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Luciano Lima, Australis, Rachel Levitin

Friday, August 22, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Luciano Lima, Australis, Rachel Levitin

Luciano Lima
http://www.reverbnation.com/lucianolima

Luciano first picked up the guitar at the age of 12. Growing up in Pittsburgh, he wanted to learn the songs his parents performed with their band Sounds of Brazil. Impressed with his ability to play guitar and percussion, his parents soon had Luciano begin to sit in with the band. Luciano studied clarinet for several years but returned to guitar and vocals when he spent a year in Brazil during high school and received an education in Brazilian popular music by playing at bars throughout the city. Upon his return to the United States, he performed solo and with established artists, such as Kenia. During this period, he also performed in musicals and with many choirs, including twice touring Europe with the Heinz Chapel Choir. His current passion is writing and performing his own songs. He has performed throughout the Washington, DC area, including BloomBars, LaTiDo at the Black Fox Lounge, The Electric Maid, Ebeneezer’s Coffee House, and Modern Times Cafe. What keeps him writing and performing music is the connection that is created between him and the audience when he performs songs that expose his inner world. Even though exposure is sometimes painful, it is always healing.

Australis
www.facebook.com/australisband

Australis is an alternative rock-based musical act with a growing fan base in the Washington, DC area. Growing up with a shared passion and dedication to music, underlined by a sibling competitiveness that pushes each other’s creative limits, brothers Andrés and Felipe Gallego have come up with a sound that blends a plethora of influences (including Latin, Classical, Jazz, and Pop) into a style of music that is radio-friendly and layered in its composition, and delivered through a lively performance that captures listeners and keeps them engaged and entertained.

Rachel Levitin
http://rachellevitinmusic.com/

Rachel Levitin is a Chicago-born singer-songwriter and award-winning multi-instrumentalist currently based in Washington, D.C. Having over a fifteen years of live performance experience under her belt as well as an unwavering passion for storytelling through song, Levitin continues to create an intimate show—no matter the stage—across the country. Levitin’s style ranges from folk-influenced rock songs to country storytelling with a dash of blue notes thrown in for good measure. Fans of American rock, soul, and jazz will find hints of their favorite genre’s history combined with Levitin’s emotional performance to make for quite the compelling live show.

Cost: $10

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Sam Morrow - Live in the Coffeehouse

Saturday, September 20, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Sam Morrow - Live in the Coffeehouse

Raised on the muddy waters of coastal Americana, Sam Morrow brings a gritty sustenance to his music, evocative of a threadbare soul, decades his elder.

“Coming from a background with a love for all music, I found it challenging to nail down my style. Between everything I listened to, I saw a single commonality: honesty. Whether it’s Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Damien Rice, or David Ramirez, they all have these heavy truths woven in their writing that you don’t want to believe, but have to, because you’ve been there, you’ve felt that, you’ve seen those things. And it’s from that well of honesty I write.”

But to be honest, three years ago this album might never have happened. Three years ago these songs might never have been written. Three years ago, Sam was barely alive. He was a shell of a soul and a withered voice. A 20 year old man entering his prime, found himself trapped by the burden of a destructive life.

“As I fought through my addiction, music was an unshakable constant. It was there in the depths, it carried me in the chaos, and when I sobered up, it offered me redemption. Thus, I wanted to make a record full of contradictions, constants, and loss, to reflect the lives we all live.”

Whereas some pen about pain from a distant perch, Sam walked through the darkness and survived to see the dawn. And like eyes given a second chance, his lyrics are drenched in an unvarnished realism. His honest, homespun outlook brings us face-to-face with that which we ourselves are afraid to admit. Like the long line of southern songwriters before him, Sam invites audiences along for the ride; the tragedy and triumph. His shows are not performances but immersive experiences for any and all. Humbled by the unflinching realities of recklessness, his stage is a welcome mat.

“I started out in churches and now play in bars, but I’ve found crowds are pretty much the same wherever I go. We’re all searching for something bigger than ourselves, some truth we haven’t found yet. But that’s what keeps us searching, because the moment we quit looking, is the same moment our pens run out of ink.”

Ephemeral opens with the hushed strum and tentative words of “War”. The pursuit of happiness in the face of domestic conflict is embodied in the building tensions between Sam’s incendiary vocal and Freddy Koella’s (Bob Dylan) somber violin. The album then flows to December, where the lyrics grapple with the pains and struggles of a long distance relationship, and Sam admits that although he has changed, he is still flawed and love is the companion he desperately needs, as he battles past demons. As with every journey out of darkness, “Sure Thing” carries the record into the light, dwelling on the reality that the greatest joy often follows the most chilling pain. And, if we can just hold on, it’s worth the wait.

Ephemeral is Sam’s debut album, produced and engineered by Eric Corne (John Mayall, DeVotchKa, KaiL Baxley). After years of wrestling with addiction and purpose and sound, he believes this is the direction that will chart his future. This 10 song set is a diverse collection that provide a glimpse into a very promising future.

