Author Archive | Marlene Hall

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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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Review: ‘Holy Holy’ at The Birchmere

The best way to celebrate artist David Bowie’s life is to attend a Holy Holy concert. Even David Bowie would have approved. The show played The Man Who Sold the World album with the drumhead featuring Bowie’s makeup-covered eye. Holy, Holy features Bowie’s band mates, personal friends and musicians touched by him. Mick “Woody” Woodmansey, the […]

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Duncan Sheik and Suzanne Vega at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Last night, composer, Tony Award winner and musician Duncan Sheik opened up the show with a simple set. His set included himself with an acoustic/electric guitar/synthesizer and his drummer and piano player. He put on a fun show that had his many hits, and the stories behind them. His enthusiasm and love for performing and […]

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Madeleine Peyroux at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Last night, jazz virtuoso Madeleine Peyroux shared her enormous talent with an appreciative crowd that held onto her every note. Peyroux’ witty comedic chops were also on display between and even during songs to the crowd’s delight. Her talented back-up band and  singers, stand-up bassist Barak Mori from Tel-Aviv and electric guitar player Jon Herington […]

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David Gregory on His Book ‘How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey’ at Sixth & I

David Gregory gave an insightful and even at times humorous talk on his new book How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey about his journey to faith. After leaving his job as the moderator at Meet the Press he embarked on writing his book. He even interviewed Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen and Russell Moore, President of the Southern […]

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Adam Ezra and Kathryn Calder at Gypsy Sally’s

Sunday night, Adam Ezra and Kathryn Calder rocked the joint! Adam Ezra had a solo set of 45 minutes laying bare his vulnerability. In between his songs he shared the stories behind the music, which was mostly love stories, lost love, and a song about our military. He played his set barefoot, in jeans, and […]

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‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Wolf Trap

Wow, just wow! There is a reason why Million Dollar Quartet is a Tony Award-winning musical. It features a talented cast, amazing singing, and musicianship, incredible music, awesome dance moves by Elvis (thank you very much), an intriguing story, and an insight into music history. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis coined “The […]

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Author Chuck Palahniuk at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Chuck Palahniuk knows how to make an entrance. This slim and fit figure in his casual outfit and grey glasses, strode into the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue confidently with his coffee cup to loud cheers from a largely male audience. He set his coffee cup down and said into the mic, “This is awkward doing […]

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