Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Slickee Boy Sighting This Saturday?

It's happening at Joe's Record Paradise in Silver Spring at 3 p.m.

A be there or be square kind of thing

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hulas Rally for Giegerich

Hula Monsters @ Surf Club by DC ROCKS

If you missed Dave Giegerich's memorial last January, then you missed an incredibly musical day because Dave was an incredibly musical man. (Check out The Slide Man in the Baltimore City Paper to get an idea of what went on.)

Although their fearless leader has left this world, the Hula Monsters are soldiering on with two tribute shows for Dave coming up. The first one is this FRIDAY April 29 brought to you by the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theater in Baltimore. The second will be on Sunday, June 19 on the other side of the world at the Birchmere in Virginia.

Both shows will feature original Hula Monsters, past and present, plus a melee of different Americana musicians from bluegrass to country to roots. (You couldn't pin Dave down, nor hold him back.)
These events will help raise college funds for his sons, Axel and Carter.

So break out the Hawaiian gear, dust off those Tiki mugs and get ready for a lot of music- the Giegerich way.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Factory Fans Unite

They're baaack. Maybe it's the unrest in the labor force, but whatever the case DC's own Factory is having a reunion this THuRSDAY night at Surf Club LIVE.

Back in the day The Factory opened for bands like Iggy Pop and The Ramones, but "much like predecessors New York Dolls, Stooges and Dead Boys, The Factory burned like a Roman candle, then disappeared into the night."

So drive toward the light and help JB keep live music alive in Hyattsville.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day and Noir

It was a beautiful spring afternoon at the Kensington Book Festival yesterday. A warm wind set the pace, and sunshine played in the newly green trees- almost a direct contrast to the atmosphere set by the Nighthawks backing up George Pelecanos. If you missed this slice of DC history, check out Michelle Laizure Wilson's video of the event. (Thanks Michelle for capturing the scene.)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kensington Rocks the Reader

Books and bands. Who thought this one up? What a cool idea.
This SUNDAY Kensington celebrates the Day of the Book with over 100 local authors and live music. From 11-4 you can wander around, see bands and participate in literary activities of all sorts for all ages. Play chess with a master, have your old books evaluated or step up to the mike yourself if you have a hankering to share your own writing with the Public at Large.

Don't miss multi-talented native son, George Pelecanos reading from his newest book The Cut while the Nighthawks back him up. (Man, who thought that one up?)

Nighthawks will be playing between 2 and 4.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

DC Might Be a Colony But We're Brewing by Lyn1 and 2

Sure, there has always been beer in Washington which has kept us only slightly mollified about not having full voting rights. And yes, local politics are brewing with the arrest of our Mayor and council members yesterday during their Congressional protest. However there is good news on the horizon with the launching of DC Brau

DC's newest brewery is ready for business. DC Brau's first tapping, a pale ale rumored to be fantastic, will be introduced this Friday, April 15 at Meridian Pint in celebration of Tax Relief and Public Ale Launch Day.

Love their logo, love their choice of dates and themes, and love that DC is going to move on to the country's brewing map. Way to go DC Brau.

Learn more about DC Brau on their website. They're on Facebook too.
DC raise a pint to voting rights!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Learn Something Every Day Space Fans

Everybody knows Yuri's Night is coming up this Saturday so why not do something completely different this year? Go see the Atomic Mosquitos at that cool new art space the Artisphere.

Okay I had no idea what it was until the Mosquitos crew enlightened me:

"What is Yuri's Night?

April 12, 1961 Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin embarked on the historic first manned space flight.Twenty years later on April 12, 1981, the US launched the first space shuttle flight.

We think that's something worth celebrating!

Every year on April 12, Yuri's Night parties are held all around the world; it's like the Cinco de Mayo for Space." 

Besides the Mosquitos set, the Artisphere promises "an intergalactic variety show." 

Sounds like a blast.

Tickets $20 in advance- $25 at the door.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dance On D.C.

Max Blob's Bavarian Biergarten has been veering in and out of the consciousness of the local music scene for decades now. Known for its Polka dances in days gone by, Blob's has also seen bands like the Slickee Boys hired for summer parties, and all kinds of shenanigans. Situated on acres of land, the owners tried to sell the place a while back, but one bonus of a weak economy was no sale!

For now they are soldiering on- still a restaurant and beer hall, still hosting dances. Here's the scoop from local dance aficionado Ben Pagac:

"This Friday night's dance fuses two American genres in one evening. Louisiana Zydeco meets Texas style rockin' Honky-tonk when Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble team up with Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys!

Big Dance Floor / Good German Food / Plenty of Free Parking / $15 / Bucolic Setting / Kid Friendly / 8-Midnight/ Turbo-Air Schnapps Vault / Huge Beer Selection / Delightfully Dark Twisty Entrance Road / Cool Prohibition History / Watch Out for that Deer"

Thank you, Ben- and be sure to read Ben's piece on Blob's at Washington DC My Hometown.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Get Over Wednesday Here

By the time Wednesday night rolls around you can say you are almost through this work week. Let Club Scout push you over the edge at their party at the  Black Cat tomorrow night.

$8 bucks All Ages Venerable Venue

Friday, April 1, 2011

Barn Dogs Don't Bite

What happened 25 years ago?

Stevie Wonder called to say I love you.
Sony and Philips introduced the first commercial CD player.
And a gallon of gas cost $1.10.

Yes, a lot has changed since 1984 when the  Cravin Dogs were just puppies, but the band is still together, and you can join in the celebration of their 25th anniversary this Saturday night at the Barns of Wolftrap which is always a wonderful place to see a show.