Rage Against The Machine. Public Enemy. Cypress Hill.
Each of these heavyweight acts always had plenty to say and didn’t give a damn who they offended in the process.
That was clearly the theme of the night when The Prophets of Rage visited the nation’s capital for their sold-out show at the 9:30 Club.
While many acts are happy to leave politics at the door, these musical icons refused to hold back — launching into “Unfuck The World,” “Take The Power Back” and “Fight The Power” during a high-energy set that delivered a not-so-subtle message to current political leaders.
But don’t think for a moment that the night was all doom and gloom. The boys also made sure to take a trip down memory lane, courtesy of the hip hop and hard rock anthems that helped put each of their original acts on the map.
Without a doubt, the highlight of the night was when the band played “Like a Stone” in honor of the late Chris Cornell. Without the former frontman of Audioslave, the crowd stepped up to provide the vocals in a moment that — like Cornell — won’t soon be forgotten.
It’s a safe bet that the next time Greta Van Fleet comes to town, it’ll be at a much bigger venue with even more fanfare.
That’s because their sold-out show at DC9, which also featured Goodbye June, was such a smash hit and it’s only a matter of time before these Michigan kids are household names.
Before they took to the stage on this night, I had a chance to sit down with guitarist Jake Kiszka for a one-on-one interview. Do yourself a favor and get familiar with their music. These guys feel like a band on the verge of playing in front of much larger audiences at much more expensive locations.
It was a minimalist’s dream as Jack Johnson and Lake Street Dive took to the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
There weren’t any highly choreographed dance numbers or slickly-produced video packages. Hell, they barely even needed to plug in the headliner’s guitar.
But those in attendance were treated to a marathon of acoustic hits from the surfer-turned-singer, as well as Lake Street Dive. At last count, it appears Johnson performed 27 different songs before they finally convinced him that the night eventually had to end.
Highly Suspect might not have been the biggest name coming into DC101’s annual Kerfuffle music festival, but they absolutely stole the show.
It can be a challenge to get folks off their feet when you’re only given 30 minutes or so in the early stages of a 12-hour marathon concert, but Highly Suspect packed ample amounts of energy and entertainment into their abbreviated set and the sellout crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion responded.
If you’ve never seen them live, do yourself a favor and remedy the situation as quickly as possible. These guys are destined for bigger and better things in the not-too-distant future.
With songs titled “I Do What I Want,” “I Don’t Even Care About You” and “Middle Fingers,” it’s safe to say MISSIO might have a chip on their proverbial shoulder.
But that attitude and approach is clearly working for this dynamic duo of Matthew Brue and David Butler. These Austin, Texas natives delivered a memorable performance as one of the opening acts of DC101’s 2017 Kerfuffle.
If I’m being completely honest, I don’t know a thing about Catfish and the Bottlemen.
According to their Wikipedia page, they’re a British rock band from Wales and they got together in 2007. Oh, and apparently their lead singer, Van McCann, used to be in a Beatles cover band with bassist Benji Blakeway. So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
All jokes aside, even though I wasn’t familiar with their work, Catfish and the Bottlemen was extremely popular with the crowd at DC101’s Kerfuffle. And, from my point of view, they looked the part of rockstars, played a lengthy set and were incredibly easy to photograph during their performance.
To see my full gallery of photos from throughout the day at DC101’s Kerfuffle 2017, go here.