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The Reagan Years at Pentagon Row

The Reagan Years took the stage at Pentagon Row for Rock the Row, and the crowd enjoyed some of the best hits from the 80s. Cold beer from Starr Hill Brewery and food from Bonefish Grill and Nando’s Peri Peri kept folks feeling nice and relaxed for an entertaining Thursday evening. Photos: Mark Van Bergh

 

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Buy a Lady a Drink: White Ford Bronco at 201 Bar

The first free show of the Buy a Lady a Drink concert series at 201 Bar on Capitol HIill featured one of DC’s favorite 90s cover bands, White Ford Bronco. Raising money for women in underdeveloped countries and dancing the night away, it was a fun evening for a great cause. Light fare and drink specials kept the crowd going all night. See the next free show at 201 Bar on August 3 with Pebble to Pearl! Photos: Tatiana Herrera

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Phil Kominski at Mount Vernon Triangle

Tunes in the Triangle heated up with amazing vocals from Lloyd Dobler Effect’s lead singer, Phil Kominski. Mount Vernon Triangle is the place to be any Thursday night, surrounded by top-notch restaurants and ringing with great live music for a relaxed evening.

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Crafthouse Summer Year of Beer

Locals gathered on the patio at Crafthouse in Fairfax Corner to sample beers from some of our favorite craft breweries such as Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock, Apocalypse Ale Works, Troegs and Brothers Craft Brewing. Folks were able to relax with cold beer, live music from Practically Einstein and delicious appetizers from Crafthouse. Photos: Kayla Marsh

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Photo: Addie Juell

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 musical lineup planned, featuring songs from new albums and old-school classics.

“I’m pretty psyched to be playing with them,” Bird says.

He’s set to play tunes from Are You Serious, his newest album and twelfth full-length LP. The record is ambitious, featuring emotionally complex and hauntingly intimate subject matter. For instance, the song “Valley of the Young” encapsulates the record’s tone, as Bird explores the divide between youth and maturity, comparing young, single people’s lives to those who are raising families.

“It’s difficult to write songs like these – ones that are lyrical and poetic, but also universal,” he says.

“Valley of the Young” also reflects his mission as an artist; Bird strives to create layered, nuanced music that listeners can contemplate.

“I try to make records people can chew on for a long time.”

His Merriweather show promises the same depth of experience. Bird describes his set as “varied and dynamic”– an engaging performance meant to inspire and excite. His passion for music is evident, as he’s deeply committed to the processes of performing and creating music.

“I really enjoy grabbing ideas out of the ether and putting them into song form. I’m in the midst of writing now, and never get tired of it.”

His melodies generally begin as sensory experiences, like a smell conjuring childhood nostalgia or the screeching sounds of a garbage truck breaking, he says. If the tune sticks with him long enough, he’ll put words to it and eventually add additional instrumentation. For Bird, this cycle is both creative and exhilarating – an outward expression of his inner world.

Merriweather’s show will give attendees a sample of his artistry. It’s an event you won’t want to skip out on – especially if you’re a fan of the other famed groups sharing the stage.

Andrew Bird will be at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, July 30. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45-$55. Learn more here.

Merriweather Post Pavilion: 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Columbia, MD; 410-715-5550; www.merriweathermusic.com

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Gorillaz at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Gorillaz, along with numerous guests including openers Vince Staples and Danny Brown, performed a raucous set at Merriweather Post Pavilion. With new hits from their latest release Humanz and classics from their albums of yesteryear, the cartoon band and their real-life creators pumped the sold-out venue with endless energy. Photos: James Coreas

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Hayley Fahey at Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge

Hayley Fahey brought her big, soulful voice to Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge on July 14, and although the audience turnout was somewhat disappointing, that didn’t distract from a crisp, fun show that showcased her powerful songwriting and a few spirited covers. Along with John Trupp on lead guitar and backing vocalist Tatiana Varela, Fahey put on a show that demonstrated just how determined, professional and talented she is as a performer.

Fahey refers to her music as “an indie-pop-country fusion,” a brew that’s reflected on her first album, Sweet Red, released in May 2016. The expertly crafted and produced songs make Fahey’s debut CD a must-listen for supporters of local music. She has been making music since she was three years old (playing first piano, then guitar and ukulele) and from the sound of things, that won’t be changing for a long, long time. To find out more about Fahey, her music and future tour dates, visit her website.

Photos and review: Mark Caicedo

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Taco, Beer, Tequila Festival at Yards Park

Tacos, Beer, and Tequila — what more could you want on a sunny Saturday? Yards Park hosted the first-ever Taco, Beer, Tequila Festival featuring unlimited craft beer samples, over 30 tequilas for tastings,16 different taco trucks and taqueria vendors, and live music including a mariachi band.  Photos: Ryan Hill

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Uncle Jesse at The Wharf

Hot 90s hits from Uncle Jesse and cool baby pools made The Wharf the place to be. Each Thursday through August catch a free show and kick back waterside with a cold beer or wine.

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White Ford Bronco at Pentagon Row

Thursday’s free concert series Rock The Row at Pentagon Row kicked off with one of DC’s favorite 90s cover band, White Ford Bronco. VIP guests get to enjoy small plates of food and and beer samples from VA craft breweries. Photos: Gevar Bonham