Greta Van Fleet kills it at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Chester Simpson)
A friend’s college-aged son, Patch, asked me a year ago if I had heard of this new band, Greta Van Fleet?
No, I hadn’t, and who where they? He pulled up their video on his phone and showed me. I proceeded to watch in amazement as these young kids performed their music. I was equally as amazed when I saw them headline the DC101 Kerfuffle at Merriweather Post Pavilion recently.
Greta Van Fleet (left to right: Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka) (Photo by Travis Shinn)
A “kerfuffle” is a commotion or fuss. Surely, local DC101 was thinking of something similarly disorganized when it lifted the name for its annual concert jamboree. That said, the DC101 Kerfuffle at Merriweather Post Pavilion will likely run like a well-oiled machine on Sunday, May 19, considering the high caliber of the bands performing — Greta Van Fleet, Young the Giant, The Revivalists, Tom Morello, SHAED, and The Blue Stones!
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!
Sameer Gadhia, of Young the Giant, keeps the crowd dancing all night at The Anthem on Nov. 16, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen)
Who doesn’t like to dance on a Friday night? Young the Giant showed up at The Anthem this past Friday and gave everyone a reason to dance all night. Shantel Breen went to take part in the fun.
Young the Giant (Photo by Wesley Yen)
Young the Giant released their new album Mirror Master last month via Elektra Records, and now they are ready to storm The Anthem on Friday, Nov. 16.
Ra Ra Riot (Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez)
Three consecutive nights at the 9:30 Club? Who wouldn’t love such an opportunity?
Ra Ra Riot opened for all three of the sold out Young the Giant shows (9/12-9/14). I was able to catch the second show on Tuesday, September 13th.
And Wes Miles, lead singer of Ra Ra Riot, seemed to agree about playing at the 9:30 Club, “Amazing to be here for the 2nd night in a row! The best venue in the world!”
Ra Ra Riot (Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez)
Ra Ra Riot are about to be your best friends. They open for Young the Giant at the 9:30 Club for three consecutive nights, on September 12, 13 and 14!
Currently the first two shows are sold out, so don’t delay in getting tickets for September 14th.
Ra Ra Riot are an indie rock band from Syracuse, New York. The current lineup is Wes Miles (vocals), Mathieu Santos (bass), Milo Bonacci (guitar), Rebecca Zeller (violin) and Kenny Bernard (drums).
The are touring, with the very in demand Young the Giant (three dates at the 9:30 Club after all!), for their fourth album, Need Your Light.
The single “Water” is an infectious ode to casting off your chains to free yourself. Jumping in the water is freedom.
The overall album seems to have a similarly optimistic mood and the acceptance that getting older is just part of life.
The band formed in 2005 and released their first album, The Rhumb Line, in 2008. I remember picking up the CD from the DC Library system and thinking this could be interesting. And it was, especially the songs “Each Year” and “Dying Is Fine”. They went off my radar for a while, but now it should be intriguing to see them perform live and catch up on all of their new material.
Ra Ra Riot (Opening for Young the Giant)
Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, 2016 (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016