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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Make Love Not War

I've written about my neighbor Doug Dupin many times. He is always up to something interesting, and last Monday proved to be no exception. I was lucky enough to accompany him on an expedition which included transporting an eight by six foot space gun via pickup truck through the streets of Washington.

We  installed said project in the window of Upshur Books just in time for the Equinox and an upcoming art show.

Behold if you will.  "Baby with Deathray"  

But Doug is not alone. Over fifty participants are getting ready for Artists Against GunViolence- an event which will compliment the upcoming march this weekend. The opening reception happens this Thursday at Third Floor (above Slim's Diner) and runs from 6:00- 9:00 p.m.  Hit the link above for more details. The art show, made possible by the Ruppert family, will run through April 9th.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Tots Are Back in Town

With the recent loss of Hank Dietle's, it was nice to see the Quarry House reopen last weekend. (In case you haven't been paying attention, both of these small venues were ravaged by fire- Dietle's last month and The Quarry House three years ago.) Except for the peculiar smell which (thankfully) is gone, the dive bar atmosphere remains remarkably in tact along with their extensive beer and bourbon menu of beverages to wash down those burgers and tater tots. The juke box is back, but for now live music is a thing of the past.

Kudos to Jackie Greenbaum for saving this little piece of local bar fly history in Silver Spring.

On the musical front, axe man Dan Hovey will be having a busy week. Thursday night he'll be playing with the David Kitchen Band at JVs. I saw them a couple of weeks ago and was bowled over. Again. That unassuming shopping center always tricks me into complacency, but open the door, and it's a pre-weekend throw down with excellent chops here.

Saturday, if you want to avoid those amateur green beer drinking leprechauns, head over to the Takoma VFW for Goin Goin Gone's old school style of rock and roll. Hopefully Dan will have rested up by then, because he's on this gig, too. Please note that the gracious lads of the band will be donating most of the ten dollar cover back to restoring Hank Dietle's.

And finally on Sunday - NOT Dan Hovey but Dave Chappell and Anthony Pirog will burn down the stage at JV. Wait. Poor choice of words. How about tear up the stage?  Shred? In any case, if you call yourself a guitar connoisseur and haven't caught these two in action, then you ain't seen nothing yet.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Dispatch From DC Rocks

Three shows this Friday. Zero time to write. Here we go.

Parthenon Huxley at Jammin Java. Google him then ask yourself did I read that right? He's at a little club in Vienna? Consider this a huge opportunity.

King Soul at the Takoma VFW. Open a can of sardines and jump in. The entire joint turns into a joyful mosh pit of cheap booze and kickass music when this band takes the stage. Not for the claustrophobic.

The Laurel Canyon Tribute at the Birchmere. If you are a sucker for a time and place like no other in California, Newmyer Flyer always puts on a great show with a truck load of local talent. Worth seeing even if you do have to sit down and shut up here.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Pretty In Pink

The Park Service made its Cherry Blossom Prediction today. Peak blooms will most likely happen March 17- 20. The earliest peak on record was March 15 in 1990 and the latest April 18 in 1958 so feeling like we are a bit ahead of ourselves. Judging by my yard, things are rolling along at least a few weeks early. A bit disturbingly early at that. Hold tight you Star Magnolias. Jump the gun on Jack Frost, and those pretty white blossoms will brown out much to the dismay of my neighbor Mary and myself.

While we are waiting for the tidal basin to go pink, here's local musical considerations for the month. Please hit me up with additions. (For some reason the text size varies which is unintentional and beyond my html ken. Apologies.)

David Kitchen Band @ JV
Justin Jones/ Beanstalk Library @ The Hamilton
Music all Day n Night @ JVs:
Patty Reese/ Dave Chappell
Linwood Taylor
Goin Goin Gone @ Republic
Ruthie Jamboree @ New Deal Cafe
Parthenon Huxley @ Jammin Java
King Soul @ Takoma VFW
Laurel Canyon Tribute @ Birchmere
Fuzz queen/Candy Ambulance @ Galaxy Hut
David Kitchen Band @ JV
Goin Goin Gone @ Takoma VFW
Dave Chappell And Anthony Pirog @ JV
Tom Petty Tribute @ JV
Dave Chappel Band @ JV

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Original Rock

Nostalgia is in the air this week. Tomorrow night film makers Richard Taylor and Jeff Krulik will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Razz's first single with an early peek at their new documentary about the band. DC Salon hosts this free event at the Shaw Library at 7 p.m. Razz played back in the day when live music bars were sprinkled all over this town-places like Desperados, Columbia Station, The Far Inn, The Keg and The Bayou. Back then the Unicorn Times listed bands in categories which included "original rock," and we had a wealth of talent to choose from. Here's a Unicorn Times ad from October 1979 created by Razz's truly creative front man Michael Reidy.

On Saturday night Ruthie and the Wranglers will open for what remains of NRBQ. Although NRBQ is not from here, the band had a big following in DC, and weirdly enough, this ad appeared in the same October issue of the Unicorn Times.

Ruthie and NRBQ will be at the Hamilton which is a great place to see a show.  Once upon a time this used to be Washington's own Garfinckel's Department Store which catered to the white and wealthy. The eight story flagship emporium was built in 1929, but many decades later our friend and local rock connoisseur Patty Ferry worked there as a sales girl. She remembers when the cashiers sent money around in space age plastic tubes which travelled through vacuum powered chutes. Now three floors of this massive building are devoted to eating and drinking plus two music venues. One of these is a small club on the third floor, and the other is a state-of-the-art performance space in the basement.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Anybody Lose A Shoe?

DC ROCKS has flown the coop and migrated South for Mardi Gras which got under way this week with parades including the wonderful women of Muses last night.

Many years ago options for Mardi Gras in Washington were far and few between, but for those who can't make it to New Orleans come Tuesday, you might want to make your way down to the new Wharf in SW.  Their parade starts around 6 p.m. followed by a dance party on District Pier and fireworks of all things which reminds us we are still in the District after all.  Look for our friends The Grandsons in the parade and playing a free after party at Pearl Street Warehouse.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Get Your Gras On

Hey y'all. We are deep into carnival season which started January 6th and will end on February 13th. If you haven't got your beads on yet, kick off the celebration with a Cajun kind of New Orleans swamp party at New Deal Cafe this Saturday with Little Red and the Renegades.  Also on Saturday, the rambunctious fellows of King Soul will lay down their own Southern groove. If you want to get into their Villain and Saint show, better get tickets in advance or show up early as this is a small place for a big band.

Here's what else is going down this month...please hit me up with missing gigs....



Thrillbillys @ JV


Black Masala @ Pearl Street Warehouse


Little Red @ New Deal

King Soul @ Villain and Saint

Heavy Breathing/ TK Echo @ Comet Ping Pong

Sunday shows!

Rock A Sonics @ JV ( 1 pm)

Linwood Taylor @ JV (night)


Ruthie's Jamboree @ New Deal


Dan Hovey & the Tall Boys @ JV


Red Dress Ball W/ Eric Felten @ Glen Echo

Beatles Love Songs @ The Hamilton

(It's not just Tuesday - It's MARDI GRAS !)

Grandsons @ Pearl Street Warehouse 


Thrillbillys @ JV


Nighthawks @ Hank Dietle's

Valentine Slim @ Takoma VFW


Buddy Holly Tribute @ Bethesda Blues


DC Music Salon about Razz @ Shaw Library 7pm

Dave Chappell Band @ JV