Elephant Pistol - This is the first time I have taken in a free show in the summer series at Fort Reno Park. I should have done it some time ago but there is just something about combining outdoors + DC + summer that does not work for me. But the weather was nice today, so time to take in some free summertime music. The first band is really young, that is to say Really young. They have a couple of guitars, one being acoustic, bass and a rhythm section. They don't seem to have full command of their sound yet, but there was a song that was pretty excellent, so they sound like they have it in them to become something decent. A show playing to 200 some people here is a good part of that process. The PA is not dazzling, but it does the job well enough for us on the periphery. And I went out close to the street as the bugs were quite annoying at a few other spots I tried. So it was ok where I was aside from the hippie smoking pot while hiding in a thicket of trees.
Hundred Acre Wood - Again with the youth. These guys were a bit more accomplished and had a lush easygoing shoegaze pop into dance sort of sound. It was a little too pretty for me at times, but it was their choice and they had control of their songs with various guitars and keyboard switching. They were going over well enough with the younger crowd as well as some of the old timers.
Oh So Peligroso - These guys sounded good during my online preview listening session, but my body was not up to another outdoor set, so I headed home early. I am not sure how many more of these outdoor shows I will do, but I am very happy they exist for others. There were loads of people just relaxing in the park, playing around, youths doing some real world social networking and taking in live music for free. There are young bands learning their chops and some name bands in the series. So long may this series live. In this case youth is NOT wasted on the young, although aging does take its toll on the old.
Reviews of note - Folkworld 45 is out now featuring articles in German, English, Danish and Spanish. I reviewed boatloads of CDs (sometimes badly, although as my editor points out, the CDs are often not any better than the reviews). So click on the English version and CDs and check out the dozens of CDs that come from Europe along with a few local bands' efforts that I sneak in.