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

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Jazmine Sullivan (Photo by Shane McCauley)

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 @ The 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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Music Park: The Pietasters @ 9:30 Club — 12/23/16

Pietasters 11 Steve Jackson of The Pietasters keeps the party going at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Dec. 23.

Christmas came early for the rude boys and girls of DC as The Pietasters, our city’s terrific #1 ska band, took to the 9:30 Club for a holiday show that proved a jubilant celebration of the storied band’s catalog.

Chief Pietaster Steve Jackson and his motley crew were in fine shape indeed for a stomping singalong of their tunes, along with a few favorite cover songs. The Pietasters shared a full house that wasn’t afraid to mosh with a busy bill that included Loving Paupers, Hub City Stompers, and Mephiskapheles -– with the support bands occasionally leaping into The Pietasters’ set to lend their voices to the chorus.

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Snapshots: Thievery Corporation @ 9:30 Club — 12/16/16

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Thievery Corporation performs at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 (Photo by Paivi)

Thievery Corporation will release a new studio album, The Temple of I & I, on Feb. 10, 2017, via their own ESL Music. In the run-up to that release, Eric Hilton and Rob Garza recruited collaborators new and old for a 20th anniversary tour, which culminated in three sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last week.

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New Release: “The Temple of I & I” by Thievery Corporation, 2/10/17

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Thievery Corporation (Photo by Jen Maler)

If you’re heading to one of three sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club to see Thievery Corporation tonight, Friday, or Saturday, you’ll hear some new songs from the collective from their upcoming new album.

Thievery Corporation are set to release their Jamaican-inspired studio album The Temple of I & I on Feb. 10, 2017, via their own ESL Music. The band recently debuted two songs from the album, “Let the Chalice Blaze” and “Letter to the Editor.”

Said Thievery’s Eric Hilton of the record, “The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us. On the musical map, Jamaica is an entire continent. Frankly, we could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air and the strength and resilience resonating from the people. And for us, the only way to connect with this rich source of inspiration was to work in that environment — to feel the pulse of the place.”

Listen to “Let the Chalice Blaze” by Thievery Corporation on YouTube:

Listen to “Letter to the Editor” by Thievery Corporation on YouTube:

Thievery Corporation went to Geejam Studios in Port Antonio, Jamaica, to record the new album in February 2015. Eric and Rob Garza took along with them contributors like guitarist Robbie Myers.

Other tracks on the album include “Thief Rockers,” featuring new vocalist Racquel Jones, who livens up the album considerably!

“We’ve been waiting years to find a conscious, brilliant, female Jamaican singer and MC. As a model and former Miss Jamaica contestant, you’d never expect the pure lyrical fire and tough delivery could come out of her. It’s impressive,” said Eric.

Keep your ears peeled for those new songs and more at the 9:30 Club!

Thievery Corporation
9:30 Club
Thursday, Dec. 15-Saturday, Dec. 17
Doors @7pm/8pm/8pm
Sold out
All ages

Don’t Miss: Thievery Corporation @ 9:30 Club, 12/15-12/17/16

Thievery Corporation (Rob Garza and Eric Hilton) in Washington DC
Thievery Corporation (Photo by Andrzej Liguz)

It is said that each show by the Thievery Corporation is a unique party onto itself. We in DC will experience then three parties in a row when the Thievery Corporation cap off a short tour with three dates at the 9:30 Club on Dec. 15, 16, and 17 next week.

The Thievery Corporation hit the road on Wednesday this month to perform in Atlanta on the road back home for the three sold-out dates at the 9:30 Club. Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have marked 20 years together as of 2016, which is reason enough to hit the road, but Thievery Corporation also is preparing for an eighth studio album, to be titled “Temple of I and I,” scheduled for release in February.

In concert, the downtempo duo is usually augmented by a collection of musicians who fill out the sound of the band, making for a dynamic live experience. Rob and Eric play electronics, mixing various world beats from reggae, bossa nova, and more into their chill-out music, while their supporting musicians play guitars and drums and add vocals.

