Author Archives: LC

Musings Upon a Long Winter

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Yes, it’s snowing again here in DC. The weather industry has come up with all sorts of snappy nick names for storms, but I think I’ll stick with exactly what’s happening here- a long winter. This might be the wrong time to bring it up, considering it’s late March, but I love the white stuff.  I associate snow with sledding and hot chocolate and pancakes. I don’t like driving in it, but I love watching it from a window- feeling lucky that I am inside.

Snow was a great cause for celebration growing up because of the possibility of “a get out of ...

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Catch the Soul Train to Frederick

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Spring fever brings the clarion call to get out of that cabin and sally forth. This Saturday, when the temperature is predicted to hit seventy, might be a good day to consider motoring up to Frederick. Once there, you could stop in at Vinyl Acres and maybe even visit with DC veteran rockers Martha Hull and Bob Berberich. Their record shop is about a two minute walk to where Bob is playing Saturday night in downtown Fred. Have a bite somewheres and meet up at the Weinberg Center- a cool old theater which will be featuring Ronnie Newmyer’s colossal spectacular ...

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DC Trash Talk

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Jake Flack of the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours has a way with words and a wicked sense of humor. His song “Supercan,” a DC anthem of sorts, sincerely thanks Marion Barry for bringing us those democratic vessels that grace our alleys, and only gently alludes to our mayor-for-life’s foibles. Just this month, we denizens of the District got brand new Supercans thanks to our current mayor Vincent Gray. But along with the garbage bins came a new report further involving Mayor Gray’s possible involvement with a shady shadow campaign. Despite his denials, things smell a little off -a lot ...

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Lundi Gras

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When people fall in love with New Orleans, they fall hard. Head over heels, ass over teakettle, hard. Some come for work, others for the music. Some find themselves here just on a whim. A guy I talked to last night drove with a buddy from Maryland, woke up under a banana palm, finished off the bottle of wine he had started the night before, and made up his mind that this was the town for him.. eighteen years ago.

Every time I come here I come in contact with people from Washington. One young couple from DC  came down ...

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Hallmark Happy Hour

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 If you ever went down to the old 9:30 club for happy hour in the 1980s,  you more than likely got a drink from Mark Hall. Mark first got into the bar biz at Columbia Station in the mid 1970s, but he also worked at Desperados and dc space. He was a manager, bartender and deejay at 9:30 for many years, and played everything from punk to Bob Dylan; go-go to Bach. At happy hour, he both bar tended and deejayed. I still remember some of those videos he played – Run DMC’s “Walk This Way,” ( which was a ...

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Fifty Shades of Gray Too Many

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Last week, or maybe even all this winter, I’ve felt startled to see the sun. A couple of weeks ago I left home around four o’clock, and the light outside was the color of slate. I thought the sun might be going down soon, but an hour and a half later, I came home in a gun metal fog which finally gave way to the charcoal of dusk. The next morning would bring, you guessed it, the cold gray light of dawn.

Then last night I had a nightmare. I dreamed I heard an automated voice saying sternly “Snow will ...

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We Are WHat WE Are

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Congratulations are in order to all the Washington Area Music Association winners and nominees.  If you have never heard of WAMA, you might want to take a minute to watch the 25th anniversary video for a little back ground and some great footage of DC music history and what our music scene is all about. WAMA has been criticized for being too closed a group, and it’s true that often the same people rotate around, but membership is open to everyone inclined towards things musical, and no one else has stepped up to create anything like it.

I watched ...

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Be Mine Cowpoke

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Feel like getting more down home than duded up this Valentine’s Day? Want to go where you don’t need a reservation and drinks are cheaper than a ten dollar Stetson on a five cent head?
Then check out the Valentine’s Day show at the Takoma Park VFW on Orchard Avenue. This space has been described to me as a micro Surf Club complete with stage, a dance floor, and, this Friday, a whole lot of live music to boot.

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A Forum For Bealtle Maniacs

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This week’s forecast calls for snow on Wednesday. That being said, let’s try and rise above the usual high pitched screams and save them for the library. Yes, a snowy forecast provides the perfect setting for the upcoming Beatles retrospective at the Shaw Library.

DC Music Salon will be screening this landmark concert and rambling down the Penny Lane of memory with local eyewitnesses including rock journalist, Michael Oberman, and manager to the stars, Tom Carrico. Join everyone at the library this Wednesday evening from 7-9 for photos, stories and lots more. Events like this are a labor of love for  ...

