Posts Tagged ‘john legend’

Photos: Earth Day Climate Rally

Sunday's rally for climate change legislation rolled on undaunted by the difficulties that the passage of said legislation is currently encountering, and was even given a boost by unexpectedly beautiful weather. The Roots played what felt like a headlining set midway through the afternoon, and then proceeded to play the role of backup band [...]

Extraordinary People: John Legend @ Merriweather

"Where do you get the balls to change your name from Gordon to 'Sting'?" asked the comedian Dana Carvey asked sometime in the mid-90's, when the musician's stage name was still viable stand-up fodder. One might ask the same of John Stephens, who changed his name to John Legend while he was still a small-time act in Chicago. To his credit, Legend's spent the intervening years slowly justifying his ambitious moniker, carving out a niche of the outskirts of pop R&B, not far from its borders with rock and big-band. He brought his horn section, dancing girls, and Clorox-white pants to Merriweather Friday.

Weekend Music Round-Up


An Evening w/ King Sunny Ade & his African Beats. 9:30 club. $25. All ages.
The Paulverizers, Idle Americans. Bangkok Blues. Call for price.
Oleta Adams. Birchmere. $39.50.
Novalima, Pistolera. Black Cat. $18/$22. All ages.
Lovvers, Small Doses, Cigarbox Planetarium. Comet Ping Pong. All ages.
John Legend, India.Arie. Merriweather Post Pavilion. $36–$109.
Hello Society, Marbin, Lucky Dub. The Red & [...]

Last Week: Raphael Saadiq, John Legend, and Dr. John

Saadiq/Legend at DAR Constitution Hall; Dr. John and the Lower 911 at Blues Alley
Raphael Saadiq and Dr. John are both on tour at present, peddling different brands of regressively delightful music to packed, loyal audiences. The Doctor (Mac Rebennack, to get technical) and Saadiq (né Wiggins) wear their influences on their sleeves and dress [...]