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The Mid-Atlantic Music Journal The Journal is Longest Running Regional Digital Music Source, dedicated to National and Local Artists as well as Mid-Atlantic Venues. In the mid 2000's we were requested to provide Photo’s coverage @ XM studios in Washington D.C.

Photographing the Band THE SYN. The SYN included Chris Squire (YES). we went on to be published by The Carl Palmer Band (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) Bass X 3 Tours (Stu Hamm, Jeff Berlin and Billy Sheehan), Circa a Yes Spin off band of the highest order featuring Billy Sherwood, Alan White, Tony Kaye, Jimmy Haun and Michael Sherwood. Over the more recent years I have worked with Eddie Jobson U-Z Ban

Photographing the Band THE SYN. The SYN included Chris Squire (YES). we went on to be published by The Carl Palmer Band (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) Bass X 3 Tours (Stu Hamm, Jeff Berlin and Billy Sheehan), Circa a Yes Spin off band of the highest order featuring Billy Sherwood, Alan White, Tony Kaye, Jimmy Haun and Michael Sherwood. Over the more recent years I have worked with Eddie Jobson U-Z Ban

Operating as usual

04/14/2022

Celebrating Jazz Appreciation month!! Blues Alley Jazz Festival
Get information and tickets at www.bluesalley.com

#jazzmusic #jazz #music #livemusic #musician #jazzmusician #piano #jazzmusicians #livejazz #saxophone #jazzclub #soulmusic #drums #jazzguitar #soul #singer #jazzlover #trumpet #jazzy #concert #guitar #jazzmaster #jazzlive #sax #bass #jazzconcert #bluesalleydc #bluesalleyjazz #jazzfestival

04/03/2022
Mike + The Mechanics “Let Me Fly” US Tour 3-27-2018 The Birchmere
03/28/2022

Mike + The Mechanics “Let Me Fly” US Tour 3-27-2018 The Birchmere

Mike + The Mechanics Official
Mike Rutherford Bass and Guitars
Gary Wallis Drums
Tim Howar Lead Vocals
Andrew Roachford Vocals/Keys
Anthony Drennan Guitars/Bass
Toby Chapman Keys/Bass
(C) Matt Ridley

03/25/2022

Mark your calendars April 24 2022
Sylvan Amphitheater National Mall
with updated line up. This event will be live streamed.

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Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited at The Warner 3-6-20
03/19/2022

Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited at The Warner 3-6-20

Craig Blundell Drums
photo Matt Ridley

03/03/2022
02/25/2022
Eric Johnson always puts on one hell of a show, that's because he's one of the most admired guitar players that we have ...
02/19/2022

Eric Johnson always puts on one hell of a show, that's because he's one of the most admired guitar players that we have ever had the pleasure to watch and listen to.
35 years ago today was no exception in a micro Club in San Diego called the Bacchanal.
I remember hearing Eric play all his great hits up to that point off of friends, and some great covers as well like Paperback Writer (The Beatles).
Hearing that song really kind of blew me away knowing it was a Beatles song yet this guitar master was laying down the killer licks that went with this song.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to see him play that song again.
Matt Ridley

I met John at the Bayou in Georgetown in 92 when they toured looking forward to this one.
02/09/2022

I met John at the Bayou in Georgetown in 92 when they toured looking forward to this one.

ASIA FEATURING JOHN PAYNE ANNOUNCE THE DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY TOUR 30/40

2022 landmarks 30 years since the release of the ASIA album AQUA on which John Payne was ASIA’s lead vocalist. The following 15 years featured 7 more stunning ASIA studio albums, ARIA, ARENA, ANTHOLOGY, AURA, ARCHIVA 1&2 and SILENT NATION.

This year also celebrates 40 years since the 1982 release of the first ASIA album (Downes, Howe, Wetton, Palmer) that features the hits, Heat of the Moment and Only Time Will Tell.

This tour will showcase the music of both ASIA’s 1982 release and ASIA’s 1992 release AQUA. The 90 minute show focuses on those two albums and a set list that includes, Who Will Stop the Rain, Someday, Heat of the Moment, Only Time Will Tell, Back in Town, Lay Down Your Arms, Sole Survivor, Time Again, Love Under Fire, Heaven on Earth, Wildest Dreams, Here Comes the Feeling and more.
Vocalist John Payne remarked “This is going to be very nostalgic for me, I haven’t played some of these songs in 30 years and I’m extremely excited to do this tour with our band. We want the shows to sound as close to the original recordings as possible.”

John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. ASIA extensively toured the world for the next 14 years performing new classics and old favorites. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA released 8 stunning studio albums and several live recordings. In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 lineup for their 25th anniversary.

On the 9th of May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as “ASIA Featuring John Payne”. ASIA Featuring John Payne has been touring in North America since 2008.

