Snapshots: Reel Big Fish @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 6/25/19

ReelBigFish_Fillmore
Reel Big Fish frontman Aaron Barrett poses for the camera during a performance at The Fillmore Silver Spring, June 25, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Reel Big Fish played to a packed house recently at The Fillmore Silver Spring. The southern California ska-punk band co-headlined a show with Texas-based Bowling for Soup.

Continue Reading

Live Review: The Specials @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 6/10/19

TheSpecials-17_DSC09159 Lynval Golding fronts The Specials at The Fillmore Silver Spring on June 10, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

There is a certain pleasure in watching seasoned masters of any genre showcase their chops. And so it was that the masters of ska in The Specials returned to The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, stabilized by three experienced musicians and rejuvenated by a UK #1 hit record.

Continue Reading

Live Review: Eastern Standard Time w/ The Fuss @ Songbyrd Music House — 5/24/19

Eastern Standard Time @ Songbyrd, Washington DC, 24/05/2019 Eastern Standard Time performs at Songbyrd Music House on May 24, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)

DC heroes Eastern Standard Time rounded up a lot of friends for a record release show recently at Songbyrd Music House, and the place was positively jumping for a big night of dance tunes.

Continue Reading

Preview: Capital Ska & Reggae Review @ Songbyrd Music Cafe, 5/24/19

EST_TimeForChange

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.

Continue Reading

Interview: Stephen Jackson of The Pietasters (@ Mobius Records, 4/13/19)

Pietasters
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.

Continue Reading