Live Review: Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ Wolf Trap — 6/23/19

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd performs at Wolf Trap on June 23, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd emerged from Wolf Trap recently every bit the Southern guitar hero. The fan sitting next to me saw Kenny several years ago at the much smaller Ram’s Head in Annapolis. He said that Kenny Wayne really brought his performance up to the scale of the stage. He absolutely shredded.

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Snapshots: Jon Batiste @ The Anthem — 6/15/19

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Jon Batiste performs at The Anthem his band, Stay Human, on June 15, 2019. The performance occurred during the 15th Annual DC JazzFest. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Anyone who watches late-night television likely knows Jon Batiste. He and his band, Stay Human, are the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The band paid a visit to DC recently to perform as a headline act at The Anthem during the 15th annual DC JazzFest.

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Snapshots: Jon Cleary @ The Hamilton Live — 3/5/19

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Jon Cleary performs at The Hamilton on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Grammy Award winner Jon Cleary and his band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, brought their Mardi Gras vibe to DC recently for a Fat Tuesday celebration at The Hamilton Live.

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Live Review: Lucinda Williams @ The Anthem — 2/8/19

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Lucinda Williams performs at The Anthem on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

By nearly all accounts, Lucinda Williams is the undisputed queen of Americana. Car Wheels On a Gravel Road, recently passing its 20th anniversary, is a desert island record for nearly anyone who’s had the privilege of settling down with its songs. Full of nearly interminable heartbreak, its characters somehow keep picking up the pieces to start again.

And so, Lucinda rolled into DC with the Drive-By Truckers and Erika Wennerstrom to play The Anthem on an unseasonably warm night recently.

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