“Hot Chocolate in June” Book Event with Author Holly Mthethwa
Saturday, November 8, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Join us for a book reading and signing of the book, “Hot Chocolate in June” with author Holly Mthethwa.
Under-qualified and overly-ambitious, Holly left her family and friends behind in Nebraska to search for that radical life, that all-for-Jesus-or-nothing- at-all life. Escaping the depression that chased her following her father’s untimely and agonizing death, this young accountant-turned- adventurer trekked to remote mountain villages and through city streets smelling of human excrement: all in search of a Father’s love. Thousands of miles from the only home she’d ever known, Holly discovered a deeper passion for her God while sharing the gospel in India and soothing abandoned babies in South Africa.
God made sure that Holly also encountered Oscar. The handsome South African rugby player seemed to have everything Holly had been praying for in a husband—except for the small detail that he didn’t look like any of the other guys she’d dated before. As the son of parents who had lived through racial segregation and apartheid, Oscar was not supposed to bring home a woman whose skin matched the color of the people his parents had served. And this small town, Midwestern girl wasn’t supposed to fall in love with a black man, either.
Hot Chocolate in June is the true story of God’s undeniable ability to mend emotional wounds, overcome racial and cultural differences, and write amazing adventure stories. Join Holly on her adventure as she navigates her way through deep grief and loss, only to discover the amazing sweetness of love and restoration.
For more information, visit http://www.ruggedandredeemed.com/#!rugged-and-redeemed/cnec
Bulfinch Author Reading & Book Signing - in the coffeehouse
Saturday, November 22, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Hannah Sternberg is a published novelist and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in many outlets, including Dear Wendy, Thought Catalog, Happy Mindful People, and PJ Lifestyle. Hannah’s second novel, Bulfinch, is now available on Amazon.com, where it has already climbed to the Top 100 in Magical Realism. Queens of All the Earth, Hannah Sternberg’s first novel, was released by Bancroft Press in October 2011. Early reviews called it “exquisite” and “completely addicting.”
Hannah lives and works in Washington, DC. In 2009, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a major in Film and Media Studies and a minor in Writing Seminars. In addition to writing, she spends her spare time cooking, gardening, editing manuscripts for Istoria Books and freelance clients, blogging about arts and culture, and trying to mix the perfect cocktail. She has worked for several years in the book business as an editor and marketing director for major publishers. She is represented by Victoria Marini at Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents.
Learn more about Hannah at www.HannahSternberg.com
The Brilliance - Advent Tour at The Miracle Theatre with 714
Wednesday, December 17, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Ebenezers Coffeehouse Presents at THE MIRACLE THEATRE (535 8TH St, SE Washington, DC 20003)
The Brilliance is one of an emerging new breed of Christian artists who are taking our nature as “storied” creatures seriously and putting forward a sort of “new liturgy” which both honors the past and points the way forward into the future.
Their music is about our story, exploring the essence of who we are as God’s creation and as His reflection. Taking their musicality to new heights, blending strings, keys, percussion and voice, along with poetry and prayer, The Brilliance appeals to diverse audiences — across generations, denominations, and cultures.
Cost: $12 adv / $15 day of
For more information, visit http://thebrilliancemusic.com/
714 is a music collective based in Washington DC at National Community Church. Through creativity and excellence 714 cultivates an atmosphere of intimate worship and passionate praise where God’s presence and His people connect.
Our hope is that the world would be transformed one life at a time through an encounter with Jesus. Our heart is to equip the church to see it happen.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Melissa Giges and Ryanhood with Annie Stokes
Thursday, October 30, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
“Deeply personal songs.”
—Roberta Hershenson, The New York Times
Native New Yorker Melissa Giges is no stranger to success. Her music has become a staple on national radio and television, with multiple songs appearing regularly on shows like MTV’s Real World, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Bad Girls Club, and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.
In addition, the critical acclaim and commercial success of her debut album, Evident, has won her a loyal following with her mesmerizing performances and strikingly beautiful voice.
Now, the singer-songwriter is set to return to the national spotlight June 10th, 2014, with her new release, Just When I Let Go. About both the record, and its first single, “Audience,” Giges says, “I think this new album has a blend of intimacy and intensity to it. My lyric writing has become more personal than ever, while the music has become even more melodic, focused, and direct than ever. It’s loud, it’s bold, but I feel it also has a smart sophistication to it—a vulnerability—that I’ve wanted. I can’t wait for my audience to hear it.”
Intelligence and sophistication are not surprising, given Giges’ musical background. A classically trained pianist since age four, she discovered her love of singing by humming melodies of the works she was learning for the piano. Giges continued her musical studies, later majoring in classical voice as a Presidential Arts Scholar at George Washington University. Her stand-out gifts have led to performances at the White House and the Kennedy Center, as well as a European concert series.
Melissa Giges’ new album, Just When I Let Go, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Blake Morgan in New York City, and will be released worldwide on July 22, 2014, with an exclusive iTunes release June 10th, 2014, on ECR Music Group.
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).
