Shannon McNally performs at City Winery on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Diners heading to City Winery in Ivy City recently to see the last performance of Steve Earle’s winter residency were treated to a wonderful musical appetizer. Singer/songwriter Shannon McNally warmed up the capacity crowd with a tasty 45-minute solo set of acoustic tunes from her catalog.
LP (Photo by Darren Craig)
Laura Pergolizzi, better known by her initials LP, released Heart to Mouth, her fifth studio album, a few months ago via BMG. She’s performing in a sold-out show at the Lincoln Theatre on Feb. 19, but you can see a second show by LP at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Maryjo Mattea performs at DC9 on Jan. 11, 2019. (Photo by Paivi)
Willowy and chirpy, Maryjo Mattea did not at first seem like a performer who might draw comparisons to post-grunge women of the ‘90s. But once Maryjo started singing, she sang with gutsy fervor, eliciting smiles and dances as tunes tumbled out of her guitar and into our ear at DC9 recently.
Cheryl Wheeler (Photo by Catherine Joyce)
Folk singers Cheryl Wheeler and John Gorka shared the stage at The Birchmere on Sunday evening, taking turns playing songs and telling stories. In two sets, they entertained the crowd with their heartfelt songs and their trademark humor.
Jewel (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Jewel Kilcher visits the Lincoln Theatre for her Handmade Holiday Tour on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Pebble to Pearl performs at 9:30 Club during the DC Music Rocks Festival on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)
DC Music Rocks, a syndicated FM radio show and podcast dedicated to local music, hosted its second annual music festival at 9:30 Club recently, and a diverse lineup of bands performed, including Kid Brother, Pebble to Pearl, Fellowcraft, Maryjo Matteo, Justin Shapiro, and Allthebestkids. Paivi photographed the bands in action for Parklife DC.
Black Dog Prowl (Photo courtesy DC Music Rocks)
DC Music Rocks exists to promote music in the DMV, and the syndicated FM radio show/podcast produces the DC Music Rocks Festival, a showcase of local music, at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Aug. 18.
This year’s festival features five bands and two singer-songwriters on one big bill! Experience hip hop and funk with Allthebestkids, blues and grunge with Fellowcraft, hard rock with Black Dog Prowl, R&B and funk with Pebble to Pearl, and indie folk with Kid Brother.
And of course enjoy the work of singer-songwriters MaryJo Mattea and Justin Shapiro, both talented guitar players.