Posts Tagged ‘Jim Thomson’

Jason Hamacher, a Punk “Drummer With a Camera,” Is Now a Syrian-Art Preservationist

It’s spring’s first balmy Saturday evening, and the Convergence parking lot is packed. The Alexandria church and community arts center regularly hosts punk shows for neighborhood teens, but today, the reception area is filled with an incongruous combination of young church families, foreign dignitaries, and 30-something punks in Replacements T-shirts and full-sleeve tattoos. Meanwhile, the [...]

Arts Roundup: Silo Edition

Local cabdriver/rock star Hailu Mergia talks music with booker Jim Thomson. [Vinyl District]
An oral history of The Beatles' D.C. invasion [Post]
Hey, it's local native Dave Grohl (and some other famous people) playing The Beatles. Nope, The Beatles stuff ain't stopping anytime soon. [Spin]
Michael Kaiser says: Beware of silos, arts organizations! [Huffington Post]
New Veep trailer, folks. [Huffington Post]
The Washington Post [...]

Talking Shop With Ex-9:30 Club Booker Lisa White

From 1991 to 2013, local bands called booking manager Lisa White when they wanted a show at 9:30 Club—and when they were pissed about not getting one. Working with primary booker and club co-owner Seth Hurwitz, White booked a lot of the bands that opened for big acts at the venue. She had the right background for it: [...]

Tropicalia Drops Booker Jim Thomson, Citing Financial Reasons

After a year and a half booking U Street venue Tropicalia, Jim Thomson is out of a steady job. The self-styled "global dancehall" tucked beneath the Subway sandwich shop at 14th and U streets NW can no longer sustain a full-time booker, says club owner Aman Ayoubi. "Unfortunately at this point, we cannot afford to have [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Waterboys, Billy Collins, and Wild Belle

When W.B. Yeats won the Nobel Prize in 1923, the committee described his poetry as a “highly artistic form [that] gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Scottish-born Dublin resident Mike Scott has aimed for that same sort of artistry in the music he’s made since the 1983 self-titled debut by his band, [...]

Eclectic Wizard: Tropicalia’s Jim Thomson Might Be D.C.’s Most Interesting Booker

By a certain hour most Fridays and Saturdays, U Street NW can begin to feel a little tense: earpiece-wearing bouncers loom in club doorways, turning people away; women in stilettos totter over bulges in the narrow sidewalk; little spats break out over who hailed a cab or claimed a parking spot first.
Descend an unmarked staircase [...]

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