There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Summer’s here, and the time is right for the dregs of famous bands. Appallingly familiar conglomerations such as “Littler FeatWith the Guy Who Tuned Lowell George’s Guitar and Original Backstage Hangers-On” or “Softer CellFeaturing the Synth Dave Ball Used on ‘Tainted Love’” parade across America, plucking the strings of rock nostalgia. What one can say in defense of Orchestraan aggregate of musicians from overrated maestro Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra (both incarnations)is that some members actually played on the band’s classic tracks. The CD that a promoter sent along is heavy on the hits and nearly perfect in its harmonies, but predictably sluggish when compared with the records. If you’re like me, however, and had your first erotically charged teen slow dance to “Telephone Line,” Orchestra’s faithful reproduction just might do. But is it any coincidence Lynne just released a new ELO record pretty much by himself? Find out what Jeff’s old band has got at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $20. (703) 237-0300. (Richard Byrne)