Thursday, September 26, 2013

A HAppening in HyAttstown

And here's the scoop found in an email from guitarist extraordinaire-Marshall Keith :

REVOLVE AGAIN is a free happening for all ages! With performances by Marshall Keith (Slickee Boys), Morpho (Ubangis / Date Bait / Glitch) and very special guests Jiminy Driggers, Dave Mann, Art Harrison, Do or Die and others! (Perhaps YOU?)!
Everyone is admitted to this psychedelic happening. Bring a beverage. Bring your heart. Bring your sense of adventure. Dance all night to the sounds of color.
Music. Films. More including free face and body painting by Doc Do.

Located at the Hyattstown Mill Art Project.

From Down on U to Up on Wilson

The Velvet Lounge, a bit on the decrepit side but homey sort of rock hole has supported a LOT of local music over the years on an ever changing  U Street. This Saturday power pop punk indie rock band, Club Scout will be on deck for an album release party with a free CD included in the $10 cover charge which also gets you two other bands- Golden Looks and Leland Palmer.

On the other hand out in the close in suburbs,  Elikeh's got a Togalese funk rock driven dance party going on over at IOTA with Covered in Jam and B Side Shuffle - all for $12. A great way to top off Clarendon's street festival going on all day Saturday.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

H Street Lives

Best kept secret- at least from me. Last year I was astounded to see what goes on at the H Street Festival.  Live music. Pie eating contests. Line dancing on flatbeds. A man riding a gigantic insect. DC flags and crafty things. This year is supposed to be even bigger than last, and it's a very cool thing to see this neighborhood back on its feet. Noon to 7 p.m.

Three Brainy Bands


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Curing Frigga....phobia

Are you suffering from friggatriskaidekaphobia?

I can't find the word in Webster's, ( or even begin to pronounce it) but the Skeptics Dictionary describes  "friggatriskaidekaphobia" as "a morbid irrational fear of Friday the 13th." Accordingly DC Rocks' cure for this f- word is to ignore the whole thing and seek solace in music. There's an abundance of distractions to check out this Friday depending on your mood. ( or your horoscope)

For those wanting to see familiar faces-  Tommy Keene and Deadman (Justin Jones) will be at the 9:30 Club. Local shows used to be de rigueur at the old 9:30, but these days it's unusual to see a local act headlining here. Three bands ( two local) only $15. All ages.
Please note: EARLY EARLY SHOW - First band at 5:30/ Tommy at 7:30.

Up and coming Mission South will be at Rock n Roll Hotel, and they want to introduce themselves to you:

"We're a young band of kids that have accomplished a lot in our first year of performing in DC.  We're three best friends that grew up together here, and turn out an infectious indie soul sound, that has blues rock grit and folk sensitivity.  

This Friday we'll be joined by local MD band Dirty Names, and Brooklyn prog-rockers Tauk, for what will surely be a killer time."

For those to like to dance, Little Red and the Renegades will be tearing up Haydee's in Mt Pleasant

And last but not least, I'd like to mention the Black Cat Anniversary shows, but they are sold out. Congratulations to everyone there on 20 years of great music and memories. Thank you, Dante.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

For Josh

Photo credit: Kisha Shorter

I got this email from folks at 9:30 Club this week and thought it was a good thing to pass along:
As we mourn the loss of our friend Josh "That Guy" Burdette, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of people's support and kind words. Many have asked if there is a charity to donate to in Josh's memory.  There is. Contributions may be made to a scholarship fund established in Josh’s memory at the University of Maryland College Park.  The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student from the Student Entertainment Enterprises (SEE) program.  While at UMCP, Josh participated in the SEE program and served as the president for several years.  Upon graduation, Josh continued as a mentor to other students in the SEE program. Donations can be made through and submit them to:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Imagine Saturday

Saturday night. What does it mean to you? Elton John's Saturday night's was "all right for fighting."  C'mon Elton.  What about "peace, love and understanding"?
Ok, maybe that was Elvis- as in Costello. Or was it John really? (as in Lennon)
 Or the Vi-Kings ?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Welcome Home Mr Keene

Know this guy? DC native Tommy Keene once upon a time was in a kick ass band called The Razz before he went on to projects far away. Fortunately for us now and again, we get him back.  This time he will be playing at our old stomping grounds- the 9:30 Club. It'll be a home boys' show, Saturday, September 13 with Tommy Keene, The Deadman ( featuring Justin Jones) and Hero Jr.

From Mark Noone: (former Slickee Boy)  "I've seen Tommy in bands like The Rage since the late seventies; I've seen him doing his own thing, and last year he was at his best. Great show with a killer band."

A chance for two tickets courtesy of 9:30 Club and DC ROCKS are yours if you write me at with MR KEENE in the subject box. Send a Tommy Keene story or just beg...winner picked at random on September 7.


The 9:30 Club lost a remarkable member of its family this week- Josh Burdette. Condolences to all who knew this unforgettable fellow; he will be greatly missed.