Music can often mark a moment in time, but great music is eternal. The ageless guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana proved this during a recent performance at Jiffy Lube Live.
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band stopped to play a magical whirlwind of hits at Wolf Trap recenlty. I was once again fortunate enough to be there taking pictures and having my mind blown.
The former Beatles drummer and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is out on the road with his All-Starr Band to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the concept.
The Flaming Lips have embarked on a short psychedelic summer tour with The Claypool Lennon Delirium, and I was able to obtain a photo pass and attend their show at The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey, recently. A long drive, but well worth it! This band never disappoints.
Washington DC and Japan have a long and colorful history of cultural exchange.
In 1912, Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted DC with Japanese cherry trees. Since then, several cultural exchange programs and initiatives have been institutionalized. This solidifying friendship is commemorated yearly via the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Japanese bands have also been performing in the US capital, with some of the country’s best bands performing here. From Japanese rock and heavy metal to the more contemporary Japanese pop or J-pop, Washington DC has bore witness to the changing trends and patterns of Japan’s eclectic music industry. Here are four of the best Japanese bands that already graced the city’s venues.
The Steve Miller Band joins forces with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives for a show dubbed “An Amazing Evening of Original American Music: Classic Rock Meets Classic Country” at Wolf Trap on Wednesday, July 31!
Hailing from Brooklyn, Yeasayer consists of Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, and Anand Wilder. The band took the stage at 9:30 Club recently under a simple, long, sequin fabric running from the ceiling to the floor, almost acting like a makeshift disco ball. Everyone set their instruments, and they were ready for the night to begin.
Last year, Betsy Wright (guitar) of Ex Hex and Laura King (drums) of Flesh Wounds found themselves with some downtime, and they put it to good use, recruiting Aaron Deal (bass) of Darkest Hour and forming side project Bat Fangs.
The tuff and tumble trio have been quiet this year, particularly as Ex Hex released an album and toured the world, but Bat Fangs popped into a recent Apple StoryMakers Festival in DC to play an opening set, and we took some pix.