Rachel Levitin (Full Band) EP Release with Derek Evry and Benny Bassett
Friday, November 13, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
My aspiration as a guitar playing singer-songwriter — who has rather flatteringly been compared to Rachael Yamagata, Stevie Nicks, and Janis Joplin — is to inspire the next generation of music fans and musicians by encouraging them to follow their hearts and forge their own life’s path, just as the folks I’ve listened to and admired over the years have done for me through their musical compositions and performances.
But no matter how many role models and mentors I pick up along the way, the biggest influence in my life and on my music is my late father Steven. We wrote songs together about farm animals and pink flamingos when I was barely walking. He would strum along on his full bodied 1970’s Guild or play DJ in our Volvo station wagon while my sister and I sang along to James Taylor, The Beatles, and more from the backseat. If only my dad could see me now! He’d be so proud to know that I’ve had the honor of sharing a stage with likes of Damian Rice and Tony Lucca, performing at the Off The Record Music Festival and the DC Shorts Film Festival, touring across the East coast, and now releasing my first EP.
A few days before I officially started the last semester of my senior year at college, my dad and family dog suddenly passed away. It broke me. A cloud came over my life and I couldn’t escape. Eventually, I started to write new music to capture that chapter of my life and was soothed by the process of self-expression. The cloud started to lift.
The ‘Nearly Broken’ EP (due out Fall 2015) is a deeply personal collection of songs that symbolize this progression in my life, from darkness to light. It’s about learning how to navigate the great unknown, embracing that journey, and finding yourself on the other side – a little bruised and nearly broken, but living life with your head held high.
For more information, visit http://www.rachellevitin.com
with Derek Evry
Derek Evry is an alt/pop rock songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Derek has been writing and performing his original music since 1999. His latest EP “Down To The Wire” out now (Available on iTunes -https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/down-to-the-wire-ep/id888449761 Check it out!)
On August 14, 2015, Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes performed to a packed house at Washington, D.C.‘s legendary 9:30 Club, opening for Jonny Grave & The Tombstones, along with Olivia Mancini & The Mates!
Derek’s music has been featured on the ABC Crime Drama “Castle”, and his singles “Donor Body Parts”, “We’re Not”, “Wait For You”, “When We Get Home”, & his holiday song “Hey! Ho! Let It Snow!” have been in regular rotation on DC101 (101.1 FM D.C.).
and Benny Bassett
For the native Californian, who grew up in a musical family, the pursuit of music was not always in his plan, but it was always in his heart.
His love of music continued on through high school and college as he performed with several music groups, until he moved to Chicago and was united with the gents that eventually formed Vintage Blue. In Vintage Blue, Bassett played venues all around the United States from L.A. to Philadelphia, and all the way to Costa Rica! Vintage Blue became a Chicago summer festival staple and Bassett and the band played Summerfest in Milwaukee, as well as Taste of Chicago. The band had the opportunity to play with many great touring acts, including Fitz & The Tantrums, Third Eye Blind, Lifehouse, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, The Mowglis, Rusted Root, ZZ Ward, Saints of Valory, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Punch Brothers, Brett Dennen, Local H, John Waite, Vertical Horizon, and 10,000 Maniacs, among others.
Vintage Blue was recognized for their blend of indie tracks, played with a driving rock soul, and for the energy and good vibes of their shows. “I always loved our connection with our friends and fans”, recalls Bassett, “it is the thing I am most excited about restarting during these intensely personal and bare acoustic performances.” As he ventures out on his own, Bassett will take many of the Vintage Blue songs with him, but looks towards the ways his writing may change as a one-man band. “I anticipate writing songs with a much more specific purpose and message, whereas with the band I always aimed for something that could connect with a wider audience” says Bassett.
The momentum of the band was at an all-time high after their recent appearance and performances on The Rock Boat XV, hosted by Sister Hazel. The shows on that cruise garnered the band international attention and Bassett plans on building on those relationships and the great family that surrounds the Rock Boat and those artists. “The Rock Boat community is made up of some of the most genuine, fun and lively people I have ever met” gushes Bassett. “I am making it my first priority to get out on the road and to see as many of them as I can, to entertain them, party with them and most importantly to thank them for their support.”
Davis Bradley Duo - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, December 5, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Acoustic show on the main level of the coffeehouse
For more information, visit www.davisbradleyduo.com
Acoustic Guitar Project
Thursday, December 3, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
The Acoustic Guitar Project was created to help musicians reconnect to the original moment that inspired them to be singer-songwriters. Back to a time when it was just them and their guitar. Focused. Challenged. Creative. Most likely self-exiled to an isolated space. And definitely completely lost in the moment. By giving musicians a platform with simple restrictions, we hope that The Project will inspire them.
Since beginning in April 2012, The Acoustic Guitar Project has evolved, and it continues to be redefined everyday, but the mission will always remain the same:
• Inspire artists to take action.
• Tell stories from a truthful, meaningful point of view.
• Strive to give people something to believe in.
Like any good song — in the process of being written — there’s no way of knowing where this project will go. That’s for the music to decide. We can only sit back, listen and enjoy.
