Category Archives: Music

Lake Street Dive coming to Wolftrap

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“The buzz-worthy band that lives at the intersection of the Beatles and Motown gets audiences dancing with its “joyous, upbeat songs and big, groovy vocals” (The Guardian).

This badass group will be at the Filene Center Thursday, June 16 at 8pm.

A good friend sent me the video of Lake Street Dive singing the Jackson 5

“I want you back.” I was blown away by the arrangement and by Rachel Price’s vocals.

The group was was founded in 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. The band consists of Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums). They met while attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The band was named after a street with many dive bars in Olson’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Blue Moon Rising!

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Being a moon child (July baby)  I love the way a full moon lights up a night sky . . . So it’s no surprise I’m  excited about tonight’s rare blue moon sighting.

If you are lucky enough to be in an area away from the light pollution of a city, it should really be a fabulous site!

I have a friend who occasionally liked to belt out a verse from the song “Blue Moon.” We hadn’t talked in years, so it was ironic she called last night on the eve of this blue moon.

If you get outside tonight and get a few good pictures, please share. I’d love to see them. In honor of  tonight’s blue moon and my very talented friend, I’m sharing  a few of my favorite renditions of the famous old song.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Oh, I also added another “moon song.” See if it is one of your favorites too.





Artist Profile: Austin Hendrick

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Austin and I work for Fairfax County Government. I’m a Media Producer for Channel 16 and he is an Information Officer for the Office of Public Affairs. Our jobs require ongoing collaboration, so I see him often. For the past … Continue reading


I love the animation, I love the voice – Bo-Saris is a very talented new artist. This is a re-post from one of the FABULOUS blogs I follow. Thank you Fashion Soundtrack for bringing this artist to our attention!  Check out the video and check out their site, you won’t be disappointed.

Angelika Film Center Mosaic: TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

Screen shot 2013-08-04 at 10.24.09 AMMaybe one of the best kept secrets in Fairfax County. The Angelika Film Center  opened last September in the Mosaic District, and if you haven’t been  you have got to put it  on your “must visit” list ASAP. This state of the art ‘bohemian’ theater has wall to wall screens and the latest in digital projection and sound. With plush stadium design seating you can watch the best in independent, foreign and specialty films in comfort and style.  Old hat in New York City and Plano, Texas, Angelika Film Centers have been  breaking box office records for independent films since 1989. . . and if the stylish building and seating aren’t enough,  Chef Lee Anne Wong (former finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef, and regular contributor on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats) has partnered with Angelika so patrons can enjoy a completely different food experience with prepared meals specially paired with beer, wine or champagne selections in the Café, Lounge or while watching a film!

You want more?  ‘Baby Boomer Thursdays,’ is a regular event and anyone 55+ can see a film for $7 and receive FREE popcorn with the purchase of a drink (sounds a lot better than ‘Senior Discounts)

Mondays at 11am,  parents and grandparents should check out ‘Crybaby Matinee.’  $6 admission fee (free for kids under 5 years old) adults can enjoy a movie with kids without the worry of unexpected tantrums and feedings in the dark –  and baby changing tables are provided.

Now Playing: Angelika Film Center Mosaic

2911 District Ave, Fairfax, VA
10:00am‎  ‎12:00‎  ‎2:00‎  ‎4:00pm‎

Screen shot 2013-08-04 at 10.25.17 AMSundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, is a true story about the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.

Rare archival footage can be seen in, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM as well as  interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting (to name just a few.)  However, in this film these famous figures take a backseat to the  backup singers whose lives and stories are center stage. Directed by Morgan Neville, cast include Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill.

Mary Ann Redmond Rocks the White House!

DSC_2343-101I saw the fabulous Mary Ann Redmond at a private soiree last month, hosted by friends Tim and Jean White. Ms. Redmond rocked the ‘White House’ with a few old favorites and  the song “Love Me Anyway” which awarded her and Todd Wright WAMMIES for (1) Song of the Year 2012 and (2) Songwriter of the Year.   Both her “live” performances and her four CDs to date have earned recognition from the music industry with an astounding 22 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies). It was a fabulous evening with lots of good food, good friends and awesome music! Jean and Tim have a beautiful view of the Occoquan from their back yard; it made the perfect backdrop at sunset for Ms. Redmond’s foot stomping rhythm and blues performance.

If you have never seen her in performance you are missing out! Check out her calendar of upcoming events.

“Love Me Anyway” was recorded by Celine Dion and Johnny Hallyday as a duet with French lyrics by Christophe Miossec and released on Celine’s French CD “Sans Attendre.” Whoot!



Allen Stone: Music to Live By

Heard this music for the first time today.  I love his sound. Thank you Sylus Green!

She’s Got the Beat!

Sam and I have been friends since high school. She is amazing, and has not changed a bit over the years. She has a great career, is married to a wonderful man and has a beautiful and smart daughter in college.

DSC_0254 During the week she works in a very conservative corporate environment; however in the evenings and on weekends she becomes that funny, unpredictable girl I became friends with in high school. I love the fact that she decided she wanted to learn and play drums only a few years ago. . . Who says you have to do everything when you’re young! We need to all be more like Sam (Sabrina) and try whatever we have a passion to do; no matter our age. DSC_0253 DSC_0252 DSC_0251

I’m In the Mood for Love!


NSO Youth Fellows Performance at the Kennedy Center