Ticket Giveaway: Welles and Dead Sara @ Black Cat, 9/18/18

Welles
Welles (Photo courtesy No Big Deal PR)

Welles is opening for Dead Sara at Black Cat on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The show is sold out, but Welles has given Parklife DC a pair of tickets to give away! You can win tickets to see Welles and Dead Sara with Parklife DC.

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Book Talk: “Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen” w/ Photos by Chester Simpson — 10/24/17

Iggy Pop in S.F. 1977
Iggy Pop at the Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 1977, by Chester Simpson (also found on Page 79 of Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen).

On Oct. 24, Smithsonian Books published a vivid collection of rock photos titled Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen by Bill Bentley. Bill may have written the book, but it pools photographs from many sources, including our own Chester Simpson, who contributed seven of the 350 pictures to the project.

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Music Park: DC Music Rocks Festival @ 9:30 Club — 9/2/17

ThrowingPlates03 Throwing Plates perform at 9:30 Club on Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The 9:30 Club transformed Saturday into a showcase for some of the finest local bands DC has to offer. The brainchild of local DJ and musician Brian Nelson-Palmer, the first annual (one hopes) DC Music Rocks Festival presented five bands, each with distinct musical pedigrees.

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Music Park: Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ 9:30 Club — 11/20/16

Chris Robinson Brotherhood at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. 11/20/16
Chris Robinson performs at the 9:30 Club on November 20, 2016. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)

“Rock on, roll on, get off, get it on / Be one, be two, be all, be you…” 

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood share these guiding words of encouragement on “New Cannonball Rag,” the first single of their latest EP If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home Now, released last November.

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Music Park: Cardiac @ Ram’s Head On Stage (Annapolis, Md.) — 8/23/16

Cardiac 01 David Jonathan DiSarro sings at Ram’s Head on Stage in Annapolis, Md., on August 23, 2016.

Rock trio Cardiac recently were sitting around with the Bangles, discussing music they loved, and an idea took root.

“Susanna [Hoffs] suggested that we cover The Rolling Stones,” vocalist David Jonathon DiSarro told his audience at Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis Tuesday. “So here’s our cover of ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.'”

Joined by the Bangles’ touring bassist, Cardiac ripped through a fun cover version of the famous blues number, delighting the sold-out room with the familiar tune while also giving some insight into the band’s own inner workings. Opening for the Bangles on the girl group’s tour, Cardiac continued to hold the attention of the room with classic rock and roll delivered by David’s heartfelt voice. He’s capably complemented by soaring guitar by Jarod Woznik and rolling drums from Don Bish.

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Don’t Miss: Terry Bozzio @ The Hamilton Live, 9/20/16

Terry Bozzio
Terry Bozzio (Photo courtesy Glass Onyon PR)

In an interview with “The Idiot” many years ago, Terry Bozzio recalled how he came to audition for Frank Zappa in 1975 and approached the audition a bit differently than most drummers playing for Frank.

“The one thing I’d noticed was a lot of the drummers were sort of flaunting their chops,” Terry recalled. “I thought the least I could do was go up there and listen and try and play with the guy. So I did the best I could; sight-reading a very difficult piece, memorizing a very difficult piece, jamming with a very odd time signature — like 19 — and then playing a blues shuffle.”

Frank was impressed and Terry went on to work with him on 26 albums! But Terry got involved in many other projects as well, including the new wave outfit Missing Persons, most notably to us here at Parklife DC.

The legendary drummer does not keep still, always touring, always recording, and always innovating. In late 2015, Terry published the Terry Bozzio Composer Series via Ward Records in Japan, and this year, he launched “An Evening With Terry Bozzio” US tour. That tour comes to DC when Terry plays at The Hamilton Live on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Watch the hypnotic trailer for Terry’s “Composer Series Box Set” on YouTube:

The “Composer Series” contains 59 individual pieces of music with a painting by Terri in a booklet for each title, along with detailed liner notes for each piece, explaining the process and concept for each piece. On tour, Terry is taking an equally expansive approach.

“I’m looking forward to this extensive US tour in August to November 2016. I’ll have some new pieces to play on my big kit and hopefully some surprises for you in this new show,” Terry said in a press release.

What are you waiting for? Tickets are available online!

Terry Bozzio
The Hamilton Live
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Doors @6:30pm
$20-25
All ages