Live Review: Sam C. Jones and The Sinners @ Jammin’ Java — 5/23/21

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Sam C. Jones performs at Jammin’ Java on May 23, 2021. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Sam C. Jones is a threat. Or better said, a triple threat. After experiencing his two-set performance at Jammin’ Java this past Sunday evening, I was blown away by his singing and guitar chops, his dance moves, and the ease with which he commands a stage.

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Song of the Day: “On the Way Downtown” by Dave Alvin

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Dave Alvin (Photo by Chip Duden)

Legendary troubadour Dave Alvin shares the Victor Krummenacher-directed video for “On the Way Downtown,” in memory of Gene Taylor, Chris Gaffney and Amy Farris.

The track appears on Dave’s The highly praised album, From An Old Guitar: Rare and Unreleased Recordings.

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Preview: Jumpin’ Jupiter @ The Birchmere, 7/18/20

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Jumpin’ Jupiter (Photo courtesy the band)

Virginia rockabilly band Jumpin’ Jupiter has been entertaining the DC region for decades! They are always a welcome sight — and sound! — and never more so as area clubs begin to carefully welcome the return of bands to their stages.

Jumpin’ Jupiter next rocks down The Birchmere on Saturday, July 18.

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Live Review: Reverend Horton Heat @ Black Cat — 12/15/19

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The Reverend Horton Heat performs at Black Cat on Dec. 15, 2019. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

As the year winds down, we enter a period of mandatory social gatherings. There’s the ugly sweater parties, the holiday party at the office, Chanukah with the in-laws, Christmas dinner at a tableful of third and fourth cousins… but the one holiday event that should truly be mandatory went down recently at the Black Cat. The Reverend Horton Heat came through town for the 2019 edition of Horton’s Holiday Hayride.

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Live Review: Thelma and the Sleaze @ 9:30 Club — 8/23/19

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Thelma and the Sleaze performs at 9:30 Club on Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Nashville all-female rock band Thelma and the Sleaze got some well-deserved exposure recently, opening for Brittany Howard at the 9:30 Club for two nights. By turns, they were hilarious, crude, and brash. Led by their charismatic frontwoman LG, the band also includes Whiskers (guitar), Queenie (bass), Cootchie (keys), and Snowflake (drums). Together, they entertained the sold-out house and laid down some heavy jams.
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Live Review: Stray Cats @ Wolf Trap — 8/13/19

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Stray Cats, from left to right: Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom (Photo by Russ Harrington)

From the balcony, in a rickety old theatre in Rochester, New York. That’s where I first saw the Stray Cats perform, back in 1984. And when they started rocking, that balcony pitched up and down in a way that probably should have concerned us a bit more. But it was college, we were cool, and the band left us little choice — you couldn’t have sat still for this one. I walked into that show all those years ago a casual attendee, and left a dedicated fan.

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Live Review: The Legendary Shack Shakers @ City Winery — 8/11/19

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The Legendary Shack Shakers perform at City Winery on Aug. 11, 2019. (Photo by Rik Goldman)

The Legendary Shack Shakers played, sang, hollered, and sweated their way through seventy-five minutes of pure Southern Gothic madness at City Winery recently.

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Preview: Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart @ Wolf Trap, 7/31/19

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Steve Miller Band (Photo by David Woo)

The Steve Miller Band joins forces with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives for a show dubbed “An Amazing Evening of Original American Music: Classic Rock Meets Classic Country” at Wolf Trap on Wednesday, July 31!

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