Music, The Features, We Love Music

The Winning Ticket: Galactic @ 9:30 Club, 2/13/14

galactic930As a way to say thanks to our loyal readers, We Love DC will be giving away a pair of tickets to a 9:30 Club concert to one lucky reader periodically. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to find out what tickets we’re giving away, and leave a comment for your chance to be the lucky winner!

Today, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see Galactic at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Feb. 13.

It must be funk week here at We Love DC, what with our talk of Black Joe Lewis yesterday. But this is Galactic — the New Orleans sextet whose long career has seen them undergo stylistic changes to cast a wide net over various music genres. The core instrumental band brings in guest vocalists for many songs like their new song, Dolla Diva, which they released just last week.

This jazzy jam band may be just the thing to put you in the mood for Mardi Gras a few weeks early.

For your chance to win these tickets, simply leave a comment on this post using a valid email address between 10am and 5pm today. Feel free to leave any comment, but perhaps share your favorite song by Galactic! One entry per email address, please. Tickets for this show are also available through Ticketfly.

For the rules of this giveaway…

Comments will be closed at 5pm and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner.

Tickets will be available to the winner at the 9:30 Club Guest List window one hour before doors open on the night of the concert. The tickets must be claimed with a valid ID. The winner must be old enough to attend the specific concert or must have a parent’s permission to enter if he/she is under 18 years old.

Galactic
w/ Ryan Montbleau
9:30 Club
Thursday, Feb. 13
doors @7pm
$30
All ages

Music, The Features, We Love Music

Hot Ticket: Black Joe Lewis @ 9:30 Club, 2/18/14

blackjoelewispressHailing from Austin, Texas, Black Joe Lewis has emerged as a funk dynamo since grabbing national attention with his band’s performance at the SXSW Festival in 2009. Last year, he released a new album, Electric Slave, which maintains Black Joe Lewis’ reputation as a funk and soul innovator. To my ear, the title track sounds like it also indulges in a whole lot of psychedelia.

Lots of folks cite James Brown when they talk about Black Joe Lewis but perhaps it’s time to cite Jimi Hendrix as well?

You be the judge! Catch Black Joe Lewis at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Black Joe Lewis
w/ Pickwick
9:30 Club
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Doors @7pm
$20
All ages

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The Winning Ticket: Lee Fields & The Expressions @ 9:30 Club, 10/17/13

LeeFieldsFAs a way to say thanks to our loyal readers, We Love DC will be giving away a pair of tickets to a 9:30 Club concert to one lucky reader periodically. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to find out what tickets we’re giving away, and leave a comment for your chance to be the lucky winner!

Today, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see Lee Fields and the Expressions at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Mr. Fields, a southern soul singer, has been on a resurgence lately, putting out several well-regarded albums with The Expressions in the past decade. It seems he’s drawn quite a few comparisons to James Brown over the years, so this has got to be quite a fun and funky show!

For your chance to win these tickets, simply leave a comment on this post using a valid email address between 10am and 4pm today. Feel free to leave any comment, but perhaps share your favorite song by Lee Fields! One entry per email address, please. Tickets for this show are also available through Ticketfly.

For the rules of this giveaway…

Comments will be closed at 4pm and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner.

Tickets will be available to the winner at the 9:30 Club Guest List window one hour before doors open on the night of the concert. The tickets must be claimed with a valid ID. The winner must be old enough to attend the specific concert or must have a parent’s permission to enter if he/she is under 18 years old.

Lee Fields & The Expressions
9:30 Club
Thursday, Oct. 17
doors @7pm
$25
All ages

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We Love Music: Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Photo courtesy of
‘BeachTrombone-7′
courtesy of ‘gas_station_sushi’

It’s rare in Jazz music to see a trombone player in the role of band leader. Some of the greatest and most remembered names in Jazz among the vast majority of Americans include: Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. None of those players ever once led a band with trombone in hand.

While there are notable Jazz greats who played the slide trombone while commanding a room and conducting a band, it still remains common place to have a trumpet be the focal point. Big Sam leads on trombone.

Big Sam was always a big boy. In the 6th grade, he was 6 foot tall and 200 pounds while playing little league basketball. When the time came that he grew out of playing the sport – literally – Sam approached his school’s band leader and asked him what instrument they needed someone to play.

Sam’s band leader replied, “The trombone.”

“What’s that?” Sam said. That’s all it took to hook him.

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