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Black Sabbath’s Final Sermon
“What is that stands before me? Feathered and black / That points at me?”
Mat Kearney Takes the Stage at Wolf Trap
Folk rocker Mat Kearney and rock band NEEDTOBREATHE played small shows together 10 years ago, and now...
EDM Takeover: Moonrise Festival in Baltimore
The electronic dance music (EDM) scene is a culture in and of itself.
This Month in Music: August 2016
Here are our best bets for music in August.
Nathaniel Rateliff’s Music Is Helping America Get Through the Night Sweats
Take your pick of any number of articles about Nathaniel Rateliff over the past few months, and they’ll all tell you...
Buckeye + Bear: The Buzz Behind Dupont’s Newest Live Music Venue
If you’re on the hunt for a place to watch the Olympics this month, Dupont Circle’s newest live music venue and sports bar has you covered.
DJ rAt’s Spin on Latin Dance Music Inspires Cultural Awareness
When she throws parties and gets behind the turntable as DJ rAt, the most important notion that Peruvian-born, DC-based Kristy Chavez-Fernandez...
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Justin Trawick Keeps the Music Playing
“My name is Justin Trawick and I write songs and play them for people.” The first line in Trawick’s Tumblr intro makes...
Dr. Dog Finds Pop Music in a Swamp
The phrase “psychedelic swamp” could be a chapter title in a Hunter S. Thompson memoir.
Talking Style and Songs with LP
LP is fun to talk to.
‘The Voice’ Alum Terry McDermott Plays Songbyrd in Adams Morgan
Terry McDermott isn’t just a runner-up from NBC’s 'The Voice.'
Finger-Picking Guitarist Willy Porter Comes to The Hamilton
At 11 years old, Wisconsin-based musician Willy Porter had learned to play his first song...
Tunes in the Triangle at Mount Vernon Triangle 2016
Live music returns to Mount Vernon Triangle...
Budweiser Music Series at Nats Park 2016
Budweiser Music Series at Nats Park
Rock the Row at Pentagon Row 2016
Hot bands and cold beer return to Pentagon Row for the annual Rock the Row series.
“Scary” Talented Artist Emily King Hits DC
It’s been a year since the release of Emily King’s latest album, The Switch...
Bob Dylan Captures That Old Feeling at Wolf Trap
How do you keep moving forward? It is a question that plagues every artist...
Everything’s Perfect with Young Rapids
DC’s Young Rapids have been categorized as everything from indie to art rock to dream pop...
Yonder Mountain String Band Comes to Merryland Music Fest
The original members of Yonder Mountain String Band had no intention of...
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas Come to Verizon Center
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas probably couldn’t have imagined their new tour when they met...
DJ Baby Alcatraz Keeps Vinyl and Soul Alive in the Nation's Capital
When talking to DC area favorite DJ Baby Alcatraz, you immediately feel a breath of fresh air...
This Month in Music: July 2016
Widely held as one of the greatest songwriters of all time...
Top Picks at The Hamilton in July
Head down to the Hamilton, a uniquely designed, state-of-the-art venue...
DJ Provoke Brings His Progressive Funk to the DC Dancefloor
For stalwart DC house and disco DJ Patrick Gordy...
Mayer Hawthorne Brings New Tunes to 9:30 Club
“Whatever it is, it gots to be funky.”
The Grateful Dead Comes Back to Life: Dead & Company at Jiffy Lube Live
At first glance, Dead & Company may not have made much sense.
Grrls Rule at DCJazzFest at The Yards
When many people consider jazz, they think of horns and the men who played them.
This Month in Music: June 2016
Natives of DC and graduates of the prestigious St. Albans school...
DC Brings the Funk: U Street’s Funk Parade
There’s no disputing that Washington, DC – the birthplace of go-go music – can bring the funk.
Cage the Elephant at Merriweather Post Pavilion
When Cage the Elephant entered the studio last year to work on their fourth album...
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros burst onto the scene in a big way with their 2009 hit single “Home.”
This Month in Music: May 2016
Find the top concerts this month.
DJ Ayes Cold Brings Global Beats to DC’s Dance Scene
When On Tap learned that DJ Ayes Cold’s five years of experience as a DJ...
Tal Wilkenfeld Painting Out Of Her Corner
When rock music moved from the club and the theater into the arena space...
Sounds of Summer at Yards Park 2016
The summer comes alive at Yards Park on Friday nights.
This Month in Music: April 2016
Retro, Southern-fried soul gets an energetic update when local eight-piece outfit King Soul hits the stage.
Live at 9:30 Hits National Airwaves
The 9:30 Club isn’t just DC’s favorite concert venue...
The Hidden Ace of DC Singer Alison Carney
Alison Carney is a testament to the great talent that can be found in the DC music community...
DJ Cleveland Browne
DJ Cleveland Browne Blends Classic Ideals and Timeless Grooves
Scythian Takes the Stage at ShamrockFest
A family of second-generation Ukrainian immigrants playing Irish music...
The Transformation of Tal Wilkenfeld
At 29 years old, Australian fusion musician Tal Wilkenfeld has a resume...
DJ SAAM at ShamrockFest
Eleven years in and Montgomery County-born DJ SAAM...
The ‘Starlight’ Shines for Muse
The most rock ‘n’ roll part of Muse’s spectacular spectacle of arena rock...
2CELLOS Come to DAR Constitution Hall
Two Croatian cellists post a YouTube video of themselves playing Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”
In the Mix with DJ Bo
Cameroon is probably the last location you’d think to go searching...
New Year's with St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Hundreds of artists play 9:30 Club every year, but how many of them can say that they have attended shows at DC’s landmark music venue? Paul Janeway, the dynamic, show stopping front man and...
Lloyd Dobler Effect’s Holiday Experience
Looking for a Washington-area holiday extravaganza that’s more contemporary and rocks harder than seasonal standbys like the "Nutcracker Suite" or "Handel’s Messiah?" Then consider putting...
In the Mix with DJ CYD
Though no longer known as DJ Charity, after three years as a professional Falls Church, Virginia native Cyndi Tran has evolved into DJ CYD, and the idea of “giving back” has moved past dollars and...
Photos: Dark Star Orchestra at 9:30 Club December 3, 2015
Fans enjoyed DSO's tribute band to the legendary rock group The Grateful Dead. DSO has been entertaining since 1997, behind the mission to "continuing the Grateful Dead concert experience." Photos: Mark Raker
REVIEW: Declassified, In Motion: Ben Folds at The Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center has often bridged the gap between the classical and popular worlds before—most recently with Kendrick Lamar’s divine performance of To Pimp a Butterfly with the NSO Pops—but Declassified is not so much a bridge between two worlds as it is a portal to the classical one.
REVIEW: Dave Damiani Shoots for the Moon
It can be a difficult thing when multiple musical foci are competing for attention on the same stage. Rush are somehow able to divide attention evenly and fairly; Clarence Clemons would form the perfect duo with Bruce; but in big band jazz, it’s another story, especially in vocal big band jazz.
