Category: Features

Rufus Wainwright: Blessed By Life

by Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com “I just stepped out of the ocean to talk to you. I live…a blessed existence.” In many ways, Rufus Wainwright does live a blessed existence. He is a highly regarded and thoughtfully...

The Timeless Existence of Tony Bennett

In the past ten or so years, Tony Bennett has sold over ten million records. Yes, that Tony Bennett. And yes, ten million records. By Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com Now considering this happened while he was in his...

The Mavericks: 30 Years In The Melting Pot

By Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com The first thing The Mavericks‘ co-founder and drummer Paul Deakin told me when we hooked up to discuss the band’s 30th anniversary of making music was that he and his band had just...

All That Jazz: Snarky Puppy

Rejuvenating is how Michael League, bandleader of the three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy, describes the kick start of summer concerts and music festivals. And Washington, D.C. specifically, he says, “has a...

Jon Batiste: The Show Never Stops

The acclaimed singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and leader of Stay Human, the house band of ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert, hits the perfect tune for DC JazzFest.  Night in and night out, Jon Batiste...

All About Herbie

Over the jazz legend’s stunning 60-year career, there’s just one thing that might still be daunting.  Amid the surfeit of summer concerts around the DMV, no one can surpass the legendary status of Herbie...

Street Funk

An open mic and U Street dive bar grad, Reesa Renee cheers on the noise in the city she loves.   Reesa Renee describes her sound and her style as “funky” and “eclectic,” then...

Dads With Capes

Just like Batman says, ‘It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.’ These are no ordinary dads.From passionate politician to Grammy-award winning musician, and from home design icon to...