Live Review: Arlo Parks @ 9:30 Club — 9/12/22

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Arlo Parks performs at 9:30 Club on Sept. 12, 2022. (Photo by Katie Child)

Arlo Parks is an idol to many. Her tendency to inspire, in combination with her often painfully relatable lyricism, Parks is the spitting image of what many of us aim to “grow up” to become.

A ray of sunshine through and through, Parks’ tour was not one to pass up. Coupled with the lovable crowd of DMV natives that she brought out for her show, Arlo lit up the 9:30 Club for two nights last week with a sense of warmth and comfort that we already miss.

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Live Review: Alicia Keys @ Pier Six Pavilion — 8/3/22

Alicia Keys brings the heat at the Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 3, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

One of the most anticipated shows of the past year or two for me was Alicia Keys coming to Baltimore, so after some delays due to the pandemic and hot off the first date of her world tour, I was thrilled when Alicia Keys recently brought the joy and spectacle of her recent double album, Keys, to the Baltimore Pier Six Pavilion.

I can honestly say that I have never seen a show like the one Keys provided this packed crowd along the water of the Inner Harbor.  As the lights went down there appeared a huge circle like a solar eclipse that rose from the back of the stage before changing to brilliant spirals of light as the back of the stage opened, white light pouring out and silhouetting Keys who emerged to massive applause.  Starting off the set with “Nat King Cole.”

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Live Review: Kehlani @ The Anthem — 8/7/22

Kehlani performs for a sold-out crowd at the Anthem on Aug. 7, 2022. (Photo by AJ Waugh)

Kehlani’s Blue Water Road Trip Tour stopped through a jam-packed Anthem recently along with the DMV’s own Rico Nasty in support of her latest album Blue Water Road. The super high-energy performance from Rico immediately turned the crowd up, as they went crazy for hit records like “RAGE”, “OHFR?” and “Poppin” setting the bar before Kehlani even hit the stage. 

The lights fell dark and screams filled the room as Kehlani took the stage along with her dancers and band.

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Live Review: Summer Spirit Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/7/22

Erykah Badu performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 7, 2022. (Photo by Will Colbert)

August in the DMV is synonymous with sweltering humidity, but if you’re a fan of soul, R&B, Go-Go, and ‘90s hip hop, it also yields the Summer Spirit Festival.

This year’s recent daylong concert event at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, featured Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Method Man and Redman, Marsha Ambrosius, Junkyard Band, and J. Brown.

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Snapshots: The Driver Era w/ Summer Salt and Almost Monday @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 8/5/22

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The Driver Era performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 5, 2022. (Photos by Brooke Landers)

Brothers Rocky and Ross Lynch, who form the musical duo The Driver Era, performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently! They brought along openers Summer Salt and Almost Monday, and Brooke Landers was there to photograph the concert.

These are Brooke’s first photos for Parklife, and we think they really take you to the show!

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Live Review: Pink Sweat$ @ Pier Six Pavilion — 8/3/22

Pink Sweat$ cool downs the heat at Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 3, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

It’s such a cool feeling to come to a show and find something new, something you didn’t expect to find. And opening for Alicia Keys at Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion recently, David Bowden, known by the stage name Pink Sweats, brought the perfect balance of charm and soul.

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Snapshots: The Weeknd @ FedEx Field — 7/30/22

The Weeknd performs at FedEx Field on July 30, 2022. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

Few artists have the star power to pack out an 82,000 stadium seat venue like Canadian-born masked singer-songwriter The Weeknd. With all of his feels and theatrics in tow, he’s made a super successful career on a bigger than life persona. 

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (The Weeknd) burst onto the music scene with a slew of popular mixtapes that helped him quickly gain a loyal, unwavering fan base. His enigmatic records can best be described as romantic and dark often inspired by his own personal experiences. A journey that has led him to numerous accolades, including four Grammy Awards and 20 Billboard Music Awards,… and now to FedEx field for a concert spectacular!

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Live Review: Fantastic Negrito w/ Mike Montali @ 9:30 Club — 6/22/22

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Fantastic Negrito performs at 9:30 Club on June 22, 2022. (Photos by Rashad Polk; Words by Mark Engleson)

Fantastic Negrito’s latest album, White Jesus, Black Problems, is deeply personal. It delves into family history, into the story of his seventh-generation great-grandparents, an enslaved Black man and indentured Scottish servant woman, who came together in Virginia in 1759. That’s not to say his other albums aren’t personal as well: The Last Days of Oakland is very much about the city where he was raised as one of 14 children. But the focus in his recent performance at the 9:30 Club was on telling the story of that interracial union.

“I wasn’t who I thought I was,” Fantastic Negrito explained. “But I’m exactly who I need to be.”

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