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.

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

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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.

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Snapshots: SRSQ @ Songbyrd Music House — 2/10/19

SRSQ @ Songbyrd, Washington DC, 02/10/2019SRSQ performs at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 10, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Kennedy Ashlyn, formerly of Them Are Us Too, lost her bandmate and partner in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire of 2016. Recently, she started a new project, calling it SRSQ, and she released an album, Unreality. SRSQ visited Songbyrd Music House recently, and Paivi shot the show.

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Live Review: Thomas Dybdahl @ Songbyrd Music House — 2/5/19

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Thomas Dybdahl performs at Songbyrd Music House on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Norwegian singer-songwriter Thomas Dybdahl brought his soothing folk sound to DC for a solo performance at Songbyrd Music House recently. A small yet enthusiastic and devoted crowd welcomed Thomas to the dimly-lit stage in the basement venue at Songbyrd.

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Preview: SRSQ @ Songbyrd Music House, 2/10/19

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SRSQ (Photo by Kristin Cofer)

In 2016, Cash Askew, guitarist for Them Are Us Too, died in the infamous 2016 Ghost Ship club warehouse fire in Oakland, leaving her partner Kennedy Ashlyn to start anew.

Kennedy poured her grief into a new project SRSQ, which became about rebirth. She’s continuing that journey on tour with a date at Songbyrd Music House on Sunday, Feb. 10.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2018 by Mark C.

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Sarah Shook fronts The Disarmers at Pearl Street Warehouse on Sept. 12, 2018. Mark Caicedo chose a picture from this show (but not this one) as one of his Top 10 of 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

Women have long been major influences in music history, going back to the jazz greats like Nina Simone Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald; through country legends Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly; pop icons like Bette Midler, Madonna, and Cyndi Lauper; and the rock and blues greats Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, Deborah Harry and Chrissie Hynde.

Today, while female musicians like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Pink, and Adele continue to break boundaries, local and regional bands feature women whose talent, drive and influence is just as powerful as the superstars.

My Top 10 concert photos of the year salute 2018 as the Year of Women.

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