Music Park: Colin Hay @ The Birchmere — 3/13/17

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Colin Hay performs at The Birchmere on March 13, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Colin Hay admittedly by no stretch has had a tragic life, as he readily confessed Monday night in the second of two sold-out shows at The Birchmere. Still, as the evening progressed, it was clear that Colin, always humorously introspective, was haunted by ghosts.

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Don’t Miss: Retro Futura Tour @ Pier Six Pavilion (Baltimore, Md.), 7/30/17

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Today is a presale for the touring ’80s festival known as the Retro Futura Tour, which stops at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore on Sunday, July 30. DC folks may remember it as The Regeneration Tour, but it has been reshaped and rebranded since its visits to Wolf Trap a few years back!

Visit Live Nation and use the presale code MAGIC until 10pm today to get advance tickets to see the 2017 tour with Howard Jones, The English Beat, Modern English, Men Without Hats, Katrina (formerly of Katrina and the Waves), and Annabella Lwin (formerly of Bow Wow Wow, standing in for Paul Young on July 30). Tickets become available to the public on Friday.

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Interview: Dave Wakeling of The English Beat

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Dave Wakeling of The English Beat performs at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

Last week, The English beat performed to a very crowded house at 9:30 Club, and Parklife DC caught the show. (Read our review!) Prior to the show, I had the opportunity to sit down with David Wakeling, the brains behind the band, for a lengthy chat. Born in Birmingham, England, Dave started The Beat there (and took it to the United States where it became known as The English Beat.) Roughly 30 years ago, he migrated to the United States and now resides in Southern California.

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Music Park: English Beat @ 9:30 Club — 3/1/17

English Beat-030217-05 English Beat perform at 9:30 Club on March 1, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)

Dave Wakeling arrived in DC Wednesday in good spirits. With a mischievous grin and a boisterous attitude, Dave and his band in The English Beat appeared at 9:30 Club to enthrall a very full house with Dave’s time-tested ska, reggae, and new wave hits, which had the whole room skanking.

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Music Park: Jazmine Sullivan @ Fillmore Silver Spring — 2/14/17

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Jazmine Sullivan performs at the Apollo Theatre in New York City on Feb. 18, 2015. (Photo by Siris)

The seductive power of Teddy Pendergrass. The gospel grit of Patti Labelle. The vocal command of Jill Scott. These Philadelphia R&B influences form the soulful foundation of Jazmine Sullivan. The nine-time Grammy-nominated artist graced The Fillmore Silver Spring with the tone of less is more, demonstrating the power, range, and agility of her voice last Tuesday.

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Don’t Miss: Jazmine Sullivan @ Fillmore Silver Spring, 2/14/17

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Jazmine Sullivan (Photo by Shane McCauley)

Rumor has it that Jazmine Sullivan may release a new self-titled album, her fourth, in 2017.

But meanwhile, Jazmine is still riding high on her third album, Reality Show, which dropped a little over two years ago via RCA Records. The Philadelphia contralto has a few concert dates on the calendar, including a stop at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

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