Music Park: Firefly Music Festival Pt. 2 of 3 (Dover, DE — 6/17/17)

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My second day at Firefly Music Festival exposed me to acts both familiar and new as I spent the afternoon treading along well-manicured paths from stage to stage on Saturday, June 17 to investigate the likes of Sunflower Bean, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Capitol Cities — three acts that quite captured the diversity of the artists performing at Firefly this year!

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Music Park: Firefly Music Festival Pt. 1 of 3 (Dover, DE — 6/16/17)

21Pilots-Jump-Firefly-061617 Twenty One Pilots had a massive crowd eating out of their hands at Firefly Music Festival on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo courtesy Firefly Music Festival/Live at Firefly)

The sixth edition of the Firefly Music Festival delivered a diverse line-up over four days of musical performances June 15-18, 2017. Threatened rains stayed away, and artists as different as 21 Pilots, Bob Dylan, and Muse came to stay. An estimated 90,000 people descended on The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware to watch more than 125 acts.

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Music Park: Franz Ferdinand @ Firefly Music Festival — 6/16/17

FranzbyFirefly Franz Ferdinand take a bow at Firefly Music Festival on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo copyright Firefly Music Festival.)

Franz Ferdinand blew up the main stage of the Firefly Music Festival on Friday, June 16, igniting a dance riot with their well-recognized favorites but also introducing a few new songs and a few new members.

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Music Park: Mary Timony (Plays Helium) @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 6/6/17

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Mary Timony plays the songs of Helium at Rock and Roll Hotel on June 6, 2017.

In the loose and grungy ’90s, pockets of great music bubbled up, and few places were as cool as Boston, where noise pop quartet Helium formed.

Former Helium frontwoman Mary Timony, who had relocated from DC to Boston at the time, recently championed the remaster of the band’s only two albums, along with another album of rarities, and made an effort to get the band back together for a brief tour. Although that reunion did not occur, Mary took the show on the road herself, playing an opening date to a sold-out room at Rock and Roll Hotel on Tuesday, June 6, to the delight of a much enthralled audience.

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Music Park: The Damned @ Baltimore Soundstage — 5/9/17

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The Damned perform at Baltimore Soundstage on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Inside Baltimore Soundstage on Tuesday night, people would randomly shout out to Captain Sensible, mimicking the call of his 1982 solo single “Wot.”

“He said Captain!” random members of the audience interjected at various points throughout a very crowded performance by The Damned, on tour to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary. While The Damned did not indulge the audience with the catchy earworm from Sensible, the UK punks did however smash through more than 90 minutes of great highlights.

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Don’t Miss: The Damned @ Baltimore Soundstage, 5/9/17

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The Damned perform at Royal Albert Hall in London on May 20, 2016. (Photo by Dod Morrison Photography)

Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible are on a US tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Damned, and tickets are still available for their show tonight, May 9, at Baltimore Soundstage.

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Music Park: Shonen Knife @ Black Cat — 4/30/17

Shonen Knife 18 Shonen Knife perform at Black Cat on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

After missing DC on their perpetual world tours in the past several years, Shonen Knife paid a visit to DC and the Black Cat on Sunday in support of their most recent album, Adventure, their 20th studio album! Pairing their record with the band’s penchant for food-themed fun, founder and lone consistent member Naoko Yamano gave Shonen Knife a mission to eat and promote ramen, and thus hatched the Shonen Knife USA Ramen Adventure 2017.

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