Watch Thievery Corporation perform a 30-minute set, including “Forgotten People,” “Le Monde,” “All That We Perceive,” “Amerimacka,” and “Culture of Fear,” for KEXP in Seattle on Oct. 5, 2016:

According to a press release, the next Thievery Corporation album will continue to provide social and political commentary often found in the band’s music, particularly their album Culture of Fear from 2011.

The 9:30 Club dates may be sold out, but you can find other opportunities to buy Thievery Corporation tickets via Songkick.

Here are the Thievery Corporation tour dates for December 2016:
12/7 Atlanta, Ga. – Tabernacle
12/8 Richmond, Va. – The National
12/9 New York City, N.Y. – Terminal 5
12/10 Philadelphia, Pa. – The Fillmore
12/12 Portland, Maine – State Theatre
12/13 Boston, Mass. House of Blues
12/14 New Haven, Conn. College St Music Hall
12/15 D.C. – 930 Club
12/16 D.C. – 930 Club
12/17 D.C. – 930 Club

Thievery Corporation
9:30 Club
Thursday, Dec. 15-Saturday, Dec. 17
Doors @7pm/8pm/8pm
Sold out
All ages

Don’t Miss: Burn It Up @ Villain & Saint, 11/11/16

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Burn It Up (Photo courtesy the band)

Ska rock band Burn It Up mix it up with hard rock refrains and ska melodies. These six high energy guys from Rochester, NY, have released a new album, Toys, in October.

Now they have joined the Get Amped Tour, which is visiting Villain & Saint in Bethesda, Md., on Friday, Nov. 11.

Vocalist Joe Harmon summed up the band: “We spend a lot of time trying to explore the boundaries of what genres like ska, reggae, rock and punk can do, mixing in elements of jazz, funk, and classic and progressive rock. We all have a wide range of tastes and influences, and bring those influences in to the writing process and our performances.”

Burn It Up certainly succeed in exploring those boundaries! Hear for yourself as you listen to Toys by Burn It Up on Bandcamp:

In addition to Joe, the band includes Mike Frederick (guitar), Justin Lloyd (trumpet), Dan Carter (bass), Evan Dobbins (trombone), and Alex Bochetto (drums).

Burn It Up was formed by members of Mrs. Skannotto, which released three full-length albums and toured with names like Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, Reel Big Fish, The Toasters, Flatfoot 56, and A Wilhelm Scream. They are sure to be entertaining at Villain & Saint, where they are joined on the Get Amped Tour by We Were Sharks and North 11.

Tickets are available online.

Get Amped Tour
Burn It Up
w/ We Were Sharks and North 11
Villain & Saint
Friday, Nov. 11
Show @9pm
$10-$12
All ages

Music Park: English Beat @ 9:30 Club — 10/11/16

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Dave Wakeling performs with The English Beat at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

“This song has been used by two presidential campaigns,” Dave Wakeling said of his cover of “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Sisters, “and both presidents served two terms! So if you fancy being president of America, it appears that I’m your man! I’ll take you there!”

The number, of course, was used by the presidential campaigns of both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, but Dave wasn’t overtly political in his appearance at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Oct. 11. He and The English Beat got down to performing the 1994 version of “I’ll Take You There,” recorded by Dave’s former band General Public, with vigor.

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Music Park: Culture Club @ Strathmore Music Center — 9/11/16

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Boy George sings at Strathmore Music Center on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.

Boy George has embraced a new level of maturity, inspired in part by one of his heroes, funk musician Sly Stone.

Recalling a magazine interview with Sly during a performance by Culture Club on Sunday night, George quoted Sly as saying, “I have many regrets, but none that I can remember right now.”

George discussed personal growth during a show at Strathmore Music Hall in Bethesda, Maryland, in the introduction to new Culture Club song “Different Man,” which will tentatively appear on a new album set for 2017 on Culture Club’s own label, Different Man Music. (There’s a theme for you!) George emphasized that you don’t become a different person like Sly, who may have done some reckless things in his youth, simply by growing older. Wisdom doesn’t simply manifest itself, and people must have the will to change, like Sly — or like George.

“You have to decide to change and become a different man,” George acknowledged. With that, George launches into the soulful song about turning a new leaf. We understand clearly that George is apologizing for his own past behavior, and that he’s here now with his bandmates in Culture Club for the better.

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