Just how many musicians does DC actually have? The answer is too many to count, of course, but now there's a plan is in the works to do just that. According to city officials and a story on WAMU today, look for an online census coming in January 2019. Meanwhile, I've been counting local musicians since the early 1970s starting with Fat City, The Seldom Scene and The Blackbirds. But that was just the tip of the iceberg leading to the vibrant scene we have now.
This weekend is ridiculous with gigs- all starring veteran musicians- starting tonight with The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours' early throw down at the Takoma VFW. Free show starts at 7 ends at 10- just right for the working stiff's schedule and pocketbook. Friday night The Rock-A-Sonics rip up JVs while The Hall Brothers are at the College Park American Legion-another free event and money back guaranteed good time.
Saturday night is when things get really crazy. Pick your poison, people:
Rock n roll?
The Nighthawks at JVs now with Dan Hovey tearing things up on guitar.
Big band ?
Find Eric Felten swinging the very romantic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo.
Something not in a pigeon hole?
How about the Bold Deceivers at the Takoma VFW? They describe themselves as "Satan's cabana boys take up folk" with an event they're calling " First Annual Hell's Bottom Hootenanny. " Can't argue with that.
For you nostalgic types, take a trip to fantasy land. You can catch The Beatles, The Dead, Dylan and The Band. All on one night for Pete's sake. ( i.e. The Apple Core at Jammin' Java, On the Bus AND The Bob Band at Villain and Saint. And last but not least The Last Waltz tribute at The Hamilton, but beware this show usually sells out.)