Preview: Don McLean @ The Birchmere, 4/5/19

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Don McLean (Photo courtesy 2911 Enterprises)

On Feb. 3, 1959, tragedy struck at the heart of American music. A chartered aircraft crashed in Mason City, Iowa just minutes after takeoff, claiming the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson – “The Big Bopper” – and the pilot, Roger Peterson.

That fateful day inspired singer-songwriter Don McLean to write the song “American Pie,” capturing a loss of innocence, in 1971. The tireless Mr. McLean brings his best-known song and the rest of his catalog to The Birchmere on Friday, April 5.

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Live Review: Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones @ Villain & Saint — 3/1/19

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Lara Hope fronts Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Hill Country DC on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

There’s Friday night music and Saturday night. Friday nights, I’m exhausted from a week at work. I need something low-key, not too aggressive. I got that last Friday with Rosanne Cash, who put on a wonderful evening of songs and stories. Saturday nights I can get rowdy, and Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones brought the party to Villain & Saint in Bethesda.

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Snapshots: Bob Mould @ 9:30 Club — 2/14/19

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Bob Mould performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 14, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Bob Mould was spot on in a very satisfying show at 9:30 Club recently, presenting songs from Sunshine Rock, his 13th solo album, released only weeks ago via Merge Records. Jason Nicholson snapped Bob in performance!

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