“A Sam Morrow performance is a cathartic experience like few you will encounter. Drawing on life experiences way beyond his 23 years, Sam opens his soul and lays his emotions bare. These songs will seep into you like oil into wood. Take notice, Sam Morrow is a great young American song writer.” - Eric Corne

Cost: Free

For more information, visit http://sammorrowmusic.com/


Koshari, Sansyou, Lost Civilizations experimental music project

Thursday, September 18, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Koshari, Sansyou, Lost Civilizations experimental music project

Koshari
http://www.kosharimusic.com/

Washington DC’s Koshari — built around the ethereal voice of Barb Western and the signature guitar playing of Bryan Baxter — blends the spacey, effects-drenched swirl of bands like My Bloody Valentine or Swervedriver with the aggression and heaviness of the Deftones or Tool. The result is a creative voice at once familiar yet without close analog, that has been described by Kim Kirkpatrick of online magazine C60 Crew as “packed with atmosphere, beauty [and] substance.”

On September 18, Koshari will present a low volume/acoustic show.

Sansyou
http://sansyoumusic.com/

David Nicholas (guitar), Matthew McGarraghy (guitar) and Davis White (percussion) weave delicate melodies and ambiance with meditative rhythms to form the instrumental sound of Sansyou. The band’s most recent release, The Dilettante, on Moon Sounds Records unfolds “without vocal cues or overt verse-chorus structure, as they develop their runs of tiny guitar trills…shimmering, sensuous stuff”. –The Big Takeover. The recording was mixed and mastered by Jake Reid of Screen Vinyl Image. Like their 2011 debut, When We Become Ghosts, the new songs “…have a more understated elegance than traditional dream pop or post-rock. This is music for ears that appreciate thoughtful, layered sounds that unspool gently and gradually, and are rich with both melody and possibility.” – The Vinyl District

Lost Civilizations experimental music project
http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/

“An otherworldly ambiance that’s impossible to describe; once heard, difficult to forget.‏” The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello).  Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers.  When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics; Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics; Larry Gomez on percussion; Amanda Huron on percussion; Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin. This project began performing in 2008.  It has been described thusly:

Combining atmospheric strings with Ayler-esque expression, this group provides a fundamentally different approach to improvisation, with a focus on mood, landscape, and intensity.

Veteran performers/composers T.A. Zook and Mike Sebastian create immediately enjoyable, yet endlessly complex soundscapes that seem to conjure a hyper-advanced, yet ancient parallel dimension. The duo regularly feature top improvisers in the greater DC area to compliment their electric strings, saxophone, and various loopers and effects.

Cost: $5

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The 9 Songwriter Series

Friday, September 5, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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The 9 Songwriter Series

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 200 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.

Cost: $10

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For more information, visit http://wearethe9.com/


New Time Orchestra, Ryan Aderrey, Elle Carpenter, John Schmitt

Thursday, August 21, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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New Time Orchestra, Ryan Aderrey, Elle Carpenter, John Schmitt

New Time Orchestra
http://www.reverbnation.com/newtimeorchestra

This is not your typical string quintet. NTO plays styles of music such as folk/bluegrass/irish/pop/ect. All members studied music at UMBC, and combine their higher level of musicianship with individual influences to make a unique sound.

Ryan Aderrey
http://www.ryanaderrey.com/

If Ryan Aderréy’s debut album, ‘What If’ was a movie, this promising singer-songwriter would be the self-assured lead character that possesses maturity, quiet confidence, leadership and, most of all, real talent.

Music was a big part of Ryan’s life from as early as he could remember. Ryan spent many weekends with his friend Keshav Singh – who is now having success in the UK as part of the duo JusNow – making beats on Singh’s electronic keyboard. As much fun as they had, it wasn’t enough to turn Ryan’s head away from soccer, and after a year at Boston University, Ryan had the opportunity to play for OmniWorld, a professional football (soccer) team outside of Amsterdam. “I didn’t know it at the time, but playing soccer, traveling, being in front of fans who could be really tough, was all perfect training for what I wanted to do next, which I quickly realized was music.”

Though Ryan is the driving force as both songwriter and composer, he decided to co-write with a few different songwriters, most significantly Steven D. After writing twenty or more songs, which Ryan has recently paired down to ten or twelve for the upcoming album, he was fortunate enough to catch the attention of Grammy winning Producer Zach Ziskin. He’s also begun to work with 4-time Grammy Award winning Engineer/Producer Jimmy Douglass (Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, Sean Paul, Kanye West and more) on future projects.

Throughout his entire songwriting process, Ryan’s goal was always one thing – to create songs that people could relate to.

