Pre-Teen “Girls Only” Songwriting Workshop
Thursday, January 9, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM · Add to Calendar
A fun and inspirational free worship led by singer-songwriter Nila Kay.
For girls ages 10-13 interested in music.
Any skill level. No instruments required. Bring a notebook and pencil.
RSVP to email@example.com by January 7th.
Only 10 spaces available!
Sunday, December 22, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Starting Sunday, December 22, we are open from 8am-6pm due to the holidays.
New Year’s Eve Hours are 8am-4pm.
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Thank you for understanding.
James Terrell and Michael Coleman with Frank Viele
Friday, February 28, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
James Stephen Terrell was born and raised in Washington DC but spent time exercising his creativity in New York City, Newark- New Jersey, and Akron- Ohio.James Terrell has pefromed at Ras, Sova, Busboys and Poets, Chief Ikes, Bohemian Caverns, Artomatic, Optimism, Ben’s Next Door, CBGB’s, The Whiskey in Annapolis, Rockwood, Iridium, the Bannaker Douglass Museum and Pussycat Lounge in New York City.The music and art of James Stephen Terrell crosses cultural lines. It is grassroots that springs forth out of the Metropolitan Urban Concrete paved political and spiritual environment. The music incorporates the basic principles of urban folk, country, gospel and blues. The music is a breath of fresh air in a world consumed by degradation, decadence and materialism.The music is a reflection of people who live, die and struggle to make their dreams a reality.The music is a commentary on the world. It incorporates the joys, the pains, and the sorrows which exist in our yesterday’s today’s and tomorrow’s. The music touches the soul and confronts our fears ambition our regrets and sentiments.The music challenges the listener to examine not only their lives but also their surroundings and the choices and sacrifices they have made to make their dreams a reality.The music of James Terrell combines words with rhythmic freedom and naturalness with soul stirring fervor. The music melodically stimulates the mind and spiritually soothes the soul. The music is sympathetic to the wants of humanity and sincere to the needs of the spirit. The music of James Terrell has a quality of not just entertainment but enlightenment. The music has value, distinction and invites emotional simulation. It is genuine music of the time.The music incorporates hypnotic tones and soothing rhythm. The subject matter of the music and art he creates preserves a sense of the past, a critique on the present and a longing for a brighter tomorrow.The music of James Terrell is heartfelt and soul stirring and needs to be heard by the masses.
It is almost impossible to categorize the musical style of Michael Coleman. Often compared to everyone from John Legend to Dave Matthews, Michael brings a refreshing sound to the Charlottesville scene. Having built up a buzz over the last two years opening for international touring artists such as Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Ben Taylor, Michael caps it off with the long awaited release of his first album, Precious Time. Recorded in early 2012, Precious Time promises old favorites and never before heard songs that highlight Michael’s acoustic stlyings. Look for a release late May to iTunes, Amazon and all other online music platforms.
with Frank Viele
Frank Viele constructs his sound beneath an acoustic funk ceiling with windows of alternative pop, folk and soul. A musical carpenter in the independent rock genre, this singer/songwriters approach mixes a dry wit with a soulful touch. A storytelling angle finishes out the floors of this building. Frank’s sound construction is cemented together by a solid blues foundation and his stylistically aware approach is evident in his singing and guitar playing. Working off the brick and mortar of influences ranging from Dave Matthews to Otis Redding and Ray Lamontagne to Johnny Lang, Frank delivers an authenticity showcasing a familiarity to the inspirations that came before him. Frank Viele is Acoustic funk, electrified with a shot of Pop, Rock and Soul. Add Rhythm and Blues for a Chaser.
A self-professed terrible driver, cartoon lover and blue-collar entrepreneur, Frank’s musical roots started in his hometown of Milford, Connecticut. His passion for music developed as early as the age of three, when Frank was imitating songs on his Grandmother’s piano that he heard on the television. As much about variety as versatility, Frank enjoys everything from Miami Dolphins Football to Salvador Dali’s Melting Clock paintings. He still reads Shakespeare and Greek Mythologies but would never miss an episode of The Simpsons. Frank’s wide array of musical influences include Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia and Jimi Hendrix. In fact, Frank says the opening track on the Band of Gypsies Record changed his life. More modern inspirations include Dave Matthews, Ryan Adams and Ben Harper.