Manager Lee Evans said “The band is really on form and John’s vocals are as powerful as ever, it’s gonna be a knock-out show."
ASIA Featuring John Payne Tour Dates
FEB 26 7:00 pm ASIA Featuring John Payne Live in Orlando
MAY 21 8:00 pm ASIA Featuring John Payne Live Near Boston (with Lou Gramm)

The Double Anniversary Tour Dates (announced so far - more to come):
JUL 6 7:00 pm ASIA Featuring John Payne Live in Rhode Island
JUL 8 8:00 pm ASIA Featuring John Payne Live at Daryl’s House
JUL 10 7:00 pm ASIA Featuring John Payne Live Near Philadelphia
JUL 13 8:00 pm ASIA Featuring John Payne Live near Pittsburg
JUL 14 8:00 pm ASIA Featuring John Payne Live in Cleveland

Full details and ticket links on our website (link below in comments)

Photos from Wolf Trap's post
01/07/2022

Photos from Wolf Trap's post

Jean-Luc Ponty The Atlantic Years U.S. Tour 8-19-18 The Birchmere
12/28/2021

Jean-Luc Ponty The Atlantic Years U.S. Tour 8-19-18 The Birchmere

Jean-Luc Ponty-Violin
Jamie Glaser-Guitars
Rayford Griffin-Drums
Wally Minko-Keyboards
Keith Jones-Bass
© Matt Ridley

Jean-Luc Ponty The Atlantic Years U.S. Tour 8-19-18 The Birchmere
12/28/2021

Jean-Luc Ponty The Atlantic Years U.S. Tour 8-19-18 The Birchmere

Jean-Luc Ponty © Matt Ridley

Mike always puts on an extremely entertaining show and to have Randy Brecker with him, well you can't beat that! Tonight...
12/16/2021

Mike always puts on an extremely entertaining show and to have Randy Brecker with him, well you can't beat that! Tonight through Sunday at the Blues Alley.

WASHINGTON DC! Catch Mike with Randy Brecker LIVE at Blues Alley December 16-19! Featuring Dennis Chambers, Teymur Phell and Leni Stern! Come out, support live music, and say hi! https://www.bluesalley.com/

Heads up great band coming in May next year check them out!
12/14/2021

Heads up great band coming in May next year check them out!

On Sale Today: Rams Head on Stage

Tickets for our show at Rams Head On Stage on May 20 in Annapolis, MD. Please note that this is a 21 & over show. Stay tuned for more dates and ticket on sales.
https://www.axs.com/events/421536/security-project-tickets

What a fun day! #CapitalJazzFest25th
12/13/2021

What a fun day! #CapitalJazzFest25th

A very happy birthday to the one and only Nathan East !Here's a cool video we put together at the Capital Jazz Fest 25th...
12/09/2021
Nathan East at Capital Jazz Fest 25 (set sampler)

A very happy birthday to the one and only Nathan East !
Here's a cool video we put together at the Capital Jazz Fest 25th. Nathan put on a hell of a show I can tell you that.
https://youtu.be/hx2bHq3zrzQ

Nathan East heads up The Capital Jazz Fest 25 with a 10 piece band and it was his first US solo concert ever! He opened up CapJazz25 at Merriweather Post wit...

Jake's new Trio album has a list who’s who of music royalty which includes Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, K...
11/22/2021

Jake's new Trio album has a list who’s who of music royalty which includes Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Loggins, Moon Taxi, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Jon Anderson, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, Jack Johnson, Billy Strings. Go check him out.

TONIGHT!

Ukulele maestro the incredible Jake Shimabukuro brings his band to our Music Hall stage to celebrate "Christmas in Hawaii!" You've never heard 4 strings sound so amazing.

If you've never heard Jake before do yourself a favor and Google a couple of videos and then come to the show.

Tickets on our website and at the door.

Jake Shimabukuro

Steve Vai Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour at Barnes
11/21/2021

Steve Vai Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour at Barnes

Steve Vai at Barnes of Wolf Trap © Matt Ridley

Steve Vai Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour at Barnes
11/21/2021

Steve Vai Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour at Barnes

Final Photo by Pete Walters

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In the mid 2000’s The Journal’s Matt Ridley was called upon to photograph The Syn at XM Studios in Washington D.C. The Syn was a influential 60’s Band that featured Chris Squire (Bass YeS) plus numerous other successful musicians that re-formed for a Hit Prog Album “Syndistructable” and Toured in support of the LP. The photos of the LIVE broadcast were turned into a LIVE LP, called Armistice Day.

The Journal went on to be published in numerous LIVE LP’s that were recorded throughout the area including Stu Hamm “LIVE Stu X 2”, Original ASIA xXx (30), Eddie Jobson’s U Z Band, Jane Getter Premonition “LIVE” and many more.

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