Elle Carpenter
http://www.ellecarpenter.com/

Originally from Vermont, Elle Carpenter has been singing as long as she’s been walking. She spent significant childhood years touring around the country with four siblings and her mother, performing and doing workshops at folk festivals, schools and other events. At age 6 she recorded her first record with the “Wee-bops” of Central Vermont, and at age 8 recorded her second album with the “Fiddleheads”. From age 10 to 16 she toured with world/folk music group Village Harmony around the USA, UK, Canada, Denmark and Germany. In 2009 (after recording and releasing her first solo album) she was flown to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to perform at the White Palace for a month.

A true folk-rock artist, Elle writes about life experiences – what she is living through or witnessing at the moment, and lives through honesty in words. First album ‘The Best’ can be downloaded from I-Tunes, LaLa, Rhapsody, Amazon mp3, Amie St, Napster, myspace music, Shockholm, emusic, hard copies available at Elle’s website: www.ellecarpenter.com.  Second album is currently being recorded.

John Schmitt
http://www.reverbnation.com/johnschmitt

Called “one of New York City’s best young storytellers,” John Schmitt was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, and his songs are a direct reflection of his experiences growing up there. His simple, honest approach tells stories that hit at the heart of American life. Blending a folk-meets-soul style, Paul Simon-meets-Motown, to go along with thoughtful lyrics and images, John sings about his life in real terms.

His new album “Ophelia” is his loftiest work to date. Produced by Caleb Hawley (American Idol), we see on “Ophelia” just how life in the city has affected Schmitt, now a resident of Brooklyn, as he takes us along for many stories of life, love, loss, and coffee consumption.

Cost: $10

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Kirsten Arian and Rob Williams

Thursday, August 14, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Kirsten Arian and Rob Williams

Kirsten Arian
http://kirstenarian.com/

Kirsten Arian is a 20 year old who grew up in California but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Life in Nashville has been amazing, unpredictable, and nothing like she expected. Listen to some of her music - Kirsten hopes it moves you to feel something bigger than yourself.

Rob Williams
http://www.robwilliamsacoustic.com/

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.

Cost: $10

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The 9 Songwriter Series

Friday, August 1, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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The 9 Songwriter Series

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 200 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/860524503976111/

Featuring:
Justin Trawick
Laura Schwartz
Aaron Tinjum
Sarah Petersen
Andrea Pais
Kevin de Souza
Matt Haygood
Cynthia Marie
Margot MacDonald

Cost: $10

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For more information, visit http://wearethe9.com/


Aberdeen Green, Jessica Cayne, Alexa

Thursday, July 24, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Aberdeen Green, Jessica Cayne, Alexa

Aberdeen Green
http://www.aberdeengreenmusic.com/

Aberdeen Green has performed on many stages, including that of the 91st National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Presidents Park in Washington, DC 2013. They opened for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Train, Janelle Monae and the Avett Brothers. They will be setting sail on Country Cruising in 2014 sharing the roster with Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd, Craig Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, and Lonestar.

Carley fell in love with music when she was very young. By the age of twelve she was playing songs by ear on the piano and had picked up the guitar. Her devotion to music took her from her small hometown of Culpeper, Virginia to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied songwriting and honed her skills on the strings.  In 2007, Carley packed up her guitar and headed to Nashville to continue her passion.

Amanda hails from a very musical family in Virginia, where she has been singing as long as she’s been talking.  At the tender age of 17, Amanda packed her bags, kissed her pony on the nose, and headed for Nashville to study voice and music business at Belmont University.  Today, she’s sung anywhere that has a stage – from her hometown of Berryville, to Egypt and Romania, to all of Nashville’s well-known haunts.

The duo met while working at a local restaurant in Nashville and became fast friends. “It was meant to be,” says Amanda.  What makes this meeting even more serendipitous?  Each of these gals attended the same summer camp growing up and even took vocal lessons from the same coach.  Carley states, “I always felt I was meant to share the stage with someone else.” And she was right…

Carley’s gritty, raw vocals are the culmination of her influences – folk artists such as Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Bob Dylan and blues singers like Keb Mo and Eva Cassidy, to name a few. Amanda’s stellar set of pipes produce a pure and simple sound that is unique and meaningful. It’s no surprise to learn she grew up on the tunes of artists like the Dixie Chicks, Allison Krauss, and Bonnie Raitt. Put these two voices together and the result is an unforgettable blend of harmony. It’s easy to get hooked on Aberdeen Green’s cool, Americana vibe. From two different farms in the Shenandoah Valley, Aberdeen Green will bring their authentic, homegrown Appalachian sound to you.

Jessica Cayne
http://www.jessicacayne.com/

Jessica Cayne is UNEXPECTED.

Jessica would like to thank her parents for giving her one of the most common and popular names of girls born in the 80′s that are in the entertainment industry. But Jessica’s name is the only thing common about her. Her tagline “…maker of music and bad decisions since 1986″ gives you a hint of what you are in store for at one of her shows or when you listen to her tunes. When you ask Jessica about songwriting she will tell you she strives for honesty which is what you will hear in her lyrics and experience in her stage performance. She wants you to leave her show saying “I feel like I know her and we need to hang out”.

