Sunday, March 14, 2010

Washington DC's 10th Annual ShamrockFest

Do you like beer? Are you Irish? Well even if you don't like beer or you aren't Irish, the 2010 ShamrockFestival was the place to party yesterday! Even in the midst if frigid weather and constant rain, thousands of people gathered at RFK Stadium's parking lot for the largest Saint Paddy's festival in the Mid-Atlantic region! Like always, the festival lot was filled with food, drinks and activities and shows courtesy of more than 40 bands and DJ's.
Headliners for the event included Train and The Roots who both put on a phenomenal show. Other bands that graced the festival's 4 stages included Hotspur, Stephen Kellog and the Sixers, Along Those Lines, Carbon Leaf, and more! Electro-pop sensation LMFAO missed their set due to an airline conflict, but Philidelphia coverband "Mr. Greengenes" took their place and played a phenomenal set! Even during the early and rainiest part of the festival, the crowd went wild as they sung along to hits by U2, The Beetles, Black Sabbath, Lady Gaga, Queen, etc. Even though mountains of sludge from the rain and the recent Snowpocalypse covered the stadium grounds, this St. Patrick's Day tradition still stayed strong. If you missed this year's festival, be sure to catch it next year! Same day as always!Photos from the even can be found below and more will be uploaded to my Flickr page soon.

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Live in the DC area? Here are a few events to keep your eyes and ears open for:

DC101 Chili Cookoff - Mid May
Vans Warped Tour - July
DC Jazz Festival
Capital Jazz Fest
Bamboozle Roadshow
Takoma Park Folk Festival
Virgin Festival (headliners include Kings of Leon and Kasabian) - Early August

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The 24th Annual WAMMIE Awards

Dear Readers,

WOW these last few weeks have been crazy with all this snow, but even more with all the musical events going on in DC including the 24th annual WAMMIE awards hosted by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA)! The night was definitely one to remember, featuring performances from Grammy Winners Afro Bop Alliance, Tabi Bonney, Hotspur, Patty Reese Band, The Dede Wyland Band, Be'la Dona, etc. Musicians, producers, engineers, managers, and executives from around the Washington DC area piled into the State Theatre on February 28, 2010 for the sold out event. With the men in their finest threads and the ladies in their most dashing dresses, the crowd piled into the intimate venue which truly had a homelike feeling. The hosts for the evening were NPR's Kojo Nnamdi, Bluesville host Bill Wax, and popular radio/television broadcaster Jim Bohannon. Patty Reese, Dede Wyland, Margot Macdonald, and Ruthie and the Wranglers swept the awards this year, but performers Be'la Dona were clearly the group that stole the show. The all female DC gogo band had everyone on their feet dancing and by the end of their set received a standing ovation from the crowd. By the end of the night, both those with and without awards left the venue for the afterparty with smiles on their faces and a truly memorable night to remember. If you want more information on WAMA, visit

Photos from the event will be available her :

The full list of nominees and winners can be found here:

Upcoming Events

For those who are over 21, come out to Keggs and Eggs with Elliot in the Morning of DC101 this Friday at 7:15 a.m. at the 9:30 Club to party in the morning with JET, Andrew WK, Carbon Leaf, and more.

For everyone, SHAMROCK FEST is this Saturday March 13th at RFK Stadium Grounds! Lineup will feature The Roots, LMFAO, Train, Carbon Leaf, Hotspur, and more. We'll be partying it up so we hope to see you there!

Until next time,
The Pulse (Alena here ya'll)