Archive: Concerts

Young@Heart Chorus, Oldies But Goodies

What kind of concert starts at 4 p.m.? One that features two-dozen octogenarians as the talent, that's what kind. The Young@Heart Chorus comes to Warner Theatre Saturday and the show should wrap up early enough so you can still catch the early bird special after its conclusion. OK, enough...

By David Malitz | December 3, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tonight: Numero's Eccentric Soul Revue

Syl Johnson leads the Eccentric Soul Revue into 9:30 club Tuesday night. Kevin Coombe isn't a soul legend, but he'll share the spotlight with a few of them tonight when Numero's Eccentric Soul Revue touches down at the 9:30 club. Organized by the Chicago-based record label Numero Group, the revue...

By Chris Richards | November 10, 2009; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen, An Austere Power

In advance of tonight's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was published on Dec. 6, 1995, and written by Richard Harrington. *** Near the beginning of...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 18, 2009; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Electricity of Springsteen

Bruce at RFK in 1985. (Danya Smith/TWP File) In advance of next Monday's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was published on Aug. 6, 1985, and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 14, 2009; 09:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Springsteen's 'Tunnel' Tour de Force: The Boss Returns With A Marvelous Marathon

Bruce and the Big Man at the Cap Centre in '88. (Frank Johnston/TWP File) In advance of next Monday's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 13, 2009; 05:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen's Power Rock: Bruce is Back With Good Times, Hard Times & Songs From the Streets

Bruce at the first of four sold-out Cap Centre shows in 1984. (Lucian Perkins/TWP File) In advance of next Monday's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 12, 2009; 06:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

King of The Night: Thundering Springsteen

In advance of next Monday's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert, we've been going deep into The Washington Post archives to pull reviews of previous performances by The Boss & Co. This one was published on Nov. 24, 1980, and written by Richard Harrington. Whew! Last night Bruce...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 11, 2009; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

On the Horizon: U2 at FedEx Field

Live Nation just confirmed the D.C.-area date for U2's 360° Tour. It's Sept. 29, with Muse opening. Tickets go on sale April 6 at 10 a.m., via LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster locations and (800) 551-SEAT. The FedEx Field box office will be open on April 6, as well. Pricing: $250, $95, $55...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 30, 2009; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Elvis Costello's Americana Dream (And Other Wolf Trap Bookings)

Cross-posting from another corner of This Very Web Site: As part of its upcoming summer season, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts has booked Elvis Costello, the British musical shape-shifter who is apparently planning to spend much of 2009 getting in touch with his inner-Appalachian. His newest project,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 23, 2009; 01:08 PM ET | Comments (2)

Playing Ball: The Piano Men At Nationals Park?

We didn't start the rally. Received an alert today from Live Nation, the Washington Nationals and the mayor's office about a press conference on Monday at Nationals Park, where Mayor Fenty, et al, will announce the first-ever musical performance at the year-old ballyard near the Anacostia. They're calling it "Washington,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 19, 2009; 03:49 PM ET | Comments (4)

Coming Attractions: Bruce and the E Street Band

(Gerald Martineau/TWP file) Ladies and gentlemen, start your speed dials. Just announced: Working On A Dream Tour BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND Verizon Center Monday, May 18 | 7:30 pm Tickets on sale Monday, February 2 at 10 a.m. The on-sale date comes the morning after Bruce...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 26, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (5)

Best Shows of 2008: Old-Man Version

Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry. (Kyle "Leafblower" Gustafson for TWP) Malitz has weighed in with his annual list of the Top 10 Concerts By Kinda-Sorta Obscure Artists, though he went off-script by putting Kanye West's powerhouse Virgin Mobile Festival set at No. 1. (For my money,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 6, 2009; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

As If Paying $25 to See a Grateful Dead Cover Band Wasn't Bad Enough

Here's the article that appeared in my inbox a few times over the weekend. The vital info: A drunken Jersey City councilman was arrested for urinating on a crowd of concertgoers from the balcony of a Washington nightclub, police and club sources said Saturday. Councilman Steven Lipski was caught relieving...

