I’ve been watching Westworld. And so it occurred to me as I watched A.J. Croce perform at City Winery recently, this piano man would be at home in the Old West, tickling the ivories at a saloon.
Amanda Palmer made a deal with her audience at the National Theatre on Friday. If ever anyone became too sad during the course of her music and conversation presentation, he or she could simply exclaim, “Amanda, I’m too sad!” and the artist would respond to brighten things up with the opening chords of “Coin-Operated Boy” by her band The Dresden Dolls.
By our count, she was called upon to play those chords at least five times, which might not be so bad for a 4.5 hour show.
A little bit of the bayou came to DC by way of Austin, Texas, Monday night in the form of R&B artist Marcia Ball. Kicking off her performance with the tune “Red Beans,” an old blues tune by McKinley Morganfield, Marcia played a selection of songs from her new album, Shine Bright, as well as old favorites.
Blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball released Shine Bright, her latest album, via Alligator Records this year, and she’s performing at City Winery DC on Monday, Oct. 1.
Jazz piano great Patricia Barber was joined by bassist Patrick Mulcahy and drummer Jon Deitemyer as the Patricia Barber Trio, and the group charmed City Winery in DC during an opening concert for the DC Jazz Festival on Friday. Here are some pictures of the show!
To tell the story of David Bowie is to tell the story of the musicians he chose to play with him over his career spanning roughly 50 years. For at least 30 of those years, pianist Mike Garson sat next to Bowie in the studio and on the stage. Listeners perhaps first heard Mike in the fantastic piano on “Aladdin Sane” in 1973. Now, Mike is leading a team of musicians who performed shows with Bowie in a tribute concert called Celebrating David Bowie, and locally the show launches a North American tour at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Mike played piano on at least 16 Bowie albums, beginning with Aladdin Sane and ending with A Reality Tour (live album). The Celebrating David Bowie show presents his vision of a concert by David today, including songs like “Ashes to Ashes, “Let’s Dance,” “Life on Mars,” “Fame,” “The Man Who Sold the World,” and more. Parklife DC caught up with Mike Garson to chat about the tour, the last time he saw David Bowie, and his plans for keeping David’s music alive.
You may already know Kelcey Ayer as a vocalist and pianist for Local Natives. Kelcey, however, released his debut solo album, Tasha Sits Close to the Piano, under the moniker Jaws of Love via K-Rizzla Records/House Arrest in September. He’s on tour to support the album, and he plays tonight, Dec. 6, at DC9.