Recognized for her bold vocals, lyrics, and performances, she is a singer/songwriter with a wide range of experience and stage presence to match. Her dedication to songwriting and co-writing has enabled her to participate in the “30A Songwriter’s Festival” and the “Key West Songwriter’s Festival” sharing the stage in Key West with Jason White (writer of “Red Rag Top” – Tim McGraw). Since her move to Nashville in 2011, she is a regular at some of the biggest writer’s nights in town, lately joining Bobby Pinson’s “Sing for your Supper”. You never know who she will share the stage with on Music Row.

Jessica’s music is soulful, Americana-country-rock. Her new acoustic EP, “Lovers and Liars” gives you a taste of the story telling in her songs. If Steven Tyler and Dolly Parton had a love child, it would be Jessica, raucous like Aerosmith with the honesty and grace of Dolly in her soul, adding a little tackiness for good measure. Her voice has been likened to an Americana Joss Stone.

Taking a break from a packed show schedule, in 2010 she released her first full length CD “Raising Cayne”, while writing material for her next release, and hitting a few casting calls (“Dating the Dark”, ABC) along the way. Her latest project will include tunes co-written with hit songwriter, Amanda Williams (Garth Brooks, Beer Run) and Ted Russell Kamp, Producer and bassist for the Shooter Jennings Band. In addition to her own work, Jessica’s gutsy voice can be heard on emerging artist Gary Ray and the Heartwells new CD, “Livin’ the Dream”. She has opened for and/or shared the stage with Brantley Gilbert, David Nail, James Otto, Rose Falcon, Lo Cash Cowboys, Kenny Chesney, Buddy Jewell, and Tonya Watts to name a few.

When you go to one of Jessica’s shows, be prepared. It’s very easy to become involved in her music and her “bad decisions”.

Alexa
www.alexamusica.com

Delaware native Alex Saad will be returning home from Nashville July 15th at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia to showcase her new project “Alexa” in support of her self-titled debut EP. Joined by two other Nashville artists, Jessica Cayne and Aberdeen Green, and world-renown percussionist Pino Squillace, they are “The Other Side of 615”.

Eclectic and without boundaries, the show features a combination of the Pop (Alexa), R&B/Soul (Jessica Cayne), and Americana (Aberdeen Green) Genres. This unique blend of musical styles showcases a different take on the traditional sound of Music City.

Cost: $10 adv / $12 door

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Arsena Schroeder - Live in the Coffeehouse

Saturday, August 9, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar

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Arsena Schroeder - Live in the Coffeehouse

Breedlove sponsored artist, Arsena Schroeder,  is a solo-acoustic performer on a mission to evoke wonder and awe in the lives of each listener. Crafting original songs soaked in singer-songwriter, acoustic, and pop-soul genres, issues of empowerment, love, and cryptic faith are lyrically intertwined in a mix meant to free and fuel the soul.

Arsena began her journey as a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist in the Fall of 2009 and has since then performed locally, nationally, and internationally at venues such as The Evening Musein Charlotte, NC, Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse in Washington, DC, Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, PA, and Ponticifia Madre Y Maestra in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Sociology, Arsena turned down a full-ride to graduate school to pursue her passion in music.  She now heads up theUnplugged + Live House Concert Series, an intimate showcase of touring and local singer-songwriters in the Charlotte, NC community, and works with the international organizationRawArtists: Charlotte. Her artistic twist of cover song interpretations, impromptu/free-styled songs, and original music has sent a ripple in the independent music industry and deemed her as a true Godsend.

Her first self-produced release, The Abundantly EP, released January 1, 2013 on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Spotify, & CD Baby. Since then her vocals have been compared to the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Corrine Bailey Rae, & Tracy Chapman. She’s been critically reviewed as, “The next Alicia Keys”, “The cry from the wilderness”,  and a powerful vocalist to be on the lookout for. Her next release, “For My Artist Child” is scheduled to release late 2014.

Cost: Free!

For more information, visit http://www.arsenamusic.com/


Adam Burrows - Live in the Coffeehouse

Sunday, August 10, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Adam Burrows - Live in the Coffeehouse

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Adam Burrows was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio. His songs reflect his small town upbringing and draw the listener in by celebrating life’s everyday moments and embracing those that are fleeting. His lyrics capture the beauty of easy conversation, and his characters remain with you like old friends. Adam’s stories touch his listener simply but deeply, evoking emotions and images of less complicated times. His recollections of hope and heartache are framed by percussive finger-picking and catchy melodies, melodies you will find yourself humming for days.

