Archive for 'Music'

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 [...]

Cowboy Junkies ready to roll into Alexandria

Cowboy Junkies ready to roll into Alexandria

By Denise Dunbar The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative country/blues/rock band with a spare, mellow sound. The Canadian band consists of Timmins siblings Michael, Margo and Peter plus bassist Alan Anton. They will appear at the [...]

Q&A with Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies

Q&A with Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies

By Denise Dunbar The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative country/blues/rock band with a spare, mellow sound. The Canadian band consists of Timmins siblings Michael, Margo and Peter plus bassist Alan Anton. They will appear at the [...]

MetroStage jazzes it up with ‘Ladies Swing the Blues’

MetroStage jazzes it up with ‘Ladies Swing the Blues’

By Jordan Wright The pioneering influence that Charlie “Yardbird” Parker had in the world of jazz, blues and bebop in the mid-20th century is the most inextricable part of his legacy. Blowing new sounds from his [...]

Little Theatre of Alexandria lets it all hang out with ‘Full Monty’

Little Theatre of Alexandria lets it all hang out with ‘Full Monty’

By Jordan wright One of the most astonishing things about The Little Theatre of Alexandria is its ability to mount a production as complex and energetic as “The Full Monty,” a strapping show by Terrence McNally [...]

Iris DeMent returns to Birchmere with new music in tow

Iris DeMent returns to Birchmere with new music in tow

By Jordan Wright Iris DeMent’s singing voice can best be described as the mournful sound of a dove, the backwoods twang of Appalachia, and having what is known in the industry as a “cry” in her [...]

The show will go on at Old Town Theater

The show will go on at Old Town Theater

By Derrick Perkins The hardest decision Rob Kaufman made in the nearly yearlong effort to restore the Old Town Theater was one of his earliest. “The biggest hurdle was … the change from not doing a [...]

Relive the glory and glamour of Motown at Signature Theatre

Relive the glory and glamour of Motown at Signature Theatre

By Jordan Wright Riddle me this: Do goose bumps get goose bumps? Well, yes, if Nova Payton is singing her pipes out. Payton plays Effie White in Signature Theatre’s production of “Dreamgirls” — a career-establishing role [...]