Entries by Michael Coleman

The Washington Valor: DC’s Arena Football Team Makes Debut

Football-crazed Washington sports fans are in luck. We no longer have to wait until September to get our local fix of high-octane touchdowns and bone-crunching hits. That’s because there’s a new arena league team in town – the Washington Valor. If you haven’t experienced arena football, get ready for fast and furious action, affordable tickets, […]

Delta Blues Meets Country Rock: Paul Thorn at The Hamilton

Anyone who was looking to shake off the workweek doldrums last Friday night should have been at The Hamilton to witness Paul Thorn’s feel-good musical revival, delivered in equal parts Delta blues and country rock. A former professional boxer who grew up as the son of a Pentecostal preacher in Tupelo, Miss., Thorn has an […]

New-Look Wizards Excited for Season

Since new head coach Scott Brooks arrived in DC in the off-season, the Washington Wizards have rediscovered a word that went missing from their vocabulary last season: fun. The team’s practices – while hard-charging and intense – are often punctuated by laughter and playful jibes between players and coaches. The scowls and groans of frustration […]

Gipsy Kings Still Electric 30 Years In

Nearly 30 years into their storied career, world music superstars the Gipsy Kings showed no signs of slowing down last weekend during a thrilling set at the Lincoln Theatre that had hundreds of people dancing in the aisles. The iconic 10-piece band, which mixes traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms, brought their […]

We Like That! Kirk Cousins Strikes While the Gridiron is Hot

For the first time in several years, the Washington Redskins are starting their season without drama at the quarterback position and with widespread optimism about their chances for success. Kirk Cousins, who toiled in the shadow of quarterback Robert Griffin III during the 2012-2014 seasons, outperformed the Heisman Trophy winner during training camp last year […]

DC’s Citi Open is Back in Action

If you’re a fan of fast-paced, top-tier professional tennis, the Citi Open tennis tournament at Rock Creek Park is probably already on your summer calendar. But even casual fans – or just those who are simply looking for something new and fun to do – should consider catching a match or two this month. The […]

Grrls Rule at DCJazzFest at The Yards

When many people consider jazz, they think of horns and the men who played them: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Chet Baker – the list goes on. But women also hold an exalted place in jazz music, and this year’s third annual DC JazzFest at The Yards on the Capitol Riverfront kicks off on June 17 […]

Cage the Elephant at Merriweather Post Pavilion

When Cage the Elephant entered the studio last year to work on their fourth album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, the band wielded a not-so-secret weapon: Black Keys guitarist and Grammy-winning producer Dan Auerbach. The Grammy-nominated rockers opened for the Black Keys in 2014, and after a series of backstage discussions, guitarist Brad Shultz asked for Auerbach’s […]

DC Brings the Funk: U Street’s Funk Parade

There’s no disputing that DC – the birthplace of go-go music – can bring the funk. But in case anyone worried that DC was resting on its funky laurels, the city now devotes an entire day to the art form. This year’s third annual Funk Parade is set for Saturday, May 7. And once again, […]