to Union Stage last week and delivered a great show with performances by artists Chris Cassaday, Eli Lev, JP Jenks, Elena Lacayo, Sol Roots, Greg Vickers, Casey Cavanagh, Siobhán O’Brien, and event promoter/emcee Justin Trawick. Ari Strauss shot the performances of all nine artists.

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Don’t Miss: Biscuit Jam @ Industrious Ivy City Warehouse, 8/6/17

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Biscuits! (Photo by Lucas Richarz)

Hey there’s a great way to spend your day this Saturday that involves eating biscuits, listening to music, and generally just having a great time.

Go to Biscuit Jam, presented by the Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., in Ivy City for all of this and more! Mason Dixie is throwing the big biscuit bash to celebrate its second year, and you are invited!

Come out to celebrate at Biscuit Jam and dance the day away with these bands on Saturday, August 6:

  • Jonny Grave & The Tombstones
  • The Bumper Jacksons
  • Justin Trawick & The Common Good
  • Oh He Dead
  • Jahnel Daliya
  • Brian Farrow & What Got Over
  • Ampersand Stringband

One Love Massive will present live graffiti, 3-D expositions, and art installations. Food providers other than Mason Dixie include Amavi Sweets, Arepa Zone, Black Pearl Tarts, BBQ Bus, The Big Cheese Truc, Capitol Kettle Corn, Capital Candy Jar, Confluence Coffee, DC Brau, Dorpare Tea, Gouter, Ivy City Smokehouse, Krave Jerky, Milk Cult, Momme Meals, PinUp Preserves, Popcorn Queens, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Singer’s Significant Meats, Southern Efficiency, The Ugly Mug, and more.

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. specializes in made-to-order gourmet biscuit sandwiches, platters, and spreads. Founded in 2014, the Kickstarter-funded and Launch Pad winning company has since been operating with much acclaim out of pop-ups around the city, through app-based delivery services UberEATS and Caviar, and a location at Union Market. The brand recently released their signature line of ready-to-bake biscuits across Whole Foods Markets Mid-Atlantic, as well as local groceries across the DC metro area.

Biscuit Jam is sponsored by The Washington Blade, DC Brau Brewing Co., Lyft, Coldwell Banker and Thomas Burns Realtor, and Bicycle Space.

Tickets are available online! Packages include general admission, beer and wine tickets, and an open bar VIP package experience.

Biscuit Jam
Industrious Ivy City Warehouse
1900 Kendal St. NE, DC
Saturday, August 6
12-10:30pm
$0-$125
All ages
21+ to drink