REVIEW: 'Free to Rock’ Asks Us To Reconsider the Power of Culture
The question is nearly as old as humanity itself. Which is the more effective tool to end a war: words or weapons? Here, in Washington, DC, we often enjoy playing up both as the choice armaments of the United States of America for confronting and ending conflict.
Celebrating a Rich Music History: The Mansion on O Street
What is the O Street Mansion? Structurally, it’s five interconnected townhomes boasting over 100 rooms and some 70 secret doors. But aesthetically, it’s something more. It’s a B&B. It’s a museum. It’s a private social club. It’s a free residence for artists. Renowned for its privacy and decadence, civil rights pioneer, Rosa Parks lived at the Mansion for 10 years.
Review: Public Image Ltd. Brings Old-School Rebellion to U Street Music Hall
In their earliest days, both the US and UK punk scenes lived by the rock 'n' roll rally cry written by Pete Townshend for the Who in 1965: “I hope I die before I get old.” Some followed the call into oblivion and left the punk world before they and it got supposedly commercialized and artistically weak.
Finger on the Pulse: A Decade of Dance in DC
Within the past decade, dance music and DJ culture in the Nation’s Capital has emerged as a stalwart local product that offers significantly more than ever before. DC’s scene has developed acts, invented and incubated progressive genres, supported top-tier venues and more. By upping the worldwide standard for excellence in all facets of the dance industry, Washington, DC has set a success-laden precedent.
REVIEW: Love Is Just a Call Away: Carly Rae Jepsen Kicks Off “Gimmie Love” Tour
There is something to be said about the power of pop classicism. While innovation is, of course, always the obsession on the frontiers of the wider musical landscape, there is an undeniable and powerful draw that comes from the building blocks of the past. Reinterpretation is as much a form and measure of artistic ability as making the next, the new, the never-heard-before.
REVIEW: Celebrating Twenty Years of Garbage at the 9:30 Club
The word "garbage" conjures a smattering of sights and sounds, none of them particularly flattering. Words we often associate with garbage include waste, sludge, stench, disgust, vile, and decay. 'Anniversary tours, especially in celebration of particular albums, are often associated with similar terms.
10 Hot Local Musicians To Put On Your Radar
Ace Cosgrove has only been rapping for four years and is already making ripples in the big pond of hip-hop. In the short time since he’s started rapping, Ace has played plenty of underground hip-hop shows in the DMV, dropped two albums in 2014, and dropped his soulful mixtape Baby Needs Food earlier this year. Along the way he’s been featured, reviewed, and had his praises sung by BET, VIBE, Pigeons and Planes, XXL, NPR, Complex, Earmilk and many more.
Songbyrd Café A Different Kind of Music Experience
The 18th Street stretch in Adams Morgan is famous for its hybrid music venues. Madams Organ (both incarnations), Bossa, Bukom Café and others provide an energizing mix of all types of cuisines and sounds nearly every night of the week. But Songbyrd Music House and Record Café, the new aural eatery and avenue of entertainment (open at 2475 and 2477 18th Street) offers an entirely new attraction to one of DC’s cultural centers.
Local Grooves & Cocktails with Max Lanocha of Gypsy Sally’s
We are a music venue in Georgetown. Aside from our venue, you have Blues Alley, but there is really no other live music in Georgetown. This area used to be the spot for music back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, as everyone who comes in the door tells me. All the old school DC folks tell us how glad they are to have us here now because it gives them a reason to come back out and see acts that you would not necessarily see elsewhere. It’s a mix of local and regional musicians, as well as larger national acts, but not necessarily with the draw of say the 9:30 Club, at least in this area.
REVIEW: A Genre-Bending Night with The Mavericks
To say that The Mavericks have a signature sound is a bit of an understatement – after seeing them live at the State Theatre in the City of Falls Church on Friday night, it’s clear that they’re a group of musicians who can transition from one genre to the next in a matter of notes, and love every second of it.
Hemming Preludes Higher Truth at Strathmore
Filling the cavernous space of a venue like Strathmore's Music Center is a heroic task for orchestras, big bands, and other various sized groups but alone the cathedral-like space—or as Chris Cornell joked later that night "some Star Wars, council chamber type room..."
Review: Singing of Tomorrow with Stevie Wonder
“Would you still be happy, in 2015, living in village ghetto land?” This is the question that Stevie Wonder posed during the song of the same name at his second—technically third—go around in the District with his Songs in the Key of Life Performance” tour.
Finding the Higher Truth: Chris Cornell Solo at Strathmore
Cornell took a circuitous route to being on stage solo, just him and a guitar. While he’s been an acoustic songwriter for many years, he’s known around the world primarily as a powerhouse rock vocalist, fronting, first, the hugely influential Seattle band Soundgarden, and then the 2000s rock supergroup Audioslave.
In the Mix with Jacq Jill
“First name Jacq, last name Jill. I wanted to choose a name that I wouldn’t mind defining me in 30 years.” In 30 years, it’s possible that Jacq Jill’s name might define something much greater than just herself.
Review: Grace Terzian at Twins Jazz, The Spellbinding Singer’s Homecoming Show
Many of the world's musicians have spent their lifetimes chasing one of the most elusive elements of music; Tone. Tone has been, in many ways, the singular and defining reason for a musician or group's success. Tone is also elusive and near-ethereal, but it's usually the way an artist endears herself to us.
What We Saw at Landmark Music Festival
Over the weekend, West Potomac Park held the first ever Landmark Music Festival. Over two days, over forty different artists rocked the picturesque setting on the National Mall and brought thousands of fans into the heart of the City.
Meet the Act that Stole Landmark: The Suffers
It is a given that is impossible to see everything at every festival. In many cases, during the earlier hours roaming the festival grounds, you have to gamble on seeing the artists you’ve heard of versus seeing the artists you know nothing about but sound cool. One of the benefits of Landmark’s set up is that the stages were close enough together so that each artists sound bled over a little to the next area.
Landmark Music Festival Sees Big Names on a Big Stage
The inaugural Landmark Music Festival brought an eclectic group of A-list artists to West Potomac Park, a scenic area located next to the Potomac River and a short walk from the MLK and FDR Monuments.
REVIEW: Rita Ora’s DC Coronation at U Street Music Hall
In the fifth scene of the second act of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, the steward Malvolio contemplates a life of success and renown as he conjures the now-famous phrase “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
REVIEW: Jason Aldean Burnin' It Down at Jiffy Lube Live
Country megastar Jason Aldean lit up Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday Sept. 12, playing to a packed stadium of loyal fans. The crowd was rowdy and ready to party. Known for his country music with a rock star edge -- think fire, pyrotechnics, explosive guitars -- the Macon, Ga. native didn't disappoint.
