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Marc Shapiro

The Beat: In Lizzo We Trust

Singer, rapper and flutist Lizzo brought her empowering mix of pop and hip-hop to a sold-out crowd at Rams Head Live on July 25. Lizzo is well on her way to superstardom, so tickets to the hotly anticipated show were gone in a matter of minutes when they went on …

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The Beat: Rockin’ with Le Butcherettes

Le Butcherettes brought their unbridled punk sounds to a sold-out DC9 show in Washington’s U Street neighborhood earlier this month. After an opening set from DC-based garage rock duo Venray and a high-energy set from tour mates Stars at Night, an all-female L.A.-based punk band, Le Butcherettes took the stage …

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The Beat: Neville Jacobs Album Worth the Wait

A few years ago, Baltimore guitarist Cris Jacobs and New Orleans keyboardist Ivan Neville finally got a chance to do what they had talked about over many a poker game – play some music together. A successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015 that raised more than $16,000 helped them take the …

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AVAM Exhibit Tackles the Layers of Parenting

There aren’t a lot of museum exhibit openings where you’ll hear talk about shaving cream changing sperm DNA, the effects of reading to a fetus and the opioid epidemic’s impact on grandparents, but when American Visionary Art Museum founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger takes on the topic of parenting, …

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Original Fishbone Lineup Plays Marathon Set at the Fillmore

“The chemistry of this lineup can’t be f*cked with.” Fishbone bassist Norwood Fisher was sipping tea on a couch in the band’s green room ahead of their performance at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 23. The lineup he gleefully referred to is the stuff of the legends – the …

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The Beat: PHOTOS – Merryland Music Fest

The inaugural Merryland Music Fest took over Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. The festival, put on by All Good Presents, featured funk, folk, rock, bluegrass, jam and reggae from an eclectic list of performers including national acts Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and The …

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The Beat: BSOPulse Announces Second Season

BSOPulse, a concert series that pairs top indie rock bands with musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, has announced a stellar second season with Houndmouth, Brett Dennen, Lake Street Dive and Lower Dens. The announcement comes after a wildly successful first season that included performances by Dawes, Wye Oak, Dr. …

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