Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2018 by Chris

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Greta Van Fleet performs at 9:30 Club on July 20, 2018. Chris Smyth chose another photo from this show as one of his 10 Best of the Year. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

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.

When I was asked to write a piece about my 10 favorite photos from the past year, initially I was very excited to do it. It seemed like an enjoyable way to recap what has been an exciting year of concert coverage. I joined Parklife DC in March, but as of this writing, I have been fortunate to have covered 21 shows, and I produced a total of 28 reviews. This has been far more fun than I ever could have imagined.

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Music Park: Nicole Atkins @ Wolf Trap — 11/14/18

NicoleAtkins13 Nicole Atkins performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap on Nov. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

“This is a song I co-wrote with my ex-boyfriend,” Nicole Atkins said with a sly grin at Wolf Trap recently. “He didn’t know we were dating.”

The he in question was rockabilly hero Chris Isaak, who collaborated with Nicole on her fourth full-length album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, which was published last yeare via Single Lock. About half of Nicole’s concert at The Barns at Wolf Trap was dedicated to that latest album.

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Music Park: Dawes @ Wolf Trap — 8/23/18

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Dawes performs at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Aug. 6, 2017. (Photo by Tim Carter)

Headlining their largest show to date, SoCal folk rock band Dawes brought their literate melodies to Wolf Trap on Thursday. The quartet of Taylor (guitar, vocals) and Griffin (drums) Goldsmith, Wylie Gerber (bass), and Lee Pardini plied their classic Laurel Canyon sound to a highly appreciative, diverse audience.

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Music Park: Ann Wilson (of Heart) @ Wolf Trap — 8/20/18

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Ann Wilson of Heart performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Some songs, no matter when I hear them, cause my memory to immediately jump back in time to a random moment of my childhood. When Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Ann Wilson (of Heart) took the stage at Wolf Trap recently and sang “Barracuda,” the iconic galloping guitar riff immediately drew my memory back to a warm summer day many, many years ago at my childhood community pool.

“Barracuda” was playing on the pool’s PA system (courtesy of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR) when I learned to dive through a hula-hoop into the deep end of the pool. For some reason, I will always associate the song with that memory.

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Music Park: Jeff Beck @ Wolf Trap — 8/20/18

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Jeff Beck performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 20, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Several years back, Rolling Stone Magazine published its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (once for Yardbirds and once on his own) Jeff Beck is No. 5 on that list. He played at Wolf Trap recently, and seeing him live is another item crossed off my bucket list.

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Music Park: The Revivalists @ Wolf Trap — 8/19/18

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David Shaw of The Revivalists shares a moment with a fan at Wolf Trap on Aug. 19, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Every Sunday, around sunset, my emotional slide into a pre-work week slump begins, but not this past weekend. This Sunday, I took a trip to the Filene Center at Wolf Trap to catch The Revivalists. The 8-piece band from New Orleans provided a heavy dose of high-energy alt-rock that was the perfect cure for the Sunday blues.

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