Live Review: Shemekia Copeland @ AMP by Strathmore — 9/13/19

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Shemekia Copeland (Photo by Mike White)

Shemekia Copeland took command of the stage at the AMP by Strathmore recently as her band played the opening notes of the blues-rock anthem “Ain’t Got Time for Hate.” Co-written by ace songwriters John Hahn and Will Kimbrough (who also produced), the song leads off her latest album, the roots-infused America’s Child.

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Live Review: Gary Clark Jr. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/25/19

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Gary Clark Jr. (Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

Genres are BS! The need to categorize was how blues became rhythm & blues and R&B was rebranded into rock ‘n’ roll — clever window dressing for marketers! Gary Clark Jr. would have none of it during a recent show at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The “guitar man” defied categorization as he traveled a continuum of American music that included blues, rock, and soul.

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Live Review: Khalid @ Apple Carnegie Library — 8/24/19

Khalid performs at Apple Carnegie Library on Aug. 24, 2019. (Photo by Greg Noire)

Khalid recently performed the final concert of the Apple’s concert summer series, Up Next Live, at the newly renovated Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square. The location is the first public library in DC and also the first library in DC to desegregate in 1969. The location also now serves as the the second Apple store in our city.

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Snapshots: Jessy Wilson @ Wolf Trap — 8/22/19

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Jessy Wilson opens at Wolf Trap, Aug. 22, 2019, during a summer tour co-headlined by Ben Harper and Trombone Shorty. (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

R&B artist Jessy Wilson performed at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, recently as the opening set for a summer amphitheater tour co-headlined by Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

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Live Review: Summer Spirit Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/3/19

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Anthony Hamilton performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug 3, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion returned for its 14th year recently.  This year’s line-up was a blend of soul, R&B, jazz, hip hop, and GO-GO, featuring superstars Anthony Hamilton, Jhené Aiko, Raphael Saadiq, DVSN, PJ Morton, and Kyle Dion.  The festival also spotlighted DC bands like Be’la Dona with Suga Bear, Backyard Band, and Sirius and Company. It was a great day for music in the DMV!  Continue Reading

Live Review: Taj Mahal @ The Birchmere — 7/25/19

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Taj Mahal performs at The Birchmere on July 25, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

There is a moment in The Empire Strikes Back when Yoda transforms into a being of incredible, transcendent power. Something very similar happened when the Taj Mahal Quartet picked up their instruments and started to play at The Birchmere recently.

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