Don’t Miss: Cowboy Mouth @ City Winery, 5/18 + 5/19/18

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Cowboy Mouth (Photo courtesy Michael J. Media)

Louisiana jam band Cowboy Mouth released The Name of This Band Is, Vol. 2, a new greatest hits album with two new songs, on Friday, May 4. And frontman Fred LeBlanc and company are set to perform at City Winery or two nights on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19!

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Music Park: Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ State Theater — 12/30/17

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Kirk Joseph plays Sousaphone for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Ottawa Jazzfest on June 23, 2015. (Photo by Mike Bouchard)

The last week of 2017 will be remembered as a cold one. I’m not very fond of winter and I spend most of it grousing. So I found myself, somewhat sullen in mood, entering the State Theatre on the last Saturday before the New Year to encounter — warmth!

I’m not just talking about the toasty temperature of the State Theatre itself; I’m referring to the mood being set by the band on the stage. Dirty Dozen Brass Band (DDBB) had come to Falls Church this evening as part of their 40th Anniversary tour, and they were throwing down a piping hot musical stew of New Orleans Jazz over a bed of sizzling funk that turned this otherwise icy patch of Northern Virginia into summertime on the Bayou.

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Don’t Miss: Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ State Theatre, 12/30/17

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Photo by Chris Monaghan)

Formed in 1977 by Benny Jones, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The New Orleans collective is on tour with a stop at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Saturday, Dec. 30

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Music Park: Last Waltz 40 Tour @ MGM National Harbor — 2/4/17

Last Waltz 40 21 Terrence Higgins, Warren Haynes, and Don Was jam to the music of The Band at MGM National Harbor on Feb. 4, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

When I first heard of the concept, I scratched my head a little bit. Warren Haynes of Southern rock band Gov’t Mule teamed up with funk musician and producer Don Was to assemble a group of musicians to recreate the setlist of The Last Waltz, the concert film that captured the last performance of The Band.

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Snapshots: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/23/16

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at Lincoln Theatre on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band was in town for National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opening festivities. Following their Friday show at the National Mall, the audiences at Lincoln Theatre were treated to a second helping of New Orleans jazz.

As a special guest later in the show, none other than Dave Grohl walked onto the stage to play a second set of drums. When the encores were done, the music never ended: part of the band including Mr Grohl walked out of the theatre in a New Orleans style parade. The performance continued across U Street toward the Black Cat, followed by the enthusiastic crowds.

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Don’t Miss: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Lincoln Theatre, 9/23/16

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

Lots of great music is coming to town this weekend to celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)!

Although they are not part of the actual music festival occurring at the NMAAHC, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band appropriately arrives to play in honor of the museum’s launch. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band makes its home base at, of course, Preservation Hall in New Orleans. The Hall was a rare space in the South where racially integrated bands and audiences would share music together during the Jim Crow era.

Now, join Ben Jaffe, the son of the founders of Preservation Hall, and the band at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, Sept. 23 for a jazzy cool show, as they protect, preserve, and perpetuate traditional New Orleans Jazz.

Listen to Preservation Hall Jazz Band, including tracks such as “Keep On” featuring Clint Maedgen and John Oates, on Soundcloud:

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But wait, the band also step outside traditional jazz on occasion. Recently, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band recorded an album of original material, That’s It, for the first time ever. And on that album, the band mixes genres a bit on selections like the drum and tuba-driven “The Darker It Gets,” sax and trumpet number “August Nights,” and the Caribbean pop song “I Think I Love You.”

“My parents were never preservationists in any strict sense,” Ben said in a press release. “They simply presented the music the way the old jazzmen wanted to play it. This is the music we want to play today. We’ll continue to do the old standards, along with new material that allows us to be creative and relevant. With this album, I wanted to do something that would challenge us and make us proud.”

Tickets are available online.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
w/ Special Guests Jimmy Carter and Joey Williams of The Blind Boys of Alabama
DuPont Brass Band
Lincoln Theatre
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
Doors @6:30pm
$35
All ages