Zia Hassan and Tom Lieberman with Jacqueline Pie Francis
Thursday, April 9, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Jacqueline Pie Francis
Angie Head, Humble Tripe, Eli Conley
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Angie Head is a singer/songwriter/musician who has, in her time in Washington, DC, gained the attention and praise of those who admire inspiring talent. She is a skillful acoustic guitarist with a strong, sweet, soul-stirring voice.
Pushing the boundaries of folk-Americana, North Carolina based Humble Tripe joins forces with producer MelissaYork (Amy Ray, The Butchies) on their most recent offering. Moving from songwriter to symphony, resulting in a haunting landscape of beautiful swells, dramatic tension and space, Humble Tripe shines on their latest album, The Giving.
“A joy to behold, a collection of lovely, sublime melodies that shimmer and sparkle with a radiance all their own.” No Depression
Eli Conley is a Bay Area-based singer-songwriter with a voice that shifts deftly from country choirboy to soulful croon at the turn of a phrase. Steeped in roots music and the singer-songwriter tradition, he crafts modern day folk songs for misfits from the raw material of his life as a queer man with Virginia roots. He’ll be joined at Ebenezers by Joel Price on mandolin, fiddle, and harmony vocals.
Davis Bradley Duo - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, April 4, 7:00 PM to 8:00 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!
For more information, visit http://www.davisbradleyduo.com/
Kate Celius (Flattop Setup) - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, March 21, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Flattop Setup was formed in 2011, splitting off from the indie rock band 833. The tag line “folk meets rock meets blues” pretty much says it when describing their sound. They play in the DC Metro area, and their first EP is now complete!
For more information, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/flattopsetup
Eileen Graham with David Daubert and Medlow
Friday, March 27, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Echoes of the sweetness of Joni Mitchell and the urgency of Alanis Morissette can be found wrapped in Eileen Graham’s wide-ranging voice. But not so fast – this singer-songwriter sings her own song. Her signature fast vibrato, sultry overtones and aching sky-high notes are said to “capture audiences with her pure and emotionally-loaded sound,” (Beyond Race Magazine). Her album, One of Those Girls (2012), is an honest and simply done, piano-driven collection that feels cozy, reminiscent of a cup of tea shared with your best friend. Produced by My Favorite Highway frontman Dave Cook (O.A.R., Paradise Fears), the debut solo journey is colored by delightful hooks and a wash of uncertainty, leaving listeners transfixed. Graham was featured on the premiere webside of Aux Send, landing in the Top 10 of New & Noteworthy Artists on iTunes in 2011, and, in 2014, Graham reached #1 on the regional pop charts.
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
For more information, visit http://eileengrahammusic.com/
with David Daubert
Kids’ Music: Rainbow Rock Band
Saturday, March 7, 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/
Cancelled - Caroline Spence CD Release and Robby Hecht
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Concert cancelled due to weather. All ticket purchasers will be notified.
Caroline Spence is enamored with words and songs. Though countless singer-songwriters boast the same simple claim, few have been lifted up by their passion the way Caroline has. Her passion led the Virginia native on a pilgrimage to Nashville, where the 25-year-old honed her writing and her coy, dusky soprano across folk, Americana and alt-country genres. That same passion resonates throughout every track on her first full-length solo debut, the magical and meditative Somehow, set for release on March 3rd 2015.
With songs that wrap the truths of life up into personal vignettes of clever wordplay and catchy hooks, it’s no wonder that in 2013 Caroline won American Songwriter Magazine’s June/July lyric contest as well as the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest songwriter competition later that year. Caroline also had her songs recorded by up-and-coming independent singer songwriters Andrew Combs (“Heavy”) and Annalise Emerick (“A Good One” and “Somewhere In Between”).
With all the courage, grit and passion that pervade her 13 new tracks, Spence is more than ready to share Somehow and take her place in the world of professional songwriters. Still, she does so without losing touch with her reality: “It just feels like all of this happened somehow, making these songs, this record, just somehow happened, kind of magically. And I know what I want and I just know that somehow I am going to make it happen.”
Robby Hecht’s music invites and even induces the listener to a similar place of serenity, clarity and patience.
“When I’m writing by myself something can take three years until I get past my own self-editing phase,” says Hecht about his meticulous approach. “Everything I write I’m trying to capture some kind of truth that I haven’t heard anyone say in that way before.”
And that’s what we hear on Hecht’s third album, a self-titled collection of twelve lovely and insightful songs. Those who give it time will be seduced by a quality that fellow songwriter Steve Poltz once compared to “a warm blanket that wraps itself around you.” And Poltz is but one of many peers in the folk music community who’ve testified to the magnitude of Hecht’s talents. Catie Curtis, Anais Mitchell, Julie Lee and others have gushed about the “natural beauty” of Hecht’s tone, the “honey in his voice” and his “authentic gifts” as a lyricist. Prizes from songwriting contests at Kerrville and Telluride have further confirmed Hecht’s stature as a musician’s musician. Now, with several circuits of the nation under his belt and a widening base of support in the songwriter world, Hecht is worthy of wider recognition by fans of observant, immersive music.
Cost: $10 adv / $12 door
For more information, visit http://www.carolinespencemusic.com/
Low Strung Cellos
Saturday, March 14, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM · Add to Calendar
“A world away from ... other musical ensembles” - Yale Daily News
Low Strung is a group of twelve classically trained cellists from Yale University who make up the largest all-cello rock ensemble in the world. The group transforms classics of the rock, pop, metal, and blues genres into pieces designed exclusively for the cello. The final product is something that cannot be found anywhere else: music that bursts with the excitement of rock but is executed with the thundering bass and butter-smooth treble of the cello. Their constantly-expanding repertoire spans the gamut from the 1960’s to today, from The Who and Led Zeppelin to Lady Gaga and Imagine Dragons. The sweeping arrangements are also opportunities for unlikely musical encounters: J.S. Bach and Amy Winehouse, Beethoven and The Eagles.
Low Strung debuted at Yale University in 2005, immediately establishing itself as one of the most exciting musical groups on campus. Word quickly spread, and the group’s concerts are now some of the most anticipated events of the year. Low Strung has also become a favorite throughout New England and New York, routinely performing at nightclubs, art galleries, schools, weddings, and other events. Every March the group goes on tour to a different city in the United States.
For more information, visit www.lowstrungcellos.org
Daniel Ondaro and The Shy Birds - Live in the Coffeehouse
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Daniel Ondaro and The Shy Birds is a group of broadly talented and eclectic musicians playing everything from Samba and Bossa Nova to Swing standards and original music. Hailing from different parts of the globe (Germany, Greece, Itlay and the US) the band came together in Berlin, Germany in early 2013 and since has played in cities all over Germany as well as Prague, Athens, and Istanbul with anywhere from two to ten musicians on stage. With the instrumentation of acoustic guitar, voice, and percussion, the group´s duo line up of Daniel Ondaro and Petros Tzekos weaves refined Brazilian and Jazz music with a serious and silly touch.
For more information, visit http://danielondaro.com/
The 9 Singer-Songwriter Series
Friday, March 6, 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 www.facebook.com/wearethe9
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/
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/