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Good morning! Still recovering from FreeFest? I am! The reviews are starting to pour in: Here’s Click Track’s. Here are some thoughts from TBD, although the roundup piece by Andrew Beaujon is also a review of, um, me. (Thanks for the kind words!) Here on Arts Desk, we’ll have some more coverage today, including tons of shots from Erica Bruce and some video.
BTW: Does the headline of the (otherwise great) WaPo review contain an error, or is “LDC Soundgarden” a joke that went over my head?
Other arts stuff from the Post you should read: Anne Midgette‘s mixed review of the National Symphony Orchestra opening gala, which was maestro Christoph Eschenbach‘s debut as music director; Celia Wren‘s take on the Washington Shakespeare Company’s evening of Hamlet and Much Ado about Nothing passages performed in Klingon; the paper’s impressive package on Arena Stage’s new Mead Center for American Theater, which I’ve only begun to skim but will dig into later today.
TMOTTGoGo points to a Japanese band covering Chuck Brown:
I had a great time yesterday at Fiesta D.C., although I erroneously decided it was Mount Pleasant Festival and went on to interpret its performers through an indie–rock lens. Then I hit up the D.C. Record Fair at U Street Music Hall and caught DJ sets by John Davis and Tennis System‘s Matty Taylor. For sure, the venue was busy—-you had to wait to browse bins, often—-though not nearly as packed as February’s fair. I’ll have to ask organizers about the total numbers, but by my count, the set-up was capable of accommodating the browsing of around 170 record nerds at a time. These people oughta start a PAC, and make our leaders accountable to the vinyl vote.