For their 10th annual festival, Living Classrooms married some highlights of the local music and food scene with sound great nationally-touring acts like Dustbowl Revival and The Ballroom Thieves.
They may be as traditional of a band as they've ever been, trading Mario Kart 64 sound bites for guitars and drums, but Perry and company still have the quirky charm that made them internet favorites in the first place.
The fact that Kelsey Waldon was the first new artist in a decade signed to John Prine's record label tells you a lot about her, but most importantly, it says that when she sings, you ought to pay attention. And when the native Kentuckian sings, she tells stories of resilience through hard times in hard places delivered over a classic country sound that has all but vanished from Nashville.
DC’s self-described ‘queer cowboy’ Drew Beckman has been slowly winning over crowds around town with a combination of on-stage charisma, unique writing perspective, and a great outlaw country sound.
Though the band announced an indefinite hiatus in 2016, Bombay Bicycle Club are thankfully back with new music, their first since 2014’s So Long, See You Tomorrow.
Here's a phrase you probably haven't heard before: "German techno marching band." Enter MEUTE.
MEUTE in a nutshell: they take songs that exist firmly in the world of EDM and bring them to life as an 11-piece marching band. Marimbas, saxophones, trumpets, bass drums, even matching red jackets. The works. The group has gained an impressive following in Europe over the last few years, starting out in public city squares and eventually graduating to massive headlining shows and massive festival crowds. With their performance at U Street Music Hall, the Hamburg-based group continued their worldwide conquest with their first-ever concert in North America.