By David Malitz | November 10, 2008; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (3)

Don't Go There: Usher's Rules Of The Road

Usher's confession: If it's a man's, man's, man's world, then he wants out. Listen up, guys: Usher doesn't want you at his election-night concert at the Warner. You might have thought he was kinda, sorta kidding when he named his brief, mid-size venue tour "Ladies Only/One Night Stand." But he's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 29, 2008; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (2)

Live Last Night: Janet Jackson

'What have I done for you lately?'(Marvin Joseph/TWP) Another Janet concert, another no-show. Only this time, it was opening act LL Cool J who was inexplicably absent. Don't call it a comeback? Okay, LL, I won't. Last night at Verizon Center, Janet returned to the stage for the first time...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 16, 2008; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (71)

Janet Jackson: She's Baaaaack*

(* Or plans to be, anyway.) Many questions coming in regarding the status of Janet Jackson's show at the Verizon Center tonight. As they should be, given that Janet (Miss No-Show, if you're nasty) has postponed nine consecutive concerts - and also pushed back an upcoming show at Madison Square...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 15, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (21)

Don't Go There: Rules Of The Road Vol. 5

A few words in defense of my concert. (Or not.) The latest additions to our list of things artists should never, ever do in concert were passed along by a Very Special Guest Contributor: Randy Newman. During his terrific concert last night at the Music Center at Strathmore (Klimek review...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 25, 2008; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Jay-Z Rising

"I've been to D.C. a lot of times, but I've never been here before," Jay-Z said with a smirk as he surveyed the stately Kennedy Center Concert Hall last night. The rapper had just introduced himself to the audience at the Africa Rising Music and Fashion Festival with "Say Hello...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 2, 2008; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

¡Dame Mas Gasolina!

The touring life: It's a gas. (Linda Davidson/TWP) What's that Bloc Party lyric? "The price of gas keeps on rising/Nothing comes for free." Of course, their song is a sneering anti-war, anti-capitalism, anti-American screed, but who's counting? This not just in: The price of gas is up, up, up....

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 7, 2008; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Plant-Krauss: Something Else

On they sweep with threshing oar. (By Ricky Carioti) As much as I'd like to see a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, I'm not sure they'd be capable of hitting a higher mark than Robert Plant and Alison Krauss did on Friday night at Merriweather. It was a terrific show...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 16, 2008; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (5)

Talk About the Passion

Michael Stipe, in his finest worksuit. (By Ricky Carioti) At the end of R.E.M.'s concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion last night, the three musicians who form the core of the band convened at the center of the stage. Frontman Michael Stipe waved and winked. The stoic guitarist Peter Buck...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 12, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (15)

Hey Hey, My My (Into The Bathroom)

Over on the Nightclub 930 Forum (user name and password required), somebody suggested that you might not want to go to the bathroom during Neil Young's Constitution Hall concerts tonight and tomorrow. Just a word of warning: Neil Young's policy on this tour is that if you get up to...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 15, 2007; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (3)

More From The Chat: Getting Concertgoers Charged Up

Here's a post that I didn't have time to address in yesterday's Freedom Rock chat: Anyone who responds to one of those, "Is everyone having a good time? What? I can't HEAR you! Get LOUD, DC!" kind of stage exhortations is a chump. I am so much better than any...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 14, 2007; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (4)

Her Heart Will Go On ... In 269 Days

Celine Dion - Chrysler pitchwoman, Diva Las Vegas and Canadian singer of Hillary's POTUS campaign theme - has just announced a D.C. date for her upcoming world tour: Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at Verizon Center. So sweet of her to help us all plan ahead, no? Tickets are going on...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 13, 2007; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (4)

Incident on 7th Street Redux

And the band played on. The second half of the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's double-header was a very slight letdown after Sunday's terrific opening salvo. Nothing wrong with Monday's performance, per se - just that the intensity seemed to be off early in the show. Less energy...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 13, 2007; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic

In introducing the title track from "Magic" at the very much sold out Verizon Center last night, Bruce Springsteen said the tune is about how "the truth gets twisted into lies, and lies get twisted into the truth." In other words: A perfect song for Washington! "Hey," he said, "this...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 12, 2007; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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