Amos Saint Jean & Friends LIVE In Concert
Friday, October 16, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Come join the party with Amos Saint Jean and friends!
Cost: $15 adv/$20 door
For more information, visit http://amossaintjean.com/
Will Duvall, Frances Luke Accord, Chris DuPont
Thursday, October 8, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Frances Luke Accord
Frances Luke Accord is an indie/folk duo based out of Chicago, Illinois. Consisting of friends Brian Powers and Nicholas Gunty, the duo’s compositions arch on two-fold harmonies, rhythmic phrasing, and pensive, poetic lyrics. Grown out of the Midwest-folk tradition but influenced by a variety of genres and styles, Frances Luke Accord’s sound is warm, textured, and nuanced. Their live set juggles intricate vocal harmonies with pulsing instrumentation and attentive songwriting. Both write, sing, and produce, and are dedicated multi-instrumentalists.
The duo demonstrates its creative, multifaceted approach to music in their debut album, Kandote, recorded with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir in Kkindu Village, Uganda. Organized in collaboration with Kevin Dugan (founder of Fields of Growth Int’l), the duo traveled to East Africa during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, spending 18 days writing and recording with 28 Ugandan children and 4 choir directors in the Masaka Region of Uganda. The album, named after the title track (which means ‘and I dream’ in Luganda), not only bridges an electric artistic divide, but has become a lasting means of providing financial support to the choir’s education. To learn about this not-for-profit project, read about it here: http://franceslukeaccord.com/kandote/.
Michigan native folk singer-songwriter Chris DuPont delivers songs that are poignant, memorable, and hopeful. His bright, developed tenor and masterful guitar work set the stage for classic, timeless storytelling.
Chris is sponsored by Godin guitars.
With influences ranging from James Taylor, to Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Chris DuPont has long been charming midwest listeners, especially since the release of his lush, rawly produced LP, Anxious Animal. Anxious Animal transcends the singer-songwriter genre by incorporating ambient instrumental textures, and meticulously composed string parts. While Anxious Animal effectively explores DuPont’s range as a composer, the record never loses sight of its center: DuPont’s own storytelling voice.
Chris’s maturity as an artist is apparent from the stereo to the stage, whether performing solo, with backing band, or in support of other artists. When not working on his own music, Chris works as a sit-in player, session musician, producer, and sound engineer.
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
Caleb Blair - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, October 3, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Growing up, I started loving music from the very first wood-rotted piano I was tapping on as a kid. My dad threw me into classic rock and classical music and immersed me in it. (Having wailing guitar solos from Jimmy Page and Bach melodies getting stuck in your head might be healthy. I’m not sure though, I’ll get back to you on that one.) I’ve been writing music for a few years now and just now started to do something about it. I’m reaching far and beyond the odds for a chance to impact people with music, but I’m reaching nonetheless. And that counts for something right?
For more information, visit http://www.fortsatte.com/calebblair
Koshari with Michael Mattice
Thursday, October 1, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Built around the ethereal voice of Barb Western and the signature guitar playing of Bryan Baxter, Koshari blends the spacey, effects-drenched swirl of bands like My Bloody Valentine or Swervedriver with the aggression and heaviness of the Deftones or Tool. The result is a creative voice at once familiar yet without close analog, that has been described by Kim Kirkpatrick of online magazine C60 Crew as “packed with atmosphere, beauty [and] substance.”
For more information, visit www.kosharimusic.com
Jessica Graae and Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt
Friday, October 23, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Jessica Graee blends her folk-rock style and classical training to create haunting, soulful songs. Jessica is recording her second studio album, scheduled for release in the fall of 2015. She has performed live on Gene Shay’s Folk Show (WXPN), Germantown Radio, Graffiti Radio, and Hometown Heroes. Jessica has played at NERFA, Cape May Singer Songwriter, Launch, Elm City and Ladybug Festivals and has opened for Ed Kowalczyk and Melissa Ferrick. Nominated for six WSTW Hometown Hero Homey Awards, Jessica is a 2013 Philadelphia Folk Factory contest winner and a finalist in the 2012 and 2014 Delmarva Folk Hero contests.
Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt
“Nathans and Ronstadt are cashmere. Music you would want to get closer to and not be overwhelmed by. The well-thought-out approaches here are smooth with poignant tales filled with sincerity. Like many Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits songs, these tunes can linger in your ears and follow you into bed where you will be looking up at the ceiling with your eyes closed in the dark and the melodies still partying into your sleep.”
