By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
Sting and Paul Simon took the stage together last night at Verizon Center
After countless Grammys and other awards, and scores of hit songs, Sting and Paul Simon join forces to put on a show that is every bit a testament to their legendary careers. In what might seem an odd pairing, the two icons brought their show to Verizon Center on March 13 in what was billed as “Sting & Paul Simon – On Stage, Together.”
Just after 8:15 p.m., the two emerged onstage together with both artists’ bands, and tore the roof off the building.
The pair kicked off the set with Sting’s 1999 hit “Brand New Day,” and continued a set that dipped into both artists’ extensive catalogs, which even saw them swapping vocals mid-song.
By Jason Williams, DC Music Live
The Congress rocked Gypsy Sally’s recently.
Photo by Jason Williams
If the first time you were smitten by music happen before the dawn of the digital age there is likely a physical tape, vinyl record or dare I say it an 8 track cartridge that reminds you of that moment when everything else was muted and you only heard the music.
Despite my relative youth (32) one of my earliest musical memories is rummaging through my father’s 8 tracks. There I was introduced to supergroups and superstars of yesteryear. There were The Delfonics, Mahalia Jackson and dozens of others. No fancy album artwork on 8 tracks there were two staples on most, a picture of the group and the common title was, Meet The (insert name of the artist). Liner notes, artist thank you’s and lyrics would come into the music buying experience at a later time and that point what they looked like and how they sounded was enough.
By Sara Spangler, DC Music Live
Photo Courtesy of Delta Rae
Storytelling, powerful vocals and high energy live shows describe the soulful North Carolina-based sextet Delta Rae. Delta Rae returns to the DC area to kick off their tour at a sold-out show at 9:30 Club on February 15. We got the chance to sit down with drummer Mike McKee to talk about the band’s growing popularity and what it was like to meet Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno.
DC Music Live: Are you excited about the upcoming tour, and having the first show at 9:30 Club?
Mike McKee: Yeah, it’s one of those ideal places to start the tour. DC’s been so good to us, and the club is amazing. It has great history, and for good reason it’s one of the top clubs in the country.
By Erin Coulehan
Hearts are certain to be set aflutter this Valentine’s weekend by Kodaline and LP at U Street Music Hall. After releasing debut album, In A Perfect World, in the fall, Kodaline set out on their first headlining tour before returning home to Ireland for the holidays.
Now, the band is excited to be back on the road visiting familiar faces and expanding their fan base in the states.
“We had a good break and are all rested up now,” says drummer Vinny May. “We’re excited to pick up with touring again and to be back in the states.”
By: Keiana Smith-McDowell
musx launches tonight at midnight!
Music lovers everywhere: get excited, there’s a new mobile app available especially for you! At midnight, musx – pronounced myo͞oziks – pulled a Beyonce and launched its new social sharing and music exploration app “musx.”
Available for free in the iTunes app store, the service is focused heavily on the social component by creating a simple way to communicate and share music with friends, artists, venues, and blogs without those songs getting lost in someone’s social media feed.
By Jason Williams, DC Music Live
K.Michell. Jhene Aiko. Bridget Kelly. Elle Varner. Not names plucked at random, but four young and promising R&B songstresses who through blending their talents and experiences carry on a musical tradition that Etta James, Patti LaBelle and countless others forged. In a similar vein, hip-hop, from its inception, has never had a shortage of enterprising young men who took their real and sometimes enhanced stories of street life and spun them into chart topping success. Some would suggest that XXL’s annual Freshman Class is the closest thing to a formalized “who’s next” list. Personally, I think you have better odds picking today’s Powerball numbers than knowing a rap legend in the making. Nevertheless, Pusha T, born Terrence Thornton, never made XXL Freshman Class list. Possibly because King Push was an established artist before the official/unofficial honor even got started. However, what the treasured few of XXL’s Freshman Class and Pusha T had in common was a tremendous amount of doubt if they could live up to the hype.
By Keiana Smith-McDowell, DC Music Live
Photo courtesy of the NY Daily News
On Thursday, Jay Z touched down in Washington D.C. performing at a packed Verizon Center as a stop on his Magna Carta World Tour. Jay Z opened the show with “U Don’t Know,” from arguably one of his best albums The Blueprint and from there continued walking the crowd down memory lane performing popular songs from Vol.2… Hard Knock Life, The Black Album, and his Summer 2013 release, Magna Carta… Holy Grail.
Jay has a long history of hits – 17 years to be exact – and reminded the screaming crowd last night saying “I got a million of these,” but it was songs like “On to the Next One,” and “Big Pimpin’” that kept the people on their feet.
During the show, Hov showed love to Oakland rapper, Too $hort with a mix of “Blow the Whistle” and “99 Problems.” He also acknowledged former NBA Player and Maryland native Sam “Sam I Am” Cassel, and Georgetown University professor, Michael Eric Dyson, whom he referred to as “Royalty.”
Jay Z ended the show with “Young, Forever” – a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Check out some video from last nights show after the jump.