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Roxy Music in Washington

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The Roxy Music show in DC was excellent and fun.  St Vincent opened up (and not many of the audience members knew her stuff). We rocked out.  Here are some bits.

We parked at the arena (though it cost some $$$ it was way worth it as we drove directly out in under 2 minutes).  We arrived early enough to buy a very bad gin and tonic from the sports betting center on the corner before the show.

We were in the venue about 30 minutes before the show.  Row 12!

St Vincent played lots of material from her new album.

New York

Only mother fucker in the city…

Slow disco.

 

The stage change took about 25 minutes.  And it was worth the wait.

ROXY MUSIC in the house!

The show began with Avalon interstitial into Re-Make/Re-Model.

 

A guitar solo by Phil Manzanera.

Bryan Ferry was full of energy during this show.

 

Andy Mackay on woodwinds.

The guitar gets wild

While My Heart is Still Beating

Roxy gets psychedelic.

As does Romey!  You go girl.

Many of the interludes were beautiful in just the right Roxy way.

One of our all time favorites To Turn You On


The Main Thing

The crowd was into it. And the visuals were just as much of the experience at the music.  One guy in front of us knew every word of every song.

An all time favorite (though honestly I would rather play this than listen to it), More Than This.

Romey captures some bits.

And a very much great version of Avalon (though, don’t be the asshole who talks over this song).

The Warhol set was awesome

Jealous Guy

Congrats on 50 years of being a band, Roxy Music!  You guys still rock.

 

 

 

Metallica in Germany

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What do you do when you land in Germany?  The answer involves a Camaro and the Autobahn and Metallica.

Markus’s airport car service

 

After a quick shower to wash off the metal tube, it’s time for the first Radler.  A slippery slope to lots of beer.  It is, after all, Germany.

The download festival.  Here we come.

 

The duck is your co-pilot

 

Cider for the win

 

In the van things are serious

 

The weather GOOD

 

The weather BAD

 

duckface

After a bunch of beers (who is counting?), we wound our way over a 5km spiral into the venue.  Germans are a very orderly bunch.  Bt who thought up this entrance and exit plan?

MOO.

 

Sabaton from Sweden

 

Rock and roll

 

What?!

 

My crowd.  What an unruly, fantastic bunch.

There was beer

 

Did I mention the part about the beer?

 

We pushed off the rain through sheer psychic magic, but it was only delayed.

Nap time for the American

Five Finger Death Punch

You may start with five fingers, but you will end up with four.

Finally, Metallica

Are you feeling good?  Yes, we are.

Some guitar for you.

Rocker

 

Nothing else matters in this crowd of strangers.  Metalheads are a welcoming bunch.

I am not alone.

My first metal show was the best one ever.

Music Mode: Ritt and Wilder Release Hinge (with some fiddle)

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My music has been on a COVID hiatus for way too long — only the occasional rain in the desert with Rhine or a Bitter Liberal or two.  Fortunately, along came Ritt Deitz who just released a new album and did a four show tour to promote its release.  Buy a copy of Hinge here.

 

 

I played two of the shows with Ritt and his son, multi-instrumentalist and talented child Wilder.  The shows were great.  Here are some bits.

Wilder Deitz plays mandolin

The DC date was actually in Vienna at Diego Ruiz’s house.

The lineup (near the end anyway)

An excellent place to play a house concert.  Great people.

All temporary of course.  As we are not of this world.

Cocktails by Bill Shepardson.  Where did that doctor’s bag come from?

Wilder Deitz plays piano

 

No, mandolin. Wilder plays mandolin.

The feet

Wilder plays guitar

 

 

No wait, it’s piano that Wilder plays.

 

Some other fiddler

I did play, honest.  But nobody was there to record said playing.  He said he played. He played.

Sing it.

 

Then it was on to Wilmington, NC for a Sunday evening performance (close enough to the Stick to merit a long drive).