REVIEW: Jackson Browne, The Patriot at Wolf Trap
Jackson Browne has worn and continues to wear a variety of hats in his 50 year career as one of America’s most prolific and meticulous songwriters. Ever since his “official” public debut—when then girlfriend Nico recorded his now iconic song “These Days” for her solo debut Chelsea Girl—Browne has often filled contrasting yet never contradictory roles in the popular music landscape.
A Mood Ring of Music in September
Even as summer winds down in the District of Columbia, the party—and the music—never stops. In the month of September, you can find a show and a band to fit just about any occasion or mood, from thundering, hypnotic EDM to fist-pumping, adrenaline and energy pumping country, rock and pop. Of the dozens of shows going down in the DMV in September, these few are sure to get your musical mood ring changing colors.
Forever Iconic, Always Cool Lenny Kravitz
It’s been 25 years since Lenny Kravitz first exploded onto the American rock scene with his debut album “Let Love Rule.”
Kamasi Washington and The Next Step Are “Epic" At Howard Theater
As a sideman and session player, Kamasi Washington has been accustomed to shying away from the spotlight throughout his 15+ year career as a jazz musician.
Diving Into the Artistry of ZZ Ward
Three years of touring, recording, and being one of the indie world’s leading ladies has taught ZZ Ward a lot about music, and has brightened her mood.
Meet the New Saxophone Colossus: Kamasi Washington
You might not have heard Kamasi Washington’s name, but you have definitely heard his horn.
Redefining the Live Music Experience Villain & Saint
Villain & Saint is redefining the live music experience. Since opening its doors this spring, the downtown Bethesda-based music venue and gastropub has sparked a revival of authenticity for concertgoers eager to check out talented bands in an intimate setting while also enjoying great comfort food and libations.
Finding a Line Skateboarding and Jazz Intersect at Kennedy Center
Improvisation is a hallmark of jazz, just as it’s a hallmark of skateboarding. Just as one musician in, say, a quartet feeds off the notes that were played by another, so do skaters feed off the moves of other skaters, and the terrain that they have to work.
In the Mix with DJ Amen Ra
An American resident of Egyptian descent born in Cyprus to an American diplomat and his wife, Ramy El-Oyoun moved to Chantilly, Va. at the age of 16, and has since set up roots stateside.
Bringing It Back to Bourbon Street with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
New Orleans is inseparable from the history of, the core of, and the very meaning of the word “jazz.” Jazz was only able to emerge in New Orleans due to the unique confluence of musical and cultural ideas that pervaded the port city.
Don't Be Caught Off-Guard: Your Music Festival Camping Checklist
Are you headed to a music festival this year? Many millennials decide to camp out for the weekend when attending these events. The following festival camping list will enable you to enjoy your outdoor experience while listening to the tunes you love.
Talking with Tom Blankenship of My Morning Jacket
The difficult to classify band, My Morning Jacket has been rocking stages since 1998. With the release of The Waterfall, their 7th studio album, My Morning Jacket is back on the road for the first time since their two year hiatus with a massive summer tour.
The One and Only Fantastic Negrito
Many performers can sing about “the blues” but Xavier Dphrepaulezz, the man behind the rising musical force that is “Fantastic Negrito,” has lived them. Since he was 17, all Xavier wanted to be was a musician.
Taylor Swift Captivating in DC
One of the most fascinating things about Taylor Swift’s music career, especially her live repertoire, is how every tour and every album seems so distinct.
DC Shows Metric Arena Love
The transition from the club stage to the arena stage can often be a deciding factor in an artist’s career trajectory. Can the sense of intimacy and connection fostered on the stage of a 500-1000 person venue be transferred to a crowd and venue that is twenty times the size, if not more?
R5 Brings the Fire to Wolf Trap
Born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, brothers Riker, Rocky, Ross and sister Rydel Lynch were always musically inclined. In 2007, the family decided to move to Los Angeles. There, their friend Ellington Ratliff joined, and R5 was formed.
Defining the Indefinable Sound: Punch Brothers at Wolf Trap
“The labels aren’t for us,” said Chris “Critter” Eldridge, guitarist for Punch Brothers, in a recent interview with On Tap. “We’re not concerned with what we think something might be.”
Reconsidering Country Music and Luke Bryan
For those who have never been to a “modern country” concert (a concert thrown by the likes of a Jason Aldean or Florida Georgia Line), they’re essentially the classic rock megashows of the 70s and 80s brought back to life, with added pedal steel guitar and banjo.
In the Mix with DJ Heat
Native Washingtonian Nicole “DJ Heat” Mosley has been spinning records for nearly two-thirds of her life and still finds it as exciting as she did when she started. While playing records isn’t the same as constructing buildings, music is just as important as mortar in developing the city’s new roots.
Carbon Leaf’s Blue Mountain Hoedown at the Hamilton
Since starting as a band in the early 1990s, Carbon Leaf have rose alongside many of rock’s stranger and most beloved sonic fads, being changed by them in the process.
Mandatory Fun and Mandatory Viewing: Weird Al Yankovic at Wolf Trap
Introductions are never easy. Whether one is preparing a speech, choreographing the beginning of a show, or writing, say, a music review, the bottomless pits of cliches and stereotypes of introductions are hard to avoid.
Sketching with the Jack DeJohnette Trio
One of the central conflicts of jazz is the continual push and pull between the collective and the individual. Whether it is the dichotomy of the improviser and the group or the arranging and stylistic choices that emphasis melodic drive versus harmonic expansion, jazz has always had a bit of an identity challenge.
Motown to Hollywood to Nashville: Jana Kramer's Journey
I'm a country singer who can act,” Jana Kramer told On Tap in a recent interview, setting the record straight on her current priority: music. The talented 31-year-old has made her presence known in both the acting and singing worlds, and while she’s still doing both, her music is currently taking center stage.
Lindsey Stirling Beyond Category
Duke Ellington, one of the most famous musical luminaries to emerge from the DMV area, never liked being put into categories. In fact, his favorite compliment was to say that someone or something was “beyond category.” Lindsey Stirling, the 28-year-old violinist and EDM wiz from Santa Ana, California, would definitely earn the Duke’s highest praise. Growing up, her parents took her and her sisters to orchestral concerts and encouraged her to absorb the rich tapestry of sound that is the Western European music canon.
Soulful Artist David Gray Comes to Wolf Trap
It’s been 15 years since David Gray exploded onto the international music scene with his platinum-selling record “White Ladders” and the blockbuster hit single “Babylon.”
In the Mix with Basscamp
Equally skilled at making crowds roar at arena-style venues like Echostage, making the walls sweat with house music at underground-friendly U Street Music Hall, or going deep with techno at U Street’s Flash venue, DC’s Basscamp is a popular and often booked DJ in the nightlife scene in the Nation’s Capital. But that wasn’t always the case.
