Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Heather Mae, Joy Ike
Friday, June 12, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of the indie-folk, ukulele player and songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Her music career began modestly at open mic nights in Fort Collins, Colorado, and was unexpectedly jumpstarted by the popularity of her homemade YouTube videos, that showcase her songs and silly personality. The true power of Danielle Ate the Sandwich, however, is her ability to sing stories both grand and small, with sweet vocals and thoughtful, honest lyrics. Danielle Ate the Sandwich has been touring nationally since 2009, cultivating a loyal and dedicated fan base, affectionately referred to as ‘Fanwiches.’
Danielle Ate the Sandwich has shared the stage and collaborated with acts such as Pomplamoose, Leo Kottke, Mumford & Sons & Suzanne Vega. She has released five independent albums, receiving praise from fans of all ages. Her latest release, “The Drawing Back of Curtains” serves as the soundtrack to the HBO documentary film “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.” Danielle currently tours the United States year round and is happily based in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Heather Mae has never been okay with being just average. Growing up outside of DC, the youngest of four, she was a fiery redhead. While most of her peers were partying on the weekends, Heather Mae was happily situated in front of her father’s record player listening to the voices that came before her and that would eventually inspire her to turn music into a full-time career.
Her obsession with music began with Elton John. She remembers driving home from the grocery store, her Dad’s fingers drumming on the steering wheel, his voice calling out to her from the driver seat: “Listen to this part right here…can you feel that?”. Her answer? Always yes. Etta James and Billie Holiday for rainy days, Janis Joplin and Missy Higgins for driving with the windows down, Bonnie Raitt and Lauryn Hill for days when she needed a little bit of soul. It was these female vocalists that raised her to be the powerhouse, pop-centric with soul, bombastic vocalist that she is today. They were her teachers. Music was her school. Through their songs, struggles, and talents, they ignited a curiosity to understand the magic of music, performance, and connection.
Born to Nigerian immigrants, independent artist 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. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played hundreds of shows across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Denison Whitmer, Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Serena Ryder, Dwele, Chrisette Michele, Tyrone Wells, Najee, Allen Toussaint, and Ken Whitely & The Levy Sisters to name a few.In her 3rd full-length album, All or Nothing, Joy Ike offers her most realized work yet - 10 songs about giving up everything you have in exchange for everything you need. An album of love songs. 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 playing for intimate audiences in coffeehouse, Universities, house concerts, churches, and small theater settings. A write-up on NPR’s All Things Considered says “The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop…a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small.” A recent segment on NPR’s World Cafe (December 2013) featured Ike as one of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s up-and-coming artists.
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
Benefit Concert sponsored by Word Carriers
Saturday, April 25, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
The Word Carriers Outreach Ministry is sponsoring its 2nd annual “Benefit Concert for the Homeless.” This event will bring together local churches and organizations along with speakers, comedians and spoken word artists as we come together collaboratively working towards developing ideas on how we can assist our homeless brothers and sisters on the street.
Our motto is: “Your situation can change at anytime!”
Join us for this wonderful event of giving and supporting those in need. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00.
Featured artist include….
Cherece Spitfire Lindsay
Deon Wrenn and the Wm Stephens and Jubilant Nations
Devil & The Deep Blue Sea (CD Release) and Cody McGuire (CD Release) with Letitia VanSant
Thursday, May 14, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea are an indie-folk band based in Washington, D.C. Songwriters Lizzie Quinlan (harp) and Patrick Kennedy (guitar) have performed in New York, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and college towns across the country.
Cody McGuire is a Washington DC based singer/songwriter, originally from North Carolina, with a unique and intriguing blend of bluegrass, acoustic pop, and blues. Playing a variety of instruments including the guitar, banjo and mandolin, Cody has a well-rounded background in music. He has played on tours worldwide with bands such as The Andy Owens Project and performed in front of thousands of fans including main stage at Merlefest. Cody is also an official endorser of banjo.com. Heavily involved in nationwide guitar and banjo contests, some honors include 1st place in the Blueridge Banjo Shootout, 2nd place in the New England Banjo Championship, 4th in the South Carolina Banjo Championship and 5th in the South Carolina Guitar Champions. With his unique playing style and wide skill set, his songwriting is sure to captivate any audience.
