Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Resist the cold weather coming our way. Shows are lining up this weekend like those valiant Old Dominion voters at the polls yesterday, and any one of them would be a great source of warmth. Please see DC ROCKS calendar for even more choices, but for reasons only known to the gods of Random, there are too many to write about so I'll just mention a few.
Friday night Bill Hanke recommends the free "proletarian" rock show with The Taildraggers and XMC at Hank Dietle's - a change of pace from the usual rockabilly Saturdays.
On Saturday catch up with your ancestral swing jive roots at Eric Felten's Canteen Dance in the Glen Echo Ballroom.
And last but not least, the cover charge for Cravin Dogs at El Golfo includes a free margarita or dessert. Can't beat that with a stick.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Getting that somber feeling that summer has finally left the building? We may have had an unusually warm October, but now Mother Earth is determined to tilt away from our dear old Sun- at least in this hemisphere. Time to head inside for warm things like steam heat, apple pies and live music. Here's your convenient and remarkably incomplete local music listings for November.
(Further suggestions and additions welcome.)
The Conrads / Vinyl Lounge
Thrillbillys @ JV
Justin Jones @ Pearl Street Warehouse
Rock A Sonics @ Hank Dietle's
Linwood Taylor @ JV
Ruthie's Jamboree @ New Deal
Owen Danoff @ Jammin' Java
Jumpin' Jupiter @ JV ( 4 pm)
Tribute to the Band @ The Hamilton
Eric Felten Canteen Dance @ Glen Echo Ballroom
Snake Farmers @ Hank Dietle's
Cravin' Dogs @ El Golfo
Thrillbillys @ JV
Jimmy Thackery @ Pearl Street
Dave Chappell/ Antony Pirog @ JV
Chuck Brown Band @ Pearl Street
Thanksgiving w/ Dave Chappell @ JV
Nighthawks/Skip Castro @ The State Theater
Jellyroll Mortals/ Dede and The DoRights @ Hank Dietle's
Patty Reese @ JV
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Looking for something musical to do this weekend?
I love the description of the next show from the Bold Deceivers, and the location is pretty spooky, too. At least from the outside.
"Mourn the passing of summer, celebrate a bitter harvest, and welcome the coming of cruel winter, in song! Join us at Hell's Bottom VFW, Saturday, October 28, 2017. It'll be a trick if it ain't a treat."
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Ten years ago a crew of motley pilgrims set forth on a beautiful fall day to attend the Ambassador Theater's 40th reunion. We were musicians, and history nerds; archivists and witnesses of the summer of 1967- the summer when Washington D.C. became experienced, and the Ambassador Theater was the epicenter of all things groovy.
Sure, we had Georgetown, and its smaller music clubs. Big name rock bands sometimes invaded the Alexandria Roller Rink, Georgetown's Gaston Hall and the Coliseum, but those venues were shared spaces. The Ambassador was opened by hippies, run by hippies and attracted hippies - which is why the Establishment did everything in its power to shut the place down.
I learned a lot that day. I learned that Washington. D.C. had its own scene which rivaled The Fillmore in San Francisco when you consider the amount of rock history compressed into the six months that the Ambassador existed in Adams Morgan. I learned that The Grateful Dead almost played there.
And that Jimi Hendrix did play there after escaping an ill thought out tour with The Monkees.
This Saturday local film maker Jeff Krulik and rock archivist/author Mark Opsasnick have organized a second reunion, and everyone is invited. It happens at the Showboat Lounge. Sorry -the Songbyrd Cafe- just across the street from The Ambassador, I mean the ugly bank plaza that took its place, at 2477 18th Street N.W. from 1-4 p.m.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
I love rock and roll piano, especially that classic boogie-woogie sound. I also love that Daryl Davis landed here. Daryl is one of DC's best bad ass piano players, and the only person I know who owns a collection of Klu Klux Klan formal wear. For many years now, Daryl has been on a remarkable one man mission to understand racists by befriending white men wearing hoods. (That is when he wasn't playing keys with Chuck Berry.) Check out Daryl's crazy amazing story here.
This Saturday Daryl will be hosting Chuck Berry's Birthday Party at one of the newest clubs in town- Pearl Street Warehouse. (Chuck would have been 91 yesterday.) If you didn't make it to last weekend's opening festivities down at the Wharf, this is a show well worth considering.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
What's going on behind all that chain link down at the Southwest waterfront? Last night I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview when friends and I landed tickets to two of the new venues- The Anthem and Pearl Street Warehouse. We were agog (especially us DC natives) at the transformation as we walked through a surreal landscape of not yet open shops and hard hat types scurrying to finish things deep into the night.
The Anthem will remind you of the old 9:30 Club going all the way back to the F Street location with its black decor, as well as the V Street place with its movable stage, balconies, and terrific sound system. The space easily absorbed the twenty-five hundred people there last night with everyone taking advantage of all the sight points. There's even a charging wall so your date can't use the excuse that their phone died when you lose them in this six thousand capacity joint. I'm not sure there's ever been a space this size to see a rock show in our town- not to mention on the water. I was wowed.
Pearl Street is as intimate as The Anthem is grand. Now we are back on the scale of the old 9:30, but think laid back Southern roadhouse with little tables and a checkerboard floor that can be cleared for dancing. A diner complete with counter service sits just to the side of the performance space. As one of my companions said gazing at the garage doors which will open onto the promenade on nice days, it feels like we left town. This is an all day venue which will start with breakfast at 7 a.m. and serve 'til they close. At a max capacity of three hundred, there isn't a bad seat in the house.
How to get there? The funnest way would have to be by water. Check out the new Wharf water taxi line opening tomorrow with free rides throughout the day.
P.S. Update from October 11
More photos from The Anthem's Foo Fighters preview show in which case Dave "never dial it in" Grohl gave us his all.
And we discover more people can fit in here...