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concert on the South Lawn in 1921

Awesome Then and Now: Concerts on the South Lawn, 1921 and 2009

We’re on a roll here with these photos, especially with ones of the White House. Here’s one of a concert given by the United States Marine Corps Band on the South Lawn. The photo was taken on July 16th, 1921. Now, here’s a photo of a more contemporary concert on the White House South Lawn. […]

James Brown Said It Loud At Nixon’s Inauguration

James Brown performed “Say It Loud – I’m Black And I’m Proud” at Richard Nixon’s 1969 inauguration.  Wait.  What?  Believe it.  The Godfather of Soul chose that particular song to celebrate the Republican president’s transition to power. Confusingly, James Brown actually backed Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey during the 1968 campaign.  But when the victorious Nixon team called and […]

Watergate steps (source: SmugMug user George Calhoun)

The Real Watergate Held Concerts

Before “Watergate” became synonymous with a group of buildings and a scandal, it was the name applied to something else. And it’s something that most of us are very familiar with, especially if you’re an avid runner who heads down to the Lincoln Memorial, on the Potomac side. There are a series of steps between […]

The Bee Gees Played the Capital Centre in 1979

Rolling Stone just broke the sad news that Bee Gees co-founder Robin Gibb died today, succumbing to cancer. In the late 70s, the Bee Gees were on top of the world, owning the music industry. The Washington Post wrote an article about the group coming to Washington for a performance in 1979. They played the […]

Janis Joplin (Wikipedia)

Janis Joplin Plays Merriweather Three Weeks Before Woodstock

After The Dead and The Police, I’m on a little bit of a concert kick and this one is pretty sweet. Janis Joplin played Merriweather back in 1969, three weeks before the defining moment of the decade: Woodstock. That’s pretty cool. The Washington Post wrote a review and the guy that wrote it was Carl […]

The Police live in 1979

The Police Play the Ontario Theater on Columbia Road

I had heard that Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland (aka, The Police) had played in Adams Morgan and wanted to do a little research into that. Unfortunately, they weren’t a huge band when they played here in 1979, so there was very little on their arrival here. After all, they had only been around […]

Grateful Dead Play Free Show at American University

I don’t know if you’re a fan of the Dead. I am. Let’s add another concert post on top of Hendrix, the Doors, U2 and Chuck Berry. In their heyday, they passed through down in the fall of 1972 to play a free show at AU in front of about 10,000. It was sponsored by […]

Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen Rocks Washington … in 1978

I suspect you’re checking out the blog this morning thinking, hmm … something looks different. Well, I spent the bulk of my posting time this past weekend cleaning up the new design of the site. The posts might be a little thinner this week as a result, but I think the new look is better. […]

U2 live in 1980

U2 Live in Georgetown Day Before Lennon Shot

Yep, that’s right. Paul (aka, Bono), Adam, Larry and David (aka, The Edge) rocked the nation’s capital in the early 80s. The Irish supergroup was less super back then, playing small (much smaller) venues like The Bayou in Georgetown and The Ontario Theater in Adams Morgan. How incredible would that be? I’m sure someone reading […]

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Video of Stevie Ray Vaughan Live in D.C. circa 1983? … Wow

This one’s a good one from YouTube and it’s a little more contemporary, but given the artist in the video, I find this significant and musically historical. Stevie Ray Vaughan himself, was live in the nation’s capital on December 27th, 1983. The venue was a place called the Wax Museum at 4th and E St. […]

The Doors play the Washington Hilton - 1967

The Doors Concert at the Washington Hilton in 1967

The Washington Hilton was a happenin’ place to see live music apparently, with Hendrix also playing there in ’68. Thanksgiving was the following Thursday, so I imagine a large number of kids were home from college, and what better way to take a break than watch Morrison, Manzarek, Densmore and Krieger?

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Washington Hilton 1968

Hendrix Plays the Washington Hilton (1968)

Wow, this one is gold. Jimi Hendrix played the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Ave. NW — the same one where Hinkley shot Reagan in 1981. That’s right, the guitar god himself played to 4,000 fans in the hotel’s international ballroom on March 10th, 1968, accompanied by his bandmates, Noel Redding (drums) and Mitch Mitchell (bass). […]

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