– John Apice, No Depression review
“Crooked Fiddle” represents a meeting of the musical minds: A virtuoso cellist who hails from musical royalty joins forces with a songwriting craftsman to create a unique, sparse but powerful album that has increasingly gathered airplay and critical acclaim.
Michael Ronstadt, who plays cello, guitar and mandolin, carries on his family’s eclectic music tradition, performing more than 200 nights a year with various projects, including acoustic trio The Ronstadt Generations with his father and brother. He’s also a songwriter, known for mind-bending, wildly creative tunes.
Aaron Nathans, with his brilliant, off-kilter view of the world, adds humorous set-ups in his live shows that are as captivating as his beautiful guitar work, catchy melodies and sweet baritone voice. His work was honored in 2011 as a New Folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, a distinction shared by Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin.
For more information, visit http://www.jessicagraae.com
Sweet Remains (Album Release) with Bari Leigh
Friday, September 25, 7:29 PM to 9:59 PM · Add to Calendar
THE SWEET REMAINS is an unusual band on today’s music scene, headed by 3-gifted and charismatic singer-songwriters, each of whom contribute to the writing and 3-part harmonies that define the band’s sound.
Driven by strong lyrical and melodic writing, their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers like Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, and John Mayer. However, it is their lush harmonies, that distinguish tSR from the throngs of guitar-toting troubadors and harken back to super-groups of the 60’s and 70’s like CSN, the Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel.
Rich and Greg first started collaborating writing songs for Rich’s 2004 Geffen Records debut—a CD that spawned Rich’s single “I’m on my way”, featured on the multi-platinum Shrek 2 soundtrack. Rich has released three solo albums and written music for many high-profile film and television projects. Hailed by Performing Songwriter Magazine as “a magnetic writer and performer”, Greg Naughton (NYC) has played his music all across this country in venues ranging from New Orleans grittiest, to the east room of the White House. His indie released CD ‘Demogogue & the Sun Songs’ was co-produced by grammy-winning recording artist Phoebe Snow and several of Greg’s songs have gone on to be covered by major label artists. Brian Chartrand’s journeys as a multi-talented singer-songwriter and instrumentalist have taken him from South Hadley, MA where he grew up to Phoenix, AZ where he splits his time as a solo-artist and front-man of ‘The Voce Project’ and ‘Ten Dollar Outfit.’ Since 2003, Brian has released 10 CDs with his various projects.
The band has been winning the praise of audiences and critics across the U.S. ever since. (USA TODAY selected it as “pick-of-the-week”; BOSTON HERALD said “Its been a long time since 3-part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs this melodically gorgeous”).
Cost: $15 adv/$20 door
For more information, visit http://www.thesweetremains.com/
with Bari Leigh
“Bari Leigh is set to explode with her infectious mix of pop, country, blues and soul . . . (a) buzz-worthy artist.”
—Entertainment Tonight (CBS)
Bari Leigh - Starfish Music - ECR Music GroupBoldness can take many forms. On the one hand, it can mean brazen, fearless, assured. On the other hand, sensitive, intimate, authentic. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Bari Leigh uniquely understands and embraces this duality: it’s in her character. It’s in both the sweetness and swagger of her music. And, it’s at the heart of what her debut album, Tonight, I’m Unchained, is all about.
“I grew up steeped in classic music—spanning 1970’s riff-rock, blues, and Motown—listening to iconic female singers like Dolly Parton, Etta James, and Bobbie Gentry. Women who weren’t afraid to be determined, powerful, and even tough, if necessary. But each of them also have a deep and beautiful vulnerability to both their music and their singing. That blend is what’s always been magical to me.” The influence of these multi-faceted idols is clearly evident in Leigh’s own songwriting: at times brawny and raucous with bayou slide-guitar riffs and big, brassy, singing. At others, tenderly soulful, with honeyed vocals, and introspective lyrics.
Another key endorsement for Leigh’s music came during the making of the new record. For the final stages of the album’s production, Leigh brought in artist, producer, and indie-music stalwart Blake Morgan, who agreed to both mix and master the new record. “Bari has just the kind of defiant, independent spirit that I love to see—and hear—in an emerging artist. This is a record well-worth paying attention to.”
Jessica Lamb - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, September 19, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Free show on the cafe level of the coffeehouse.
