Rachel Levitin, Andres Gallego, Michael Mattice, Emily Henry
Friday, January 9, 7:29 PM to 9:59 PM · Add to Calendar
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - A Staged Reading
Thursday, December 18, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Fully Charged Productions Presents
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adapted by Janet Allard & Michael Bigelow Dixon with Commonweal Theatre, from the novella by Charles Dickens
Directed by Ricardo Frederick Evans
Thursday, December 18th, 7pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Proceeds benefiting Redeemers Child Orphanage
Cost: $5 at the door (CASH ONLY)
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/FullyChargedProductions
Micah, Amanda Lee, Jen Miller, Jeff Waters
Thursday, February 12, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Micah’s music is a touch of folk mixed with some soul and topped off with a little bit of heartbreak. The last 4 years have brought him coast to coast and back again playing clubs, colleges, living rooms and everything in between. With his strong affinity for bacon and flannel, some have deemed him the Ron Swanson of singer-songwriters. Picture the soulful powerhouse vocals of John Legend behind a guitar with a laid back style like Ray LaMontagne. Micah is a new buzz artist not to be missed.
Born in Towson, MD and raised in Northern VA, Amanda Lee has minimal experience beyond the east coast realm of life. Her aching and yearning for more is apparent in her music and may just be the drive that takes her to far places.
Amanda was the 1st place winner of the KBN’s Talent Competition in 2002, where she met her bass player (now bandmate/husband), placed 2nd in the first annual Kollabortion DC competition in 2010, has played in notable venues in the Washington DC and Northern VA area (The Hamilton Live, The Howard Theatre, Jammin Java, Gibson Guitar Showroom, Iota Club & Cafe), and her YouTube videos have accumulated over half a million views.
With the ambition of wanting to put her music in people’s hands, Lee partnered with Pledge Music to campaign the funding of her first EP. With much success, her fans prevailed and thus Lee started recording with Kevin Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios in Vienna, VA. Lee co-produced the album with Gutierrez and her bass player, Posido Vega. The album was released digitally in April 2011 and is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CDbaby.com, and Bandcamp.
Carl Anderson - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, January 31, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Carl’s a laid-back, straight-talking hilarious guy; somehow he has you crying from heartbreaking songs one second and then laughing at incredibly dry banter the next…
Since graduating from high school, Carl has been writing, performing and recording music. He released his debut full-length album, Wolftown, in 2011, and recently completed the sophomore LP Risk of Loss; both albums were recorded in Louisa County, Virginia, at White Star Sound with Stewart Myers and Chris Keup. Carl has quickly become a staple at Virginia festivals, logging two appearances each at Campout East and The Festy Experience in addition to Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Misty Mountain Music Fest, Red Wing Roots, Rocktown Beer & Music Festival and Crozet Music Festival. He was selected as a finalist for Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s “Telluride Troubadour” songwriting contest and thereafter recorded a Daytrotter session.
For more information, visit http://www.thecarlanderson.com/
Zia Hassan, Sheltered Turtle, Don Kim
Friday, January 30, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Zia Hassan is a storytelling singer-songwriter who tries to capture earthly moments from a cosmic vantage point. He writes songs about reality, surrogate motherhood, space, time travel, and solar particles. He’s also been referred to as “DC’s #1 Love Song writer,” and he has often been hired to write love songs for anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays. He sings with soulful passion and a soaring falsetto. His on-stage stories open small universes, beckoning new listeners to enter his strange and loveable world.
Sheltered Turtle (Music)
Sheltered Turtle is an exuberant, autobiographical, percussive fingerstyle acoustic guitar solo act following in the footsteps of Michael Hedges, Don Ross, and Leo Kottke. His debut record, “Runaway Sketchbook” (2013), recorded at the Fleisher Art Memorial Sanctuary in Philadelphia, PA, became a BandCamp Best-Seller. The follow-up album, “Meridian Eclipse” is slated for a February, 9 2014 release and was recorded in a 1600′s chapel built atop consecrated burial grounds at the “birthplace of religious freedom,” Historic St. Mary’s City, MD.