This spectrum of interests mixed with a great sense of humor and an introspective take on music, sports, food, art and life, defines a renaissance man in the truest sense of the word.
This Littler Light Book Tour: Jesse James DeConto and The Pinkerton Raid-An Evening of Storytelling
Thursday, February 27, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
DeConto’s new memoir from Cascade Books is peppered with song lyrics that help to tell the story of his journey from the Christian Right toward the Beloved Community. Hear him read short excerpts from the book, followed by live acoustic renditions of The Pinkerton Raid’s original songs and classics like “This Little Light of Mine,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.”
Cost: Pay what you want at door. Cash or credit.
For more information, visit http://pinkertonraid.com/
Heather Mae, Mikki Hommel and Jayme Salviati
Thursday, January 9, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
“[Mae’s] songs are charming even outside the context of the original [“One Year of Songs”] project, and she captures her prolific streak with a reflective sigh.” - The Washington Post
While most attendees at an industry conference in New York were wistfully sighing over their coffees and gazing at the room’s blank white walls, Heather Mae was staring them down with the colors of fierce creativity—and she hasn’t stopped.
Hidden beyond the maze of dull chairs and heavy bricks of PowerPoint text was the speaker’s pipedream suggestion. While most of the uninspired audience dismissed the idea of writing a song every day for a year, Heather Mae became relentlessly committed to the challenge. Sparking a 365 day journey, she trekked through over 30 states, making footprints of over 7,000 lyrics and 100+ artist collaborations. Her music is supported by an ever-changing cast of complementary musicians known as “The Make Believe,” some of whom she met during this project. Taking step one on October 1, 2010, Heather Mae is reaching another landmark 2 years later, releasing her LP “One Year of Songs.”
The Pop-Folk LP is her first full length project, a follow-up to her debut EP “Gonna Be Alright.” The growth is undeniable, as the album swirls with inspiration from her yearlong project, showcasing 10 songs from her 365-piece collection.
At the heart of each arrangement are stirring ukulele melodies, which are either supplemented by equally as optimistic lyrics or balanced by contemplative ones. Be assured that both sides of this story-telling coin are inspired and cathartic.
Though Heather Mae channels the influence of traditional singer/songwriters like Ingrid Michelson, Anna Nalick, and Nora Jones, she (unsurprisingly) is willing to step out of this comfort zone, layering haunting but comfortable harmonies a la the Fleet Foxes or Barenaked Ladies. Rounded out by strategic guitar turns, her sound emits the same clarity that’s reflected in her lyrics.
I reside on the Lower East Side of NYC and wouldn’t want to live in any other place in the world. I am originally from West Palm Beach, FL and moved to the LES about 5 years ago and have been playing around town ever since.
Although I’m not entirely new to NYC, I graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy for musical theatre in ’04 after seeing the musical RENT and there by being inspired to be Maureen. It was at AMDA, that I discovered my love for improv. As in during rehearsals, I would make up songs on the piano rather then actually rehearsing ( obviously I was a brilliant student…).
After graduating from AMDA I had to move back to FL to finish my actual degree. So I went to FAU (Florida Atlantic University) for acting, mostly because it was close to home and I could ride horses (Side note: I’ve been riding horses since I was in pre school). My main goal was to get out of Florida ASAP and return to my love NYC. So I did. During my time at FAU I got to see One Republic and opening for them was no other than Eric Hutchinson. After hearing Eric, I had no idea music could sound that good, and then hearing him do improv on his CD “Before I Sold Out” I was sold on the fact that music is what I wanted to pursue.
After graduating FAU I moved back to NYC and with my acting degree thought I should do musical theater but at auditions all I wanted to do, was not to do that, so I didn’t. After seeing Eric and Gavin DeGraw perform within the same month I started thinking more seriously about my own music career. Also my sister, Kristi Scott, self produced her own album and with all that inspiration I put aside my musical theater sheet music and I started going to open mic’s around NYC. Soon after meeting a nice boy turned a douche bag, I discovered I had a lot to say and started writing music.
Jayme Salviati is a singer/songwriter that is based out of Martinsburg, WV. She has been writing songs and performing for audiences all over the east coast for the past 10 years now.
