Marco Benevento shakes up The 8×10 on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Shantel M. Breen)
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.
This year has been a music filled year for me. I have managed to make it to over 80 shows in 2018 and some of these shows I had the pleasure of reviewing for Parklife DC. As I wrap up my concert calendar for this year, I started reflecting on my most memorable shows for 2018. I focused on shows that I felt were excited to photograph or the performance left an impression on me. In most cases, the shows in my Top 10 were the first time seeing the band perform and consequently, winning me over as a new fan. Listed in chronological order, my Top 10 will take you through 2018 and hopefully remind you of some great musical memories as well!
Lydia Night fronts The Regrettes at Union Stage on Dec. 6, 2018. (Photo by Christopher Smyth)
A recording of Abba’s “Dancing Queen” brought the crowd to sing-a-long status just as The Regrettes took control of Union Stage recently.
Cold War Kids perform at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on June 17, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen)
Formed in 2004, indie rockers, Cold War Kids, from Long Beach California, are still going strong. Following an appearance at the Firefly Festival, Cold War Kids stopped by Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Sunday, and Shantel Breen went to check out the show.
Martin Gore performs with Depeche Mode at Capital One Arena on Sept. 7, 2017. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: ConspiracyCaptures/GrillworksBen)
The year 2017 was a good year for revisiting old friends as they returned to remind us that they truly still “got it.” In the past year, Parklife DC reviewed a great deal of musicians and bands, and the performances that really distinguished themselves often came as something of a pleasant surprise.
Lydia Night fronts The Regrettes at Black Cat on March 22, 2017.
The Regrettes, a Los Angeles garage punk quartet collectively barely out of high school, dropped by Black Cat Wednesday to give a lesson in delivering kinetic, whipsmart songs to us older folks.
The Regrettes (Photo by Jen Rosenstein)
Fresh from SXSW, Los Angeles punk quartet The Regrettes are hitting Black Cat on Wednesday, March 22.