Live Review: Anoushka Shankar @ Sixth & I — 3/23/19

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Anoushka Shankar (center) performs at Sixth & I on March 23, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“You are like a hurricane, there’s calm in your eye, and I’m getting’ blown away…” — “Like a Hurricane,” Neil Young

You may wonder why a review about virtuoso sitar player would start with lyrics from a classic Neil Young rocker but bear with me. It will become clear soon enough. You see, Anoushka Shankar appeared at Sixth and I Synagogue for two shows recently.

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Live Review: Valerie June @ Sixth & I — 2/9/19

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Valerie June performs at Eco Festival Cabaret Vert in France on Aug. 25, 2013. (Photo by Clement Caron)

On a cold Saturday evening, singer-songwriter Valerie June took the stage with a tiny banjo before a sold-out crowd at the District’s Historic Sixth & I Synagogue. Informing the crowd the that this banjo was “the baby,” Valerie played “Somebody to Love” to kick off an evening of soulful roots.

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Don’t Miss: Dawn @ Sixth & I, 12/6/18

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Dawn (Photo by Robert Arnold)

On the heels of a DK3 Danity Kane reunion tour, DAWN (formerly known as Dawn Richard) will release a new album, titled New Breed, on Jan. 25 via Local Action/Our Dawn Entertainment. Prior to that, she will drop by Sixth & I as opener for Kimbra on Thursday, Dec. 6, in an intimate solo show.

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Music Park: Mountain Man @ Sixth & I — 10/22/18

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Mountain Man performs at the Historic Sixth & I Synagogue on Oct. 22, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Six years between tours and eight between albums seems like a long time, but for the North Carolina-based Mountain Man, it certainly doesn’t sound like years apart on their second full-length LP, Magic Ship (Nonesuch / Bella Union). Part of that reason is that recipe of rhythm and harmony that Amelia Meath, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé each add to the pot. Part traditional Appalachian folk songs and part post-modern Americana, the music created by this trio was both pleasant and off-center, an often transcendent stew that was totally engrossing at Sixth & I on Monday.

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Music Park: Fantastic Negrito @ Sixth & I — 7/25/18

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Fantastic Negrito performs at Sixth and I Synagogue on July 25, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

There’s only one Fantastic Negrito — and he was at DC’s Sixth & I recently. The historic synagogue isn’t the typical blues venue, but the Grammy Award-winning musician isn’t your typical bluesman. Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known by his current musical incarnation Fantastic Negrito, is the embodiment of new blues.

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