“A good songwriter! Serious about music! And a very nice voice!”
-Tanja Schoor – CFO of Century Media Records
Cost: $10 adv / $12 door
Poet Laureate of DC and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents Poetry and Music Part 2
Friday, May 15, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM · Add to Calendar
A night of poetry and music.
Annalise Emerick, Brian Dunne, KaiL Baxley
Thursday, June 18, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Michelle Lockey - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, May 9, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Michelle is a multi-award winning recording artist and performing singer- songwriter/producer . Recently she was nominated for two Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for Songwriter of the Year and Folk Contemporary Vocalist!
Michelle’s CD, More to Life, was released in September 2014. This is her fourth CD release. She also has six single releases including one single released by Black Toast Records. (All Music available on ITunes)
One of her most notable accomplishments is winning the Grand Prize in the Folk category of the 2014 John Lennon Song Contest for her song, “Your Footprints” written with fellow songwriter Paul Otten. Michelle was a featured artist on Reverbnation in November.
Michelle’s music and Indie/Alternative Folk sound is influenced by Ingrid Michaelson, Sheryl Crow, Tristan Prettyman, Meiko, Birdy, The Lumineers, The Head & The Heart, Hope Sandoval, London Grammar, The XX, Daughter, The Civil Wars, Colbie Caillat, and Oh Honey.
For more information, visit www.michellelockey.com
Rissi Palmer and Bess McCrary with Amy Andrews
Thursday, May 28, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Cost: $10 adv/ $12 door
Mike Farris with Soul Suit
Friday, May 8, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
“Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap…He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.”
- Mary Gauthier
Ebenezers is thrilled to welcome back long-time friend Mike Farris, who is fresh off his 2015 Grammy win for Best Roots Gospel Album for “Shine for All People.”
“Shine for All People” bears witness to the determination of putting one foot in front of the other and to the power of music to get you there. “I’ve discovered that falling is a divine thing,” Mike adds. “It’s part and parcel of being human. The important thing is to keep the faith and keep moving on and on. Daring to be courageous enough to share our deepest burdens with each other is the greatest gift we can give.”
As a born and bred southerner, Farris’ unique style combines the best elements of blues, rock and soul. His interpretations of traditional New Orleans Black Gospel mixed with a dash of Stax and Motown leave audiences feeling excited, delighted and loved. He has won the Americana Music Association’s Award for new & emerging artist in 2008 as well as the Gospel Music Association’s 2009 Award for Best Traditional Gospel album of the year. In 2010 Mike won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year” and in 2011 he 2011 was a featured performer at Rock And Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Music Masters Concert honoring Aretha Franklin.
In 2010 he gathered a bunch of Nashville’s finest musicians, including Kenny Vaughan, Sam Bush and many more, to record an EP called The Night The Cumberland Came Alive to benefit victims of the 1,000 year flood that hit Middle Tennessee that May. With his power house band, The Roseland Rhythm Revue, he has wowed audiences all over the world.
For more information, visit http://www.mikefarrismusic.com/
Saturday, May 30, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
My new album, “Good Guys” might have my name on the cover, but it’s actually a story that involves a lot of awesome people who made it possible. I moved to Nashville in 2007 to be an artist and ended up spending more time than I’d like to admit parking cars at a hotel. I played on the weekends, but I didn’t have the courage to really give all of myself to it. I talked a lot, but did little. Two years after my arrival I decided I needed to pack up and move on. In an effort to minimize regrets I handed a demo to a publisher whose phone number I’d had since moving to Nashville. To my absolute shock, he called and wanted me to come play for the head of the publishing company. On a Friday morning at 9am I walked into the office of a man I’d only read about. He puffed a Cuban cigar and asked me to get out my guitar. Three songs later he removed the cigar from his mouth and said, “Would you like to write songs for a living? Why don’t we go down the hall and start working on a contract.” I called my boss at the hotel and said I wouldn’t be coming to work anymore.