Jessica Lamb originally hails from the Deep South, but has spent recent time fulfilling her driving desire for adventure around the world. In the past year, she has spent 3-month stints in England, California, Tennessee, and Alabama. This appetite for exploration bleeds into her songwriting, as she writes about experiences, people, and adventures worldwide. She recently graduated with a degree in vocal music from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and now resides in her hometown of Birmingham, AL, where she is pursuing her musical career.
“For me, it’s all about lyrics and substance,” she says, “I’m a creative personality, but also very analytical–I need order and the opportunity to verbally process how I feel. I do that in my songs. The music comes naturally, but the lyrics are what keep me up at night. I’ll spend days at a time with lines stuck in my head, dissecting and tweaking them to best express how I feel. The songwriting process exhilarates me.”
Jessica recently released her newest single, “Just Don’t Have the Time,” on iTunes and Spotify. She will release her debut EP Songs of Travel in August 2015. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to find out about upcoming shows and new music.
For more information, visit http://www.jessicalambmusic.com/
Son Sage - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, September 5, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Free concert on the café level of the coffeehouse.
Son Sage is an effort to take Folk music back to its roots. Lyrics about love, life, and the pursuit of something beyond. Raw and live. Passionate and honest. Breaking away from social media and letting the music speak for itself. With the ultimate message of love behind every lyric and chord, Son Sage hopes always to spread a message of togetherness and beauty.
Follow your heart, live life with faith.
For more information, visit www.sonsage.com
Anthony Alvarado CD Release with Alvin Tan
Thursday, September 10, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
There are certain stories that make us feel alive. The story that bred Anthony Alvarado’s debut record, “Still”, is one of them. Laced with an undeniable sincerity from top to bottom, Alvarado exemplifies deep cries of both inevitable delight and hurt of the human experience.
Born of Peruvian descent in Northern Virginia, Alvarado has found a calmer artistic niche despite the chaos often associated with both the area and the circumstances he has found himself in.
Courage has been best described as telling the truth of who you are with your whole heart. We are all truth-tellers. Yet, few have so boldly and masterfully harnessed the task like Anthony Alvarado. Gentle acoustic tones are bolstered in a powerful proclamation of paradoxical bookends of both death and life. The contrast of these sounds work seamlessly to reveal strength in fragility and hope in despair.
Alvarado’s voice drips of a deep yearning, one that feels familiar even to the estranged listener as it speaks directly to the heart.
A culmination of three year’s work could hardly speak to the weight of “Still.” In lieu of the passing of his father, Nilthon Alvarado, “Still” became a dream clawed into reality. Through immense heart and hard work, clasping hands and walking through what it means to truly preserve a memory, “Still” took on skin and bones. Alvarado bares a desire to soak his hands into future and triumph from the descent, cleansed by living water, never discounting what rendered him messy.
Constantly moving forward, Alvarado’s work in telling this story is far from finished.
For more information, visit http://www.anthony-alvarado.com/
with Alvin Tan
Alvin Tan is an up and coming singer/songwriter from Springfield, VA who is making his way up the local music scene in hopes to go further with his music. As a solo artist, he hopes that his acoustic influenced style, inspired by life, family, and friends will be able to connect, inspire, relate and most importantly entertain anyone who gives him the time to listen.
DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Presents an Evening with Award Winning Poet A. Van Jordan
Thursday, November 5, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Dolores Kendrick Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia Presents an Evening with Award-Winning Author A. Van Jordan
“Finds evocative ways to connect us to a new storytelling heritage.” - Entertainment Weekly
Cost: Free Admission with RSVP by 8/25/15
Madonnas in a Field, The Harmaleighs, Zoe Ravenwood, Nathan Storey
Thursday, September 17, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Madonnas in a Field
Madonnas in a Field began as a project from 27-year-old musician, Forrest Marquisee. It has since evolved into a 4-piece band with a real knack for country-pluckin’-twang and beautiful harmonies. The Madonnas play through-composed original songs about topics ranging from love, drinking, turkey dinners, trains, trucks, planes, and crazy floral patterns. Throughout the tunes you will hear songwriters Forrest Marquisee and James Henze’s droll sense of humor glossing over serious, introspective lyrics and surprising key changes! Madonnas in a Field are reminiscent of Gram Parsons, Jerry Garcia, Michael Hurley, and Jonathan Edwards, but very much stand in their own right by putting an unusual twist on folk music.
