- Deanna Bogart (photograph by Bette Bitting)
In the 1990s, Lilith Fair certainly took a lot of the novelty out of the idea of "women in rock". That said, even if you can't get into the Kills' sold-out show at 9:30 Club, there are plenty of rockin' ladies playing in town elsewhere this weekend.
The Deanna Bogart Band
Penn Quarter's restaurant/venue the Hamilton is still new, but its first few weeks have been jam-packed with a blues/jazz-heavy schedule. Local blues singer/saxophonist (no, that's not a phrase you hear too often!) Deanna Bogart is gracing its stage this weekend, so check out this musician who was named Horn Instrumentalist of the Year three years in a row by the Blues Music Awards-- not to mention her 22 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards).
Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards has earned a lot of buzz for her newest album, Voyageur, in large part because of her co-producer (and boyfriend) Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Vernon's hushed aesthetic is certainly apparent here, but it's Edwards' songs (and her voice-- which has grown less twangy over time) that take center stage here.
Local Ladies of Rock
The lineup for this day-long festival is pretty eclectic-- from country covers (the Marla Vickers Project) to original metal (A Sound of Thunder) -- but the dozen bands performing at this Woodbridge sports bar have one thing in common: they all include local ladies of rock. We're not too sure what the "Local Ladies Jam Session" on the schedule will entail, but we're pretty intrigued.
Folk-rock group the Kennedys is made up of husband Pete and wife Maura, who met back when Pete was playing in Nanci Griffith's band, and Maura soon joined as a backing singer. They soon started writing their own songs together and have been releasing albums-- of originals and covers of artists like Bob Dylan and the Flying Burrito Brothers -- since the mid-1990s.
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.