I spent the next four years getting to write with some of my favorite artists and songwriting heroes. People like Tom Douglas, Don Schlitz, Emerson Hart, David Mead, Jim Lauderdale, Kim Richey and Stephen Kellogg. I wrote hundreds of songs, had a few in the running for major label albums, heard Alison Krauss sing background vocals on a song I wrote, heard the word “no” more than I’d prefer, got to record with some of the most incredible musicians alive, and generally lived a fantasy life that I’d only dreamed about. Deep down though, I wanted to be out singing the songs myself.
In October of 2013 a bunch of friends and fans decided they’d like to be part of that. Thanks to them, I was able to make an album with my friends Todd Lombardo(producer), Evan Hutchings(drums), Adam Gardner(bass), Court Clement(guitar), Andy Hunt(engineer), Angel Snow(vocals), Molly Parden(vocals) and some guy named Jerry Douglas.
My new record, “Good Guys” is the culmination of a 4 year stint of getting to write for some of Nashville’s best music publishing houses, but marks a departure to more personal subject matter than Music Row sometimes allows. Music Row taught me incredible lessons about the craft and discipline of trying to write great songs, but after a while I think I lost my own voice in an effort to please only the marketplace. “Good Guys” is all about re-discovering who I am as an artist and taking chances thematically and musically I didn’t have the courage to until now. My only goal for the last year has been to do things I’m afraid of doing.
“Good Guys” is the story of my life since moving to Nashville. On October 1, 2014 the rest of the world will hear it. Here’s to all of you who have made the journey to here an amazing one. - Neal
Cost: $10 adv / $12 door
For more information, visit http://nealcarpenter.net/
Will Duvall, Anchor & Armor, CopperLily
Thursday, May 7, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Anchor & Armor
Kids’ Music: Rainbow Rock Band
Saturday, May 2, 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.
Cost: $6 adv/$8 door (everyone 1 year and older)
For more information, visit http://www.rainbowrockband.com/
The 9 Singer-Songwriter Series
Friday, May 1, 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 songwriter collective and live show 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 together in a unique and captivating format, telling stories, and often sitting in each each other and making up music on the spot. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists in one evening and often for only $10? To date, over 300 different artists have participated in “The 9”, at shows in DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Fairfield, Boston, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Follow and Like “The 9” at www.facebook.com/wearethe9 and www.twitter.com/wearethe9 or go to www.wearethe9.com
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wearethe9
Owen Danoff and Mike Squillante with Port Harbour
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Washington DC native Owen Danoff wrote and recorded his first song - complete with drums, bass, guitar, and piano - at age fifteen. Since then he has graduated Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring, released an EP and a full-length album, and performed in multiple states and venues across the country.
In the DC area alone Owen has performed at nearly every major venue including the Birchmere and the 9:30 club, been selected as a Strathmore Artist in Residence, won multiple Washington Area Music Awards as well as the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Grand Prize, and been mentioned multiple times in local media outlets such as the Washington Post.
Elements of Owen’s music have been likened to that of Paul Simon, Harry Nilsson, John Mayer, and the Wallflowers, among others – though the end result is all his own. Growing up listening to rock and roll bands such as Green Day before discovering a love of folk and singer/songwriter music, Owen’s music boasts a current of energy as well as catchy melodies and a definite lyrical emphasis.
Owen’s first full-length album Twelve Stories is a testament to both his songwriting and instrumental abilities. Released in May 2014, Twelve Stories features Owen switching off between bass and guitar alongside a band that includes guest musicians such as Rami Jaffee and Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters.