James Britton with Joe Maye and Brittany Jean
Friday, February 14, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
James began songwriting only a handful of years ago, and critics agree that he has already developed a unique style and natural ability for the craft. James is gifted beyond his years with an engaging stage presence which has caught the attention of publishers, booking agents, industry professionals and fans. You can find James playing around town at clubs, festivals and songwriter showcases. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Margot MacDonald, The Maine, Paul Jefferson, Incwell, RAtheMC, Javier Starks, and many more. James’ debut album with House Studios DC, ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ is now available for purchase! You can find all of James Britton’s music on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and Amazon.
For more information, visit http://www.jamesbritton.biz/music.php
with Joe Maye
Joe Maye began his vocal career performing covers on the bay with Spirit Cruise Line’s at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Prior to that, Joe dabbled in commercial modeling and photography. Motivated to make a career of his odd sense of creativity and sultry voice, Joe released his first EP, Set Free, in October 2012. Since then, Joe has delivered crowd pleasing performances for events such as Drink the District’s Red, White and Brew Fes. Joe also performed alongside RatheMC in a crowd-‐pleasing performance for BYT’s Super Sampler at the Hamilton Live in DC. It would be unrealistic to fit Joe’s sound into one genre. His music is a combination of rock, alternative, and R&B, which he terms HIP POP AND RHYTHMIC BLUES.
and Brittany Jean
Brittany Jean has been writing, performing, and recording music since 2002, releasing two acoustic albums before forming a three-piece band to open for Hanson in July, 2010. Together the band released two EPs. DCROCKLIVE has compared Brittany’s style to Ani DiFranco with “rock levels where things almost get a bit Joplin-esque”
Since July 2013, Brittany Jean has returned to writing and performing solo. On stage these days, you will most likely find her with a resonator and bass drum, creating a somewhat “one woman band” experience. Brittany is planning to record and release a new solo EP in early 2014 titled “Songs For Someone Else.”
7 Layers Captive - Special “One Night Only” Performance
Friday, January 10, 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Writer & Director Stacy Jewell Lewis presents 7 Layers Captive the stage play for a One Night Only event in honor of January’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month. In this mesmerizing one woman performance Stacy Jewell Lewis captivates the soul with her compelling true story of life as a victim of sex trafficking in the streets of Washington, DC
Event Sponsored by: National Community Church’s Against Slavery and Exploitation Group
Cost: $25 adv/$30 door
For more information, visit http://www.7layerscaptive.com/
NSO in Your Neighborhood Presents: Viva Violins followed by an Instrument Petting Zoo
Friday, January 10, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM · Add to Calendar
This will be a one-hour violin ensemble performance followed by an Instrument Petting Zoo - a hands-on experience for the children.
NSO in Your Neighborhood 2014 - The National Symphony Orchestra aims to reach a wide audience through its classical subscription series, pops concerts, and one of the country’s most extensive educational programs. Through the many activities the NSO provides, the Orchestra aims to share all the elements of classical music with the community members in a short time period.
For more information, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/nso/community/NSO_iyn.cfm
Kids’ Music: Rainbow Rock Band
Saturday, February 15, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM · Add to Calendar
Get ready for all the excitement and fun that you get at a Kate Moran Band show, shrunk down to size for your little dudes! The Rainbow Lady (Kate Moran), Princess Fiddlesticks (Lynn Rovelli), Captain Toe Tappin (Kevin de Souza), and Guitarmony Gus (Derek Evry) will entertain your little ones with a combination of classic and original children’s tunes. This duo or trio will keep you bopping in your socks until you just can’t rock anymore! Always on hand, inside the box of fun, tambourines, shakers and more for your little one to join in the fun, and if they are feeling like completing their rock star appearance, how about a nice little temporary Rainbow tattoo, from none other than Pattycake Patty (Patty Moran) or Miss Rockin Rox Anna (Anna Goist)!!