Summer Music: Fresh Faces and Returning Favorites
Summer is prime time for music in the DMV. Whether you are looking for the next fresh face or returning favorites, here are few of our picks for summer concerts that you will not want to miss.
Capitol Riverfront Summer Concert Preview
The Capitol Riverfront area is featuring great music all summer long. Check out the full summer lineup for two great summer concert series.
Armin van Buuren Headlines Preakness
An unforgettable EDM (electronic dance music) experience comes to Maryland on Saturday, May 16 when legendary progressive trance producer Armin van Buuren headlines the 2015 Preakness InfieldFest Concert at the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Looking for a Summer Concert Series in Your Neighborhood
From Yards Park to Pentagon Row, find a cool concert series in your neighborhood.
James McMurtry Rocks The Hamilton
There’s a lyric on James McMurtry’s excellent new album “Complicated Game” that name-drops “Wewahitchka,” a little backwater fishing town in the mossy swamps of the Florida panhandle.
The New High Priests of DC Punk: Priests Live at U Street Music Hall
A guy wearing Hawaiian shirts and glasses, an anime character, a combat boots punk rocker, and a drummer walk on stage. It sounds like the beginning of a great joke, but this was exactly the scene when DC's own Priests stepped on stage of U Street Music Hall on Thursday, April 16th.
The Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival
After a long winter of gray skies, barren trees and bitter cold, festival season is a welcome thought. Everyone is sure to have their own way of welcoming back warm weather but whatever your springtime signifier is, consider kicking off spring with the best of music and nature at the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival on April 25 at Kingman Island on the Anacostia River.
Rough Guide to Record Store Day 2015
While music sales may be decreasing every year, there is one sector of the market that has been steadily increasing in the post-iTunes, Spotify world. Vinyl Records.
Under the Velvet Moon: The Roy Hargrove Quintet at Blues Alley
As one of the most versatile and proliferate trumpet players on the scene today, Roy Hargrove knows the critical importance of the human voice in music. As we traded twos after his April 1st, 10pm set at Blues Alley, Mr. Hargrove shared how he's been listening to a lot of early soul singers and crooners like Sam Cooke, Mel Tormé, and Bing Crosby to think through and refine his phrasing.
Talking with Coy Bowles of Zac Brown Band
Coy Bowles, guitarist and keyboardist for the Zac Brown Band, couldn’t have imagined it in his wildest childhood dreams. Speaking with On Tap about the Atlanta, Georgia-based band’s recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live” with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, Bowles was still in disbelief.
One Love, One City: Meet Molly Ruland
Molly Ruland wants us all to get out of the house, meet up with friends, enjoy a couple of drinks and catch one of Washington, DC’s increasingly eclectic and appealing live bands.
In the Mix with DJ Miss H.E.R.
For Hampton, VA-native Ebony Dixon, it was continually re-connecting with her love of old school rap in brand new ways that finally pushed her over the edge in deciding to become a disc jockey. Insofar as considering her future as DJ Miss H.E.R., it’s her love of that same music and it’s perpetually dancefloor-friendly vibe that will likely allow her to sustain an already growing level of success.
Funk Parade Kickoff Party 2015: Women in Funk
“Funk you!” yelled the crowd at the 2015 Funk Parade Kickoff Party. The event is a fundraiser for the Funk Parade on U Street, which will happen in DC on May 2. This year, the theme for the Kickoff was Women in Funk, and every act that performed the evening of March 12 featured the ladies.
Ryan Bingham Rocks 9:30 Club
A few hours before his show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday night, Ryan Bingham raised his fans’ already high expectations just little higher.
Erik Deutsch and Outlaw Jazz at Bohemian Caverns
“And here we go…” With those four words Washington, D.C.-born pianist Erik Deutsch and his tight-knit rhythm section kicked off 80 minutes of upbeat – at times thrilling – jazz shot through with heavy doses of country-fried boogie at Bohemian Caverns on U Street Sunday night.
Get Amped Up For DCs New Music Venue: AMP Strathmore
One of the best parts about living in the DMV is the diversity of music. From our own Go-Go and hardcore punk music, to New Orleans brass bands, DJs and electronic artists, and a whole milieu of ethnic heritage and world music, the streets are alive with every kind of music under the sun.
Reel Big Fish at ShamrockFest
You might remember the guys from Reel Big Fish. It was 1996, and their hit song “Sell Out” was all over radio and MTV. (No, it wasn’t the background music to an MTV reality show; MTV actually played music videos back then.) You might recall the punky ska sound, the horns, and the wacky video featuring a guy dressed up as French fries.
In the Mix with DJ James Nasty
At the March 21 ShamrockFest event, one of the DC Metropolitan area’s most exciting live DJs is slated to perform. When FACT Magazine refers to James Nasty’s live sets as sounds that are “thrown into a blender with some whey protein and steroids,” they’re not lying. Born in the Prince George’s County suburb of Adelphi, MD, Nasty’s current career success sees him often traveling between his native DC area and his current home of Baltimore, MD multiple times in the same week.
Relive the Cult Classic Point Break Live
The 90s are back and you’re invited. Whether you’re a bona fide Keanu Reeves fan or loved the 1991 cult classic movie Point Break, Howard Theatre is giving you one last chance on March 13 to relive all the glory of Johnny Utah’s mind numbing one liners, the inner wisdom and surfer chi of Swayze’s Bodhi and of course all the crime fighting action and glory of Gary “Pappas” Busey shooting up surfer bad guys.
Meet Musician Ryan Cabrera
Pop rock musician Ryan Cabrera is releasing his new EP "Wake Up Beautiful" on Tuesday, March 3, and is ready to tour the country with Secondhand Serenade for the Radio Revival Tour. When asked about how he thinks working with Secondhand Serenade will go...
Mellow Tones and Sentimental Moods: The Duke Ellington Orchestra
The mark of any great performer is the ability to perform well under pressure. Said another way, the sign of a truly great artist is his/her ability to adapt to and improvise with the surrounding circumstances. As “the longest continually existing jazz orchestra in history,” the Duke Ellington Orchestra showed its tenacity in handling pressure—its improvisatory spirit—and more during the second night of their residency at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on February 15th.
George Ezra: On Tour with Hozier
George Ezra is on the radio in Germany and Italy. He just played a show in New Zealand, and he’s probably on a flight from Australia right now to celebrate his new record Wanted on Voyage topping the charts back home in England. Don’t worry though, America. Wanted on Voyage just released here in the States, and on March 9th, he’s coming to DC to play for our town at the Lincoln Theater.
Lonesome No More: Dr. Dog at the 9:30 Club
In the wake of the Grateful Dead's end in the mid-90s, a new generation of jam and psychedelically influenced bands rose up to try and fill the gap. While Phish may have claim to the Dead's legacy of mesmerizing, extended soloing and eclectic song selection, the legacy of psychedelia is kept alive and well by Dr. Dog. The six-piece group offers a veritable sonic tour of the music of the late 60s and early 70s, showcasing influences across the summer of love and beyond.