Pronunciation: (the har-muh- lees)
The Harmaleighs, a folk duo from Nashville, TN, is composed of Haley Grant (Guitar/Vocals) and Kaylee Jasperson (Bass/Vocals). They found a mutual love for folk/americana and started creating music together in early 2013. They have played major festivals such as Phases of the Moon, Musikfest, BMI’s 8 off 8th, Nashville Pride & Key West Songwriters Fest. They released their debut EP, People Line Up in August 2013 and have toured the country. They are looking forward to seeing where else their new album, Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush takes them!
Washington, DC-based multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Zoë Ravenwood became a being of pure sound after getting bit by a radioactive David Bowie LP in her youth. In the Winter of 2014/2015 she signed with the record label Party Time Society to release her first solo album, ‘The Problem Might Be Me’, which has gained her a solid following and and received radio play in both the United States and Australia.
Nathan Storey is a seasoned folk rock singer-songwriter from Charlotte, NC.
Cost: $12 adv / $15 door
Ryanhood and Rachel Solomon, with Hadley Kennary
Thursday, October 15, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA’s), acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than 800 shows in 42 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and have even been tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres.
Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.”
Their fifth and newest album, Start Somewhere, finds the band returning to the intimate storytelling and acoustic guitar interplay that was a hallmark of their early work as buskers. They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).
Keyboardist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Solomon has been making a name for herself since her 2005 arrival in Nashville, TN as an in-demand live and session pianist and singer as well as a unique and powerful songwriter.
Born a Yankee, raised a southwesterner, reared in the “Live Music Capital” that is Austin, TX, and schooled at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, Rachel’s background is as diverse as her talents are. She comes from a roving music pedigree as the daughter of Andy Solomon, keyboard player for Ted Nugent’s early psychedelic endeavor The Amboy Dukes, and he passed along skills of both keyboard and saxophone to a young Rachel.
After three years at Berklee in Boston, Rachel was offered the job as the keyboardist and background vocalist for the widely popular all-female country/rock group Mustang Sally.
More recent years have led Rachel to playing and collaborating with notable names such as Laura Bell Bundy, Love and Theft, Krystal Keith, Heidi Newfield (of Trick Pony), Adam Hood, and hit songwriting couple Tia Sillers and Mark Selby. When not in the studio or playing in other artists’ groups, Rachel tours as her own artist.
Hadley Kennary is a singer-songwriter whose music is a pop/folk blend of heartfelt, clever lyrics and infectious melodies. Kennary, appropriately pronounced like the bird, started writing music when she was just 14. Now 22, she has a self-titled EP, a full-length album, and graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Her warm pop/folk sound is refreshingly honest and contagiously catchy.
She has graced stages around the country such as SPACE in Chicago, Club Passim in Cambridge, and The Bitter End in New York. She also appeared on ABC Chicago’s “Windy City Live” in July 2014, where she played to an audience of 250,000+. Most notably, she was named a finalist for both the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Songwriting Contest, in which she won 2nd place in June of 2015. In August 2015, she will bring her music to new parts of the world as she tours Ireland the UK.
Hadley recently relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where she continues to write, record, and perform live.
Cost: $10 adv/$12door
Kids’ Music: Rainbow Rock Band
Saturday, September 5, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM · Add to Calendar
Get ready to rock the rainbow!
The Rainbow Lady (Kate Moran), joined by some of her friends, Guitarmony Gus (Derek Evry), Sgt. Bam Sam (Sam Carolla), Captain Toe Tappin (Kevin de Souza), Princess Fiddlesticks (Lynn Rovelli), Bassious Berry (Matt Berry) or Prince Pop & Walk (Ryan Walker), will entertain your little ones with a combination of classic and original children’s songs. These talented tunesters will keep you bopping in your socks until you just can’t rock anymore! Inside the box of fun, tambourines, shakers, and more are always on hand for your little one to join in the fun, and, if they are feeling like completing their rock star appearance, they can get a nice little temporary Rainbow tattoo from, none other than, Pattycake Patty (Patty Moran) or the lovely Rockin Rox Anna (Anna Goist)!! Are you ready to rock the rainbow?
Suggested age range: Infant to 8 yr olds.
Lots of stroller parking available!
Cost: $6 adv/$8 door (everyone 1 year and older)
For more information, visit http://www.rainbowrockband.com/
The 9 Singer-Songwriter Series
Friday, September 4, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series” is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists for only $10? To date, over 60 different artists have participated in “The 9”, at events in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and Philadelphia.
Follow and Like “The 9” at www.twitter.com/wearethe9.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wearethe9