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Sat It Ain’t So. Island in the Sun. Buddy Holly. Beverly Hills. Hash Pipe. Undone – The Sweater Song.

The list goes on and on.

For more than 20 years, Weezer has delivered. When I saw that they were among the performers at DC101’s Kerfuffle this year, I knew I had to be there. When I found out I was going to be credentialed to cover the show on behalf of D.C. Music Download, I was beyond ecstatic. And anyone who takes a quick peak at their setlist for that evening, will likely feel the same way. Even though they only had time to play 13 songs, they made the most of it.

Unless they have special permission from the band, photographers are only allowed to shoot during a band’s first three songs. After that, you and your camera take a walk until the next band hits the stage. Even though the first three songs flew by, I was more than happy to put the camera away and enjoy the rest of Weezer’s set. Here are my favorite images I was able to capture during those first three songs.

To see my full gallery of photos from throughout the day at DC101’s Kerfuffle 2017, go here.


Portugal. The Man.

The calendar might have read April 1st, but Portugal. The Man’s performance at the 9:30 Club was no joke.

The night started with a 20-minute set from Paris, France native, DJ J Hart, followed by hip hop artist HDBeenDope. For his first performance in D.C., HDBeenDope fired up the crowd with a high-energy 30-minute performance before turning the stage over to the headliners.

From the first chord of “Creep in a T-Shirt” until they finished up their encore with “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man. delivered an amazing night of music on the first of back to back nights at D.C.’s most iconic venue.



It’s become one of the best local traditions: Clutch returning to Washington, D.C. during the last week of the year to play a hometown show in the historic 9:30 Club.

This year, the boys return as part of their “Psychic Warfare” tour, and they brought along Lionize and The Obsessed to entertain the masses. While the band broke out plenty of new tracks from their 11th studio album, they also made sure to work in some of their most popular songs, like “The Regulators,” “10001110101” and “D.C. Sound Attack.”

This annual show always sells out quickly, so you’re going to have to move quickly if you hope to see them next year.



A decade ago, a Chicago-based quartet burst onto the scene with an iconic music video featuring synchronized dancing on treadmills. That critically-acclaimed video solidified their place in the indie rock scene, earned them a Grammy and garnered more than 34 million views. Not bad for a first-time effort.

Over the next decade, while the rest of the music world gave up on music videos (Thanks MTV), OK Go continued to crank out innovative visuals to accompany their catchy tunes. What started on a set of treadmills eventually led to a music video in a Russian spaceship. Their most recent hit, titled “The One Moment” features a series of events that takes just 4.2 seconds (thankfully, they slowed it down so fans could appreciate everything that went into it). And it’s because of these two mesmerizing videos that OK Go found themselves in the nation’s capital this week.

One night after they were honored with one of Smithsonian Magazine‘s American Ingenuity Award in the Visual Arts, OK Go treated locals to an intimate acoustic performance at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In addition to their acoustic set, the band also participated in a Q&A session and a discussion regarding their award-winning videos.

I was lucky enough to be in attendance for this acoustic performance on behalf of D.C. Music Download. When you get a chance, please check out my photos from the show.


All Things Go Fall Classic

It was rainy. It was muddy. So much so that the Washington Nationals cancelled their playoff game a block away and one of the musical acts refused to take the stage when it was time for their performance. And yet, the show must go on.

In this case, I’m talking about the All Things Go Fall Classic at Yards Park at the Capitol Riverfront, Washington, D.C., Oct. 8. This year’s show, which featured Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit, Sylvan Esso, Bishop Briggs, POP ETC, Sofi Tukker and Ace Cosgrove, was held under less than ideal conditions due to the awful weather, but spirits were high for those in attendance and those acts who did perform made the best out of what could have been a completely miserable day.

Big thanks to DCist for allowing me to cover the music festival on their behalf. If you’d like to see my DCist photo gallery, click here.


The headliners from Farm Aid 31

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp back in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Add in Dave Matthews, who joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001, and you’ve got four of the biggest names in music getting together once a year for a very worthy cause.

Listening to Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds play “Crash Into Me” live was a treat. Even if he’s lost his Cougar, John Mellencamp can still deliver — as was evident with “Small Town.” Neil Young took to the stage with Promise of the Real and left everything they had on the stage with “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Seriously, watch the video just so you can see the four false finishes they did. And the crowd went nuts every single time. It was awesome.

And then there’s Willie Nelson. At 83, that man could simply walk up on stage, say thank you for coming out and go find a seat in the shade. Of course, he’d never let that happen. Instead, he’s the main event. He’s the headliner. He’s the guy who steals artists away seconds before I have the chance to interview them. But I digress.

He’s a legend who can do whatever the hell he wants and we’re all still going to love him. I particularly enjoyed him covering “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grown Up To Be Cowboys,” so here’s a link to that performance.

All in all, my first time attendance Farm Aid couldn’t have gone any better. I enjoyed each and every musical act that took the stage, the people behind the scenes were a pleasure to work with and the thousands of concert-goers were fun to be around. Hopefully Farm Aid 32 won’t be too far away, because I’d love to come back for an encore.


Alabama Shakes

The Alabama Shakes have been around a little while now, so even if you’re unable to name any of their songs, chances are you’ve at least heard of the band.

Of course, winning a Grammy — which the band did back in 2009 — makes it easier to spread the word about a group that originally formed back when they were in high school in Athens, Alabama.

The band, which currently consists of lead singer Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell and drummer Steve Johnson, is good. They have a couple albums now that you can put on in the background while you’re cleaning up around the house or stuck in rush-hour traffic.

But here’s the thing — you absolutely HAVE to see them live to truly appreciate them. As you can see from my photos, when Brittany Howard sings something, she absolutely means it. Every word that comes out of her is delivered with a passion and conviction that cannot be ignored.

I wasn’t alive to see Janis Joplin perform, but listening to old school live performances of Joplin in her prime moves a person. I’m not saying Howard is the modern-day Joplin — that wouldn’t be fair to her. But the soul and expressive nature of her performances is definitely a throwback.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to be there live and in person to witness the Alabama Shakes killing it on stage, then do yourself a favor and check out a few of their performances. Here’s a link for “Heartbreaker,” “Joe” and “Gimme All Your Love.”

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