Snapshots: Jon Cleary @ The Hamilton Live — 3/5/19

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Jon Cleary performs at The Hamilton on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Grammy Award winner Jon Cleary and his band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, brought their Mardi Gras vibe to DC recently for a Fat Tuesday celebration at The Hamilton Live.

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Live Review: Steep Canyon Rangers @ The Hamilton Live — 1/25/19

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Steep Canyon Rangers perform at Merlefest on April 28, 2016. (Photo by CP Thornton)

The Steep Canyon Rangers nodded to DC’s strong bluegrass history in a lively concert that showcased their unusual configuration and a few pleasant surprises at The Hamilton Live on Friday.

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Live Review: Town Mountain @ The Hamilton Live — 1/18/19

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Town Mountain performs at The Hamilton Live on Jan. 18, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

[Editor’s note: This piece has been updated on Jan. 22, 2019, to reflect details of the show.]

In August, Rolling Stone listed Town Mountain in its 10 Country Artists You Need to Know. Although the band has been around for a more than a decade, and it has won International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, it’s reaching a new level on the back of its latest album, 2018’s New Freedom Blues, released last year, which casts a sonic bridge between bluegrass and Americana. Town Mountain justified that new level of respect in a show at The Hamilton Live on Friday.

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Live Review: Leyla McCalla @ The Hamilton Live — 1/11/19

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Leyla McCalla performs at The Hamilton Live on Jan. 11, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

I was looking forward to a good show to kick off 2019 — and Leyla McCalla’s scheduled performance at The Hamilton Live seemed like just the ticket. What I experienced though was far from merely “good.” Instead, Leyla’s performance was mesmerizing, sensual, joyous, and exquisite… adjectives that describe far more accurately her unique blend of traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music (with American folk and gospel thrown into the mix as well).

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