Entries by Jon Kaplan

Old Guard vs. New Guard: Top Players Come to Win at Citi Open

“It’s been a good year so far.” That’s the low-key summary of 2019 from Reilly Opelka, the up-and-coming American tennis powerhouse who won his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour title in February, and saw his world-ranking climb to an all-time high of 53 in May – just a few years into his career. […]

Knox Hamilton Breezes Through DC

Knox Hamilton’s vibe isn’t what you’d immediately expect from a band out of Little Rock, Arkansas. But the three bandmates aren’t claiming to play traditional Southern music. Instead, they’re drawing from all of their influences to make something modern and new. “I think just like any band, our sound comes from combining the taste and […]

BØRNS Finds Magic on the Road

In October 2015, Garrett Borns, better known as the singular BØRNS, released his debut album Dopamine, and his career went into overdrive. The memorable start to that phase of his musical journey began in our fair city, where hours before the album came out, he found himself in DC, onstage at the Rock & Roll […]

Dengue Fever: A Little Bit Cambodian, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll

When you hear the words “dengue fever,” if you have any sense, you’ll run the other way. After all, it’s a nasty tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes. But there’s another Dengue Fever you should run toward, this one a band from L.A., that combines surf rock and psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop influences. Dengue Fever […]

Back on the Road: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

On a recent call with Joe Lewis, it was clear that he was enjoying the comforts of home, just as he was poised to give them up again – for a while at least. The heart, soul and frontman of the eponymously named Austin, Texas band Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears was having a […]

Alabama Shakes Brings Rock and Soul to Farm Aid

Farm Aid’s 31st concert will barnstorm into Bristow, Va. this month at Jiffy Lube Live, marking the third time the benefit will take place in our neck of the woods. Since 1985, the concerts, started by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young (all appearing this year), have raised more than $50 million to promote […]

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas Come to Verizon Center

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas probably couldn’t have imagined their new tour when they met at a Disney Channel screen test almost a decade ago. They were just kids then, and Lovato didn’t even get the part on the Jonas Brothers show that she was auditioning for. But in a recent phone interview, the two […]