Entries by Monica Alford

Local Sounds: New Releases from DC Musicians

As our city’s music scene continues to grow, so do the number of releases from local musicians. From experimental indie rock to country/R&B fusion to straight up soul, DC area musicians are flourishing across genres and pushing locals to experience new sounds. We caught up with three local artists with new albums out to see […]

Tina Fey and Creative Team on Broadway-Bound Mean Girls

Mean Girls is one of those coming-of-age films that rides the fine line between cult classic and mainstream appeal, with countless diehard fans quoting the movie in regular conversation and turning their favorite lines into hashtags 13 years later. And for us theatre nerds on the cult classic side of the fence, it seems only […]

Singer-Songwriter Nellie McKay Brings Quirky Charm to AMP

Nellie McKay was one of the first songstresses my husband ever played for me during the very early months of our relationship. It was quite clear that he had a huge crush on her, partly because of her retro aesthetic and quirky personality, but mostly because of her breathy, truly one-of-a-kind vocals and versatility as a singer-songwriter. […]

Fully Immersive Theatre: In Cabaret We Trust

As someone who has spent countless hours nestled safely in the audience during some of our city’s best theatre productions, the idea of being approached by an actor mid-performance and drawn into the plot is equal parts terrifying and intriguing. And those emotions are at least part of what artistic director Strother Gaines is gunning […]

A Day in the Life: Rockets are Red’s Jeffrey Everett

If you’re into music, Jeffrey Everett is a guy you want to know. The talented artist and owner of Rockville-based design agency Rockets are Red has designed hundreds of concert posters for bands like Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, The Decemberists and Wilco, not to mention comedians like Marc Maron, Nick Offerman and David Cross. In […]

The Who Rocks On at MGM

It can be daunting to write a review about a living legend, much less two. I’ve seen my fair share of them – Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Lou Reed when he was still with us – the list goes on. But I’ve never used the written word to describe those experiences, […]

Merriweather Post Pavilion Celebrates 50 Years

The Who and Led Zeppelin only shared the same stage once, in May 1969, and The Who’s crew had to ask Zeppelin to get off the stage so the band could squeeze in their own set. Former President Jimmy Carter sang “Georgia on My Mind” twice with Willie Nelson at the same venue. Janis Joplin […]

Inside Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Director Michael Mayer

When you’ve been not-so-quietly obsessed with the same musical for nearly two decades, it seems almost impossible to put into writing why it’s so incredible. But I’m going to try. First, there’s her story. Hedwig is John Cameron Mitchell’s creation, a transgender songstress from East Germany whose adult life was shaped in large part by […]

Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival Returns in Full Force

DC’s favorite spring festival is back this Saturday, inviting music and nature lovers alike back to Kingman Island for the eighth year. The eco-friendly Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival along the Anacostia River draws crowds of up to 10,000 locals annually, plus food trucks, vendors, and a dog and family-friendly vibe. We caught up […]