Music Park: Melanie Fiona @ Howard Theatre — 2/13/18

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Melanie Fiona performs on May 2, 2013. (Photo by Avital Zemer)

Dubbed our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada has a history of R&B generosity to the United States. Deborah Cox, Tamia and The Weekend are proof that the nation of maples is a credible musical partner, and 34-year-old Quiet Storm songstress and Toronto-native Melanie Fiona is no exception as we saw at the Howard Theatre recently.

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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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Don’t Miss: Collie Buddz @ 9:30 Club, 1/15/18

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Collie Buddz (Photo by Phil Emerson)

Reggae artist Collie Buddz, born Colin Patrick Harper, recently released Good Life, his first full-length album in a decade, via Harper Digital, and he’s been touring the United States in support of it. He hits 9:30 Club during the next leg of his Good Life Tour on Monday, Jan. 15.

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Music Park: The English Beat @ Lincoln Theatre — 11/7/17

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The English Beat perform at the Lincoln Theatre on Nov. 7, 2017.

The indefatigable Dave Wakeling and The English Beat have a new album poised for release in March — Here We Go Love — with singles due to hit the airwaves in January. It’s already remarkable that the Englishman has turned three original English Beat albums, and three successive General Public albums, into an entertaining tour de force, and even more so that the new album is really very good.

The new songs shined in performance during an energetic show at the Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Pietasters @ 9:30 Club, 11/24/17

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The Pietasters (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

The last album by DC ska legends The Pietasters may be All Day, released 10 years ago, but the rocksteady collective continues to tour regularly. (Parklife DC saw them recently at Snallygaster beer festival!) As part of their annual routine, The Pietasters perform a holiday show at 9:30 Club, and you can win a pair of tickets to see their next one on Friday, Nov. 24.

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Music Park: 311 @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 7/25/17

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311 performs at Usana Amphitheater in West Valley City, Utah, on July 30, 2013. (Photo by Bard Barlow)

311 finished up their second show in as many nights at The Fillmore in Silver Spring on Tuesday, July 25, proving the band are still going strong after nearly 30 years!

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