Adam’s enthusiasm and endearing smile are a given at every show whether he is playing solo or with other artists. Adam began performing regularly two years ago as a duo with talented musician, Josh Preston. Josh sings harmonies and plays guitar, glockenspiel, melodica, and other various instruments. Adam plays well-known venues/events such as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Music City Roots, Musicians Corner, and Knoxville’s Blue Plate Special on WDVX.

Adam’s newest album will be released in the Spring of 2014, following up Tall Tales and Never One for Silence. Adam’s two most recent albums were recorded at Me and the Machine Studio in Nashville, TN.

Cost: Free!

For more information, visit http://adamburrows.com/


Kids’ Music: Rainbow Rock Band

Saturday, September 6, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM · Add to Calendar

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Kids’ Music: Rainbow Rock Band

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

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For more information, visit http://www.rainbowrockband.com/


Kwesi K and Michael Coleman with Michael Mattice

Friday, August 29, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Kwesi K and Michael Coleman

Kwesi K
http://www.kwesikankam.com/

Searching for his path, and with a talent for athletics, his road East and out of Ohio was paved by a football scholarship to Lehigh University.

Soulful music runs through our life like water. It feeds a hunger, satisfies the heart, and reaches out for connection. Joy, passion, peace and pain are lifted through sound, creating a touchstone of emotion. For some, that well runs deep & wide; with the potential to transcend the moment. Kwesi Kankam’s voice is a vehicle for that emotion; as clear as a running stream and as expressive as his story suggests.

Born within the glow of the northern lights of Anchorage, Alaska, Kwesi has seen much in his young life and time. From a West-African father of Ghanian descent and a mother from Ft. Wayne Indiana, his music is a tapestry of relaxed grooves and melodic hooks that stay true to his world view and artistic nature.

Raised in Ohio, Kwesi soaked up sounds from his older brother’s cd collection – folk, soul, rap, alternative and rock, setting the stage for his musical journey. Lucky to have a sibling employed at a record shop, he would regularly co-op his brothers’ discs, absorbing the styles of Dave Matthews, Boyz II Men, Rob Thomas and Alanis Morrisette in the process. From Disney soundtracks to 90s Hip hop, traditional Ghanian gospel reggae and his father’s 70s and 80s soul music, it created a gumbo for Kwesi’s early musical experience.

Searching for his path, and with a talent for athletics, his road East and out of Ohio was paved by a football scholarship to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Within the first year and a half however, his artistic nature took hold, as Kwesi put sports in the rearview, committing his energy and vision to photography, as well as writing and performing songs with friends at local coffee houses.

This creative shift, aided by his gypsy spirit, propelled him to Europe where he fell in with the bohemian life. As he explains, “I wanted to get out of town for a while so I studied abroad in Barcelona. I had been playing guitar more frequently, so I decided to bring it along with my camera. I fell in love with the Spanish-European culture. I learned the language, avoided all Americans, and documented the whole trip. When I eventually ran out of money, I started busking with my guitar. One day I found myself writing on the side of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, when I realized I wanted to, and could possibly become a songwriter.”

Blessed with a visual eye and an understated vocal presence, Kwesi Kankam speaks with a cool, clear voice in a world evolving at the speed of light. Bringing a ‘less is more’ approach to his art and music, Kwesi is beginning to make a name in the alt- indie genre with an acoustic /electric blend that is at once, compelling and relaxed, melodic and rhythmic, and ultimately can’t be denied.

Michael Coleman
http://michaelcolemanmusic.tumblr.com/

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 stylings. Look for a release late May to iTunes, Amazon and all other online music platforms.

Cost: $10 adv / $12 door

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with Michael Mattice

Michael MatticeWebsite: http://www.matticemusic.com/

Raised in Arlington, VA, Michael Mattice knew exactly what he wanted to do at the age of 8 when he told his father he wanted to play music. His first instrument was flute, in which he studied for 6 years and was invited to perform a solo piece at The National Flute Convention. After flute, Michael took on both bass (Upright, Double and Electric) and piano. On bass, he quickly rose to 1st chair in his high school’s award winning orchestra and county youth symphony. He performed with the Regional Youth Symphony and District Symphony Orchestra during high school. After successfully completing high school with an advanced diploma and performing in the country’s most prestigious concert venues on the east coast and mid west, Michael was accepted and attended Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music, where he created his own major, fuzing Jazz Composition and Music Business. While at college, he performed six nights a week with numerous bands/projects. In months following graduation, he co founded the successful progressive metal band, Yantra, who were signed to a branch of Sony Music called Sony IODA. After a successful run with playing Massachusetts’ biggest venue with Sumerian Records, Michael decided to take a solo route. Releasing his first solo album, Comin’ Home, in June 2013 brought worldwide recognition. The album held the number one spot on Amazon’s Hot New Sellers list for blues music and Michael toured the country for 10 months in support of the album. It has gotten airplay and acclaim in Europe, Africa, and Australia. More recently, as Michael creates his sophomore release, he has built his own music teaching business, kids camp called Jam Buddies, made a name as a producer/engineer, continue to perform as solo act and co create with other artists. For Michael, it seems the journey has only just begun.


