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Blitzen Trapper: a cross of Portland and Springsteen style at the Black Cat in D.C.

ALM_151015_16At shows in D.C., the people, energy and even the venue usually don’t let you forget that you are in Washington, D.C. Very few bands have the power to transport you out of the city into a different space, but that’s exactly what Blitzen Trapper did on Thursday night at the Black Cat.

All of D.C.’s Portland ex-pat’s came out in their flannels and beards to celebrate the band’s 9th album. A Cascadia flag adorned the keyboard, and the Oregon beaver flag hung on the other side of the stage.

ALM_151015_49The band opened with a few of their earlier hits, then transitioned to their new album. Nestled between folk songs and rock anthems, a jam turned into a fantastic cover of “Come Together”. Dedicated fans, mostly men, chanted along with lead singer Eric Early. Like several songs off of the recently released “All Across This Land”, Early resembled a young Springsteen in his black Levis, cutoff plaid shirt and boots.

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Anna covers shows in DC and San Francisco, and enjoys cartography and bicycling. More of her work can be found at www.annamcgarrigle.com.

Blitzen Trapper: a cross of Portland and Springsteen style at the Black Cat in D.C.

ALM_151015_16At shows in D.C., the people, energy and even the venue usually don’t let you forget that you are in Washington, D.C. Very few bands have the power to transport you out of the city into a different space, but that’s exactly what Blitzen Trapper did on Thursday night at the Black Cat.

All of D.C.’s Portland ex-pat’s came out in their flannels and beards to celebrate the band’s 9th album. A Cascadia flag adorned the keyboard, and the Oregon beaver flag hung on the other side of the stage.

ALM_151015_49The band opened with a few of their earlier hits, then transitioned to their new album. Nestled between folk songs and rock anthems, a jam turned into a fantastic cover of “Come Together”. Dedicated fans, mostly men, chanted along with lead singer Eric Early. Like several songs off of the recently released “All Across This Land”, Early resembled a young Springsteen in his black Levis, cutoff plaid shirt and boots.

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