Don’t Miss: Melanie Fiona @ Howard Theatre, 2/13/18

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Melanie Fiona (Photo courtesy Universal Attractions)

Melanie Fiona Hallim, better known simply as Melanie Fiona, will soon release Next Train, her third studio album, and she’s on tour after releasing a single, “Remember U.” The R&B soprano performs at The Howard Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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Snapshots: SZA @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 2/5/18

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SZA performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

SZA dropped Ctrl, her debut album, via Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records last year, and she undertook her first headlining tour, which finally made it to The Fillmore Silver Spring for a sold-out show on Monday. Chris Castillo was there to photograph the action.

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Music Park: Kimbra @ 9:30 Club — 1/30/18

Kimbra 29 Kimbra performs at 9:30 Club on Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

In a recent conversation with Parklife DC, Kimbra explained the delay of her new album, Primal Heart, would allow fans to spend time with individual singles and get to know them better prior to the album’s ultimate release in April.

In a very crowded show at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Kimbra’s wish appeared to come true, as she smoldered through a 15-song set that drew almost entirely from Primal Heart. Audience anticipation was very high, and Kimbra had full command of the crowd’s attention from the first song to the very last.

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Don’t Miss: The SOS Band @ The Birchmere, 2/19/18

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The SOS Band (Photo courtesy The Birchmere)

“Now, baby we can do it/Take the time, do it right/We can do it, baby/Do it tonight!”

If you know “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” that infectious post-disco tune from 1980, then you know The SOS Band, who will perform it and other hits for you in a show at The Birchmere on Monday, Feb. 19.

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Music Park: Eric Benét @ The Birchmere — 1/17/18

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Eric Benét (Photo courtesy Primary Wave Entertainment)

The Love Song Is Here to Stay: Eric Benét

A standard English dictionary likely defines “singing” as the ability to create musical notes and sounds with the use of the human voice. Meanwhile, the soulful current of barbershops, hair salons and R&B-dedicated forums gladly define “sangin’” as the ability to sing but with mandatory diaphragm use, grit, passion, and pure confidence! R&B veteran Eric Benét provided The Birchmere with a dose of sangin’ on Jan. 17, in the first of two crowded shows, with seated couples and live videos aplenty.

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Interview: Kimbra (@ 9:30 Club, 1/30/18)

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Kimbra (Photo by Micaiah Carter)

Art pop chanteuse Kimbra, born Kimbra Lee Johnson, will perform at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Jan. 30.  Thrilled about the New Zealand native’s return to DC, Parklife DC caught her for a telephone interview recently, and we chatted about the importance of albums, artistic inspirations, and her future ambitions!

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Don’t Miss: Eric Benét @ The Birchmere, 1/17 + 1/18/18

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Eric Benét (Photo courtesy the artist)

Eric Benét released his self-titled eighth studio album in 2016 via Jordan House and BMG. The R&B superstar continued to tour after the album’s release, and he’s making his way to DC for two dates at The Birchmere on Wednesday, Jan. 17, and Thursday, Jan. 18.

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Ticket Giveaway: Kimbra @ 9:30 Club, 1/30/18

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New Zealand musician Kimbra, born Kimbra Lee Johnson, will release Primal Heart, her third studio album, via Warner Bros. Records on Jan. 19! Then Kimbra will sweep across the stage at 9:30 Club in a show on Tuesday, Jan. 30. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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Don’t Miss: Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ State Theatre, 12/30/17

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Photo by Chris Monaghan)

Formed in 1977 by Benny Jones, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The New Orleans collective is on tour with a stop at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Saturday, Dec. 30

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Snapshots: Raheem DeVaughn @ Howard Theatre — 12/21/17

Raheem DeVaughn 38 Raheem DeVaughn performs at the Howard Theatre on Dec. 21, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

R&B sensation Raheem DeVaughn organized a big holiday show at the Howard Theatre on Dec. 21, and Chris Castillo was there to photograph it! The show was all about uniting people, and Raheem was accompanied by the legendary go-go band Backyard Band, Major, Faith Evans, and several other acts!

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