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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Music Park: Buddy Guy @ The Birchmere — 9/24/18

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Buddy Guy performs at ACL Live on Oct. 20, 2016. (Photo courtesy Do512)

By turns funky, salty, entertaining, and educational, legendary bluesman Buddy Guy brought the party to The Birchmere on Monday. Showing off an arsenal of guitar tricks, playing blues classics, both his own and other artists’, Buddy brought the house down. This show was dirty blues with the fervor of a religious tent revival.

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Don’t Miss: Buddy Guy @ The Birchmere, 9/24/18

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Buddy Guy (Photo by Josh Cheuse) 

“He’s been called the greatest living guitarist by Eric Clapton, he’s played with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his…double album, Rhythm and Blues, is a powerhouse set with guest shots by Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, and Keith Urban…”—so begins a feature in Guitar World about the legendary Buddy Guy, who will perform at The Birchmere on Monday, Sept. 24.

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Music Park: Britney Spears @ MGM National Harbor — 7/13/18

BritneySpears Britney Spears performs at MGM National Harbor on July 12, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

In the second half of her show at MGM National Harbor on Friday, Britney Spears grinds to a halt for a mock conversation with one of her dancers.

“Stop the show?” Britney asked. “We need to find a hot guy to dance with us?”

As it turned out, Team Britney already had a game volunteer named “Scott” lined up aside the stage, and he would soon provide some comic relief as a fetish object during a flashy performance of “Freakshow” from Britney’s 2007 album, Blackout.

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Music Park: Cowboy Mouth @ City Winery — 5/18/18

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Fred LeBlanc fronts Cowboy Mouth at City Winery on May 18, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The nascent City Winery in DC’s Ivy City is an intimate 300-seat cabaret-style performance space that delivers a high-end combination of culinary and cultural experiences to patrons who are passionate about sharing wine, music, and culinary arts.

That is until New Orleans-based Cowboy Mouth came to town over the weekend, and all that went shit.

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