For more information, visit http://www.theacousticguitarproject.com/
Matthew Fowler - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 28, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Free acoustic show on the main level of the coffeehouse
For more information, visit http://www.matthewfowlermusic.com/
Dara Sisterhen - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 14, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
For Dara Sisterhen, age has never been anything but a number. An immensely talented singer-songwriter with a fresh new voice, she began working with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb when she was just 14 years old. Now 18, Sisterhen has re-teamed with Cobb (the Svengali behind award-winning albums from Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson) to create one of the best EPs in recent memory. Combining ‘60s influences with gorgeous vocals and insightful lyrics, Boom will leave you stunned and wanting for more.
For more information, visit http://www.darasisterhen.com
Russell Howard - Live in the Coffeehouse
Thursday, November 12, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Today, Russell thrives creating music in the narrow ground between out-and-out pop and introspective folk, capitalizing on the bombast and subtly of each respective genre. His Kick-Started 2012 EP City Heart was the first project to highlight this duality, leading the Dallas Morning News to extol Russell’s “creative coloring outside the lines dividing mainstream pop & indie folk.” In 2013, Russell partnered with indie label Rock Ridge Music to release an expanded version of the project called City Heart +, and to take the show on the road. Between one offs with The Lumineers, Greg Laswell, and Joe Firstman, and tours with Sister Hazel, Howie Day, and Teddy Geiger, Russell has captivated audiences from coast to coast.
For more information, visit http://www.russellhoward.us
Rob Williams - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 7, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Acoustic show on the main level of the coffeehouse.
A Thousand Miles Away From Here, the new album from singer/songwriter Rob Williams, will be released in September.
A Thousand Miles Away From Here can be pre-ordered at www.robwilliamsacoustic.com
Williams will support the new release with a series of short solo acoustic regional tours in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.
For more information, visit www.robwilliamsacoustic.com
Kids’ Music: Rainbow Rock Band
Saturday, November 7, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM · Add to Calendar
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.
$6 adv/ $8 door (everyone 1 yr and older)
Lots of stroller parking available!
Cost: $6 adv/$8 door (everyone 1 year and older)
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/rainbowrockband?fref=ts
Wheatley Matthews - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, October 31, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Acoustic show on the main level of the coffeehouse
With musical influences from the old delta blues era to the early songwriting of the folk movement, Wheatley Matthews tells stories in the only way he knows how. Through strong guitar chords, big harp sounds and mountains of lyrics he attempts to paint an image in the listener’s head with personal, metaphorical & truthful words.
For more information, visit http://wheatleymatthews.com
Jenny & Tyler with Jillian Edwards
Friday, October 30, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Jenny & Tyler are an acoustic folk-pop duo whose live performances strike a rare balance of intimacy and intensity. They share their songs, their stories and their lives with a candor that captivates, inspires and transcends age and cultural divides. Regardless of background, their music hits closest to home for people who are wrestling with faith and searching for answers in an uncertain world.
Acoustic guitar, mandolin and the kick-drum of an old suitcase drive catchy melodies to support thoughtful lyrics as Jenny & Tyler chronicle lives marked daily by love, joy, loss, doubt and redemption. Their blend of driving, percussive folk-pop rings of Mumford & Sons and Nickel Creek, and at times echoes popular male-female duos such as She & Him and fellow Nashville darlings The Civil Wars.
In a crowded industry glutted by banality, Jenny & Tyler stand out as true psalmists. Their music holds a mirror up to nature, culture and all the reckless passions of the human heart and points ultimately toward a Creator. Their songs mark them as modern day contemplatives and troubadours, rooted in age-old wisdom set to new melodies.
Cost: $12 adv / $18 door
For more information, visit http://jennyandtyler.com/
with Jillian Edwards
Jillian Edwards is singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Originally from Dallas, TX, this 25-year old indie songstress has been compared to the likes of angels, with a sound influenced by artists such as Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin and Mindy Smith. Jillian’s ability to silence a room of strangers with just the distinct pureness of her voice and an acoustic guitar is a scene to behold. Combining raw talent with honest melodies, she continues to captivate new fans and keep old ones faithfully returning each time she graces a stage. You may have caught her opening for a variety of talented artists over the last few years, including Drew & Ellie Holcomb, Josh Garrels, Ben Rector, David Ramirez, the Civil Wars, & more.
Erica Alcover - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, October 24, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Acoustic show on the main level of the coffeehouse
Erica born in 1984 to Miriam Rodriguez and Eric Alcover is from Newark, NJ. She has been performing since 1994. Her passion for Music has garnered her degrees in Music Performance from The University of Valley Forge as well as a Masters in Leadership & Business Management from Nyack College. Erica is able to sing in six languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Latin). She has performed in countries across the globe. This includes performing in parts of the United States, Europe, South & Central America, the Caribbean and even Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Erica currently lives in New York City with her husband Mark-Anthony and is privileged to continuously travel all over the world performing. Erica uses her gifts and passions to volunteer at the New York Dream Center serving the various needs of community. Erica also volunteers at The Walter Hoving Home helping to bring ladies struggling with Life controlling issues to a place of victory and no longer have to live a life of defeat. Erica’s next venture will be to CUBA! She will be going across the country of Cuba both performing and serving the needs of the people giving food, clothes, and hosting community events in every city she goes.
Kids Music: Mr. Jon & Friends
Friday, October 9, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM · Add to Calendar
Mr. Jon & Friends is Parents’ Choice Award winning music for kids and their families. This energetic family music is all about fun, movement, and laughter!
Cost: $6 adv/ $8 door
For more information, visit http://mrjonmusic.com
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
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
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
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