Lessons in Physics and Feelings with Asaf Avidan
Asaf Avidan is one of the voices that comes along only once in a generation. The Israeli folk-rock singer-songwriter, and former front man of Asaf & The Mojos, brought his singular voice to the stage of the 9:30 for an intimate evening of heart-wrenching songs and humorous commentary on human nature and the nature of the universe. Whether he is holding a note at top range for nearly half a minute or holding a conversation with himself about a cheating man, Asaf Avidan is one of those artists perfectly suited for the stage.
The Soulful Laura Tsaggaris Rocks 9:30 Club
Watching and listening to Laura Tsaggaris perform many of the songs from her latest album, Live at the Atlas, is like listening to a live comeback of the blues era. At her concert on Wednesday night at The 9:30 Club, she broughtback the true nitty-gritty of the soulful and emotion-filled genre, as many of the lyrics of her songs are reflections of her own life experiences.
In the Mix with Mr. Bonkerz
Headlining on the patio of vaunted house and disco night-spot the Eighteenth Street Lounge, dropping into house and disco’s soulful roots at 14th Street nightspot Den of Thieves, playing Latin funk beats over ramen eats at Gallery Place’s Daikaya or spinning sets at new venues like coffee, bao and record shop Bump N’ Grind in Silver Spring all share one name in common these days - Mr. Bonkerz.
Jazzing Up U Street: Mark Farina
My mission when I play anywhere is to just play good enough so that I can be asked back again,” says Mark Farina, the world renowned House musician and DJ bringing his unique spin on dance music to U Street on February 6th. If Mark’s mission statement is any indication of his popularity, consider that this will be his fifth time rocking out at U Street’s Music Hall, and that he’s been playing in the district for almost twenty years.
Playing to the Wee Small Hours: the Cyrus Chestnut Trio at Blues Alley
As Cyrus Chestnut looked over the packed house of Washington DC’s Blues Alley, a little smile crossed his face before he confessed “To see all of you here on a Sunday evening…it makes me want to practice some more.” Clearly Mr. Chestnut and his trio, made up of Dezron Douglas on bass and Neil Smith on drums, have been practicing a lot. Expert entertainers and, of course, master musicians, the Cyrus Chestnut trio delivered 90 minutes of jazz that offered everything one could want and more: light banter, sublime playing, hints of deep introspection and, as is the nature of the music, as couple of twists and turns.
The Power of numbers: Drew Gibson releases “1532”
DC-based singer-songwriter Drew Gibson has been slowly but steadily releasing purposeful, powerful music since his 2007 debut, “Letterbox.” 2011 saw Gibson release “The Southern Draw,” which included the beautiful “We Move By Wagon Train.” Now, Gibson is back with his third full-length record, an intensely personal effort called “1532” that delves into his family history and features a cast of area musicians. On Tap spoke with Gibson about the new album and his upcoming CD Release show on February 6 at IOTA.
The Postmodern Viral Sensation: Scott Bradlee at the Birchmere
Scott Bradlee has been making a name for himself on YouTube with his band Postmodern Jukebox by taking modern pop hits and reworking them in vintage styles. The band’s videos have been viewed over 150 million times. A good example of Bradlee’s mashup method is his recent 1940s jazz interpretation of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” featuring musician Kate Davis singing and playing the upright bass. In preparation for his show at the Birchmere this Monday, January 19th, On Tap spoke with Bradlee about the YouTube revolution in music, and more.
Wild Card: Kate Voegele comes to the Birchmere
Kate Voegele starred on One Tree Hill for four seasons, and has been writing songs and playing shows for a decade. But if you ask her, she’s just getting started. Her independently released “Wild Card” EP, which came out in November, debuted in the top 10 albums chart on iTunes, and she’s on the road, coming through our area on January 20th at the Birchmere. On Tap spoke with her about life in the music biz and more.
An Unexpected Holiday Experience: TSO
Our Bierdo and resident rocker Nick Hardt was out at the Trans Siberian Orchestra last night at the Verizon center. After a beer and a cocktail at Jackpot and The Partisan nearby he experienced his “first time” with TSO and well, it was a totally unexpected holiday experience!
Top 10 Reasons Why Jingle Ball 2014 Rocked
Top 10 Reasons Why Jingle Ball 2014 Rocked
Exclusive Extended Interview: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Paul O’Neill is a great writer and composer and he’s written many rock operas and many non-rock opera records. The Christmas trilogy was really an inspiration—not a grand plan—and it happened to become a seasonally successful show with the fans, which we are very grateful for. And this thing kind of grew and developed out of those circumstances...
Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Yuletide Treasures
For almost two decades, one band has stood at the center of many Americans’ holiday celebrations— Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Founded by rock ‘n’ roll composer Paul O’Neill, with former members of the American metal band Savatage, this orchestral-sized symphonic holiday rock group fills arenas with epic tales of yuletide fantasy. The band is, in fact, so big and so demanded that they split in half to try and replicate in six weeks what Santa Claus does in a night.
Special Extended Interview: Head and the Heart
It was basically through my dad, actually. He was bass player and guitar player and my brother wanted to learn guitar so I picked up drums just to play along with them. And from there, listening to 106.5 The Buzz in Richmond, which was the station at the time, and wanting to go out to see shows even when I was like 9 or 10. I’d want to Twisters or whatever venue they were talking about on the radio. So that was kind of my upbringing…
Homecoming Heroes The Head and The Heart
Even though indie folk rockers The Head and the Heart are deeply rooted in the alternative music scene of their home base Seattle, the band also has a strong connection to Northern Virginia and the DC music scene. Tyler Williams, the band’s drummer, and Jon Russell, vocals and guitar, grew up in Fredericksburg and were both raised on the music of the DMV area.
Meet the Kane Show
Morning rush hour in the Washington region can trigger emotions ranging from tedium to despair, but thankfully, the morning team at The Kane Show on HOT 99.5 FM is there every weekday to help us get to work with a smile.
In the Mix with DJ Brad Piff
As EDM continues to dominate the airwaves, one should accept that dance music isn’t going anywhere. Also, one should consider that quite soon, a diverse group of sounds that are not dubstep or electro house are likely to become popular in the mainstream. If a DC-area partier, the best name to keep an eye out for these days if looking to explore deeper and less car-alarm style and wobbly bassline-driven sounds is DJ Brad Piff.
Bella Gaia: An Interview with Kenji William
Ever wonder what it'd be like to be an astronaut viewing the earth from space? Seeing from out the space station window the planet as a speck surrounded by vast darkness. Might you experience a weightlessness freedom, inspiring within an impression of ultimate universal connection--the sort of feeling Buddhist monks spend decades in deep meditation attempting to achieve and maintain.
