Archive for 'Music'

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 sound of music

The sound of music

By Melissa Quinn For Kim Allen Kluge, a life working in music wasn’t just a dream — it was his destiny. As a child, the classically trained conductor played four instruments — piano, violin, French horn [...]

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 [...]

Former teen heartthrob heads to The Birchmere

Former teen heartthrob heads to The Birchmere

By Jordan Wright In a career spanning six decades, David Cassidy has worked in television, theater and concert halls as a musician, actor, songwriter, singer, director and producer. That’s a lot of crossover. But when you’re [...]

Laser show in, fireworks out at city’s New Year’s celebration

Laser show in, fireworks out at city’s New Year’s celebration

All eyes will be on the George Washington Masonic Memorial Saturday night as 6,000 balls drop on revelers heralding the arrival of 2012 in Alexandria. At the exact moment the ball drops in New York City’s [...]

The renaissance of the ukulele

The renaissance of the ukulele

Constantly overshadowed by its bigger, louder cousin the guitar, the ukulele doesn’t get much love. But Jake Shimabukuro is trying to change that. The uke virtuoso takes a pioneering approach to his art — he covers [...]

Singing Alexandrias praises

Singing Alexandrias praises

A lifelong Alexandrian, musician Ray Parker recently penned an original tune singing the citys praises that he hopes local officials will use to trumpet his hometowns charm. [...]