Author Archive | Marlene Hall

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A Report on Smithsonian Associates ‘Are the Cards Collapsing?: A ‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Preview’ with Professor Stef Woods

Wednesday night I did something very DC, I attended a talk on politics through the Smithsonian Associates. Not divisive politics, but pop culture politics about the show based on DC/ British politics House of Cards. American University (AU) professor Stef Woods expertly and enthusiastically delved into the background of House of Cards, the clothes, the […]

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Interview: Meet ‘The Duskwhales’

I first ran across the Duskwhales when they performed at the 9:30 Club on the Circus Life Podcast 3rd Anniversary Show in the Fall of 2016. I was mesmerized by their psychedelic dress, sound and charismatic presence.  I reached out to interview and find out more about them. They hail from Manassas, Virginia and true to their dress […]

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Interview: Musician Rachel Levitin

Musician Rachel Levitin embodies passion. She is passionate about her music, life, and friends and is grateful for everything. When she sings, her whole body is enraptured in the music. It is a beautiful thing to see someone so present and engrossed in her music. Having lost her father, Steven, her last year of college, […]

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Review: ‘Mannheim Steamroller Christmas’ By Chip Davis at Strathmore

A large, stylish Christmas crowd was on hand Sunday night as Mannheim Steamroller “steamrolled” into Bethesda’s Music Center at Strathmore to perform Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis, giving a performance that left the audience enthralled and inspired a standing ovation. Mannheim Steamroller’s unique sound immediately got the audience into the lively Christmas spirit. It’s close […]

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Review: ‘War Virgin’ at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

In honor of Veterans’ Day, I took in a showing of War Virgin. I first met the playwright, West Point grad and Iraqi War veteran Laura Westley, at the Army/Navy game in Philadelphia several years ago. Westley is a former US Army Captain and West Point Class of 2001 graduate. She grew up in an oppressive […]

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Review: Concerto for Violin, Rock Band & String Orchestra: Composed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie Featuring Fifth House Ensemble at Strathmore

When I saw Mike Mills of R.E.M. was coming to town, I knew I had to see him because I grew up on his music. R.E.M.’s music was a huge part of my life. Mills and Robert McDuffie didn’t disappoint by playing one R.E.M. song, “Nightswimming.” The intimate concert featured beautiful music by several groups of […]

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Review: Bryan Adams at Wolf Trap

If you’re looking for the fountain of youth, look no more, it’s called Rock ‘N Roll. Boyish and Renaissance man Bryan Adams transported through a time machine from the 1980s to grace Wolf Trap’s stage Friday night. He is 55 years young with 100 million album sales, two young kids, a just released 13th studio album, […]

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Review: Don Henley at Wolf Trap

Seeing American icon in concert Don Henley is a must! He is Americana at its best! A musician to the core, his musical craftsmanship holds up to the test of time. A founding member of one of the most successful musical acts ever, The Eagles, his show mixes in music from his new solo album in […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘SpookyMsgPlsFwd!’

If you’re looking for an adult comedy featuring a unicorn, funny dialogue and wicked costumes SpookyMsgPlsFwd! is a show for you! This fast-paced comedy imagines a world 60 years after the election of 2016. Intertwined in this show is a young woman hunting the elusive unicorn and an angry older man having a bad time at the […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘PowerPlays’

This clever play is composed of five vignettes with a talented cast and minimalist stage, written by ‘The Gang of Five’: Marilyn Bennett, J T Caruso, Dimitri Neos, Michelle Rago, and Sarah Dimont Sorkin. It’s directed by Ritchie Porter. This power-filled show grabs your attention straight out of the gate, especially since we ‘live it’ in […]

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A Report on Last Night’s ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Rehearsal

What do you get when you combine Smokey Robinson, Gavin DeGraw, Kenny Loggins, Team USA Olympians, the National Symphony Orchestra, and more? The incredible production of A Capitol Fourth produced by PBS. PBS flawlessly orchestrates this massive production annually, which is now in its 27th year and the network’s highest rated show. I was able to […]

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An Interview with Pleasure Train’s Will Berger

Through an email interview with DC based Pleasure Train’s bassist Will Berger, we talked about the band’s favorite venue to play in, their musical journey highlight so far, and how they write their music.  How did your band get its name? Early in the life of the band, some of us were sitting around drinking […]

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An Interview with Patrick Garrity of ‘Round About’

I interviewed Patrick Garrity, who plays rhythm guitar and sings, about his band Round About, their favorite venue to play in the DC area and how they write their music. The band won Honorable Mention in 2012 for “Grateful For A Glance” and were a Finalist in 2015 for “Hit or Miss” in the Pop […]

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An Interview with Eric Lynum of The Dolly Rockers

The Dolly Rockers are based in the Washington, DC area. Band members are Eric Lynum (vocalist, guitar), Larry D. (guitarist), Megan Strings (violin), Mike Trippi (bass), Derrick Decker (drums), and Loki (didgeridoo, hand drums). I conducted an interview with Eric Lynum about their music, their influences, and their goals.  Marlene: How did you get your […]

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Review: The Cult at The Fillmore

The real rock stars and rock band of our time is The Cult. While Guns ‘N Roses is gearing up for their reunion tour, The Cult has been going strong for 20+ years even employing Guns ‘N Roses drummer Matt Sorum throughout the years. If you missed the intimate show Sunday night, you missed a good […]

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An Interview with Local Musician Jason Masi

Jason Masi, a former standout soccer star found his calling in music and hasn’t looked back since. He delves into his music life and what he finds through it by living the dream as a full-time musician in the DC area. I met Jason when he played with Justin Trawick’s The 9 Songwriter Series at Saufhaus […]

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