Live Review: Reckless Kelly @ Amp by Strathmore — 9/14/19

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Reckless Kelly (Photo by Carl Dunn)

Willy Braun, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of Reckless Kelly, strummed his guitar to open the band’s show at the AMP by Strathmore recently. As he got going on “Thelma,” the story of a faded country star, his brother Cody joined on him on fiddle.

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Live Review: Brittany Howard @ 9:30 Club — 8/23/19

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Brittany Howard performs at 9:30 Club on Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Brittany Howard, lead singer of the Alabama Shakes, absolutely tore down the house in a solo appearance at the 9:30 Club on Friday evening. Following an excellent opening set by the all-female rock band Thelma and the Sleaze, Brittany took to the stage to a deafening chorus of cheers.
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Live Review: The Wallflowers @ Rams Head Live — 8/23/19

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The Wallflowers at Rams Head Live, Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Towheaded and impressionable, I found Bringing Down the Horse at Sam Goody’s end-of-row display shelf in the Towsontown Mall, its stamplike W and stars drawing my eyes.  I pulled a pile of ones out of my pocket, the slowly-earned financial detritus of chores completed and change received, counting out the $16.99 required.  Then (and maybe now), spending my money filled me with some worry, concern that my decision would ruin my mood.  That, somehow, this thing I’d promised my time wouldn’t be worthy of it.

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Interview: Dan Fedoryka of Scythian (@ Appaloosa Festival @ Skyline Ranch Resort, 8/30-9/1/19)

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Scythian performs at Appaloosa Festival 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson/ Chestersimpson.com)

Dan Fedoryka of Scythian is pure joy in conversation. With the success of his Celtic-roots band, the laidback vocalist, guitarist, and accordionist is often busy planning a tour or a festival. But Dan remains generous with his time, and he is as pleasant on the phone as he is in person.

Parklife DC caught up with Dan to chat about the ever-growing Appaloosa Festival, occurring on Aug. 30-Sept. 1, and Scythian’s plans for the celebration of bluegrass, roots, and Americana. The fifth annual Appaloosa Festival will take place on Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 at the Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia.

Check out the Appaloosa Festival website for tickets and info. (After all, Appaloosa Festival won Best DC Music Festival in the inaugural Parklife DC Thrushie Awards for a reason last year!)

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Snapshots: Mark Knopfler @ Wolf Trap — 8/18/19

MarkKnopfler-1_DSC09930 Mark Knopfler performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 18, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Mark Knopfler, former frontman of Dire Straits, released Down the Road Wherever, his ninth solo studio album, last year. He dropped by Wolf Trap on a solo tour Sunday, and Jason Nicholson took some pictures!

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Preview: Brittany Howard @ 9:30 Club, 8/23 + 8/24/19

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Brittany Howard (Photo courtesy Red Light Management)

Brittany Howard, lead vocalist for the Alabama Shakes, soon will release her debut solo record, Jaime, via ATO Records. But about a month prior to that release, Brittany performs two shows at 9:30 Club on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24!

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