Owen is an award-winning songwriter whose accolades include the aforementioned Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Grand Prize and Washington Area Music Awards (Pop/Rock Vocalist 2014, Pop/Rock Instrumentalist 2014, and Pop/Rock Recording 2014 for Twelve Stories), as well as first place in the American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Writing Contest and numerous awards
and mentions in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Mike Squillante is an up-and-coming pop/rock artist/songwriter/composer. He’s been writing and recording original songs since the age of 12. Mike released his self-produced debut full length LP in November 2010, entitled “Backward Glances, Second Chances.” The album can be found on iTunes and Spotify. He has performed one-on-one for Grammy-winning artist John Mayer after being selected by the Berklee College of Music (his Alma mater) songwriting staff. Recently graduated from Berklee with a degree in songwriting, Mike currently lives in NY and gigs regularly around the New York club scene. In addition to playing out with his band, Mike maintains a thriving YouTube channel with over 1,000,000 total views and 15,000 subscribers, where he showcases his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, filmmaker, and songwriter. After winning the Perez Hilton ‘Can You Sing?’ contest on two separate occasions and brief stint on NBC’s The Voice, he was able to successfully fund the production for his next release by raising $12,000 via Kickstarter from fans all over the world. Mike is currently touring the states with Atlantic Records recording artist
Melanie Martinez as both a member of her band and an opening act.
Follow Mike on Twitter at twitter.com/MikeSquillante and check out some of his music/videos at YouTube.com/mikesquill <http://youtube.com/mikesquill>.
Cost: $10 adv / $12 door
For more information, visit http://www.owendanoff.com/
with Port Harbour
Independent sextet Port Harbour, based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is seeking to establish a lasting influence through their unique blend of lyrical indie rock. And so far, they’re trying to do it as honestly, and as independently, as possible. A product of a year of production, their debut album Wake is as independent as it gets: every note, every engineering hour, every piece of album artwork, and even their website was done by members of the six-piece band.
“If there’s anything I’m excited about with this album it’s the songs themselves,” says guitarist, vocalist, recording engineer, and web designer Brandon O’Neill. “I find a lot of comfort in the fact that I simply believe in these songs. They’re honest narratives for so many experiences in life that are painful and confusing, and while they don’t always offer a solution, they at least give a voice to it. That hopefully will help all of us be awake to what’s going on in our lives, even if that means we’re experiencing pain or tragedy.”
That is the driving force of Port Harbour: to give an affirmative voice to the experiences of life that often remain voiceless. It’s the catalyst behind the band’s artistry, both in their recorded material and their original, engaging live show.
Selling Fairfax by the Pound
Friday, May 22, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Selling Fairfax by the Pound is Washington DC’s premiere (and, well, perhaps only) Genesis tribute band. The band specializes in reproducing 70s-era Genesis classics complete with bass pedals, double-necks and Mellotrons!
Cost: $12 adv/$15 door
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/SellingFairfax
The Bumperyachts - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, May 2, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Grant Goldsworthy and Steve Mondschein of The Bumperyachts first started playing and writing music together in 2000. They quickly formed an original, alt-rock band (which featured Goldsworthy on bass and lead vocals, and Mondschein on guitar), as well as a short-lived ska project. The two went off to their respective colleges shortly thereafter, and the projects dissolved. For years, without a band, the two would return to write and record music that, for the most part, would never leave their basement studio. The two would practice recording their own songs, overdubbing all of the instruments and adding layers of vocal harmonies to create the sound of the full band they imagined. In 2012, on a whim, Goldsworthy bought a ukulele and started teaching himself to play. This became a catalyst for the two to start playing live shows and writing new material again, this time as an acoustic duo, under the name “The Bumperyachts.” The two are hard at work on their debut album, which will be released in mid-2015. The pair brought in Krystal Grant on keys, Robbie Kirk on bass, and Steve Lisi on percussion, to complete their live sound.
For more information, visit http://www.thebumperyachts.com/