Author Archive | Mike Spain

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An Interview with Open Air Stereo’s Scott Pounds, Appearing Tonight at 8 PM at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA

Open Air Stereo is a band full of storylines from taking eleven years to release a debut album, to finding their guitarist through Craigslist, and from their lead singer Chase Johnson starring on MTV’s Laguna Beach where the band appeared as well. The band is embarking on their first ever headlining tour in support of their upcoming […]

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An Interview With Luísa Maita on Her Performance at Artisphere Tomorrow 3/28 at 8 PM

The humble and talented musician/singer Luísa Maita has been dubbed the “New Voice of Brazil” by NPR. Her music pulls from the country’s rich heritage of jazz and rhythms. Luisa blends modern electronic influences and pop music into her fusion of traditional Brazilian music. Luísa Maita performs tomorrow at Artisphere in Arlington, VA. I caught up with […]

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Styx and REO Speedwagon at Pier Six Pavilion by Mike Spain

The Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore was sold out Friday night for REO Speedwagon and Styx. The outdoor amphitheater in the heart of Baltimore’s inner harbor offered some remarkable views of the harbor and the Charm City. People in Baltimore came to rock and the bands did not disappoint. The two bands have been co-headlining […]

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An Interview with Styx’s Lawrence Gowan by Mike Spain

Styx is in town Friday night to perform with REO Speedwagon at Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore. I talked to Lawrence Gowan the lead singer and keyboard player from the band. We talked about him joining the band nearly 15 years ago, challenging and favorite songs to perform, his solo career, the current tour, […]

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Don McLean and Judy Collins at Wolf Trap by Mike Spain

On paper Don McLean was the headliner and Judy Collins was the opening act last night at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. In reality the two legends split the time equally and Judy Collins just performed first. The two musicians’ musical styles contrasted each other, and both legends took their turns entertaining the crowd. Judy Collins […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Marsha’ by Mike Spain

Marsha is both brilliantly written and performed and also quite disturbing. Alan Harris’ short play is about a kidnapped child who takes the same walk around her Welsh village, everyday, and she takes the audience along with her. Harris and Julia Thomas co-direct. The minimal set is quite effective consisting of four lights on the floor which […]

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Tommy Emmanuel With Anthony Snape at The Birchmere by Mike Spain

Tommy Emmanuel performed a sold out show at The Birchmere Concert Hall on Sunday night. He had another large crowd on hand for Monday’s show, which I attended. The show featured up-and-coming singer-songwriter Anthony Snape as the opening act. Snape was energized and excited to open the show. He showed he was a talented guitarist, […]

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‘Pickle My Monkey’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre by Mike Spain

Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s World Premiere of Pickle My Monkey is daring, wacky, funny, and entertaining. Written by Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s company members Lisa Burl, Kevin Cole, and Matt Lee, the acting is top notch, the effects are amazing at times, and hilarious at other times. Three new original songs by Jack Evans turn the comedy […]

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The Russian National Ballet’s ‘Chopiniana & Romeo & Juliet’ at Hylton Performing Arts Center by Mike Spain

The Russian National Ballet Theatre dropped by the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday to perform a ballet double-header of classics. First they performed Chopiniana  (also known as Les Sylphides) set to the music of Frederic Chopin, using the original orchestrations by Alexander Glazunov and remaining true to Mikhail Folkine’s choreography. After a brief intermission they […]

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‘My Monster and Me’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s Fun Company by Mike Spain

Once again the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s Fun Company produces another entertaining yet thought-provoking World Premiere aimed for young theatre lovers with My Monster and Me. Playwright Devin Gaither deals with important subjects like bullying, fear and insecurities, self-doubt, friendship, and parental separation, especially among military families (she can relate being an ‘Army Brat’). The cast is […]

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