Entries by Jamie McCrary

Andrew Bird Set to Perform at Merriweather

Andrew Bird is coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion at the end of the month. You haven’t bought tickets yet? Then you’re wasting precious time, my friends. Bird’s performing with not one, but two, critically acclaimed bands – Belle and Sebastian and Spoon – as well as DC natives Ex Hex, on Sunday, July 30. Each band has a stellar […]

WMPA: Passion, Purpose and Performance

The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association (WMPA), though diverse in their programming, exists for one main reason: to make authentic, meaningful music. “Our focus is on the music itself,” says Ulysses S. James, WMPA’s music director. “We want to transport people.” James, who’s been music director since 1984, helped build the organization around this philosophy. He […]

SHAED Creates Colorful Music That Moves

SHAED, though only a year old, already has a compelling story to tell. The band has a vibrant sound that sticks – one formed not just through talent, but through deep comradery. “We’re all best friends,” says Max Ernst, one of the band’s multi-instrumentalists. “Our strong connection to each other shapes our music.” Their friendship […]

CityDance to Host DREAMscape at Lincoln Theatre

CityDance’s DREAMscape is an ‘un-gala,’ according to Alexe Nowakowski, CityDance President and CEO. “We wanted to leave the traditional sit-down gala in favor of something that would match our mission – transforming lives and communities through dance,” Nowakowski says. DREAMscape, held this year on May 6 at DC’s Lincoln Theatre, is an annual event that […]

CulturalDC Hosts VisionDC, Arts and Urban Innovation Summit

“We make space for art.” CulturalDC held true to their word yesterday with the launch of VisionDC at Arena Stage. The all-day summit championed the arts in ways I haven’t experienced since graduate school. Speakers empowered audiences to use the arts to fuel urban development, a concept with powerful implications for city planners and artists […]

Anne-Sophie Mutter to Perform at Kennedy Center

Anne-Sophie Mutter is not just a violinist – she’s a musician. She approaches performing in a genuine and holistic way. Her purpose is not to perfect a skill set, but to engage, inspire and give to others. And, after a 40-year career, her work is just beginning. “Classical music is such a gift,” Mutter says. […]

‘The Little Mermaid’ Reimagined at the Kennedy Center

Think Hans Christian Anderson, but infused with contemporary music, an eerie mood and voiceless, in-motion actors. John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid is a curious combination of these components. Neumeier’s rendition of the classic tale, at the Kennedy Center through Sunday, will leave you heartbroken, fascinated and wanting more. His ballet opens with a bright, cheery […]

Danú to Perform at GMU for St. Patrick’s Day

Exciting. Emotional. Fun. That’s how Benny McCarthy, founding member of the UK-based Irish band Danú, describes the band. The group’s got an authentic and earthly sound, shaped with traditional Irish instruments such as the fiddle, flute, cittern and guitar. Their compositions – some ancient tunes, some newly written – alternate between Irish jigs and quietly […]

Interdisciplinary Inspiration: SHIFT Festival’s Guided Musical Hikes Explore Music and Nature

Boulder-based naturalist David Sutherland’s guided musical hikes aren’t just an experience. They’re an inspiration. The hikes, designed as nature walks set to classical music, are an interdisciplinary event rich in creative possibilities. “When you pair two unrelated things together and find the commonalities, it creates a space to explore new perspectives,” Sutherland says. “Combining music […]

Laura Mvula Evokes Emotion and Vulnerability at Sixth & I

Listening to Laura Mvula is a powerful and intensely personal experience. The British soul singer’s voice is raw with emotion and vulnerability, inspiring listeners to reach inside, question what’s there and embrace what they find. Her performance at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Chinatown last week was no less than moving. I sat in […]