Music Park: Michael Blume @ Union Stage — 5/17/18

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Michael Blume performs at Union Stage on May 17, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Michael Blume can be described in many ways — singer, rapper, activist, but never boring. The New Jersey native was in DC recently to entertain and inform a packed Union Stage crowd. The Yale graduate used the platform to deliver his style of R&B and rap with a dose of progressive commentary.

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Music Park: Bettye LaVette @ The Hamilton Live — 5/19/18

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Bettye LaVette performs at the Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival on Aug. 9, 2014. (Photo by Leilah Thiel)

R&B singer Bettye LaVette graced The Hamilton with her divine presence on Saturday. Looking much younger than her 72 years, fit and trim, Bettye performed with bountiful energy and flawless style.

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Music Park: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats @ The Anthem — 5/16/18

NathanielRateliff Nathaniel Rateliff performs at The Anthem on May 16, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

When Nathaniel Rateliff took the stage at The Anthem, his eyes widened as he surveyed the vastness of DC’s newest and largest music venue at The Wharf.

“I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know we were playing here when we got to DC; I never heard of The Anthem,” Nathaniel confided to the audience. “This place is huge, and I can’t believe ya’ll filled it up!” The 6,000-plus sell-out crowd responded with a roar of appreciation last week.

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Don’t Miss: Bettye LaVette @ The Hamilton Live, 5/19/18

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Bettye LaVette (Photo by Marina Chavez)

Legendary soul singer Bettye LaVette released Things Have Changed, her 10th studio album, on March 30. On the new record, Bettye tackles the songs of Bob Dylan as only she can. And now, she will perform them live in a show at The Hamilton on Saturday, May 19.

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Snapshots: Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the High & Mighty Brass Band @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 5/12/18

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Eli Reed performs with the High & Mighty Brass Band at Rock and Roll Hotel on May 12, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Eli “Paperboy” Reed, joined forces with legendary High and Mighty Brass Band of Brooklyn to deliver a high-energy, soulful performance at Rock & Roll Hotel on Saturday.

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Don’t Miss: Eli “Paperboy” Reed @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 5/12/18

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Eli Paperboy Reed (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)

Eli “Paperboy” Reed teams up with the High & Might Brass Band for an album, Eli “Paperboy” Reed Meets High & Mighty Brass Band, due June 8 via Yep Roc Records. The man and the brass band meet for a tour beforehand, and they perform at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, May 12.

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Snapshots: Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ 9:30 Club — 4/27/18

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Ruban Nielson performs in Unknown Mortal Orchestra at 9:30 Club on April 27, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra played at the 9:30 Club on Friday in support of their new album, Sex + Food, their fourth record released in April via Jagjaguwar. The crowd was super pumped to see UMO, and that’s always a good indicator that the show will be a good one.
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Music Park: Meshell Ndegeocello @ The Kennedy Center — 4/26/18

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Meshell Ndegeocello performs at the Kennedy Center on April 26, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

DC’s own Meshell Ndegeocello returned to the city Thursday night to perform a pair of back-to-back shows at the Kennedy Center. A near-capacity multicultural, multigenerational audience showed up for the multifaceted artist.

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Music Park: Pink @ Capital One Arena — 4/16/18

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Pink performs at Capital One Arena on April 16, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

Aerial acrobatics, costumed dancers, pyrotechnics, confetti, countless outfit changes, and fireworks filled Capital One Arena on Monday. Somehow, all of that was jam packed into two hours of Pink’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour, and it was a spectacle to behold.

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Ticket Giveaway: Moogfest @ Durham, NC — 5/17-5/20/18

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Moogfest headliner Kelela (Photo courtesy Paradigm Agency)

Moogfest 2018, scheduled for May 17-20 in Durham, North Carolina, is the premier urban music festival dedicated to the synthesizer. This year, a slew of electronic musicians joins headlining artists Kelela, Mouse on Mars, KRS-One, Chelsea Manning, Jon Hopkins. You can win tickets to attend with Parklife DC.

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