Archive for 'Music'

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 [...]

Mentoring is music to his ears

Mentoring is music to his ears

By Anna Harris (Courtesy photo) Music is Vaughn Ambrose’s life. When he isn’t performing at venues far and wide, the jazz saxophonist teaches music at T.C. Williams. And if that didn’t keep him busy enough, Ambrose [...]

A star is reborn

A star is reborn

By Jordan Wright It’s 2013 at Arena Stage, or is it? The house is exploding and a tripped-out light show has begun. Eight slim-hipped, long-haired musicians — a three-man horn section, crack drummer, bluesy keyboardist and [...]

Virginia Theological Seminary gets groovy

Virginia Theological Seminary gets groovy

By Melissa Quinn The Virginia Theological Seminary shook up the usual routine over the weekend, hosting a Christian rock festival in hopes of giving adherents and attendees a different view of the Episcopal Church. Though the [...]