Cost: $10 adv/ $12 door
For more information, visit http://www.ecrmusicgroup.com/artists/melissa-giges/
with Annie Stokes
Annie Stokes is an alt-country singer from Virginia. Her music mixes country sounds with the heartbeat of city life. She is currently working on her first EP, due out in late fall.
Saturday, February 21, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Shenandoah Run is a nine-member classic and contemporary folk group and they have been performing in the Washington, DC area for over 3 years. Each of the group’s members hails from Maryland or Virginia and their individual musicality, vocal and instrumental talent, as well as a strong desire to keep folk music alive and fresh, is key to the group’s success. Shenandoah Run blends vintage and contemporary folk music in a manner that appeals to all listeners.
They present the songs and sounds of American folk music, with an occasional infusion of songs from other lands and from the worlds of country and bluegrass. From the esoteric to the toe-tappingly familiar, their songs are treated to a lush multi-part vocal harmony and skillful instrumental backing that defines what is becoming their instantly recognizable sound. They present arrangements that are fresh, varied, and unique, while keeping with the spirit of the folk-music sound and they deliver it all with a chemistry that delights both audiences and the performers themselves.
Shenandoah Run has recently released its first full-length CD entitled “Winter to Spring”. It is a compilation of classic and new folk songs, including an original song written by one of the group members and the CD has been met with great interest and sales are doing well. Every Shenandoah Run performance to-date has either been a sell-out or played to a capacity audience. They have entertained audiences of all ages and have developed a fan base that is constantly growing.
For more information, visit http://www.shenandoahrun.com/
Strangled Darlings and Bellwether Bayou - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 15, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Strangled Darlings brings a punk intensity to their live show. Taking a cello and making it a hip hop bass. Taking mandolin and slapping it like a stubborn mule. The Portland based duo has been creating original tunes since 2009 and breaking the mold for what hipsters consider indie music. The bring a lyrical intelligence and political punch to their songs. Their song material varies widely to cover a blend of folk, hip hop, jazz and Americana with inspiration coming from: witchcraft in the Civil War, the morality of Somali piracy and the media impact of Neil Armstrong. The band has released three studio albums and a fourth is due out this fall. Their live show mixes technical mastery with deadpan humor and a little something to shake your rumpus.
Laura and Alex have known each other since they were five, Laura playing violin and Alex playing cello. Growing up in Charlottesville, VA, they now both live in DC and perform together under the name “Bellwether Bayou”, Alex setting aside the cello for washboard.
Pamela Machala and Hayley Sabella with Jacob Furr
Friday, November 14, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Award-winning singer-songwriter Pamela Machala (“MOCK-uh-luh”) creates a delicious style of piano pop, influenced by her love of jazz and R&B.
Surrounded by a family of musicians (her grandfather was Louis Teicher of piano duo Ferrante & Teicher), music sank into Pamela’s veins from an early age. After school, she’d play and sing her heart out to Disney songbooks, often writing her own lyrical parodies à la Weird Al Yankovic. In college, she became serious about developing her knack for songwriting, described as “meticulously masterful song-craft [that] feels both modern and familiar, like a new offering at your favorite restaurant” (Twin Cities Newscastic).
Her eclectic fusion delights many first-time listeners, and her buttery, smoky voice and impressive piano chops create sounds similar to Norah Jones, Ben Folds, and Sara Bareilles. Her debut album, Golden Delicious, was recorded at Mark Rubel’s Pogo Studio (Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts) in her hometown of Champaign-Urbana, IL. Released independently in June 2012, the album marries catchy hooks, harmonic complexity, and compelling lyrics.
Pamela now resides in the bustling music scene of Minneapolis, where she has built an avid following. In addition to performing regularly around the Twin Cities with her trio (Chad Mathis on bass and Lamont Sandifer on percussion), she tours nationally as a solo artist and continues work on material for her next album, due out in the fall of 2014.
Hayley Sabella is a singer-songwriter / local farmer / earnest truth-seeker / independent woman / dork, who originally did her thing in her hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts and is now doing her thing in other places, too. Her first EP was released in December 2012. It was called Farm Fingers, and it showcased her warm, urgent style and graced a variety of venues over the past half-year.
Her music feels like:
warm rainy days
a cup of tea
admitting your human frailty
Which is all very good. It is important, however, to see Hayley live, if you want to get a sense of what’s really going on here. Her live shows are energetic, thoughtful, sincere, and intimate. On stage, what you see is a well-dressed girl with a nice guitar and a rad haircut, dancing around a bit while singing about friends, family, God, and the problems we all have with all three of those things. What you are actually getting is a night with a full-formed honest-to-god human being, a beautiful soul, a dear friend, and a person you will want to watch over the years.
In other words: Hayley Sabella is art with a heartbeat.
She is currently preparing for her next album, King Solomon, which will be ready and all over the internet in the near future.
with Jacob Furr
Jacob Furr is a Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist from Ft Worth, Tx.
If stories and words strung together in songs act as mile markers for our lives; then songwriters like Jacob Furr give us the rare opportunity to see into the memory of someone else while reminding us of our own.
