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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes (Photo by Glenn Gottlieb)
Yes will embark on a 35-date 50th anniversary tour this summer with a date at the Warner Theatre on Monday, July 23. And in a special appearance, founding keyboardist Tony Kaye will join the band during an extended encore for signature songs such as “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Roundabout,” and “Starship Trooper.” Mark your calendars for this epic show!
Tobias Forge fronts Ghost at the Warner Theatre on May 20, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)
At one point in the show, Tobias Forge, vocalist for Swedish heavy metal band Ghost, conducted one of many costume changes into a tuxedo and returned to rapturous applause. Well, he initially returned a bit unnoticed with the din of doom metal upon the stage, but he cheekily demanded and received a re-entrance, where the audience gave him his due.
“You caught me completely off-guard!” Tobias exclaimed in mock surprise during the sold-out show at Warner Theatre on Sunday.
Scandal (Photo courtesy the band)
Forever shooting down the walls of heartache in “The Warrior,” Patty Smyth famously fronts Scandal at the newly opened City Winery in DC on Saturday, May 5.