Live Review: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets @ DAR Constitution Hall — 4/22/19

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Nick Mason introduces Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets at DAR Constitution Hall on April 22, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

At DAR Constitution Hall recently, Nick Mason turned to guitarist Lee Harris as his band’s resident librarian of Pink Floyd history and asked when was the last time Pink Floyd performed in DC.

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Live Review: The Church @ The Birchmere — 4/18/19

TheChurch-5_DSC07672 Steve Kilbey fronts The Church at The Birchmere on April 18, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Steve Kilbey paused and invited the audience to imagine flipping over a record. Of course, he told The Birchmere, you would have to walk over to it, gently lift it from the turntable, wipe the static away, turn the record over, wipe that pesky static some more, and carefully place your vinyl just so.

In this case, the reward is “Spark,” the first song on Side 2 of Starfish, the hit album by The Church, which Steve has fronted for nearly 40 years. And so, Steve, guitarist Peter Koppes, and the rest of The Church performed Starfish in its entirety for an appreciative sold-out room at The Birchmere recently.

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Live Review: Foals @ 9:30 Club — 4/16/19

Foals 1Yannis Phillippakis (of Foals) performs at the 9:30 Club on April 16, 2019. ( Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Foals were a sight to behold over two nights at 9:30 Club recently. On the first sold-out night, the stage was set-up meticulously yet casually for the show. A lion tapestry and plants bordered the stage and the band’s instruments sat in the middle. Foals came prepared to show DC how to have a good time.

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Interview: Gary Kemp (of Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets) (@DAR Constitution Hall, 4/22/19)

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Spandau Ballet with Gary Kemp (far right) (Photo by Denis O’Regan)

Is there any more versatile performer than Gary Kemp? The charismatic musician and actor can play stadiums with his band Spandau Ballet and then light up the stage in London Theatreland. The creative genius today is on a US tour as a guitarist and vocalist for Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, supporting the legendary drummer of Pink Floyd in a performance of the seminal psychedelic band’s early material. The supergroup will perform in DC at DAR Constitution Hall on Monday, April 22.

Mickey McCarter of Parklife DC chatted with Gary Kemp about Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets and Spandau Ballet to discuss the future of both bands and what they mean to him. (This interview has been edited for length and clarity.) For more information on Nick Mason, visit the website of Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets.

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Preview: Claypool Lennon Delirium @ 9:30 Club, 4/17/19

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium (Photo courtesy ATO Records)

Primus bassist Les Claypool and multi-instrumentalist Sean Lennon have come together once again as the Claypool Lennon Delirium for their second collaborative album, South of Reality, and they will perform at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, April 17.

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