Life, Music & Love: Stevie Wonder at the Verizon Center
Hometown hero Dave Grohl stated in a recent interview with NME that “I don’t like it when bands do that [tour behind one classic album].” The argument against Mr. Grohl’s sentiments came to DC on November 9th as American treasure Stevie Wonder graced our city once again. Mr. Wonder is already a colossus of American popular music, so what unfamiliar touring territory could be left for such a decorated veteran?
Civil Twilight: The Barns at Wolf Trap Dec. 4
It’s a Wednesday morning and I’m slated to interview the young South African singer songwriter of Civil Twilight, but the dog has run away. I've already fallen behind on my day and am going to be late for work; I’m now flustered.But all of these mundane concerns evaporate at the sound of Steven McKeller’s smooth accented voice. There’s something welcoming and pleasant about a South American accent, and coincidentally, the same could be said of Civil Twilight’s music.
Local DC Records Labels Talk Music
We try not to limit ourselves to a certain niche genre of artist to work with, though we can't ignore the fact that we're better equipped for certain kinds of artists than we are others. We have hot jazz artists, rock 'n roll artists, and more traditional folk artists - a variety, but I suppose we generally specialize in Americana and Roots musicians.
In the Mix: DJ D-Mac &Associates
As a local spinner at clubs, parties and corporate events in the DC Metropolitan area, Daryle “DJ D-Mac” Maciocha has built a solid reputation over the past two decades for top notch service and a diverse and consistent stream of satisfied clientele.
5 Hot Local DC Bands to Watch
It’s a terrific time to be a music fan in Washington. Whether your tastes run to hip-hop, elec-tronica, metal, jazz, reggae, R&B, go-go, straight-ahead rock-n-roll or just about anything else, you can find extremely talented and innovative acts all over the DMV.
Michelle Chamuel at Howard Theatre Nov. 17
Michelle Chamuel, musician, singer, songwriter, producer, is having a dynamo of a year. Following her extraordinary perform on the last season of The Voice, she is currently about to start a North American tour in anticipation for the debut full-length release as a solo pop artist, Face the Fire, which is slated to come out early next year.
More Than Just A Dream: Fitz and the Tantrums
I’m kind of the Swiss Army knife of the band,” laughs James King, of indie neo soulsters Fitz and The Tantrums. In a recent interview with On Tap, King explained that his duties in the band include playing baritone, alto, and tenor sax, flute, keyboards, percussion and even contributing some background vocal
No Bad Blood and No Scrubs: Bastille @ the Patriot Center
Listening to Bastille’s recordings, it is easy to forget that they are a band. The emphasis on synthesizers and other non-typical rock band instruments on their debut LP Bad Blood certainly raised questions as to how Bastille function as a live act.
Meet Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six
Music is often connected with memory, hearing an old favorite tune can transport you back to the time and place where you first heard the song or bring on a flood of other close associations. So when I first heard You Me at Six, the next big UK alternative band, I was brought back to a time when bands like Blink-182 and Taking Back Sunday where changing the shape of punk music and altering the course of rock and roll to come.
Laughing After Hours with We Are Scientist. U Street Music Hall
Shortly before launching into their sixth song of the night, the catchy surf-rock tune “Sprinkles,” guitarist and vocalist Keith Murray looked out at the packed U Street crowd and exclaimed “You guys are f-ing fun!”
Storming the States: Bastille 2014 Fall Tour
The best way to track Bastille’s meteoric trajectory to widespread popularity may be by looking at their history of playing shows in the DC area. A little more than a year ago, they headlined a late show at the 9:30 Club with Little Daylight; in May they played an afternoon set at Sweetgreen’s Sweetlife festival. Now, the UK alternative rockers are kicking off their US fall tour by headlining the GMU Patriot Center.
On the Verge: Hozier
If you have a Spotify account or have heard of YouTube, you’ve probably listened to Hozier by now. The Irish-born singersongwriter’s poignant track “Take Me to Church” has been sky-rocketing in popularity. In addition to the resonance the song’s sound has with its listeners, the lyrics convey a message to humanity about following trends that seems to be hitting home.
In the Mix with Mathias
If the tattoo of iconic punk rock act Bad Brains’ logo along the underside of his right forearm isn’t the initial clue that Washington, DC resident Mathias Broohm isn’t your average DJ, let the Langley Park, Maryland native tell you about his childhood. “I was born in Georgetown, grew up in Langley Park, and have family abroad in the United Kingdom.
Meet Bahamas is Afie
“Bahamas is Afie” is the new record from Bahamas, who really is Afie. Afie Jurvanen, to be precise, who goes by the stage name Bahamas. Got it? Good. Jurvanen spent time on the road as a guitar slinger for Feist and other artists before deciding to concentrate on his own thing. He’s out on tour now, supporting his new record, and coming to DC9 on September 18. While he was on a break at home in Toronto, doing laundry (“the important stuff” he called it), he had time for a quick chat.
Let Rock Rule: Aerosmith
They are recognized as one of the greatest rock bands in history. They’ve sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They’ve received countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards and their latest honor is being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. So Aerosmith has probably hit their peak, right?
Local Brews, Local Grooves: Talking with Pasadena
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a nice, cool beer while cheering for a band at a concert. Hand in hand, there is also nothing quite like supporting local artisans – whether bakers, food trucks, brews or bands. On Friday, September 19th the Fillmore Silver Spring is hosting the Local Brews, Local Grooves festival, a celebration of local DC beers and rocking local artists. While you flit to and from tasting brews, the four group line up will have your ears attuned to the stage.
Black Hole Sun Still Shining: Soundgarden at Jiffy Lube Live
They say that age is just a number. For Seattle alternative rock pioneers Soundgarden that adage has never held more true. As the four piece group celebrated the 20th anniversary of their landmark, breakthrough LP Superunknown - and, coincidentally, the 30th anniversary since their founding - with a career spanning 12 song set at Jiffy Lube Live on August 4th, any questions or concerns of age were thrown out the window.
White Lung: Mish Way Extended Interview
White Lung: Mish Way Extended Interview
Prose, Punk & Personal Pronouns; White Lung's Deep Fantasy Tour
The second person narrative can confuse easily, especially in the ferocious, breakneck songs crafted by Canadian hardcore band White Lung. In several tracks from their 22 minute LP Deep Fantasy, front woman Mish Way’s lyrical bouts in the second person comes at the listener much like a samurai’s katana; these words cut quick and deep.
In The Mix with DJ Mista Selecta
Aside from being a rising, DC area DJ, 25-year old Mista Selecta (born Thomas Smolka), is also respected for something else-the five-inch beard hanging from his face. “As a student at St. John's [in Northwest, DC], [we] had to shave twice a week and [maintain] our hair at a certain length. Now, my hair is really long too, and down my back,” Selecta boasts. “I used to trim when it started itching, but then it stopped itching. I’ve only cut it off once [ever since].”
August Music Calendar
All the shows, all month long!