Cost: $6 adv / $8 door everyone 1 yr & older
For more information, visit http://www.rainbowrockband.com/
Mary Battiata and Little Pink / Amelia White (CD release)
Friday, January 24, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Mary Battiata and Little Pink
Little Pink is the ongoing alt-country project of singer-songwriter Mary Battiata. Little Pink’s first CD “Cul-de-sac Cowgirl” (Adult Swim/2001) was recorded at Arlington’s Inner Ear Studio and at the vintage- analog Scary Clown studio in Bethesda, Md., and its 12 tracks were co-produced by Mary with songwriters Karl Straub (Graverobbers, Karl Straub Combo) and Philip Stevenson (Carnival of Souls, Quinine). It was released on Adult Swim, the Arlington, Va. label of Dischord co-founder and Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson. No Depression called the record “a roots-rock pageant that shines with scuffed sophistication,” and the novelist (and music maven) George Pelecanos wrote, “Think Emmylou or early Dolly, mixed with Richard and Linda Thompson.” (Poet and music writer Richard Peabody also heard “Fairport-era Richard and Linda Thompson” in the sound.) The recording won a Washington Area Music Award for Best Debut Recording and landed Mary on Harp Magazine’s annual short list of “Songwriters You Should Hear.” The most recent Little Pink CDs, “Gladly Would We Anchor” (Night World) and the 2003 live EP “12 Birds” were produced by Philip, with Mary, at Scary Clown and include guitar work from Stevenson and L.A.’s Ben Peeler as well as D.C. roots and jazz scene standouts Eric Shramek (upright bass), Chris Watling (accordion and baritone sax) and John Gnorski (Ghost Shirt). The record was released on Stevenson’s Night World Records label in 2007. The influential music blog Lucid Culture (NYC) named “Gladly” one of the top 50 records of the year, alongside new releases by Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Burning Spear and the Bedsit Poets. The famously tough-minded music critic and journalist John Conquest (3rd Coast Music) named Mary to his 2008 list of Best Songwriters and gave “Gladly” four out of five stars. With the band and on her own, Mary plays regularly at the IOTA club (Arlington VA) and the Black Cat (Washington DC), and up and down the East Coast from New York to North Carolina. She tours in Texas once or twice a year, and has played the Blue Door in Oklahoma and McCabe’s in Los Angeles, California. She has opened shows for Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Baker and Eilen Jewell among others. The band’s regulars include Eric Shramek (double bass), Larry Ferguson (drums) and Chris Watling (accordion, baritone saxophone).
“Ebullient choruses and complicated moods Literate verse and ravaged guitars and a level of composition and craftsmanship that brings to mind Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty, and Ryan Adams.” - Boston Globe
“Fiery topical ideas and emotional stories that name-check places such as Tupelo, as good country songs do. She sings ‘em with a hint of Virginia-bred twang that’s natural and charming” - The Tennessean
“It’s no wonder that Amelia White is being touted as the next Lucinda Williams…but White has her own strong songs, and strong style.” - Washington Post
Perhaps her producer Marco Giovino explains Amelia’s music best: “How Van Gogh used canvas and paint to make his timeless masterpieces, Amelia uses lyric and melody to create songs that will touch and leave a lasting impression on every mood you’ve ever felt.”
Kids’ Music: Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars with Chelle Fulk and Holly Montgomery
Saturday, January 18, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM · 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 (everyone 1 year and older)
For more information, visit www.mrgabemusic.com
Mary Scholz - Live in the Coffeehouse with Sarah Ault
Saturday, March 29, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Born in Havertown, PA and currently based in Los Angeles, CA, Singer/Songwriter Mary Scholz is a triple threat talent whose music is sweeping the nation with its heartfelt melodies and lyrics. Mary’s voice resonates with a clarity and emotion that engages her listeners from the first note. Singing since the age of four and writing since about fourteen, her music is a blend of lyric folk, pop and rock with a bittersweet twist that puts her in a category all her own.
What interests people and draws them is the clear, warm, lyrical style of Mary’s voice. Self-accompanied on guitar and piano, her voice is what she always claims as her main instrument and one she understands and owns with pride.
On the stage, Mary communicates as if she’s sitting having coffee with you – connecting with her audience with an ease that has people feeling as if they’ve known her for years and reminds everyone that there is no separation between us. Just two people, sharing stories. And that’s exactly what her songs are: Stories of life, love, loss and hope.
Mary has spent the past seven years touring the country in her Mazda 3 with nothing but a guitar and a tip jar, promoting her three independently produced and released EPs and Live Album, both at small coffee shops and large festivals. Mary is enjoying her new west coast home and has just wrapped up production on her next album, The Girl You Thought You Knew. The album will be released in February of 2014, to be followed with a national record release tour.
