Snapshots: The Yardbirds @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 10/10/19

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The Yardbirds perform at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

The Yardbirds — the ’60s pioneers of British Blues, visited Montgomery College to play at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center recently. Jason Nicholson got some pictures!

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Live Review: The Zombies @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 9/29/19

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The Zombies perform at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College on Sept. 29, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Upon induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, keyboardist Rod Argent of The Zombies recalled hearing “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley at the age of 11. “For the next year or so, I just sought out the rawest rock ‘n’ roll I could find: I was totally transfixed by American rock ‘n’ roll; it seemed to represent a world and a culture that was not only magical, but so far removed from our ’50s England that whatever I did, I could never dream of any of us ever being anywhere near it.”

Inspired by Elvis, Miles Davis, and The Beatles, The Zombies recorded two remarkable albums in the ’60s then disbanded. But much like their heroes, The Zombies discovered the public would not forget them, and an initial regrouping in the early ’00s led to a full-blown reunion and The Zombies receiving their due with the Rock Hall in New York in March. Still on a career high from that experience, Rod and vocalist Colin Blunstone took their current Zombies show on the road and appeared at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville, Maryland, recently.

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Preview: The Yardbirds @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 10/10/19

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The Yardbirds (Photo courtesy the band)

The Yardbirds — the band that spearheaded the British Blues Boom of the ’60s, the band that brought the world Eric Clapton in 1963, Jeff Beck in 1965 and Jimmy Page in 1966 (who played in the band with Beck for four months) — will perform at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 10.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2018 by Jason

johnny_marr_19_DSC00205_20181017Johnny Marr slings his guitar at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 17, 2018. Jason Nicholson chose a picture from this show (but not this one) as one of his Top 10 of 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

While sitting back in my chair and listening to a vinyl record is a favorite pastime of mine, there is nothing like going out and experiencing a performance live. For me as a concert photographer, the challenge is trying to capture the image of an artist you have spent a lifetime getting to know or at least your representation of what they mean to you. Here’s my Top 10 favorite photos of 2018 I had the pleasure of shooting for Parklife DC this year with a little commentary. Hope you enjoy seeing them again and best wishes for a great 2019!

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Snapshots: Burton Cummings of The Guess Who @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 11/16/18

parsons_vinyl_DSC02964_20181116 Burton Cummings of The Guess Who performs at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on Nov. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

From 1965-75, Burton Cummings was the lead singer and keyboardist for Canadian rock band The Guess Who. He sung a heap of the songs by The Guess Who that he made famous (including “American Woman”) at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, recently.

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Snapshots: The Psychedelic Furs @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 10/24/18

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Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass) took The Psychedelic Furs, the outstanding English neo-psychedelic outfit that practically defined a generation, to the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College recently. Jason Nicholson was there for the sold-out show, and he got some pictures.

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Music Park: Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey @ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center — 8/2/18

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Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins performs at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville, Maryland, on Aug. 2, 2018. (Photos by Jason Nicholson and words by Mickey McCarter)

The room simply lights up whenever Tom Bailey sings “Lay Your Hands on Me,” by his former band the Thompson Twins. And the room was very bright indeed at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville, Maryland, on Thursday during a visit by the debonair gent who returned to the area for a show of largely hopeful, romantic tunes perfect for a summery day.

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