Hippies Girls and Ragtop Angels: the Adam Ezra Group at Gypsy Sally’s
If you took Bruce Springsteen, raised him in Boston, and spiced him with more of a hippie/bohemian flavor, you would get Adam Ezra the fearless leader of the Adam Ezra Group. Much like the Boss and the mighty E Street Band, Adam Ezra Group delivers a more customized, personal brand of rock and roll that takes inspiration from the spectrum of American musical traditions.
August Music Picks
Check out some of the coolest shows in August
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath: Royal Blood at DC9
There is a story that legendary psychedelic rock and proto-metal band Blue Cheer played so loudly that they were able to record an entire album by playing their instruments from the studio’s parking lot
The Colorful Art of Musical Therapy: Neon Trees at the 9:30 Club
At its most fundamental level, one of music's primary functions is to create connections between people. In the modern concert setting, we focus on the connection of the audience to the performer; the psychological, emotional, and, sometimes, spiritual connections and benefits that crowds get from seeing an artist.
Brave Heart, Big Voice, Grounded: Ashanti
Despite nearly 20 years in the entertainment business, actress, songstress and R&B singer Ashanti’s inspiration and creative process have not changed. After a roughly six year hiatus from the recording world, the GRAMMY-winning performer is back with a concept album that tells her fans how she’s been doing.
Chasing the Dream: Straight No Chaser
For the members of Straight No Chaser, one of the hottest a capella groups on the market, they are more than a group; they are a brotherhood. The all-male vocal machine—named after the Thelonious Monk standard—formed at Indiana University in 1996 still has nearly all the original members together after almost 20 years.
Neon Trees’ Theatrical and Psychological Journey
While there will be no uncomfortable couches in the 9:30 Club—and other venues around the country—walking into Neon Trees' shows may be a bit like going to therapy. For their latest LP, Pop Psychology, front man Tyler Glenn drew on his own experiences going through therapy to craft the revelatory and relatable lyrics across the ten tracks.
From Country Clubs to Country Girls; Jennifer Nettles' Summer Tour
While people might know Jennifer Nettles as "that girl from Sugarland" she is actually one of the most dynamic songstresses and performers in country music. Nettles, now on tour behind her first solo LP That Girl, wants to give her crowds a complete picture of her musical identity.
DJ Sam The Man Burns
Sam Burns has been a disc jockey in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 37 years. But he wasn’t always, “The Man.” “In 1978, I was working (as a bouncer) at the (now closed, but then popular) Chapter II nightclub, when Kenny ‘Hollywood’ Hart got sick one night and couldn’t DJ, so I stepped in.
Broadway is Hot Tonight: The Goo Goo Dolls’ Summer 2014 Tour
The Goo Goo Dolls have helped define the sound of American radio since the turn of the millennium. After years of honing their chops on the American punk circuit, the group turned down the tempo and volume in order to produce their gargantuan hit “Iris.”
Summertime Ain't It Fun: Hayley Williams of Paramore
On July 18, Merriweather Post Pavilion will be lit up by a diminutive pop-punk pixie with day-glo reddish orange hair and a serious amount of stage presence. Hayley Williams, lead vocalist for Paramore, will rule the stage with bandmates Jeremy Davis and Taylor York. They’re calling it the “Monumentour,” and it features co-headliners Fall Out Boy and openers New Politics.
July Music Calendar
All the shows, all the venues, all month long.
It's Official DC Is Going Country!
Meet Joe Bachman, Jack Gregori and Wil Gravett
The DC Music Scene Heats Up in July
Tylerr Glenn and Neon Trees want this tour to be a celebration. In the two years since Neon Tree’s Picture Show Tour ended early, Glenn went to therapy, rediscovered himself, and channeled his newfound appreciation of life into Trees’ fourth LP, Pop Psychology.
Hot Music in On Tap’s July Music Picks
Looking for a show? Check out our picks.
Funky and Groovin’ with the Brass-A-Holics
Around the two hour mark of the Brass-A-Holics’ set at the Hamilton on June 24th, part of the Tenth Anniversary DC Jazz Festival, front man/trombone player Winston Turner grabbed his mic and roared to the energized crowd, “We don’t stop. We do this.”
Strawberry Daiquiris and Serious Rock and Roll: Kaiser Chiefs at the 9:30 Club
The first two songs of a concert often set the mood for the entire night. If the performer and the audience have not gelled by the end of the second number, it bodes ill tidings for the remainder of the performance. After Kaiser Chiefs’ blew open the doors of the 9:30 Club on June 18th with their fist-pumping, working class anthem “The Factory Gates,” front man Ricky Wilson turned to the audience and said “Sorry ladies and gents, we’ve got a little technical difficulty up here.”
Cassadee Pope On Her Way
Cassadee Pope is not a newcomer to the music biz. The 24-year-old from Florida spent three years in the band Hey Monday, touring with acts like Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard, and releasing a full-length album and several EPs. But Pope grew restless and decided she wanted something different, so she left the band to pursue a solo career. She appeared on—and won—the third season of NBC’s The Voice, and her single, “Over You,” released through the show, reached number one on iTunes.
Meet Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive started as a band in 2004, but the last couple years have changed everything for the quartet of Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums). Appearances on high-profile shows like The Colbert Report and The Late Show with David Letterman have raised the band’s profile and won them new fans around the world. Their sound is hard to define, but they’ve described it as sounding like “The Beatles and Motown had a party together.”
Inside the Local Music Scene
In a career spanning 10 years and five critically-acclaimed albums, Ray LaMontagne has managed to find success without getting caught up in the music industry hype machine.
Top Music Picks in June
Looking for the hottest shows in June? Check out our list of top music picks!
Musical worlds will once again collide when the Capital City Symphony returns to the H Street arts district to present the Go-Go Symphony concert, featuring MC Head-Roc, for a genre-defying encore performance.
June Music Calendar
Every show, every venue, all month long!
DJ Man & Woman
When the Washington, DC-based disco DJ and production duo Patrick “DJ Provoke” Gordy and Rachel “Eau Claire” Wong combine forces as Man & Woman, the only plain thing about their tandem is the name. Eau Claire describes a night out on the town catching one of their DJ sets as a “sexy and uplifting” time. Blending a classic vibe with a modern style, these producers both play and create a sound that is arguably on the cusp of being at the core of where dance music is heading.
May is “Girls Rock” month at On Tap and what better way to celebrate than a powerhouse performance at the U Street Music Hall headlined by the local all-female go-go group Be’la Dona and Black Alley, a DC-based “soul garage” band fronted by the dynamic lead singer Kasey.
DJ - The Lothario
To refer to Paige Plissner as a DJ is to merely scratch the surface of her story. Whether lending her ear in A & R (artists and repertoire) or scouting/managing artists for the local electronic dance music startup the CUFF Group, she is busy. On top of that, she hosts an online radio program “CUFF Radio,” and is a nationally-respected dance-music-trend blogger. Plissner understands the nexus between how, when, where, and why the world-at-large engages with dance music. However, it’s when she DJ’s as The Lothario that Plissner shines.
