Don’t Miss: Life on Mars @ Gypsy Sally’s, 1/6/17

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Bowie tribute band Life on Mars perform at Cary Street Cafe in Richmond, Va., on Feb. 18, 2016. (Photo courtesy Life on Mars)

A six-man band in Richmond, Virginia, aims to keep alive the spirit of David Bowie, and they are coming to DC to perform at Gypsy Sally’s on Friday, Jan. 6.

David Bowie would have turned 70 on Jan. 8, so this is a perfect opportunity to come out and salute the music icon. (Our own DJ dance party — Careless Memories: Happy Birthday, David Bowie — follows shortly after at Dodge City on Thursday, Jan. 12!)

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Ticket Giveaway: G. Love & Special Sauce @ 9:30 Club, 1/29/17

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Christmas is on Sunday! While not a holiday we often associate with the blues, sometimes that’s just how Christmas goes. And sometimes only a good bluesy song can capture our mood.

Garrett Dutton aka G. Love is a blues musician who also happens to love Christmas! He recently contributed a track to Amazon Music’s Acoustic Christmas, released Nov. 22. Give a listen to G. Love’s “Merry Christmas to You” on Soundcloud:

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Snapshots: The Reminders @ 9:30 Club – 12/16/16

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The Reminders perform at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)

Big Samir hails from Brussels, Belgium, and Aja Black was born in Queens, New York. Together, they are The Reminders, a hip hop/soul duo who got a lot of attention with their first two albums -– 2008’s Recollect and 2012’s Born Champions.

More immediately, The Reminders joined DC’s Thievery Corporation for a run of dates as an opening act on Thievery’s 20th anniversary tour, which ended with three sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (Check out Paivi’s pictures of Thievery Corporation from Friday night’s show.)

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Ticket Giveaway: The Pietasters @ 9:30 Club, 12/23/16

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The Pietasters (Photo courtesy the band)

It’s officially safe to talk about Christmas after Thanksgiving, right? No matter — it’s always a good idea to talk about The Pietasters. And The Pietasters have an upcoming Christmas show at the 9:30 Club on Friday, Dec. 23.

You’ll want to be there to skank the night away with the (currently) nine-man band under their founder Stephen Jackson, who started The Pietasters back in 1990! Although The Pietasters released their last studio album, All Day, back in 2007 on their own Indication Records, they are still a strong touring act, very much ready to blow you away with their personal blend of ska, rocksteady, soul, and punk rock.

Watch the official music video for “Out All Night,” a popular concert staple from the 1998 album Willis, by The Pietasters:

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to see The Pietasters in their Christmas show at the 9:30 Club. To win these tickets, leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment, but we would like to hear your favorite song by The Pietasters.

For the rules of this giveaway–

Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday, and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours, or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!

If you don’t win, tickets are available online.

The Pietasters
w/ Mephiskapheles, Hub City Stompers, Loving Paupers
9:30 Club
Friday, Dec. 23
Doors @ 8pm
$15
All ages

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Don’t Miss: Shirelles w/ Leonard, Coleman & Blunt @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club — 11/11/16

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The Shirelles (Photo courtesy Beverly Lee)

The Shirelles had a string of great hits in the ’60s as one of America’s leading girl groups, yielding such classics as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Tonight’s the Night.”

Today, original Shirelle Beverly Lee leads a trio that captures the forlorn soul and uplifting doo-wop harmonies. The Shirelles are visiting Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club tomorrow for a Salute to the Troops on Veterans Day!

Capture the magic of the Shirelles with Beverly Lee as they perform “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” in 1964 via YouTube:

As a reader of Parklife DC, you can use a 50% off code when buying your ticket. Simply enter code VETBBJ in the “Promo Code” box when you are on the ticket purchasing page.

As an added bonus, the Shirelles are bringing another trio along with them — the legendary Leonard, Coleman, and Blunt, formerly of The Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters. DC native sons Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman, and Joe Blunt have served as lead singers in those iconic vocal groups, crooning songs like “Every Ready Love” by The Temptations, “Only You” by The Platters, and “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters.

Tickets are available online (and don’t forget the 50% off discount code VETBBJ)!

Shirelles
w/ Leonard, Coleman & Blunt
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Friday, Nov. 11
Doors @6pm
$45-$55
All ages

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Music Park: Morris Day @ Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club — 10/14/16

Morris Day 19 Morris Day performs with The Time at Bethesda Blues and Jazz on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The always stylish Morris Day removed a handkerchief from his jacket pocket and dabbed his forehead. More than halfway through a show under intense lights, the singer and band leader of The Time began reacting to the heat.

“I know what you’re thinking,” Morris said from the stage of Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Friday night. “Morris Day is breaking out into a sweat on stage.

“But that’s not the case!” he countered. “Morris Day is like a fine bottle of champagne. When you take a bottle of champagne out of the refrigerator, what does it do? It undergoes condensation! So like that champagne, I’m condensating!”

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Music Park: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic @ 9:30 Club — 9/24/16

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George Clinton at Openluchttheater Rivierenhof in Belgium on June 18, 2011 (Photo by Tom Van Ghent)

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (P-Funk) brought the house down on Saturday at DC’s 9:30 Club!

The audience embraced the spirit of the band as they awaited the show, dancing to the music that was playing in the venue. This was something new to me. I have never seen so many people enjoying the music played before a set. It was clear the mood of the night was set as soon as people walked through the doors.

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