“You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?” David Byrne ponders being my No. 1 concert in 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.
Hi, I’m Mickey, editor of Parklife DC. I’m an MTV-bred New Wave and Post-Punk kid at heart, and it will come as no surprise to you that my Top 10 concerts of 2018 mostly burst right off your television screens in 1985.
Nicole Atkins performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap on Nov. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
“This is a song I co-wrote with my ex-boyfriend,” Nicole Atkins said with a sly grin at Wolf Trap recently. “He didn’t know we were dating.”
The he in question was rockabilly hero Chris Isaak, who collaborated with Nicole on her fourth full-length album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, which was published last yeare via Single Lock. About half of Nicole’s concert at The Barns at Wolf Trap was dedicated to that latest album.
Nicole Atkins (Photo by Shervin Lainez)
Soulful Americana singer Nicole Atkins has been buzzing around the DC metro area all year, opening for Avett Brothers at Wolf Trap over the summer among other appearances. Now she headlines The Barns at Wolf Trap on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Nicole Atkins (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)
Nicole Atkins released Goodnight Rhonda Lee, her fourth full-length album, via Single Lock Records last year. She’s been touring a lot, and next she comes to Wolf Trap on Saturday, Aug. 18, to open The Avett Brothers. The show is sold out, but arrive early to catch Nicole if you’re going!
As a half-full room at the Rock and Roll Hotel looked to the stage, the performer they came to see walked in through the doors behind them.
With her guitar hung around her shoulders, Nicole Atkins, a tiny chanteuse with a big voice, strode into the middle of the room and opened her set from the floor with her anthem “Neptune City,” the folky Americana ode to her hometown in New Jersey.
The audience reconfigured itself in a crowded circle around her and sang along Friday night, giving one of the warmest welcomes to a performer in my concert-going experience.