Kids’ Music: Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars
Saturday, February 7, 10:30 AM to 11:15 PM · Add to Calendar
Mr. Gabe performs nursery rhymes, folk songs, and modern favorites (such as “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba”) for children, ages zero to six. He appears frequently at schools, cafes, and libraries throughout the DC area. He is a featured performer at the popular Boogie Babes concerts, presented at venues like the Atlas Performing Art Center and Union Market. Last year, Mr. Gabe released his first CD, entitled Play Date, which received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and was nominated for a Washington Area Music Award. According to the Parents’ Choice Foundation, “listening to Mr. Gabe sing is like hearing an old friend telling stories on the front porch swing.”
Cost: $6 adv/$8 door for everyone 1 year and older
For more information, visit http://mrgabemusic.com/
Ebenezers Coffeehouse and The Brindley Brothers Present an Evening with PENNY & SPARROW
Friday, March 20, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke (and band) are traveling across America for an evening of your favorite songs, storytelling, and friendship. Invite your friends, kick back, and enjoy an Evening with Penny & Sparrow.
Penny & Sparrow is American singer-songwriter duo of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke out of Austin, Texas. Formed in 2011 after living as roommates at the University of Texas, the duo began their musical endeavor as a hobby and creative outlet. Their first tune, “Creature” was recorded in a small apartment behind an orphanage with one microphone and a laptop. “If you listen closely, you can hear kids screaming and laughing in the background of each song,” says Baxter. “After just one song, we knew writing and recording was something we didn’t want to stop doing.” Through the years, Penny & Sparrow has steadily grown both in discography and audience.
While the instrumentation in each of the three released albums (Creature (2011), Tenboom (2013), Struggle Pretty (2014)) may differ, Penny & Sparrow has garnered a reputation of blending sincere lyrics with haunting melodies and harmonies in every song. The raw and emotive quality of their songs has been known to push crowds to near silence for an entire set.
Though most of their recordings are layered with strings and percussion, many fans are surprised to find that Andy and Kyle normally tour with no added instruments – simply two microphones and a guitar. Though there are no added gimmicks on stage, Penny & Sparrow regularly silence crowds not far after the first note is sung. “We like playing as a duo because it’s how each song was first written,” states Baxter.
“Struggle Pretty”, released Spring 2014, is the latest album by Penny & Sparrow. The album was written and recorded inside the East Austin house that Andy and Kyle, along with their wives, lived in together. “Struggle Pretty” is vast with instrumentation and creativity, while still staying true to the harmony-centric roots found in “Creature” and “Tenboom.” Kyle and Andy teamed up with producer Chris Jacobie for the album, who helped capture the spirit and sound of the duo. From the somber “to haunt, to startle,” to the sweeping “Bread and Bleeding,” each song has its own voice within the album. The team began the recording process in September 2013, and finished late February 2014.
“We wanted to record this album in the house we lived in for a lot of reasons,” explains Jahnke. This house is special to both of our families, and we wanted this record to embody that. We want to have our friends come and record during the day and then drink bourbon with us after. Along with that, this house has a very unique sound that we wanted to highlight.” The duo wanted to create a sense of community and camaraderie around the house and music. To involve family and friends both creatively and relationally. The result of the work put in for “Struggle Pretty” was a sincere, inspiring, and exciting twelve-song album.
Cost: $10 adv / $15 door
For more information, visit http://www.pennyandsparrow.com/
Pressing Strings, Will Duvall, Eileen Graham, Dan Wolff
Friday, January 16, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
The 9 Singer-Songwriter Series
Friday, January 2, 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 100 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.facebook.com/wearethe9 and www.twitter.com/wearethe9
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/wearethe9
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM to 10:00 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/