Results tagged “Music” from Spotlight

The Washington Chorus celebrates Verdi

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 26, 2014 7:41 AM |
Julian Wachner leads The Washington Chorus in its celebration of Giuseppe Verdi in honor of the 200th anniversary of his birth. Sopranos Corinne Winters and Othalie Graham, mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo, tenor Issachah Savage and bass Peter Volpe are featured soloists in “The Essential Verdi,” featuring favorites from his operas, choruses and choral masterworks, including highlights from Aida, La Traviata ... [Read]

Arlington-based The Grand Candy performs at a party celebrating the release of its debut album, NSFW, recorded at D.C.'s famed Fugazi-popularized Inner Ear Studios. Led by jazzy-soul vocalist Dan Cohn, their sound recalls Dire Straits or Jeff Buckley. Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8:30 p.m. IOTA Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $12. Call 703-522-8340 or visit ... [Read]

The Library of Congress offers "ASCAP: One Hundred Years and Beyond," an exhibition featuring 45 objects celebrating the work of the leading organization advocating on behalf of musical artists. Included in this centennial toast to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is the original manuscript of Henry Mancini's The Pink Panther theme, Paul Williams's lyrics for "The Rainbow ... [Read]

“Tracks was very transformative and influential in the D.C. music scene, far beyond any of the acclaim that it’s gotten,” says Patrick Little, who was the general manager of the storied straight-friendly D.C. mega-nightclub when it ended its 15-year reign in 1999. As detailed in this week's Metro Weekly, Little led efforts planning this weekend’s Tracks Reunion event, with ... [Read]

80s pop from the gay U.K.

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 20, 2013 6:47 PM |
On BBC2 Radio's Wednesday night broadcast of The People's Songs, an hour-long episode will be dedicated to the historical influence of gays in British pop music. Here's a preview from Stuart Maconie's show, Smalltown Boy, which takes its name from Bronski Beat's hit gay anthem: "In part 12 of The People's Songs, Stuart recalls the arrival of openly gay pop in the ... [Read]

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington helps kick off Capital Pride with a fun and flirtatious homage to hit-making men in music, from teen idols to rock stars, from the '50s to today. You can expect performances to the tunes of Elvis, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin and Maroon 5, among others. Fingers crossed that we'll be spared Bieber Fever. Tonight, ... [Read]

Review: Come Fly Away

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 27, 2012 8:59 AM |
Singing to recorded music signals that you can't afford live musicians. What Twyla Tharp has done in Come Fly Away, putting a big band onstage to accompany recorded vocals by Frank Sinatra, signals that she couldn't afford not to have live musicians. Not if she wanted a commercial product that could justify hefty ticket prices, anyway. But it's a superfluous ... [Read]

Jazzy Mondays at Bohemian Caverns

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 23, 2012 1:00 PM |
Every Monday night the 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra performs a variety of music from the big band repertoire -- including pieces by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billy Strayhorn and Maria Schneider, plus originals from band members. Founded by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde and club owner Omrao Brown, the orchestra features some of D.C.'s best jazz musicians, including Linde and ... [Read]

Amy Ray at Iota Cafe

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 13, 2012 8:49 AM |
In the past dozen years, Amy Ray has released several solo albums in between Indigo Girls records and tours, all informed more by her punk predilection than the sweet harmonious folk bliss of her work with Emily Saliers. As a solo artist Ray is best when she finds the common ground in between punk and folk: usually soft rock, edgy ... [Read]

"What if God was one of us?" Joan Osborne asked in her 1995 hit. Since then, she's gone on to tour with the Motown band the Funk Brothers, including appearing in the band's 2002 documentary film Standing In The Shadows of Motown, and supporting the Dixie Chicks a year later. Now, she's touring on the Bring It On Home tour. ... [Read]

Patti LaBelle at Strathmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 30, 2012 9:38 AM |
The R&B/pop superstar – the original Lady Marmalade – returns for two shows after last year’s sold-out engagement. She'll offer pop tunes, jazz standards, blues anthems and spirituals – and hopefully, even the showstopper from Fela! she performed on Broadway a couple years ago. Also, expect a lot of casual banter. Miss Patti, she likes to relate to her audience. ... [Read]

Virginia-based Wonder Woman and staunch supporter of the LGBT community Lynda Carter returns to the Kennedy Center this Friday to offer a new concert, “Body & Soul.” Supported by a smokin’ band and singers, Carter offers unique and personal takes on rock classics, jazz standards, country tunes and even some original songs. Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy ... [Read]

LiveNation presents "Live & Unfinished," a concert by Jordan Knight, former lead singer of New Kids on the Block, whose solo career as an adult just hasn't had anywhere near the level of success he had as a teenager. In recent years, he's returned to the NKOTB fold to perform for a stadium tour with the Backstreet Boys. But ... [Read]

Fatboy Slim at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Randy Shulman
March 21, 2012 9:48 AM |
Born Quentin Cook, the British Fatboy Slim is one of dance music's most famous producers, known for his jerky, bouncy '90s hits "Weapon of Choice," "The Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You." He tried to retire the moniker a few years ago, but the name has stuck -- it's just too fun to let go. Friday, March 23. Doors at 10 ... [Read]

The video for DEV's "Dancing Shoes" just premiered online. The track comes from DEV's debut album The Night the Sun Came Up, which will be released on March 27, 2012. Check out the video below. Follow @metroweekly Get Spotlight in your inbox. Join our mailing list. ... [Read]

We like the trance-like build of Youth Lagoon's new video, "July," from their album The Year of Hibernation. Worth checking out. Youth Lagoon will appear over the next few months at the following venues: 01/16: The Reef, Boise 01/19: Neumos, Seattle 01/20: Biltmore, Vancouver 01/21: Doug Fir, Portland 3/10: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City 3/11: Larimer Lounge, Denver 3/12: Jackpot ... [Read]

Atlas Sound

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 17, 2011 12:00 PM |
Bradley Cox, the queer lead singer of the hipster band Deerhunter, has released his third intriguing album under his solo moniker Atlas Sound. The trippy, haunting Parallax is Cox's most accessible set yet. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Doors at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-667-4490 or visit Get Spotlight in your inbox. Join ... [Read]

Pink Martini at Strathmore

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 10, 2011 1:04 PM |
Pink Martini harbors no musical or linguistic boundaries -- but its home base is '60s-era cocktail tunes, with strong Brazilian influence. The Portland, Ore.-based band returns to the region after a performance last Spring with the NSO Pops and the band's occasional guest member, NPR's gay White House correspondent Ari Shapiro. Shapiro performed on the group's multi-denominational holiday album Joy ... [Read]

When Deutsche Grammophon asked Tori Amos if she'd be interested in creating a classical album, the fashionable pop eccentric with the pixie-sque voice was reticent. "The concept of something so demanding, it can really ruin a career doing something like that, if you get it wrong," she told Metro Weekly back in September. In the end, Night of Hunters, a ... [Read]

John Eaton, tonight at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 26, 2011 9:44 AM |
The music of Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael kicks off this year's three-part series on American pop and jazz standards at Wolf Trap, ably led since 1988 by local jazz veteran and pianist John Eaton. "Indiana On Our Mind" is the name of the program, signifying that both composers were Hoosiers, and referencing Carmichael's composition "Georgia On My Mind." "Night ... [Read]