Grammy-Nominated Artist Pat Green Coming to DC
Country artist Pat Green has had much success in the music industry and made some famous friends along the way, but the humble Texan said it is his college friends who helped give him his big break.
In the Mix with DJ Lickashot
Raised in the shadow of hip-hop’s birthplace, New York City, this Cherry Hill, NJ native DJ Lickashot now resides in DC. First and foremost, he’s all about keeping the party spirit alive in the Nation’s Capital. Lickashot retains a classic, old school vibe that continues to bring him success, even in a changing era.
Summer Concert Preview
Great music abounds this summer at Nationals Park and Yards Park. At Nats Park, some of the biggest names in music are coming to town, and at Yards Park, On Tap helps to bring you free concerts every Friday night, all summer long. Read on for the scoop.
Real Life and Hit Songs | Florida Georgia Line
These guys are real. Really. You might look at Florida Georgia Line’s new video for their hit song “This Is How We Roll,” featuring dirt bike stunts and dune buggies (not to mention the guys standing on top of a moving semi), and wonder if it was just an idea for a crazy video. But when On Tap spoke to the duo recently, news had just broken that the band’s Tyler Hubbard had injured his back in a dirt bike accident. It wasn’t anything that happened on the set, but rather on a day off, and Hubbard wasn’t too fazed by the incident.
Inside the Local Music Scene | Going Full Spectrum
No Denying Simon Townshend
Bob Schneider – The World’s Greatest Living Songwriters Of All Time Tour
Winner of 24 Austin Music Awards, Bob Schneider is an Austin, Texas musician and artist. He has put out multiple albums, all scoring 4 of 5 stars or higher on Amazon, and has been in the bands The Scabs, Joe Rockhead and Ugly Americans. Bob is stopping by Alexandria, Va. for The World’s Greatest Living Songwriters Of All Time Tour with Hayes Carll. They will be at the Birchmere individually performing for a crowd of fans at $35 a ticket, and it is sure to sell out.
Eli Young Band Talks 10,000 Towns
The Eli Young Band is in fine form on their latest release, “10,000 Towns,” out Monday, March 3 on Republic Nashville records. The band has a lot to show for their relentless touring and recording pace, with awards and hit songs placing the Texas combo solidly atop the country music charts. Their fifth album overall, and third on a major label, “10,000 Towns” is the polished work of pros who have honed their chops on the road and in the studio.
The Boston Boys are Back in Town The Dropkick Murphys
I know, it really surprised me too!” exclaimed Al Barr, lead singer of the Dropkick Murphys, during a recent interview with On Tap.
The typically placid RFK Stadium parking lot on the edge of Capitol Hill will once again morph into a rocking party for one day this month as the annual ShamrockFest celebrates all things Irish with a slate of more than 30 bands and DJ’s.
In the Mix with DJ Biks
For creative people, the road to sustainability or stardom is paved with happy accidents that define the stretches between doubt and calm. DC area native Bikram Keith started his career by drawing on his inspiraton: Indian, Arabic, pop and top 40s. So, eight years ago, when Lil Wayne’s YMCMB label signed British-born rhythm and blues vocalist of Indian descent Jay Sean and needed a touring DJ, there may have been no better man for the job than Keith, aka locally respected but internationally renowned spinner, DJ Biks. In balancing a globe-trotting schedule with frequent local gigs, the one-time George Mason student is now living his dreams and couldn’t be happier about his current success. If unfamiliar with Jay Sean, he’s got a multi-million selling album and is a single-selling global star, whose most significant success in the US came from his 2009 single “Down,” featuring Lil Wayne. Biks’ story flourishes after a chance meeting with Jay Sean’s management, and extends into a once-in-a-lifetime story. “I met [Jay Sean]’s management through the owners of the [local DC nightclub] Kabin. Sean’s managers brought me down [to see him perform] at a show, soon after that, I became a YMCMB tour manager for a year, and then [Jay Sean’s] DJ. Overall, the entire journey has been an amazing experience.”
In the Mix | DJ Underdog
Between being born into an incredibly musical family, to now being in his fifteenth year in the music industry, DC Underdog (nee T’äbäqo Fabrega) has become one of the East coast’s most in-demand selectors. At 31-years old DJ Underdog certainly loves music, but may love being a creator even more.
Summoning Real Magic | Delta Rae Comes to Town
Delta Rae is a band born of wonder and mythology. Their name comes from a story about a girl from the South who invokes the Greek gods and calls them back to earth (written by a band members’ mom). And their breakout hit—and video—“Bottom of the River,” is packed with references both ancient (the Bible) and deeply American (the Salem Witch Trials). So it’s no coincidence that the band’s Eric Holljes, who recently spoke to On Tap, is constantly striving to create magic through the band’s art.
Rediscover the Cover
There’s something enduring about a great song - and enduring in the music world isn’t easy. Just when our favorite songs are meeting their end through over-rotation, in comes a new band with a hot sound and style. But every now and then a band does something cool, they pay tribute to the greats before them by covering a classic song. And once in a while, a band is so good, their cover is as good or even better than the original. This month we rediscover the cover. First is a list of the most covered songs of all time, some of which might surprise you. We also put together some great recent covers done by popular bands that are definitely worth a listen. And of course, we looked to our local music scene for the coolest cover bands in the DC metro area. Along the way we learned a few unexpected things they’ve kept “undercover.”
The Dynamic Ari Hest comes to DC
On his latest album, The Fire Plays, singer-songwriter Ari Hest’s robust vocals combine with beautiful acoustic melodies, the end result being a compelling and powerful product that draws listeners in from the first track. “I always enjoy making new songs and finding new ways to play old songs,” says the creative Bronx native. Hest, who is also a pianist and self-taught guitarist, is no stranger to trying new, unconventional things. His musical experiment, Project 52, in which he delivered a new song each week throughout of the year in 2008, was a feat that garnered him a lot of attention. On Tap got a chance to talk to Hest about his art, inspiration and his next musical project.
A Daughter Rises • Holly Williams comes to DC
You might be familiar with Hank Williams III, son of Hank Williams, Jr. (aka Bocephus), and grandson of the legendary Hank Williams. But there’s another third-generation Williams on the country music scene: Holly Williams. She doesn’t have a reputation for raising hell, but rather for writing heartfelt songs, singing them beautifully, and using her creative talents in all kinds of ways.
In the Mix with DJ Shanti Shree
DC-based DJ Shanti Shree’s two-plus years behind the turntables is proof of the old adage that you can go home again. With a knack for spinning at a slew of parties during a time when party people at DC’s local bars and clubs are looking for something more, DJ Shanti Shree is on the rise. And in actuality, his life is coming full circle. Speaking with Shree is an exercise in appreciating the extraordinary positivity that accompanies a passionate, talented individual doing exactly what they love.