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Meet These Guys

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LOOKEE all you peoples that live up that 270 corridor way. Here’s a chance to see a fun band shake the dust off old memories.  The Vi-Kings are playing a free show this Friday night at the Golden Bull way up there in Gaithersburg to commemorate that fateful night when the cuddly mop tops took over earthling TV and gave Ed Sullivan a rocket boost in the ratings. 

Musicians like this space- it’s a big room with plenty of dance floor, and this week’s show is free due to  the gig being moved from Saturday to Friday. To get ...

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Wormhole Weekend

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Buddy Holly. Psyche Delly. Tone. Food for Thought. Blob’s Park.

Time portals are opening all over the place this Saturday.

First the Buddy Holly Tribute Show, featuring a plane load (sorry) of local acts, has traveled over the years from Del Ray (I think) to Chick Hall’s Surf Club, and lately to Blob’s Park up in Jessup. This field trip is well worth the gas to see a true throwback Bavarian beer hall, never mind a night full of live music with nine bands including David Kitchen and Ruthie and the Wranglers. Sadly this event will have to find ...

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Who’s Afraid?

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Government shut downs, school closings and dire warnings of wind chill factors.
Are we being weenies about this polar bear-tex thing? Doesn’t all this cold drama make things like steam heat and hot chocolate that much better? Or are you all done with the snow days and ready to eat your young like a gerbil or turn on your mate like good ole George and Martha?

Martha: You make me puke.
George: That wasn’t a very nice thing to say, Martha.

If you can last long enough, there are alternatives to being housebound this weekend. The ever ...

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Don’t Make Me Choose

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If DC ROCKS comes to you via email, you can read it right there in your inbox with your feet up, or you can hit the link which will take you to the website.  There you will find a little calendar in the side bar which serves as a memory prompt for me and a rock alert for you. This Saturday the waning full moon brings too many shows to write about. In fact from 7 Door on Friday through the School of Rock on Sunday and finally The Tender Thrill Sunday night, there’s plenty to choose from.

 You be ...

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Keep the Lights On

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A good friend of mine was over yesterday admiring my Christmas tree. Yep. It’s still up even though a  truck from the Department of Public Works already whipped by to pick up all those curb side discards early this morning. I keep it up for the lights more than anything else, especially this dark cold week here in Ice Station Zebra.

But it’s good to know there’s a green, gold and purple glow at the end of this cold dark tunnel. Mardi Gras isn’t until March 4th this year, but Carnival season is already upon us, and with it come ...

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Renew Thyself

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Happy 2014. Time to rethink things a little. Make a resolution or two. Out with the old and in with the new. Clean out those closets. Get rid of that duct taped racket from high school. (No, you are NOT going to take up tennis again.) You might as well get rid of that half empty can of balls, too. Except the dog next door might want one. How about that skinny tie with the wine stain shaped like Texas? And that box of old birthday cards? (No, wait. Is that a ticket stub from the Cramps’ show at Hall ...

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A Homebody Holiday

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All the hullabaloo over one minute in time.  All that chasing down the good party; the right place to be at the stroke of twelve. Down in Georgetown or up in Adams Morgan?  Should we go to a bar?  Or to that crazy group house party on T Street? Consequently, back in the day, I spent a lot of midnight moments stuck in a car on the way to somewhere else.
One year when I was in college, I gave up the hunt and made what I thought was a rather mature decision to stay home. I lived in a group house ...

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Don Ho Ho Ho

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Wanna duck the whole December/winter thing? Try closing your eyes. Now pretend you are at a party. How about a party in Hawaii? You’re wearing a gaudy flowered shirt, and you have a tarted up cocktail in your right hand. You can’t quite hear the waves because a live band is playing. Hear the ukelele solo?

 If your imagination’s not cutting it, try the Quarry House this Saturday night, and let the Hula Monsters take you right where you want to be.  They’ll provide the music (and even sell you a gaudy flowered shirt.) Music starts round 9. Great music- ...

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Deep Roots Rock

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Dug up this LTH X-mas card w/ photo by Matthew Worden)

This weekend is the traditional Last Train Home reunion/holiday/flash mob event at IOTA. I’ve been to more of these shows than I can count, and they are always a lot of fun-more like a friend’s party with great music than a concert at a night club.

DC ex- pat pal Eric Brace returns from Nashville as band leader, but each night has an added twist. Friday’s show includes songwriter/musician Karl Straub (whose songs have been covered by Last Train Home.)  Karl and Eric have a new project together so expect ...

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