Scholz is most frequently compared to Carole King, Sarah McLauchlin, Alison Krauss, Norah Jones and the Indigo Girls. In 2008 Mary kick-started her indie label and film production company, Ringlet Records. She plans to build the company to produce and promote new and talented writers, artists and screenplays.
“I write about things that matter to me – things that are close to my heart. It’s my hope that through music we can connect to one another, to better understand that we are all alike and that no one is alone.” – MS
For more information, visit www.maryscholz.com/
with Sarah Ault
Born and raised in Los Angeles, singer/songwriter Sarah Ault has been making music since she was a little girl. At an old upright piano in the living room of her childhood home, Sarah began by improvising songs and singing them to her mother. Over the past two decades, through hundreds of performances in and outside Los Angeles, she has honed her skills and evolved into an artist with a sound all her own. As catchy as Sara Bareilles, sophisticated as Fiona Apple, quirky and complex as the Dresden Dolls, and soulful as Adele, Sarah has quickly garnered a devoted following as passionate about her music as she is.
Her lyrics are raw and honest testaments to love and heartbreak, and her self-written music provides a layered backdrop of piano, drums, violin and upright bass along with an eclectic mix of other, less traditional instruments. Her voice, at turns powerful and vulnerable, provides depth to songs that are as infectious as any Top 40 hit. At the April 2 release party for her first album The Pressure Beneath at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe, Sarah demonstrated to the packed audience exactly why her popularity has grown so quickly. Not content to be a star of L.A.’s underground music scene, Sarah is ready to take on the world—and with her drive and talent, it’s only a matter of time.
The 9 Songwriter Series
Friday, January 3, 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.facebook.com/wearethe9 and www.twitter.com/wearethe9.
For more information, visit http://wearethe9.com/
Brian Dolzani - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, March 1, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Brian Dolzani’s songs illustrate the seeking and longing inside all of us; for redemption, fulfillment, understanding, pleasure, love. His voice is often described as a ‘smoother’ Neil Young, and his introspective, personal songs and engaging live performances move those who are open to being touched by music and words that are full of humanity, imperfection, vulnerability, and strength. Brian takes his cues from those 1960′s and 70′s songwriters who, through their own soul-searching and raw intensity, are able to move listeners through just melody, lyric, and acoustic guitar.
Brian has released his 6th independent record titled ‘If I Don’t Speak A Word…’, recorded with acclaimed Nashville producer Neilson Hubbard. He has shared shows with James McCartney, Cory Chisel, Peter Case, The Subdudes, Frank Turner, William Elliot Whitmore, Caravan of Thieves, and many more. Brian tours Nationally, captivating audiences with his vulnerable and accessible songwriting and honest and heartfelt performances.
For more information, visit http://www.briandolzani.com/home
Zarni de Wet - Live in the Coffeehouse
Thursday, January 2, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Brave but not brazen; honest but not brutal; familiar but not outdated, Zarni is an upcoming artist originally from South Africa that immigrated to the small town of Johnson City New York at age nine.
For those who like quirky, but not too quirky…Zarni’s music is the perfect blend of unexpected yet universal. Full-bodied piano parts support her memorable melodies and to the point, conversational lyrics.
In the past, fans and friends have seen Zarni in anything from noisy bars to intimate performance halls and whether solo or with a band, this singer/songwriter isn’t afraid to tear it up. Several showcases include WSKG TV, NewsChannel34, Winchester Community TV and the Steve Katsos show. Popular venues (The Bitter End, Endicott Performing Arts Center, The Binghamton Jazz Festival, Seven Seas in Cyprus, the Tanz Café in South Africa, the High Dive and the Showbox in Seattle) from coast to coast have showcased Zarni (with a couple dozen other unique venues in between). The young artist has also shared the stage with The Presidents of the United States of America, Anberlin, Stars in Stereo, Mary Lambert (of Mackelmore) and Nikolas Metaxas. Alongside performing, Zarni has also shared her passion for teaching music in the United States and abroad. In Limassol Cyprus she helped to write, choreograph and direct a short musical at the Xenia Tsolaki Private Institute to help young students with their English language skills. Zarni has always been the type of artist that tries to balance her love of performing with helping those around her with music.
