Don’t Miss: DC Music Rocks Festival @ 9:30 Club, 8/18/18

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Black Dog Prowl (Photo courtesy DC Music Rocks)

DC Music Rocks exists to promote music in the DMV, and the syndicated FM radio show/podcast produces the DC Music Rocks Festival, a showcase of local music, at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Aug. 18.

This year’s festival features five bands and two singer-songwriters on one big bill! Experience hip hop and funk with Allthebestkids, blues and grunge with Fellowcraft, hard rock with Black Dog Prowl, R&B and funk with Pebble to Pearl, and indie folk with Kid Brother.

And of course enjoy the work of singer-songwriters MaryJo Mattea and Justin Shapiro, both talented guitar players.

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Music Park: Tiny Cat Dark Music Festival @ Black Cat — 8/3-8/4/18

Hante. @ Black Cat, Washington DC, 08/03/2018 Hélène De Thoury of Hante performs at Tiny Cat Music Festival on Aug. 3, 2018. (All photos by Paivi Salonen. Words by Mickey McCarter)

Working Order Records, home to DC’s own synthpop duo Technophobia, held its first Tiny Cat Dark Music Festival to celebrate “dark electronic music” over the weekend at Black Cat. By any measure, the first edition of Tiny Cat was a wild success, drawing 10 bands of remarkably different soundscapes together over two nights of immersive music.

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Snapshots: Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park (Mt. Solon, VA) — 7/13-7/15/18

Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels – Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival July 14, 2018

The Steel Wheels perform at Red Wing Roots Festival in Natural Chimneys Park on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Year after year, The Red Wing Roots Music Festival just keeps getting better and better! And the latest edition, on July 13-15, in Mount Solon, Virginia, was the best yet.

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Music Park: Retro Futura Tour (Part 2 of 2) w/ Belinda Carlisle, ABC @ Bergen Performing Arts Center — 7/14/18

ABC10 Martin Fry fronts ABC during the Retro Futura Tour at the Bergen Performing Arts Center on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Make no mistake — every act on the mini-music festival known as the Retro Futura Tour is well worth your time and money. Limahl, Tony Lewis, and Modern English are top-notch acts! But you certainly get everything you could want and more during Retro Futura with headliners Belinda Carlisle and ABC starring Martin Fry, and both absolutely stunned in their turns on the tour at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey on Saturday.

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Music Park: Retro Futura Tour (Part 1 of 2) w/ Limahl, Tony Lewis, Modern English @ Bergen Performing Arts Center — 7/14/18

ModernEnglish14 Modern English performs during the Retro Futura Tour on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The Retro Futura Tour regularly brings together popular artists from the ‘80s for a circuit through the United States, although it has skipped the DC area in recent years. Nevertheless, the tour got off to a great start last week and then visited Englewood, New Jersey, for a performance at the Bergen Performing Arts Center on Saturday with a terrific roster of talented folks — Limahl, Tony Lewis of The Outfield, Modern English, Belinda Carlisle, and ABC starring Martin Fry.

Parklife DC was there for the concert, and below we share our reflections on Limahl, Tony Lewis, and Modern English. Check back tomorrow for our review of Belinda Carlisle and ABC.

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Music Park: Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival — 6/9/18

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Dom Flemons performs in Durham, North Carolina, on Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo by Thomas Barta)

At the Kingmans Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival on Saturday, I endured sun and rain, met some cool dogs, suffered for some ice cream, and most of all experienced some very good bluegrass, Americana, and blues bands on one full day.

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Music Park: Psychic TV @ Moogfest — 5/19/18

PsychicTV03Genesis P-Orridge fronts Psychic TV at The Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina, during Moogfest on May 19, 2018.

Genesis P-Orridge is rather a lovely human being.

Not knowing what to expect upon my first experience seeing Psychic TV in concert, I was unprepared for a straight-forward psychedelic romp led by the gender-defying musician, who was quite warm and grounded at The Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina, last week.

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