Monday, May 30, 2011
It's been a long time since we rock and rolled with 7 Door Sedan, but the opportunity presents itself this Wednesday night, June 1. I'm not sure why I think of June as the month of "new" things, though last night when listening to Led Zeppelin, I recalled that it was June of 1974 when I fell in love with the band that Ed says "most girls don't like as much as you do." Anyway, 7 Door Sedan might evoke guitar and song-writing heroes. Mr. Page comes to mind, and last night Mott the Hoople's All the Young Dudes gave me pause to think about the Glenn, Ken, Josh interplay. But they are by no means regurgitating anything. They're something different, and it's about now with new songs for you loyal fans to check out too. (Note: none of this guitar talk is meant to diminish the driving force - primal percussionist Norman.)
Top it off with The Charm Offensive, who call themselves "smartypants" rock and roll, and you've got a great mid-week new June line-up at DC9. Starts at 8:30 to make an early night for those of you who aren't out of school yet.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
**Please note: this show was cancelled- however rumor now has it that Taj Majal will play.***
Memorial Day is sort of late this May, but it is actually right on time being on the exact day it should be on- May 30th. Before Monday madness took over, we had random days of the week off like Lincoln's birthday each year on February 12th and Washington's birthday on February 22nd. (It was sad when a school holiday fell on a Saturday, but we really felt jipped when they icombined the two into Presidents' Day.)
Anyway Memorial Day is upon us which basically means you can: break out the hot dogs, bring on the outdoor rock shows and wear white again. Speaking of white, an astounding thing is happening this weekend. Chocolate City is descending upon Rockville, Maryland. Yes, George Clinton and PFunk are landing the mother ship THIS SUNDAY in the "vanilla suburbs" with a free holiday concert.
Follow the love, starchildren-and let the summer begin!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The rapture thing didn't work out last Saturday, but it's good to be reminded that life is finite for most of us on this planet, and now we have a little time left to make each day count. JB over at the Surf Club is making that effort every Thursday -putting together live music shows-rounding up bands, ordering booze, taking pictures, and playing the congenial host. All you have to do is show up!
This Thursday check out this rather stellar line-up. Scott Ramminger and the Crawstickers features one of our area's hottest guitar heroes Dave Chappell. Also on the bill are 16 year old hot shot Andy Poxon- and Moonshine Society. Remind yourself that life is not just on screen. Twelve clams at the door can get you in to see the real thing.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I met Robert Egger about a hundred years ago when the smoky old 9:30 Club had happy hours, and Mark Hall was multitasking as VDJ and bartender. (It was so long ago I don't think the word "multi tasking" referred to humans.) Robert was disturbed at the amount of decent food ending up in restaurant dumpsters, and he wished that surplus could somehow get to people in need. And Robert made that happen with DC Central Kitchen.
It's amazing to see how far both the Kitchen and the 9:30 have come since then, and both are still connected. This Sunday the 9:30 Club is donating itself with Soundbites- a big party/ benefit for DC Central Kitchen featuring samples from 25 restaurants and 5 bands including the Pietasters and Troublefunk. (Trouble alone could have filled the evening, but leave it to 9:30 to take it over the top.)
Early! This event starts at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Hungry For Music- a great organization that keeps trying to give the music back. You could donate that old didgeridoo in the attic or even better, this Saturday make your way over to the Takoma Park Auditorium where the RTTs plus The Grandsons Jr will be playing a benefit concert. Two fun bands- one great cause.
Bring your inner child or in-house urchin.
Bring your inner child or in-house urchin.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Warm weather brings the good and the bad. Mostly good if you discount the alarmingly prolific tiger mosquito population and the new pesky guy in town- the stink bug. ( I could also lump in spiders, gnats, wasps and slugs, but will try and stop here before I insult an entire phylum.)
In the good column are all the free concerts and festivals that will spring up from now until Fall. ( Hey, that was good wasn't it? Spring until Fall?) This weekend the Bethesda Arts Festival will run Saturday and Sunday, and The Taste of Wheaton on Sunday only. Lots to do, and thanks to all that concrete, not much arthropoda to worry about.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Alt country, roots rock, whatever they are calling it nowadays IOTA usually has it going on.
This THURSDAY there are a bunch of veteran DC rockers not in rocking chairs, but still gigging and out on a week night, too. Bands include: The Ruins, Jonathan Mudd and Cal Everett. (You might remember Cal from 4 out of 5 Doctors)
Check out all the great beers on draft or, if you like to walk on the wild side- the coffee is out of this world.
$12 at the door.