The Nighthawks

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TWO ANNIVERSARIES: Pay tribute to the iconic Blind Willies and The Nighthawks, both celebrating birthdays, March 25
Saturday March 25, 2023 09:00 PM EDT
Cost: $10
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CL Critic Hal Horowtiz Recommends: Celebrate Blind Willie’s 37th (!) anniversary with this special show from veteran D.C. blues/soul/roots journeymen The Nighthawks. They have been touring for 50 years (another!), albeit with many personnel changes, but remain fronted by singing/harp player founder Mark Wenner. It has been a busy time too. They recently released an EP, Slant Six, which follows 2022’s full-length album,Established 1972. There’s no telling how much longer they can keep this up, so catch this legendary act while you have a chance and simultaneously pay tribute to one of Atlanta’s longest lasting roots music clubs.  — HH

From the venue:

The Nighthawks was an idea in Mark Wenner’s brain long before he was able to implement it. The musical product of pre-1958 radio in Washington, D.C., he did not know there were rules against mixing blues, R&B, honky-tonk country, doo-wop, gospel and rockabilly into one delicious stew.

In 1972, Mark, then 23, returned to his hometown after a New York City band apprenticeship eager to start a real, work-every-night band based on American roots music. He found a receptive local scene. Washington has long been a musical melting-pot of the kind that made Memphis the source point for the evolution of American music in the second half of the 20th century. It just never had a Stax or Sun record label to tell the world. As the city exploded with an influx of people from all the surrounding states during the Great Depression and World War II, Washington became a hotbed of musical cross-fertilization. When Bill Haley first brought his wacky Pennsylvania mix of hillbilly music and rhythm and blues to D.C. in 1952, people got it. And white kids like Mark found the Howard Theater – now recently restored and part of the historic top tier of the Chitlin’ Circuit that included Baltimore’s Royal, Chicago’s Regal and New York’s Apollo – just a 25-cent bus ride away from the suburbs.

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1a758 Blind Willies Magnum
828 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 873-2583
neighborhood: #virginiahighland