Sixty years on, there continues to be no other festival that promises unity and unforgettable moments as well as Newport Folk Festival does.
It's likely that we'll look back at 2017 as the year almost everything fell apart, downerism ruled the land, and we came very close to being broken as a people.
But we didn't break. We made it. And on this final installment of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast for 2017, we're discussing the music that lifted us up, dropped us down, and sometimes even showed us the way, but never, ever let us down.
Thanks for tuning in all year. We'll see you soon. Until then be good to your ears, but be better to your people...
Mavis Staples, one of the greatest voices of this generation, or any, is back with a powerful new LP If All I Was Was Black. Continuing in her collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy in the production chair, the civil-rights icon is going back to her Chicago blues roots and delivering a powerful statement on racism in America in 2017.
Things to put in your ears
Many people know John Carpenter as the director of such classic films as Halloween,The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. However, currently Carpenter is touring the country (he makes a stop at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC on 7/12), to showcase his equally influential musical work. Today's list includes some of Carpenter's best compositions for film, selections from his recent Lost Themes albums, and compositions inspired by, or in conversation with, Carpenter's work. So, enjoy The List for now and go see the master himself if he's coming to your town.
Things to do with yourself/others
It's a holiday weekend here in DC and outside of watching things go BOOOOOOM there's some slim pickings, but here's our bets for the best way to spend your precious time.
- Flag at the Black Cat
DC is a town that loooves it's punk rock. These guys (Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, Dez Cadena and Stephen Egerton) are some of the true originals. It doesn't get any louder than this
- The Sweater Set at Lubber Run Amphitheater [FREE]
Individually Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary make beautiful music. Together they make beautiful-er music. Any chance to see them perform is a chance you really have to take.
- Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples at Wolf Trap
We don't need to explain this to you, do we?
- Flasher, Post Pink and Puff Pieces at Comet Ping Pong
A band made of other DC bands, plus the amazing Puff Pieces in the back room of a pizza joint. We'll leave the sign up list on our desk.
- Inter Arma with Withered and Genocide Pact at DC9
Metal. From Richmond, VA. GET SOME.
Thursday July 7
- Humble Fire, DAIS, and Stranger in the Alps @ DC9
Homegrown DC rock at the best small room in the city.
In what seems to be becoming the thing to do this summer, yet another artist (it was Colin Meloy's turn at the Newport Folk Festival) has sat in with Mavis Staples on The Band's "The Weight". The great thing though is that great songs performed by great artists never ever gets old, especially when one of those artists is Staples. Check out the video below for all the Band-y goodness and then answer us the question, "Who do you think Mavis should cover 'The Weight' with next?"