From fundraisers, to community service projects, Zarni is always excited to raise money for others through music (Flood the Tier Fundraiser, CHOW Fundraiser and many more).
“Fans is just a fancy word for friends” Zarni said in a recent interview with a laugh, as she doesn’t like to keep her supporters at bay and instead wants to get to know each one. “Where would I be without my friends and supporters?”
Zarni recently graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a double major in Music Education and Songwriting. During her time at Berklee she recorded and released two full-length albums: one self produced “Friday Night Lights” (2010) and “Straight Forward” (2011) and a 3 song EP (2012) both produced by talented Matt McArthur. Zarni’s music is available on Itunes or we will send you a personal, signed physical copy if you contact us on this website!
Awards: Scott Benson Scholarship (Berklee College of Music Highest Award for Songwriting), Korg Endowed Scholarship (for Skills as Music Educator), Promising Music Educator Award
Song Contests: Gauteng South Africa Songwriting Competition Winner, Rocking Mom’s Song Contest 1st Place Winner, John Lennon Honorable Mention (at age 11 for her song titled “This World”)
Other cool stuff! Song “Fire” currently being used in Auction Hunters (a National TV Series) “Time of your life” and “This is how you lose yourself” used in Etalk Daily and Giada at Home (Food Network) Performed for John Mayer (with 12 other selected Songwriters), and Listed in book Faces of the Southern Tier (as influential Musician)
For more information, visit http://zarnimusic.com/music/
Chuck Schaeffer - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, March 15, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Chuck Schaeffer received 6 nominations and won Best Country Band at the Montgomery Bucks Music Awards 2012.
His 2nd cd, ‘Along These Lines’, spent 10 weeks on the US Top 50 Roots Country Charts (reaching #37), and peaked at #2, on the PA Roots Charts.
He has opened for or shared the stage with David Allan Coe, Roy Clark, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Sonny Landreth, Craig Bickhardt and Steve Pullara.
He has been featured in many TV, radio and media outlets. He performed at the Phillies World Series Rallies in 2008 / 2009 and sang the National Anthem for the Trenton Thunder & Trenton Titans. He was a big hit at the WNTI Stage and Kutztown Fair.
For more information, visit www.chuckschaeffer.com
Rob Robinson - Live in the Coffeehouse
Sunday, January 19, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Rob Robinson is based in Havre de Grace, MD located about twenty-five miles north of Baltimore and just sixty-five miles south of Philadelphia. Rob has been involved in music from the time he was nine years old as a drummer, percussionist, guitarist, singer and songwriter. In 1983, Rob began his work as a session drummer around Philadelphia and became one of Philly’s known drum guys. He helped to form the Buggy Boys in 1985 and would record and tour with Ben Vaughn in the late eighties and early nineties. During this time, as a member of Vaughn’s band, Rob had the opportunity to participate in festivals and shows throughout the United States and Europe sharing the stage with the likes of John Hiatt, Alex Chilton, Michelle Shocked, Jonathan Richmond and many more. Throughout the nineties, Rob continued to work with musicians and artists around the Philadelphia area, including Amy Carr & Suzanne Gorman. It was during this time that Rob tried to get more involved in his own songwriting. He recorded several volumes of music over a ten year period but never released anything. In 2008, Rob started a journey back into his songwriting and it began to take shape like it hadn’t in previous efforts. In 2013 Rob has released his first CD titled “Catchin’ a Ride.” The music is strong, folk based rock with a groovy pop feel. His love of great singers over the years is evident on tracks like “Under the Sun” and in the powerful emotion of “Arizona.” The title track “Catchin’ a Ride” is a journey through fear and faith on a haunting midnight train ride along the cold winter railroad. The tracks are clean, well-produced and memorable. Rob is delivering some great music and live performances.
Cost: FREE SHOW!
