Bluebeat DC, Jump Up Records, and Songbyrd have teamed up to present the inaugural Capital Ska & Reggae Review, showcasing vintage Jamaican sounds from four incredible DC bands — ska-jazz legends Eastern Standard Time, fresh off their European tour for their hometown record release party for new studio album Time For Change, along with The Fuss, The Scotch Bonnets, and The Loving Paupers, and DJs Chuck Wren, Crown Vic’s Weird World, and Bobby Babylon — at Songbyrd Music Café on Friday, May 24.
Steve Jackson (center) and The Pietasters (Photo courtesy the band)
The Pietasters will reissue Willis, their 1997 record from Epitaph/Hellcat, on colored vinyl for Record Store Day on Saturday. Stephen Jackson and the band will play a free show at Mobius Records in Fairfax, Virginia, with The Loving Paupers and Ponytails & Cocktails. The Record Store Day show starts at 1pm! Visit The Pietasters website for more information.
Mickey McCarter of Parklife DC recently sat down with Steve over quite a few drinks to chat about the Secret History of The Pietasters. Along with our own Miyun Park and The Pietasters bassist Dave Vermillion, we discussed the ’80s DC music scene that shaped The Pietasters, some of Steve’s greatest memories in The Pietasters, and what comes next for the world’s most hyper ska band. Hilarity ensued.
Wild Belle (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Wild Belle, the brother-sister band with Natalie and Elliot Bergman, released Everybody One of a Kind, their third studio album, last week, and the duo performs at the Black Cat on Thursday, April 11. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
The Interrupters perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Rashad Polk)
Approaching the midpoint of their Fight the Good Fight Spring Tour, The Interrupters made their DC stop at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently. This show, in particular, served as a milestone for the Los Angeles-based ska-punk band.
The Pietasters (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Stephen Jackson brings his storied ska collective, The Pietasters, to 9:30 Club for the group’s annual holiday show on Friday, Dec. 28.
Reel Big Fish performs at Rams Head Live on Nov. 25, 2018. (Photo by Jules McNamara)
California ska band Reel Big Fish are not one to leave a pun unexplored, as their name suggests! And so they dropped by Rams Head Live on Sunday for a show on their The Tickle My Tiki TOURch. Jules McNamara was there to capture the action!
Black Masala performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Some bands possess a bevy of talent and personality which cannot be fully appreciated unless seen live. DC-based Black Masala is such a band. The Balkan- and funk-inspired brass band recently put on an energy-packed raucous performance at Pearl Street Warehouse, one of the cozy new live music venues at The Wharf in Southwest DC.