Live Review: Joshua Radin @ The Birchmere — 3/18/22

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Joshua Radin (Photo courtesy Arrival Artists)

Joshua Radin came to music late, not picking up a guitar until he was 30. But he was a natural, easily composing songs soon after he started playing. His music was found quickly by Zach Braff, who used it in the TV sitcom Scrubs, boosting Radin’s profile, which he since maintained.

I spoke to Radin a few weeks ago, and he emphasized how much he enjoys connecting with audiences. These past two years, he’s really missed being on stage in front of a crowd, and it was clear, during his performance at The Birchmere recently, that this was where he belonged.

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Interview: Joshua Radin (@ The Birchmere, 3/18/22)

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Joshua Radin (Photo by Catie Laffoon)

Joshua Radin is a singer-songwriter, originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio, who has been writing songs, performing, and recording music for the last 17 years. He’s appearing at The Birchmere on Friday, March 18. Josh and talked to Parklife DC’s Mark Engleson about their shared Ohio roots, finding your creative heart, and life on the road.

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Live Review: Red Wanting Blue @ Tally Ho Theater — 1/27/22

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Red Wanting Blue frontman, Scott Terry performs at Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg, VA, Jan. 28, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Red Wanting Blue’s “Hey 22!” tour rolled through Leesburg, Virginia, recently for a performance at Tally Ho Theater. Remarkably, for the band who recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and regularly plays over 200 shows a year, it was their first ever visit to Leesburg and the Tally Ho.

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Live Review: Dwight Yoakam @ Capital One Hall — 1/13/21

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Dwight Yoakam (Photo by Emily Joyce)

Dwight Yoakam has a distinctive take on country music. He started building his career in Los Angeles, during the height of the urban cowboy craze in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Though everyone wanted to book country acts, his version, which he calls “hard country,” wasn’t always welcome. An acolyte of Bakersfield, California artists like Merle Haggard and even moreso Buck Owens, Dwight is an old-school honky-tonker with a modern perspective. 

On his podcast Cocaine & Rhinestones, Tyler Mahan Coe has suggested that there’s no dividing line between honky-tonk and rock ‘n roll. Dwight Yoakam’s career is the proof of this idea. When he didn’t fit in with the urban cowboy scene, he created his own place in Los Angeles’s burgeoning punk and roots rock community, often playing with acts like X, The Blasters, and Los Lobos. He even toured with hardcore punks Husker Du.

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Preview: Red Wanting Blue @ Tally Ho Theater, 1/27/22

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Red Wanting Blue (Photo courtesy Michael J. Media Group)

Midwestern Rock Heroes Red Wanting Blue Bring Passionate Longevity to the Concert Stage
By Mario Tarradell

Red Wanting Blue, armed with material from 11 studio albums, takes the stage for a powerful performance on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Preview: Dwight Yoakam @ Capital One Hall, 1/13/22

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Dwight Yoakam (Photo by Emily Joyce)

Legendary multiple GRAMMY Award winner and star of film and television, Dwight Yoakam continues to sell out shows across the nation. He’s on his way to doing it again at the new Capital One Hall in McLean, Va., on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Act soon! Not too many tickets remain.

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Live Review: CAAMP @ The Anthem — 12/3/21

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Taylor Meier leads CAAMP in a performance at The Anthem on Dec. 3, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)

It’s not easy for any band to preserve its authentic sound and simultaneously grow its appeal to larger audiences, but for those that figure it out, the benefits can be substantial.

CAAMP, a bonfire folk outfit based in Athens, Ohio, has managed to keep its original sound intact while still experiencing rapid ascension in popularity thanks to consistent recordings and key appearances at festivals, including a noteworthy picnic table performance at Newport in 2019.

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Snapshots: Red Wanting Blue @ The Hamilton Live — 9/17/21

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Red Wanting Blue frontman Scott Terry performing at The Hamilton Live, Sept. 17, 2021. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Red Wanting Blue, the heartland rock band from Columbus, OH, kicked off its “25 and Still Alive,” tour on September 17th with a stop at DC’s Hamilton Live. Parklife DC’s Ari Strauss had an opportunity to interview RWB lead singer, Scott Terry prior to the tour opener.

Read Ari’s interview with Red Wanting Blue lead singer, Scott Terry HERE.

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Interview: Scott Terry of Red Wanting Blue (@ The Hamilton Live, 9/17/21)

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Red Wanting Blue frontman, Scott Terry, performing at City Winery DC, June 19, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Red Wanting Blue will kick off its “25 and Still Alive” fall tour at The Hamilton Live this Friday Sept. 17. Before the show, lead singer Scott Terry spoke with Ari Strauss about reaching the band’s 25th anniversary, the upcoming tour, and the inherent philosophies in appreciating live and studio albums.

Ari had the opportunity to interview Scott once before in April 2020, and that is referenced in the dialog below. Red Wanting Blue was scheduled to perform at City Winery DC later that year but, of course, COVID-19 made that impossible.

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