For more information, visit http://www.robrobinsonmusic.com/
Rob Williams - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, February 15, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
For lovers of alt-rock, alt-country and Americana, Richmond VA’s singer/songwriter Rob Williams will make for a favorite discovery. As the former frontman and founding member of popular bands Joe Buck, Jr. and Contoocook Line, which also featured Pavement drummer Steve West, Rob Williams has released four studio albums during his long career. In May 2013, Williams independently released his first solo album, A Place in the Sun, which ranges from simple ballads with pedal steel guitar to rock songs with layers of guitar and horns. One of the distinguishing aspects of Williams as a performer is that his full band and solo acoustic concerts are equally powerful and high-energy. When solo, Williams hits the guitar just as fast and hard, singing loudly into the microphone as if the whole band were behind him. “No matter how old I get,” says Rob Williams, “I just can’t bring myself to be that sitting-on-a-stool singer/songwriter, quietly strumming a guitar.” Perhaps it’s a byproduct of his formative years playing in noisy bars, when he opened for great acts including They Might Be Giants, Alex Chilton, and The Fleshtones among others. Wherever that energy and full sound comes from, it lends itself to a good time.
For more information, visit http://www.robwilliamsacoustic.com/
Owen Danoff, Joy Ike, Ryan Harris Brown
Friday, January 17, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Washington D.C. native, Berklee College of Music graduate, and 2012-13 Strathmore Artist in Residence Owen Danoff was born with song in his blood. His father, Bill, wrote such hits as “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Afternoon Delight” (the latter earning him two Grammy awards in 1976), but Owen has developed his own musical identity. Thoughtful lyrics combine with a love of good musicianship and catchy melodies to create a unique blend of pop and folk, while a lifetime of listening to rock n’ roll lends Owen’s music an undeniable energy.
Owen is currently hard at work on his first full-length album. Funded through a 2013 Kickstarter campaign, the album features Owen and his longtime band performing alongside esteemed guest musicians such as Rami Jaffee of the Wallflowers and Foo Fighters. The album, which will showcase fleshed-out arrangements of live favorites as well as brand new songs, is expected for release in early 2014.
An artist’s work is essentially her diary – often reflective, most times vulnerable, but always honest. In her 3rd full-length album, independent artist Joy Ike offers her most realized work yet - All or Nothing – 10 songs about giving up everything you have in exchange for everything you need.
Not yet a veteran, but more than a newcomer, Ike is and always has been an anomaly. As a singer/songwriter who purposefully refuses to be pigeon-holed into any one specific genre, Ike’s path has consistently taken an “anywhere for anyone” approach. Theaters, house shows, coffeehouses, churches, colleges, “…any opportunity where there is a chance to cultivate a relationship with the audience and know that I’ve spent my time well is where I want to be,” she says.
Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played over 400 shows and has had the opportunity to share the stage with artist Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Dwele, Chrisette Michele, Tyrone Wells, Najee, and Jeffrey Gaines to name a few. Her songs have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Relevant Magazine’s The Drop; and her unique style has afforded her the opportunity to play such festivals as Lilith Fair and Purple Door.
Born to Nigerian immigrants, Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. “Some of my earliest memories involve sitting in the living room with my family singing Nigerian choruses and finding ways to harmonize with my father’s booming voice and my mother’s soprano harmonies,” Ike says of her formative years. “I also remember listening to a lot of DC Talk and Steven Curtis Chapman as a teenager…and then discovering Gwen Stefani and Vertical Horizon in high school. There were so many options!”
With so many influences, perhaps the voice that Ike has found for herself comes as a surprise to many. It is not Christian Contemporary, Alternative, R&B or Gospel, but a genre she affectionately refers to as Soulfolk – a soulful approach to a style of music that has often been reserved for guitar and banjo players.
Ryan Harris Brown
Scranton, Pa. native and Berklee College of Music graduate Ryan Harris Brown moved to Nashville in the spring of 2012 with the intention of sharing his thoughtful lyrics and classic musicianship with the country’s best eyes and ears.
In that time, so much has changed. But Ryan’s passion for delivering relatable, provoking songs has not. His 2011 release “The Trail,” available through iTunes, gives listeners fresh insight into love, loss and the uncertainty of life’s journey. The songs make up an intimate stage show featured at the likes of Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA, The Basement in Nashville, TN, Ebenezer’s Coffee house in Washington D.C., and other venues throughout the north and southeast.
Ryan is currently at work on his next record which will pay homage to the singers and songwriters that built the foundation for the genre; the comfort and subtlety of James Taylor, the power and reliability of Carole King. Working with fellow Berklee graduate Gus Berry, who produced the most recent Liz Longley record, it promises to pick up where “The Trail” left off.
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