Roxy Music hasn’t blown into my neighborhood since the group played at Columbia, Md.s’ Merriweather Post Pavilion 13 years, but one of the Fab Three (with Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera) almost played in D.C. tonight. That would be (would have been?) Bryan Ferry. I’m familiar with some of his solo work, but I admit much of my interest in seeing him play what was to be his first of two shows, and then his second of two shows, at D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre, had to do with the fact that Roxy Music may not be back in these parts again.
I was also really interested in checking out the venue, which looks smaller than I had imagined it was in the pics that I found online. It’s one of four music havens that are in close proximity to one another in the city’s much-better-than-it-used-to-be Florida Avenue corridor (my mother is a D.C. native and told me that Florida Avenue wasn’t a good place to be, even when she was growing up). That stretch also encompasses U Street Music Hall and, a little closer to New York Avenue, the Howard Theatre and the 9:30 Club. The latter is co-owned by long-time local promoter Seth Hurwitz and has been one of the most successful venues of its size in the country.
As for Ferry, I didn’t know that he had been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire until I found the above pic. Interesting >> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/8926119/Bryan-Ferry-made-CBE-by-Queen-at-Buckingham-Palace.html
More bad news on the Ferry front … I’ve just learned that he’s had to cancel for tonight, too. Hopefully, whatever’s ailing him will improve shortly and he’ll return to a town near you (or me) in the near future — maybe even, if we’re lucky, with his two famous mates.