Monday, November 23, 2009

Music Mondays: The Beat Goes On

I love music - not the fleeting way in which people have loved dancing wedding ceremony videos or POGs (remember those?); this is a long term love affair that began in the early 80's. Pots and pans from age three (favorite record to jam to was Steve Winwood), saxophone from age eight, guitar from age seventeen, and a cappella in college.

While I can't comment on whether or not I have musical talent, I can claim to have experienced ears. They have listened to thousands of CDs (first one was "So Much for the Afterglow"), downloads (ahh..., college), video views (Youtube murdered my free time), and concerts (from performing and viewing vantage points).

I hold a special place in my heart for live music - no recording can capture the sounds, sights, and smells of a live show. There is a certain thrill associated with going to a stadium and singing dancing with the masses, though I find it no less exciting (and sometimes far better) to see a musician up close in a small bar or club where the music jumps out at you and there is always the possibility that you just might make some personal connection to the music, venue, or performer.

I am thrilled to be guest writing on District Beat. If you've read the blog before, you know that DC is a veritable beehive of music and culture; it seems quiet from the outside, but look more carefully and there are tons of amazing things happening. If you've lived in DC for a while, you also probably know that you won't find many of the places that make DC one of the best cities for young people in guidebooks or on the "main drag" - you need to know someone who has that inside view. Someone who knows where to look and whom to ask for all the cool stuff going on in this town. Lest you forget - 20Something is still your theater theologist, your cultural curator, and your local liaison to all things artistic in Capitol City. I just hope to open new doors for you in the realm of local live music. Maybe one day I'll be considered your music maven or your reverend of all things rock, but, at least for the moment, I'll keep the my head out of the clouds and just hope to bring you the best of the best that DC music has to offer.

So, for the next few months, I'll be scouring DC for stadium acts and dive bar house bands and all things in between. I'll look through calendars at jazz bars, metal clubs, coffee houses, and area theaters. I have two simple goals: 1. To share great venues and artists with you, and 2. To show you how much there is in this city. Look for posts from me a 2-3 times a month (on "Music Mondays") and feel free to post comments on what I write and email me ( with any interesting upcoming shows.

"The music is all around you. All you have to do is listen" ~August Rush

1 comment:

  1. Dear 20something,
    Thank you for giving your "music maven" an appropriate outlet for his corny humor :) Looking forward to more witty and pun-filled posts!


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