Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Just the mention of the numbers 1099 and W-2 make my head hurt which is why a place like Rhizome in Takoma Park is a haven and a safe space for those of us who puzzle our way through most sensible things. After the filing frenzy, allow yourself to relax this Thursday evening when a collaboration of music, film and interesting people collide. Check out "Music for Amplified Violin, Guitar, and Analog Tape," plus a rare screening of "Film" with live accompaniment.
Here's the word from Andras Fekete:
"Robin Diamond and Andras Fekete of Boat Burning, a Washington DC-based "maximum minimalist" collective, explores unexpected connections between classical music, experimental and punk. Diamond and Fekete will accompany Mia Zabelka a sound artist, violinist and vocalist on guitar, tape and keys.
In 1964, Samuel Beckett traveled from Paris to New York City to shoot "Film," a 24 minute short starring silent film legend Buster Keaton. It would be Beckett's only screenplay, and Keaton's final film appearance.
British multi-instrumentalist and film composer Tim Carless will perform a live score to the screening. Music starts with DC improvisational combo Low Ways, featuring Mark Cisneros on sax and Ian McColm on drums."
For more traditional fare please check the DC ROCKS' calendar which is overflowing this weekend with the uber talented likes of Dan Hovey, Dave Chappell, Patty Reese, The Thrillbillys and Valentine Slim. Plus check out a new venue with an old favorite... The Nighthawks are playing Union Stage- Jammin Java's sister venue at the Wharf.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
|Art by Mark Holmes|
His bar stool was at the back bar right next to the service area, and his drink was a screwdriver. An artist in his own right, he often painted the walls to defray his bar bill-especially when there was an event. A lot of people remember the club in monochrome, but actually the color would sometimes change for anniversary parties.
|Fred! Photo by Marie Broussard|
Saturday The Vi-Kings, who usually do their magical throwback psychedelic thing in Maryland, will pilgrimage across the river to JV's in Falls Church. The line up includes Joe Dolan (Beatnik Flies) Bob Berberich (Rosslyn Mountain Boys) and Bill Craig of (the) Razz.
On the other side of everything The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, with Mark Noone of Slickee Boy fame on bass, will be rocking the Takoma VFW. This is a cool and crazy little venue where you can grandly buy your friends a round and still have change from a twenty.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Not just a few of you remarked on the last DC ROCKS calendar which I put up in honor of my father who loved a good prank. Whether it was a goofy phone call or the always reliable "what did you spill on your shirt?" gag he would always roar APRIL FOOL afterwards at top volume and then laugh uproariously even if you didn't think it was funny.
For you curious cats, my April Fools' list was au current in 1979, and I plucked only a handful of items from the incredibly extensive calendar in an old Unicorn Times. Now almost all of the bands and every one of those venues are long gone except Columbia Station which is in a different place and only has the same name. (The original closed in 1984.)
Nevertheless a lot of those dates and bands were real and alive and need feeding. The Beanstalk Library and Throwing Plates are at Pearl Street Warehouse tomorrow night.
On Saturday the Leon Russel Tribute happens at the Barns of Wolf Trap another Newmyer Flyer event with a panoply of local talent, but it may be sold out already. If you are feeling less extravaganza and more come as you are, the Bold Deceivers will liven things up at the Takoma VFW.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Staying home for Spring break last week meant exploring parts of the city I don't recognize anymore like "Eye" Street NW. The people in the picture above are actually sitting in the middle of the street. What was the street. Now there's a trendy waterfall fountain and a daffodil at each table. Go figure.
Despite the cold weather hanging around like a cheap suit, the tourists are here for the cherry blossoms in droves. Don't go anywhere near the Tidal Basin for the next couple of weeks unless your plan is to see the blooms through the car window while stuck in traffic which is a beautiful thing just as long as you don't have to be anywhere anytime soon. On the other hand there are other things to do, and here's what I've got for April so far:
Grits @ Columbia Station
Snake Farmers @ New Deal
Thrillbillys @ JV
Insect Surfers @ d.c.space
Beanstalk Library /Throwing Plates @ Pearl Street
Leon Russell Tribute @ Barns of Wolf Trap
Bold Deceivers @ Takoma VFW
Razz @ Bayou
DC Music Salon/ DC's Streets Talk @Shaw Library
The Messthetics /Sarah Hughs / Kid Claws @ Black Cat
Rhodes Tavern Troubadours @ Takoma VFW
The Vi-Kings @ JV
Slickee Boys @ Psyche Delly
Thrillbillys @ JV
Dan Hovey/ Dave Chappell Happy Hour @ JV
The Nighthawks @ Union Stage
Patty Reese/ Dave Chappell 1 pm @ JV
Pegasus @ Italian Gardens
Dave Chappell (yes, again!) @ JV
Goin Goin Gone @ JV
King Soul @ Cheverly Legion
Eric Brace/ Peter Cooper and Thomm Jutz Trio @ Jammin Java