Live Review: Kali Uchis x Jorja Smith @ The Anthem — 4/28/19

Jorja x KaliJorja Smith and Kali Uchis perform at The Anthem on April 28, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

I had the great honor of covering Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith last year in 2018 (check those posts out by clicking on the artists’ names). When it was announced that they would tour jointly together, I thought ” What a perfect pair!” Luckily, the tour started in Kali’s hometown recently, and we were in for a treat from both ladies in a sold-out show at The Anthem.

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Snapshots: Emily King @ 9:30 Club — 4/4/19

UntitledEmily King performs at the 9:30 Club in DC on April 4, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Emily King kicked off her Scenery Tour recently at the 9:30 Club. It’s been almost four years since she last came to DC — since the release of The Switch in 2015. And DC embraced Emily with with lots of cheer and couldn’t wait for the night to begin. 

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Around Town: The Wammies @ Lincoln Theatre — 3/31/19

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Jeffrey Tribble Jr., Executive Director of The MusicianShip, addresses the Butterfly Bash in 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The MusicianShip, a nonprofit dedicated to providing music education to DC youth, sponsored its first Wammie Awards, recently choosing “the best of the best” among DC musicians for recognition to continue the mission of the dissolved Washington Area Music Association.

As editor of Parklife DC, I was a judge and a presenter for the 2019 Wammie Awards at the Lincoln Theatre on March 31, and I’m pleased to provide the full list of winners.

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Live Review: Gary Clark Jr. @ The Anthem — 3/30/19

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Gary Clark Jr. performs at The Anthem on March 30, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Trying to paint Gary Clark Jr. into a box is an exercise in futility. When you started to believe that he’s “just” the next great guitar virtuoso, Gary dropped a soul song that featured a vocal range showcasing his falsetto. When you could not stop dancing along with one of his upbeat and catchy rock hits, Gary played an R&B number that would fit into Motown. And if you ever dared to think that Gary doesn’t have something new to say, he went ahead and released This Land in February, an album and title track that tackles racism in America.

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