Matt Wheeler - Live in the Coffeehouse

Saturday, August 16, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Matt Wheeler - Live in the Coffeehouse

“Thinking love is worth the fall/The damage healed, & truth is all that remains.” - From “Avalanche”

Honest, thought-provoking lyrics & simple but poignant melodies characterize Matt Wheeler’s songwriting. With live shows that feature a heartfelt delivery of songs mixed together with a dose of light-hearted humor, Matt’s music is easy to like.  It is because of all of this that Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart’s songs have sparked the interest of WXPN, WJTL, The Andy & Patrick Show, Good Day PA, Around the Wood Stove, & numerous other media outlets.

Based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart are emerging with a brand of acoustic folk-rock that reflects faith, love, and what it means to be human. Drawing influences from the folk/singer-songwriter tradition such as James Taylor, Glen Hansard, and Iron & Wine, Matt’s musical poetry can range from lilting and sweet to haunting and driving.

“Matt’s Strings EP caught my attention, especially the violin & cello on the song “Avalanche”. Now with the help of his fans he has released his debut album showcasing his warm sound & heartfelt lyrics. If you are a fan of Josh Ritter give a listen to Matt!”- Helen Leicht, WXPN Philadelphia

Cost: Free!

For more information, visit http://www.mattwheeleronline.com


Science! and The Berkshires with Suzi Brown

Thursday, August 7, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Science! and The Berkshires

Science!
http://scienceseattle.com/

Science! is an award winning acoustic duo comprised of Justin Stang and Jim Elenteny. Their recent studio debut EP includes Blind Melon’s Glen Graham on drums and their music has been featured in Fall 2012 on PBS television’s Roadtrip Nation. Moreover, they were awarded the Weekly Volcano’s 2013 Best New Record, 2012 Best New Band (Olympia, WA) award and are what Quyen Shanahan (of WXPN, Philadelphia) is calling “Riveting acoustic music…a perfectly simple, universal and truthful roots band.” They are featured in the January issue of High Times Magazine as the “Unsigned Band of The Month”. Their witty and fun tune about Seattle (“Seattle Song”) was the anthem on Jet City Stream with Marco Collins and Shawn Stewart and was named one of their “Best New Tracks of The Week”.  It has also been featured on KING 5 TV- Seattle’s New Day Northwest, Evening Magazine, The Bob Rivers Show - (95.7 KJR FM Seattle) and The Marty Riemer Show. In March 2014, the duo signed to London Tone Music Group.

The Berkshires
http://theberkshires.bandcamp.com/

The Berkshires (or “The Berks” for short) is a roots rock band that formed in 2009 under the name “Muster Station”. Their lineup has changed numerous times and they finally have found a sound that fits their personality as a band. It is hard to label the band with a single genre because their style varies from reggae, to jazz, to rock; along with many other underlying influences. The musicians from left to right in the photograph are: Matt Bracci (bass), Tim Mrugala (trumpet/aux percussion), Rob Lundy (saxophone/aux percussion), Phil Brazalovich (vocals/guitar), and Cal Inguanti (guitar/vocals). While conveying a unique sound, the band maintains bluesy/roots rock melodies that everyone finds to be contagious and catchy. Most of the musicians have been brought up on their instruments via jazz, so they are able to add the ever-intriguing element of improvisation to their “roots rock” sound. They just released their debut EP “Left On King Street” at theberkshires.bandcamp.com where you can take a listen and enjoy.

Cost: $10 adv/ $12 door

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with Suzi Brown

Suzi BrownWebsite: http://www.suzibrownmusic.com/

Suzi Brown is a well traveled and accomplished singer/songwriter, acoustic instrumentalist, and session musician based out of Harrisburg, PA. Having worked as a studio artist, singer/songwriter, and touring musician in many foreign nations she gained experience in connecting and communicating to a diverse crowd. Suzi’s guitar work can be found and heard throughout the world on several different projects.

An innovative unconventional approach to the guitar is a signature trademark to Suzi’s live performance. Suzi is constantly reinventing her style and approach to playing the guitar. From the gained skills she has had as a session player, Suzi has learned how to accompany other artists not only in volume and control but in musical input for live and recorded accompaniment. Having also studied music abroad, she brings her ethnomusicology background into her melodic riffs, creating versatility in her sound.

Suzi began her independent career in the United States after coming off of a band tour from the East coast of Australia. Immediately she took on working as a session player backing other artists in the studio, and also developing her own craft as a singer/songwriter and performer. Her career has truly developed, as her hard work has paid off with the high profile gigs she has been now landing.

