Preview: Colin Blunstone of The Zombies @ City Winery, 2/7/19

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Colin Blunstone (center) and his band (Photo courtesy The Bloom Effect)

Colin Blunstone, lead singer of The Zombies, will visit City Winery for a rare solo show on Thursday, Feb. 7. Colin’s concert precedes a long overdue recognition for the ‘60s psych rockers as The Zombies will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 29!

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Music Park: Martin Barre @ Jammin’ Java — 10/14/18

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Martin Barre performs at Jammin’ Java on Oct. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

After interviewing Martin Barre for Parklife DC last week, I was eager to see the former Jethro Tull guitarist and his band perform. Sunday night at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia, I had the opportunity to see the musician responsible for so many of Tull’s classic rock guitar riffs, solos, and songs.

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Interview: Martin Barre (@ Jammin’ Java, 10/14/18)

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Martin Barre (Photo courtesy Lappen Enterprises)

In the pantheon of rock guitar greats, many familiar names come to mind: Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Santana. For many of us, the name Barre resides on that list as well. Martin Barre was the long-time lead guitarist for blues-turned-progressive rock band Jethro Tull from 1969 through 2012.

His intricate playing, unique style and iconic solos are well known to millions of fans. ParklifeDC had the opportunity to chat with the guitarist in anticipation of the Martin Barre Band’s appearance at Jammin’ Java on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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Music Park: Jeff Beck @ Wolf Trap — 8/20/18

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Jeff Beck performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Several years back, Rolling Stone Magazine published its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (once for Yardbirds and once on his own) Jeff Beck is No. 5 on that list. He played at Wolf Trap recently, and seeing him live is another item crossed off my bucket list.

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Don’t Miss: Jeff Beck @ Wolf Trap, 8/20/18

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Jeff Beck (Photo courtesy Wolf Trap)

Iconic rock musicians Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers are currently on their joint “Stars Align Tour,” but on Monday, Aug. 20, Jeff will step away for a solo show at Wolf Trap! Ann Wilson of Heart, who is opening the Stars Align Tour, will join Jeff for this special concert.

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Music Park: Yes @ Warner Theatre — 7/23/18

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Steve Howe performs with Yes at the Warner Theatre on July 23, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The 1970s are widely regarded as the golden age of prog rock. Many bands to emerge during that era had tremendous commercial and critical success. Emerson, Lake and Palmer! Genesis! King Crimson! These bands represented the most innovative edge of the genre, pushing musical and lyrical boundaries by combining standard blues-based song structures with sweeping compositions featuring musical arrangements most often found in classical pieces.

But no prog-rock band has had the longevity or breadth of experience as Yes, which celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Warner Theatre on Monday.

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