Archive for 'Music'

Organizers hail Alexandria’s Live Music Week as early success

Organizers hail Alexandria’s Live Music Week as early success

By Chris Teale (Photo/Christine Halsey) For 10 days, Alexandria’s thriving music scene was brought to the forefront in the city’s first Live Music Week, presented by Visit Alexandria as a showcase of all that is on [...]

American Accordionists Association’s annual festival touches down in Alexandria

American Accordionists Association’s annual festival touches down in Alexandria

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) North Old Town swelled to the sound of accordions last week as the American Accordionists Association’s annual festival hosted four days of workshops, concerts and seminars. It was the first time [...]

Q&A with Irish-American singer Deirdre Reilly

Q&A with Irish-American singer Deirdre Reilly

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) Born to Irish parents in Massachusetts, Deirdre Reilly has gained an enormous and loyal following in both American country music and the Irish-American community across the country. She has released seven [...]

Q&A with The Both’s Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

Q&A with The Both’s Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Christian Lantry) Singer-songwriter duo The Both may have put out their first record earlier this year, but they have a storied history. Ted Leo was involved in the D.C. punk scene in the [...]

Q&A with Justin Townes Earle

Q&A with Justin Townes Earle

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Justin Townes Earle) Few have lived as hard as Justin Townes Earle and survived to talk about it. Born the son of a famous musician (more on that later in the interview), Earle [...]

Bringing ‘The Voice’ into the classroom

Bringing ‘The Voice’ into the classroom

By Katie Callahan (Courtesy photo) After getting turned down at an audition for a hit reality show like “The Voice,” most people would throw in the towel, but not James K. Polk Elementary School music teacher, [...]

Alexandria singing group to perform in Normandy

Alexandria singing group to perform in Normandy

By Katie Callahan (Courtesy photo) When the Alexandria Harmonizers arrived in France to help mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the musical act brought a group of World War II veterans with them, in a manner [...]

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) “Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” gets off to a slow, easy roll. Forty-two of the most beloved songs from the pantheon of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll [...]

Love is in the air at Kneehigh’s ‘Brief Encounter’

Love is in the air at Kneehigh’s ‘Brief Encounter’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Shakespeare Theatre) Noel Coward likely wouldn’t have imagined this captivating version of his one-act play, “Brief Encounter,” but surely he would have swooned over it. Using the 1945 film of the same name [...]

A night with the first lady of song

A night with the first lady of song

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) Maurice Hines wants to entertain you. The much-lauded performer wants to do it in the same way he’s been entertaining audiences for decades — from Broadway to Vegas and most recently [...]