Blending the honesty and independent spirit that characterizes Texas songwriters with a 21st century ear for instrumental atmospherics, Jacob Furr crafts songs that explore our shared experiences. Jacob Furr performs solo and with his band, The Only Road.
Nominated for Best Folk Act and Best Album of 2012 by Fort Worth Weekly
He has released 1 Full Length Album and 2 EP’s:
The Only Road
(Full Length on iTunes)
Farther Shores (EP)
Navi Singh - Live in the Coffeehouse
Friday, November 28, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Navi Singh is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, based out of New York City. Blending classical training with popular music sensibilities, Navi’s painstaking lyricism and musical exploration culminate in performances that are uniquely colorful, organic, and expressive. Navi can be seen performing in cities throughout the northeast United States, and is currently in the studio recording material for his upcoming album, entitled Runaway Sunshine, and scheduled for release later this year.
Navi began writing songs while studying music in college and began performing at Lower East Side, Manhattan music clubs shortly after moving to the big city. Since then, he has written, performed, and recorded extensively, catching the ears of musicians and fans around the region. As a composer, he has created music for short films, animations, television spots, as well as various arrangements for concert and studio settings.
For more information, visit http://www.navisinghmusic.com/
Davis Bradley Duo - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 29, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Kathy Davis & Bradley Bishop have teamed up to present a one of a kind musical experience which is exciting, entertaining, and offers something for everyone! The innovative duo has drawn from their individual bluegrass, old time, and swing influences, to create something magical, while remaining true to the roots of the music they love. Fans can expect to hear fresh renditions of the classics as well as several original compositions. This dynamic song mix has helped to extend their combined reach, holding the door wide open to welcome those in search of something new and unique!
Kathy Davis performs on mandolin, guitar, and bass while lending smooth lead and harmony vocals to the duo. Kathy grew up in the small town of Short Gap, WV and currently resides in Linden, VA with her family. Music has always been a part her life. Her father was the first to influence her music when she was very young. Kathy got her start performing with her family’s band for several years. During this time she embraced every opportunity to connect to the audience through sharing the love of music from deep within her. She is passionate about her music which stands out in her smooth singing and innovative mandolin playing.
Brad Bishop entertains audiences on the banjo, guitar, bass, harmonica, clawhammer banjo, and adds lead and harmony vocals to the duo. He makes his home in Louisa, VA. Music has always been a passion in his life. Brad has performed with many popular bands through the years and has become a much sought after solo performer as well. Brad has been recognized for his creative songwriting, while building a reputation as a smooth lead and harmony vocalist, as well as a talented multi-instrumentalist. He enjoys variety of musical styles and genres which have helped to influence and expand the reach of this unique duo.
Together they are excited to combine their talents and do what they love. It’s a life-tradition which is as much of who they are as what they do!
For more information, visit http://www.davisbradleyduo.com/
Ddendyl with Omnia Hegazy
Thursday, November 20, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Born in Castile, NY into a home exploding with creativity, Ddendyl expressed an affinity for music from an early age. With some help from her parents, she essentially taught herself to expertly play the piano and violin, but it was her classically trained voice that spotlighted the promising young talent during adolescence. Competing for her attention, it was the illustrious Interlochen Academy in Traverse City, Michigan that she choose to further her study into music in her teen years. While there, her operatic overtones were appreciated by students and teachers alike as she expanded her range to include a signature brand of jazz and folk. The singer now described as sultry found her place during her college tenure in Miami and made the move to Los Angeles to chase the her dream. While in California she explored a career in acting and modeling which eventually led to an offer to move to NY and pursue her true passion of music once again. Ddendyl is performing regularly around NYC and the DC area sharing her original compositions along with her versions of both contemporary covers and classic standards. She was on season 6 of NBC’s The Voice on Team Shakira!
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
For more information, visit http://www.ddendyl.com/
with Omnia Hegazy
If Omnia Hegazy was not a musician, she might have been a journalist. The daughter of an Egyptian-Muslim father and an Italian-Catholic mother, she grew up in New York City a citizen of the world, with a deep passion for music and storytelling. Her sound is informed by guitar-driven American pop/rock, maqam-based Arabic folk, and the politically-charged singer-songwriters of the past and present. She is also a belly dancer and choreographer, seeking to create a fusion between East and West in both her music and her dancing.
Omnia started singing around the age of five and became a dedicated classical violinist at the age of ten. Looking for more artistic freedom, she picked up the acoustic guitar and discovered songwriting as a medium of self-expression. Now twenty-three, she does not draw inspiration exclusively from her own experiences. Her diverse perspective has also prompted her to take on issues such as women’s rights and political freedom. After scribbling her observations in a notebook on her trip to Egypt in 2010, she wrote half of the material for her first EP Jailbird and released the project independently a year later. Her sophomore EP entitled Judgment Day was released in May of 2013 and met with major press, including features on The Huffington Post, Fox News, The Daily Beast, and pan-Arab newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat.
Omnia is a graduate of the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied music production and music business. She performs frequently at venues and colleges in the NYC area, and is currently in the process of writing and recording her first full-length album.