Open, honest, creative, authentic and genuine describes the approach that Suzi has to her live performance, as well as the character qualities she has when working with other industry professionals. Inspired by singer/songwriters as well as storytellers Suzi’s performances are very personal and memorable, as she remains vulnerable and truthful for each performance. Suzi will take you around the world and even to your own backyard to where you are presently with her memorable melodies and truthful lyrics.

Setting herself apart from most singer/songwriters and performers, Suzi is taking the unconventional and creating the conventional when it comes to venues. Suzi has been found playing in a gay bar in Bangkok Thailand as a venue to playing out on the sunny beaches of Byron Bay Australia, to playing in a prison in Central Pennsylvania. As a musician she has truly set herself apart in taking music where no other musician has ventured to go!


Kids’ Music: ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!

Saturday, August 2, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM · Add to Calendar

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Kids’ Music: ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!

Andrés Salguero, one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene, is going to make you bailar y aprender! A native of Colombia, both his debut CD and his live performances are infused with south of the border sensibilities.

Andrés has deep roots in the Latin music world, with over a decade of experience playing Latin Jazz, Salsa, Norteño and Latin folkloric music. He also brings a depth of musical knowledge, holding a Doctorate degree in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

His carefully crafted songs earned him the first prize in the National Composition Contest in Colombia. In his music, there is always something to listening for, since he creates art with a purpose. In 2010 he co-wrote and produced a play based on interviews with DREAMERS, young immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Andrés’ songs incorporate themes such as immigration and cultural understanding and celebrate the rich Latino heritage in the US.

Andrés had his first studio experience at age 8, recording a full length record with a children’s group. Learning guitar from his father, he absorbed many of the folk traditions from Latin America. A career playing guitar, clarinet and saxophone followed, with Andrés joining numerous groups of all genres, from an opera company to a ska band.

Andrés found his true calling playing Latin family music in 2009. Now he performs his live ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! kids’ show more than 200 times each year at venues large and small, from full band performances at the Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theater to solo appearances at schools and libraries throughout the country.

Come sing, shake, and sound out rhythms while trying regional Latin dances and practicing Spanish words. We will dance to La Bamba and the Mambo, and fun new tunes while learning mucho Español along the way! Dancers of all ages should, come prepared to jump and wiggle in this fun, high-energy show.

Suggested age range: Ages 3-8

Cost: $6 adv // $8 door (everyone 1 year and older)

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For more information, visit http://www.123andres.com/


Caroline Spence, The Lovebirds, Nicole Belanus

Thursday, July 31, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Caroline Spence, The Lovebirds, Nicole Belanus

Caroline Spence
http://www.carolinespencemusic.com/

“We’re all these little heartbroken people but it doesn’t keep us from smiling,” says Nashville singer-songwriter Caroline Spence. The 24-year-old Virginia native shares a comforting narrative with her audiences; there’s a maturity and depth to her sweet dusky soprano as she relays the universal stories of love and self-discovery through detailed anecdote and careful verse.  She is an Americana singer with a spry alt country vibe, a dash of bluegrass and a fine ear for a good hook, very much along the lines of female troubadours that she so admires: Brandi Carlile, Patti Griffin and Sheryl Crow.

There’s a lot of influences wrapped up in the cheerful brunette and her deeply emotive songwriting – the house she grew up in in Charlottesville, Virginia had Mary Chapin Carpenter and Emmylou Harris regularly playing in the living room and her mother’s family can be traced back to the Carter and Ralph Stanley bluegrass bloodline. In her family, everyone could play a little of something: her grandfather was a wonderful musician and her singer-songwriter aunt was the one that invited a young Caroline to open an album release show, a show that would be her very first performance of her original music in front of anyone.

In early 2013 Caroline won the Eddie Owens Presents’ Songwriters Open Mic contest in Duluth, Georgia and her song “Mint Condition” took first place in the American Songwriter July/August 2013 lyric contest. She now prepares her new EP You Know The Feeling, a collection of songs with something for everyone, while never finding themselves navel-gazing or overly maudlin. The EP’s track “Whiskey Watered Down,” earned Caroline a spot in the top ten of the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2013 songwriting contest. Audiences also connect with the stories found in “Necklace” or “Shape In Your Bed” as Caroline moves from song to song with lighthearted stage banter.

The Lovebirds
http://www.thelovebirds.com/

The Lovebirds are a folk/pop duo featuring award-winning San Diego songwriters Lindsay White and Veronica May. Falling somewhere on the female duo scale between The Indigo Girls and Tegan and Sara, The Lovebirds have shared the stage with many other humans that make music, such as Steve Poltz, Tristan Prettyman, Bushwalla, The Lumineers, Jack Tempchin, John C. Reilly, Glen Phillips, Sara Watkins, Susanna Hoffs, Berkley Hart, Raining Jane, Jason Mraz, and more. Recorded at Berkley Sound, their third album Breakup Shmakeup chronicles the experience of ending their romantic partnership in order to preserve their musical partnership. Caution: a live performance by The Lovebirds is a tornado of sights and sounds which may include short skirts, high heels, bowties, mustaches, percussive guitar, rock ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, kazoos, stand-up drumkits, and harmonies that won’t quit. Join the flock, already.

