Archive for the ‘Bluegrass’ Category

Orange Line Special Reunion February 4th

January 31, 2012

Orange Line Special Reunion February 4th

The Orange Line Special band will hold a Reunion Concert on Saturday, February 4, 2012 as part of The Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s annual Mid-Winter Festival (“Mini-Fest’) in Takoma Park. The event runs from Noon to 10:30 pm, and Orange Line performs in the Roots Americana Room (104) during Charlie Bean’s “DC Doin’s” session from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

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Start Celebrating Early in DC!

July 3, 2009

Start Celebrating Early in DC!

Washingtonians: Want to really declare your independence? Start celebrating Independence Day tonight, July 3rd at 9 PM.  Tune your radio toWAMU-FM 88.5 and listen to a special Independence Day edition of American Routes with Ponderosa Stomp, the Del McCoury Band, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It’s not the same old Sousa.

The program features portions of live concerts from New Orleans’ French Quarter. The Ponderosa Stomp is dedicated to the “unsung heroes of rock ‘n’ roll” and their rockabilly, soul, country and R&B classics. Then the Del McCoury Band cooks up hot Bluegrass in Preservation Hall, mother church of hot jazz, along with the resident masters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  Program details here.

Declare your independence from HD radio, too. Tonight’s broadcast is on “real radio,” WAMU-FM’s main frequency, 88.5, not WAMU’s HD2 channel, where show is usually heard in Washington (Saturdays 8 PM-10 PM).  If you  are among the millions in the Washington area without an HD radio, this is a rare chance to hear American Routes on something that sounds better than your laptop.

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Festival Time Again. And Again and Again and Again ….

June 30, 2009

Festival Time again. And Again and Again and Again and .... 

Summertime is festival time. If you missed the ones last weekend, don’t fret. There are plenty more next weekend — and for weekends to come — and they’re all the same.

The plain truth: these so-called “Special Events” are no longer very special. There are just too many of them (one promoter calls it “festival saturation“), tens of thousands in the USA alone, and festivals are much too similar.  

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Live DC Bluegrass Broadcast Tonight 6-8PM

April 3, 2009

Live DC Bluegrass Broadcast Tonight 6-8PM One of the best Bluegrass bands in the Washington DC area is Rockledge (Darrell Slone-Banjo; Mark Clifton-Dobro; Lynn Healey-Guitar; Bradley Sams/Bill Taylor-Bass). The band will sing and play live in the WAMU-FM studios in the Nation’s Capital on Katy Daley’s Open Mic program this evening (Friday April 3rd, 6PM to 8PM EDT), but you can hear them from anywhere on the planet through BluegrassCountry.org.

There’s more. Thanks to to a cutting-edge breakthrough in wireless radio-telephony,  people in Northern Virginia and parts of  Maryland can hear this exciting live concert free on those ordinary FM radio receivers found in many homes and motor vehicles! Astounding. Simply set the indicator on the device to 105.5 megahertz.

Both of the Bluegrass fans who actually own HD(tm) radios can hear the digitally-modified broadcast at HD 88.5-2 if they live near the transmitter.

This is a seriously awesome band. Hear Rockledge on the radio tonight and in the flesh each Wednesday at FireFlies in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood.

  

Image by Mike Licht, who is proud to have played bass for amazing singer and guitarist Lynn Healey.

Wammie Awards

February 18, 2009

Wammie Awards

The Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) distributed the 23rd annual Wammie Awards at the State Theatre Sunday night. Each year, WAMA members (musicians, promoters, producers, critics, and contractors in the metro Washington region) vote for the best DC-area performers, recordings, producers, technicians and so on, and hold an event to present the results, blessedly punctuated by performances of actual live music.

Chris Klimek covered the event for the Washington Post’s PostRock blog, and listed the winners, too. WAMA lists winners and all nominees. 

Jon Carroll owned this year’s awards. He picked up Musician of the Year, WAMA/SAW Songwriter of the Year, Pop Rock Vocalist, and Pop Rock Instrumentalist;  “Jon Carroll and Love Returns” was named Pop Rock Duo/Group and their CD won in the Pop Rock Recording  category.

Buck Hill,  Elizabeth Cotton, and Mississippi John Hurt were inducted into WAMA’s Hall of Fame, and Dick Morgan and Nap Turner received Special Recognition awards.

Kudos to some faves and friends:

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Entertainment Exploiters, February 13 — 19, 2009

February 15, 2009

Entertainment Exploiters, February 13 — 19, 2009

NotionsCapital presents this week’s Roll of Shame, Washington, DC area music venues and events that advertise “Live Music” but do not include the names of bands in their ads. You may think this is a mere quibble. Think again.

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Entertainment Exploiters, February 6 — 12, 2009

February 9, 2009

Entertainment Exploiters, February 6 -- 12, 2009

NotionsCapital presents this week’s Roll of Shame, Washington, DC area music venues that advertise “Live Music” but do not include the names of bands in their ads. You may think this is a mere quibble. Think again.

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Entertainment Exploiters, January 23 — 29, 2009

January 26, 2009

Entertainment Exploiters, January 23 — 29, 2009

NotionsCapital presents this week’s Roll of Shame, Washington, DC area music venues that advertise “Live Music” but do not include the names of bands in their ads. You may think this is a mere quibble. Think again.

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Entertainment Exploiters, January 16 — 22, 2009

January 21, 2009

Entertainment Exploiters, January 16 — 22, 2009

NotionsCapital presents this week’s Roll of Shame, Washington, DC area music venues that advertise “Live Music” but do not include the names of bands in their ads. You may think this is a mere quibble. Think again.

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Entertainment Exploiters, January 9 — 15, 2009

January 12, 2009

Entertainment Exploiters, January 9 — 15, 2009

NotionsCapital presents this week’s Roll of Shame, Washington, DC area music venues that advertise “Live Music” but do not include the names of bands in their ads. You may think this is a mere quibble. Think again.

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