Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Transformer Explosion at Ballston Hilton

On Decemeber 22 there was a sizable explosion in Ballston near the Hilton hotel. Police had Stuart and Stafford streets closed when I drove past around 5pm.

It turns out the electrical transformer, a large green box that steps down high voltage current before it goes into a building, faulted and exploded. Not sure if there where any injuries, but a witness did say they saw rescue workers with stretchers present.

Here is a picture of the new transformer being installed after the damaged one was removed.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Exit Clov at Iota this Saturday

I first saw the progressive and politically charged tunes of Exit Clov more than a year ago at Iota. I really enjoyed the show and the diversity of instruments. Susan and Emily pictured here were very talented, with excellent vocals, keyboard, dual violins and two cowbells!

They will be making another appearance this Saturday night at Iota along with Poor But Sexy. Highly recommended!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Boxcar Collision and Haiti Concert @ Iota

To no one's surprise the the Haiti benefit concert tonight at Iota was packed to capacity. With more than a dozen local bands participating in this charity event to raise money for the Red Cross, Iota was definately the best place in Clarendon to spend this chilly Friday night in.

I was ablepush myself into the crowd to see my local favorite band Boxcar Collision on stage. Ashlee Wilcox was keeping the standing-room-only entertained with her talented guitar playing and vox.

A great night for a great cause! Thanks to all the other bands that came out to put on this memorable show.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

On Tap Magazine at Clarendon Grill this Saturday

This Saturday at Clarendon Grill the local magazine On Tap is having a CD Release Party to celebrate On the Verge-Volume IV, an annual CD featuring local bands. The evening will toast to another year and another CD full of talented area artists who are "on the verge."

11 artists are in the lineup including The Cheaters, Crash Boom Bang, Hotspur, and one of my favorites Rome In A Day! No cover before 10 p.m.

Now if I could only convince On Tap to add an RSS feed to their site...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy Hour for Haiti @ Current Sushi

Another DC area venue is helping raise funds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Current on Connecticut Avenue,known for its cool atmosphere and great sushi, is hosting a happy hour for Haiti Tuesday night from 5:30 – 8:00 PM. 100% of all proceeds benefit the Oxfam American Haitian Earthquake Response Fund.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Iota Haiti relief charity concert this Friday

Iota is hosting a great benefit concert this Friday to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief. An incredible amount of local talent is scheduled to play, including one of my local favorites Boxcar Collision. The charity concert starts at 8pm and all proceeds go to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief effort.

Click here to donate online to the Haiti Relief fund.

Other bands set to perform for this charity event include:
  • Iota natives Brother Shamus
  • Helo
  • Tom McBride
  • Taylor Carson
  • Derek Evry from Idea Track
  • Rene Moffatt
  • Zelos
  • Boxcar Collision
  • Sean Gaiser and Jarrett Nicolay of Vaco
  • Bobby and Tiffany Thompson
  • Danni Rosner
  • No Second Troy

Monday, January 11, 2010

Restaurant Week in Clarendon

Several local venues are participating in Restaurant Week:
Harry’s Tap Room is also donating $5 to the DC Central Kitchen charity for every Restaurant Week dinner menu selected.

Winter 2010 Restaurant Week
- January 11-17, 2010
Lunch: - $20.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Dinner: - $35.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included.

Click here for more participating local Washington DC and NoVA restaurants.