TVD Live Shots: Maggie Rose and Them Vibes at U Street Music Hall, 3/16

Last Saturday evening, singer/songwriter Maggie Rose brought her soulful brand of rock to the stage at U Street Music Hall, along with fellow Nashvillians Them Vibes.

This show marked a homecoming of sorts for Rose. The now Nashville based starlet is originally from Potomac, Maryland where she began performing on stage at the age of sixteen with the B Street Band, a prominent area Springsteen cover band. Since then she’s made her way to “Music City” under the advice of Sony Records executive and music producer, Tommy Motolla.

Rose has since gone on to share the stage with some pretty big names. She’s served as tour opener for country music legends Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and has shared the stage with Sheryl Crow and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. Her current tour has her on the road with labelmate Kelly Clarkson, whom she opened for in Connecticut the night before her UHall show.

Just one song into her set I knew it was going to be a very good night. Her years of experience are certainly obvious on stage, but her talents as a songwriter couldn’t be more apparent. In fact, Rose has worked on several national ad campaigns that may have already seeped their way into your consciousness—the most notable being her version of “Old MacDonald,” juxtapposed as “a tribute to the women who are rewriting the rules of farming,” for Land O’ Lakes.

As her performance went on, Rose certainly delivered the best that she had for her DC fans who were singing and dancing along with the powerhouse on stage. Her set even included a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Baby I Love You,” that could have reduced a grown man to tears (not me of course). Tackling Aretha Franklin on stage is enormous, but Rose’s delivery was truly staggering.

Them Vibes served double duty as both the night’s opener and as Rose’s backing band. With their creative and fun mix of retro styled rock and roll, they fit the bill quite nicely and their musicianship is top shelf.

Maggie Rose’s newest album, Change the Whole Thing is available on black vinyl.

THEM VIBES

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