Posts Tagged ‘Strathmore’

Don’t Be Bored: Fillmore Opens

If you peeled off $90 plus fees for tonight's Mary J. Blige show at Fillmore Silver Spring, it'll probably be your first glance at the new Live Nation venue on Colesville Road. The nightclub—which is also the subject of Tom Anderson's City Paper story this week—officially opens tonight.
Meanwhile, Strathmore also opens its concert season with [...]

Washington Performing Arts Society’s 2011-2012 Season: Something Old, Something New

The Washington Performing Arts Society has officially released its 2011-2012 season, and few would say the suspense has been killing them. Classical fans will be not terribly surprised to see that it looks a lot like the 2010-2011 season—with, in fact, some of the exact same lineups: Joshua Bell with Sam Haywood on Jan. [...]

Itzhak Perlman at Strathmore, Reviewed

Last week at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Barack Obama made his entrance to the tune of Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” theme song, the first of a series of jokes at Donald Trump’s expense. (Vice President Joe Biden, who was subjected to a gag reel introduced by Ol’ Dirty Bastard warbling “Ooh baby I like [...]

Download: The Sweater Set’s “Downstream”

In this week's Washington City Paper (not yet online!), Steve Kolowich talks to local folk duo The Sweater Set about its new album Goldmine, whose song "Downstream" he admires quite a bit. The band, currently artists-residence at Strathmore, has a record release show at the Montgomery County arts center tonight, which is why it's important [...]

Why Juan de Marcos González Won’t Make You Pachanga Till You’re Ready

In 1976, then-Havana-based Juan de Marcos González founded Sierra Maestra, a large band that specialized in danceable Cuban son music, one of the root sounds of salsa. Maestra became popular in Cuba, toured Europe, and recorded a number of albums between still beloved by hardcore fans of Cuban music. In the late '90s, González began reaching [...]

Tonight: Blues, Soul, and Rockabilly Shows

Tonight offers fans of old-school blues, soul, and rockabilly some interesting choices. Strathmore is presenting “Blues at the Crossroads: Robert Johnson Centennial Concert.” The show features Colorado jam band Big Head Todd & the Monsters performing with special blues guests David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, and Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm. These folks all worked on [...]

Joshua Bell at Strathmore, Reviewed

What separates the superstars from the merely great classical musicians? Swaying. Itzhak Perlman sways. Yo-Yo Ma sways—even more impressive, considering his instrument, the cello, requires him to be seated.  And Joshua Bell, currently the most renowned violinist in the world, sways a lot.
Bell is undoubtedly an excellent musician, but that isn’t the point. Once you reach a [...]

Celebrate MLK Day About A Million Ways

Thirty-eight percent of workers in D.C. are government employees–which means there are a whole lot of people who are going to have spare time on their hands this Monday, which is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If you're among these lucky many, and you're looking for ways to celebrate King, you've got plenty of options.

King’s [...]

Messiah Smackdown: National Philharmonic vs. National Symphony

Handel’s Messiah is one of those unfortunate holiday traditions you can’t escape, like ugly sweaters and fruitcake. Every year, choruses trot out the Christmas standard (actually, it was first performed in April) as their end-of-the-year moneymaker, which is to choral groups what The Nutcracker is to ballets.  Churches, too, love Handel’s oratorio, a sure way [...]

Tonight: “The Perfect Pipe Bomb” Detonates at Strathmore Mansion (with Puppets and Folk Music!)

How do you make the perfect pipe bomb?
Cash from strangers, and a little help from your friends. That’s how Phillips Saylor has gone about it, anyway.
When Saylor, frontman of the local alt-country band Stripmall Ballads, decided to mix his music with puppet theater, he tapped acquaintances at the Puppet Underground and friends and volunteers from [...]