Snapshots: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Wolf Trap — 8/17/18

VoodooThreauxdown Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 17, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band played a high-energy, get-out-of-your-seat and dance-inspiring set Friday at Wolf Trap. The band is one-fourth of the Trombone Shorty Voodoo Threauxdown tour along with Trombone Shorty, Galactic, and New Breed Jazz Band.

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Snapshots: Parklife DC 10 Best Pictures of 2016

Peter Hook and The Light @ Howard Theatre, Washington DC, 11/23/2016
Peter Hook performs at the Howard Theatre on Nov. 23, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)

It’s been a good second year for Parklife DC, particularly as we really improved our concert photography game.

Our little blog recruited some excellent photographers, notably Paivi Salonen, who is really quite good and sticking around with us into 2017! We also had the pleasure of working with Kristie Chua, who has moved onto other endeavors.

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Snapshots: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/23/16

Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Lincoln Theatre 23/09/2016
Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at Lincoln Theatre on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band was in town for National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opening festivities. Following their Friday show at the National Mall, the audiences at Lincoln Theatre were treated to a second helping of New Orleans jazz.

As a special guest later in the show, none other than Dave Grohl walked onto the stage to play a second set of drums. When the encores were done, the music never ended: part of the band including Mr Grohl walked out of the theatre in a New Orleans style parade. The performance continued across U Street toward the Black Cat, followed by the enthusiastic crowds.

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Don’t Miss: Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Lincoln Theatre, 9/23/16

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

Lots of great music is coming to town this weekend to celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)!

Although they are not part of the actual music festival occurring at the NMAAHC, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band appropriately arrives to play in honor of the museum’s launch. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band makes its home base at, of course, Preservation Hall in New Orleans. The Hall was a rare space in the South where racially integrated bands and audiences would share music together during the Jim Crow era.

Now, join Ben Jaffe, the son of the founders of Preservation Hall, and the band at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, Sept. 23 for a jazzy cool show, as they protect, preserve, and perpetuate traditional New Orleans Jazz.

Listen to Preservation Hall Jazz Band, including tracks such as “Keep On” featuring Clint Maedgen and John Oates, on Soundcloud:

But wait, the band also step outside traditional jazz on occasion. Recently, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band recorded an album of original material, That’s It, for the first time ever. And on that album, the band mixes genres a bit on selections like the drum and tuba-driven “The Darker It Gets,” sax and trumpet number “August Nights,” and the Caribbean pop song “I Think I Love You.”

“My parents were never preservationists in any strict sense,” Ben said in a press release. “They simply presented the music the way the old jazzmen wanted to play it. This is the music we want to play today. We’ll continue to do the old standards, along with new material that allows us to be creative and relevant. With this album, I wanted to do something that would challenge us and make us proud.”

Tickets are available online.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
w/ Special Guests Jimmy Carter and Joey Williams of The Blind Boys of Alabama
DuPont Brass Band
Lincoln Theatre
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
Doors @6:30pm
$35
All ages