 

Feet up between sets

The venue was a fiddle shop of the highest caliber. Ronald Sachs for the win.

Who needs people?  Music is enough.  Right?  Yes?  Music is enough?

Nope.  The people add the magic.  Connect.

The mosquito green room.

On the stage again.  The music was even better.

 

These people charge the batteries. Thank you, people.

Sing it.

 

Then it was over.  More please.

Like a puppy on the beach.

 

Fin.

 

 

Moon Hooch at the Bright Box

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The kids they danced and shook their bones.  There is no way to see Moon Hooch without dancing. And sweating.  Through your clothes.  YES.

The best part about seeing Moon Hooch perform at the Bright Box is the sheer intimacy of being 2 feet from the performance.  Invigorating.  Life affirming. Danceable. Fun.

We’re sad that James Muschler has moved on, but Moon Hooch still rocks the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Potter at the Anthem: Rock and Roll, Baby

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Great show. Lots of dancing and joy.

 

 

Though this was the second encore, the solo version of Release was the most powerful song of the set.  Yes please.  Need some of this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock and roll ending.

 

 

The Dead Bambis in Japan

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Best bass ever

Rock and Roll baby

Bitter Liberals 1.4.20

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Get your tickets here.

House Concert in Fort Thomas with Ritt and Wilder Deitz (cincinnati)

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Here are some pictures taken by Tessa Killen during a magical evening performance in the house concert series known as Parlor and Patio held in greater Cincinnati. The location and sound are ideal for an intimate evening—impressive attention to detail, warm and inviting hosts, and post show music (not to mention bourbon).

Ritt Deitz

More about the musicians, Ritt and Wilder Deitz and me.

Wilder Deitz on the actual wooden baby grand piano

Gary McGraw on the fiddle

In the action

Robyn (Hitchcock) in the Hood

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Robyn Hitchcock at the Barns of Wolf Trap 2.6

Robyn Hitchcock at the Barns of Wolf Trap 2.6

Leave it to our dear friend Cyn to get us out on a Wednesday night to see Robyn Hitchcock play a makeup show. The original date was snowed out way back before the flowers came up. As always, Robyn put on a superior show. Delicious and polka dotted.

Oh, and the seats were great (thanks Robyn).

This will be fun!

This will be fun!

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock

Blinded by the blur

Blinded by the blur

A sensitive boy sings songs

A sensitive boy sings songs

Channel your inner harmonica

Channel your inner harmonica

Purple robyn

Purple robyn

Yellow Robyn

Yellow Robyn

Invisible Robyn Hitchcock

Invisible Robyn Hitchcock

Moon Hooch in da House

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Moon Hooch at the Bright Box

Moon Hooch at the Bright Box

Moon Hooch is a supremely talented band built around two saxophones and a drum kit. Phenomenal talent and energy. The band kicked off its new tour with a show in Winchester, Va at the Bright Box. The show was great.

Such tight polyrhythm. Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen both play a mean sax.

Moon Hooch sax overload

Moon Hooch sax overload

The drummer, James Muschler, is incredibly talented and a joy to dance to.

Moon Hooch 12.19.14

Moon Hooch 12.19.14

James Muschler drummer for Moon Hooch

James Muschler drummer for Moon Hooch

Encore! We hope to see you again in Virginia.

After the show, it turned out that the band needed a place to crash. So we offered up Coal Stove Sink, some beer cheese, breakfast, some fiddle, and delicious cocktails (not necessarily in that order). The guys were delightful.

Beer cheese is good!

Beer cheese is good!

Quiet moment by the bar

Quiet moment by the bar

Breakfast was peaceful and delicious.

Wenzl McGowen centers by the fire

Wenzl McGowen centers by the fire

Hi Y'all! Moon Hooch in the house

Hi Y’all! Moon Hooch in the house

Too bad they couldn’t stick around for the solstice fire! Back on the road.

Go see Moon Hooch if you can.