Archive | Capital Sound

‘Capital Sound’ will focus on covering the music scene in the local area around Washington,, DC. Any night one can hear the rhythms and beats seeping out of the countless venues in and around the city. The area is culturally rich and has one of the best music scenes in the world. If you don’t believe it – please follow this column. If you already know – I hope you stay for the ride. Chances are I am going to stumble across something you like and if you have open your ears you may find something new you will enjoy.


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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Rhonda Vincent. Photo courtesy of Rhonda's website.

Rhonda Vincent at Brunswick High School by Mike Spain

When you arrived at Brunswick High School on Sunday you knew you were at the right place with Rhonda Vincent’s Martha White tour bus parked in the parking lot. They had food inside including barbeque sandwiches, chili, sodas, all the bake goods you would find at a bake sale coffee and hot apple cider. A […]

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Keb’ Mo’ at The Music Center at Strathmore

Keb’ Mo’ looked like a vintage blues man as he walked out on The Music Center at Strathmore’s Concert Hall stage with his resonator guitar. He opened his show with the beautiful “Every Morning” without his band. Authentic blues poured out of his guitar with his smooth vocals singing heartfelt contemporary lyrics. The show continued […]

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The Freshbeat Band. Photo by Boris Kravchenko.

‘The Fresh Beat Band’ at Wolf Trap by Mike Spain

The Fresh Beat Band attracted a large crowd for a Tuesday afternoon show at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. The weather was perfect with plenty of blue sky, seasonal temperatures, and no rain. The band performed with youthful enthusiasm, high energy, and encouraged the audience to join the fun by singing and dancing along. My five […]

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Joe Walsh. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

Joe Walsh at Wolf Trap by Mike Spain

Joe Walsh did not need an opening act on August 13th. The guitarist is well known for his work in the James Gang, The Eagles and his solo work. The weather was wonderful at Wolf Trap and the audience was ready to rock. Joe Walsh was ready as well. He started the show with “Welcome […]

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John Tesh. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

John Tesh at Wolf Trap by Mike Spain

John Tesh looks so natural fronting a band even if it is a 12-piece big band orchestra. His speaking voice and stage presence has been honed by many years of television and radio work. Fifty plus years of practicing, playing, and performing music has turned him into an award-winning musician. However, it is his wit, […]

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Crosby, Stills and Nash. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

Crosby, Stills & Nash at Wolf Trap by Mike Spain

The crowded parking lot, the sold out Filene Center, and the standing ovation Crosby, Stills & Nash received just for walking out on the stage speaks volumes. The fact the crowd on the lawn stayed and listened through a thunder storm echoes the reverence and devotion fans have for this band. The band showed their […]

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Norah Jones. Photo by Danny Clinch/AP.

‘Norah Jones’ at Wolf Trap by Mike Spain

Norah Jones was returning to Wolf Trap for the first time in nine years and the Filene Center was sold out. Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Sasha Dobson had a generous 40-minute set. Sasha was a great fit for an opener crossing over from jazz into indie rock which complements the headliner’s style. Dobson showcased a talented voice […]

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