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Monday, August 31, 2009


Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2009!

Photo Credit:Alfredo Flores, Special to Metromix

Get up close and personal with the bands, the crowd and more at this year's biggest concert

On Sunday August 30, Merriweather Post Pavilion was home to the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a full-day full of rock bands, hip hop groups and DJs. And this time, in a year when many are down on their luck financially, the event was free! The festival, featuring headliners Blink-182 and Weezer, sold out quickly and an estimated 35,000 were in attendance. Check out our exclusive galleries of the bands, the audience and much more!

Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2009: The Bands

See the stellar line up, including Blink 182, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Jet, The Bravery, D.C. native Wale and many more!

Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2009: The Crowd

The stage may have been crazy, but the audience was crazier. Check out our best crowd shots from the all-day show!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Nayas in Adams Morgan

Photos by Alfredo Flores NBC 4 Washington's Around Town

D.C. rockers Nayas hold court at Adams Morgan's Bossa Bistro & Lounge most Thursday nights. Their schedule is available on their MySpace page. Their music blends reggae, rock and Latin beats.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Ricardo Arjona: Stories on Stage

Photos by Alfredo Flores NBC 4 Washington's Around Town

Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona is known for his brand of storytelling via pop ballads, which he brought to the Patriot Center last Saturday.Arjona is known for his theatrical sets during performances, with band members playing characters from the songs. Arjona's album “5to Piso,” released last year, refers to the fifth floor of his Mexico City apartment and shares the things he saw from that vantage point on a daily basis.Beautiful imagery added an illustrative backdrop to his songs on Saturday.

Friday, August 07, 2009


View From Above: Ricardo Arjona

Written by Washington Post Express contributor Alfredo Flores

DON'T CALL Ricardo Arjona a Latin lover-type singer. Although he has the looks and charisma to be marketed as such (and was, early in his career), Arjona prefers to play the role of storyteller in his pop ballads. I'm a chronologist; I talk about everything, not just about love," said Arjona in Spanish while in Miami preparing for his 18-city U.S. tour. "I talk about the undocumented [people]; I criticize Latin American society, but also sing about everyday life." Arjona's storytelling has made him one of the most sought-out Latin artists in his two decade-long career, regularly filling stadiums in Latin America and arenas in the United States. While big-arena concertgoers can expect bright lights, video backdrops and pyrotechnics, Arjona also employs a theatrical musical-like setup and actors who play the roles of characters in his songs. It's the ultimate in visual storytelling and a perfect reflection of the personal lyrics found in his 2008 album, "5to Piso." This tour offers a captivating vision of urban street life that Arjona witnessed from the fifth-story window of his Mexico City apartment. "The album is a biography of the past three years of my life," the Guatemalan singer said. "I was blessed to be given as much time as I felt necessary to complete the project. It's a wonderful experience and a chance to find that right sound, right words to capture the moment." The backdrop behind Arjona onstage is the dark, gloomy city, but one that's vibrant, full of life, brick buildings with blinking lights, people moving around in the windows and on rooftops. His nine-piece band even plays roles, portraying band members in a seedy bar, playing guitar, piano and percussion, while the keyboard player performs in a car. Arjona's lyrics in "5to" sometimes are of heartbreak, such as in "Como Duele (How It Hurts)" about couples who stay together after years of monotony. In "Que Nadie Vea (So That No One Sees)," he speaks about a boy hiding his sexual preference (a taboo subject in many parts of Latin America) in the sad ballad that features stirring violin, cello and clarinet. And in the ranchera duet with Paquita la del Barrio, "Ni Tú Ni Yo (Neither You Nor I)," Arjona sings about women who stand up to the men who mistreat them. » Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax; Sat., Aug. 8, 8 p.m., $59-$99; 703-993-3000.


Jason Mraz Headlines an Evening of Friendly Folk at Merriweather

Photos by Alfredo Flores NBC 4 Washington's Around Town

Jason Mraz, also known as Mr. A-Z, is a singer-songwriter, born and raised in Mechanicsville, Va. His stylistic influences include reggae, pop, rock, folk, jazz and hip-hop. Mraz’s second album, “Mr. A-Z,” peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 200 and sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States. In 2008, Mraz released his third studio album, “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things..,” which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 was a commercial success worldwide, peaking in the top ten of many international charts.