Barrio Andalusi featuring Guillermo Christie - Barrio Andalusi plays and oud and Guillermo Christie plays tambourine, hand drums and an electronic drum box. Andalusi's playing is quite accomplished as he varies from Spanish, Morrocan, Macedonian, Turkish, and more instrumental folk music. Christie's percussion punctuates the music nicely and this is a lovely transportive set. Kudos to the Black Cat for booking this unique set of opening bands along with the headliner playing in another style entirely. The crowd grew to 15 and were quite positive with their support.
Side issues - I just wanted to comment on my side-bar. I try to list shows that I go to along with shows I would like to go to or that I think will be enjoyable shows for people that like creative, but entertaining music. Although some are must sees for me, others I make up my mind on covering a few hours before the show. I try to cover a lot of ground and am happy to promote anything of interest, so let me know if you promote shows, especially away from the major clubs.
I also am planning to write reviews for the We Love DC blog in the near future. I will continue to write most of my reviews right here and will reprint my reviews appearing at We Love DC on this blog after they have been published there. Frankly, whether I write there or not, We Love DC is a must read for music fans, so do give it your support.