Music Park: Melissa Etheridge @ The Birchmere — 11/27/18

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Melissa Etheridge performs at The Birchmere on Nov. 27, 2018. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Watching Melissa Etheridge on Tuesday evening at the Birchmere, one becomes aware of her phenomenal level of talent. Her husky vocals, a Great Plains-inflected Janis Joplin, have lost nothing, and they are especially impressive in a live performance. Melissa is a triple threat, however: She’s a monster guitar who plays blazing solos, and she writes fantastic songs.

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Music Park: Willie Nile @ Jammin’ Java — 11/23/18

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Willie Nile performs at the 100 Club in London on Nov. 19, 2013. (Photo by markheybo)

Veteran rocker Willie Nile and his band played Vienna’s Jammin Java on Friday on the heels of Thanksgiving. Spirits were already high after the holiday, and Willie and the boys put on a energetic show, filled with new songs and old favorites. Willie may be 70, but he remains youthful and energetic on stage, still brimming with rock ’n’ roll swagger, and he moves like a man half his age.

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Don’t Miss: Melissa Etheridge @ The Birchmere, 11/27/18

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Melissa Etheridge (Photo courtesy the artist)

Ten years ago, Melissa Etheridge released a Christmas album! In recent years, Melissa has taken Christmas on the road, performing The Holiday Show around the holidays with famous Christmas carols and her radio hits. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Melissa brings her holiday show to The Birchmere.

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Ticket Giveaway: Chris Robinson Brotherhood @ 9:30 Club, 11/9/18

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Hey folks — Parklife DC has a quick and dirty ticket giveaway for you! The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are at 9:30 Club on Friday, Nov. 9, and we have a pair of tickets. Read more to win!

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Music Park: Take Me to the River: New Orleans Live @ The Hamilton Live — 10/24/18

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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux performs with Take Me to the River: New Orleans Live in a visit to The Hamilton on Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan and Ian Neville, George Porter Jr., and several other New Orleans musical greats recently brought a NOLA party to The Hamilton recently through the Take Me to the River NOLA Live Tour.

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Music Park: Samantha Fish @ The Birchmere — 10/22/18

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Samantha Fish performs at The Birchmere on Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Somewhere on the hallowed ground between Etta James and Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Johnson, Samantha Fish is staking out her own territory. This sassy-sweet guitar slinger with a voice that both purrs and growls continues to make the claim that she stands with giants, as well. A packed, standing-room Monday night crowd at The Birchmere would no doubt agree.

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Music Park: Sleepy Creek HarFest @ Sleepy Creek [Berkeley Springs, WV] — 10/5-10/7/18

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(Empire Strikes Brass and Danny Moore in a red mask lead a parade at Sleepy Creek HarFest 2018 on Oct. 5, 2018. Photos by Chester Simpson; Words by Michael Tucker)

When I look back at every festival I attend, there is a definitive moment where everything clicks, and I have an epiphany of sorts wherein I come to understand what that festival means to me.

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