Nicole Belanus
http://nicolebelanus.com/

Nicole Belanus is a singer/songwriter whose eclectic musical taste is apparent in her songwriting.  Using her guitar and voice, she delivers a blend of folk, rock and a bit of gospel/soul.

In the classic singer/songwriter tradition, her lyrics are raw and honest, telling stories from personal experiences, yet undisguised, creating accessible language and images meaningful to diverse audiences.  She writes about her feelings, faith, relationships, and her experiences of growing up with raw emotion, maturity and sincerity.  Her voice and style have been compared to such artists as Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow and Dar Williams.

Growing up in a very musical household, where her mother taught piano in the family living room, Nicole has always had a passion for music.  Picking out instruments during the summer months and teaching herself how to play them, she has succeeded in becoming a multi-instrumentalist.

Though Nicole began to write songs in her early childhood, it was not until October 2009 when she released her self-released solo debut CD entitled “Notes on Paper”, an eclectic album that demonstrates her unique style and dynamic abilities.  A local reviewer called it “tuneful and polished” and it has been a regular pick for local radio shows since its release.  Also in 2009, Nicole won a local songwriting contest sponsored by the Tidewater Arts Outreach, which helped give her the motivation needed to record her first album. 

She followed her debut release in 2011 with a faith-based album called “Tune My Heart”, garnering her continued praise and support from the local music scene.  Nicole was selected as “Best Vocalist” in March 2012 by SingerUniverse magazine, an online publication based out of Los Angeles, CA. 

In June of 2012 she started work on her latest album, “Build Things, Break Things” from her apartment in Williamsburg.  Working feverishly all summer long, the album was complete by August and was officially released in September of 2012.  “Build Things, Break Things” is Belanus’ biggest undertaking in recording to date, as she recorded all instruments, produced and engineered the release totally by herself.  With this latest release, Belanus feels that she has indeed earned her stripes as a true “independent artist”, and her latest release is by far the most “organic” sounding of all 3 of her albums. 

Nicole has performed in a variety of settings including coffeehouses, churches, outdoor music festivals, cultural arts centers, national conferences, restaurants, bars, and on live radio and television.  She has been a resident of the Williamsburg, Virginia area since 2007.

Cost: $10 adv/ $12 door

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Henry Nam - Live in the Coffeehouse

Saturday, September 6, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Henry Nam - Live in the Coffeehouse

Sheltered Turtle is the spirit of discovery in the modern age, an intimate diary of epiphanies, a smile following a nostalgic sigh. The music can be characterized as an acoustic-percussive, fingerstyle guitar solo act or, in less technical terms, “fancy elevator music.” However, don’t be fooled by the audio recordings if you haven’t seen a performance for yourself: the rhythmic chords, pianistic melodies, and heart-pounding percussion parts are all performed live and simultaneously!

Born in the Republic of Korea, raised in San Francisco, Germany, and Washington DC, and currently based in Philadelphia, musician Henry Nam (AKA Sheltered Turtle) is the product of an international, multicultural upbringing that manifests not only in his diverse musical stylings but also in his attitudes about the role of music and the arts as a universal language able to connect people at an emotional level.

Henry was not a child prodigy. In fact, he hated music until he was a teenager when an inspiring teacher showed him the expressive potential of music. Soon thereafter, Henry began winning piano competitions and composing music that garnered international acclaim. At the age of 21, while working at a music store, he began teaching himself guitar during his down time, gathering local attention as he improved. Emerging from countless hours of experimentation, the wisdom gained from bloody fingertips, and a tangled mess of broken strings, the Sheltered Turtle project seeks to provide an alternative to the busy, highly-produced sound that characterizes modern, popular music in favor of an introspective, back-to-basics approach that highlights the intimate, one-to-one relationship between artist and art.

Always looking to grow and improve as an artist, Henry Nam studied under CandyRat artist Trevor Gordon Hall and is working on a self-produced, compilation of four years’ worth of guitar compositions all recorded live in acoustically sound rooms: no overdubbing, no added effects. His debut record, Runaway Sketchbook was released in May 2013 and quickly became a BandCamp Best-Seller. The next album, “Meridian Eclipse”  is slated for a February 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.

Cost: Free!

For more information, visit http://www.shelteredturtle.com/


Brett Harris, Don Kim, Amy Regan, Brandon Hughes

Friday, July 25, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar

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Brett Harris, Don Kim, Amy Regan, Brandon Hughes

Brett Harris
http://brettharrismusic.com/

Brett Harris is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Durham, NC. His first full length album, Man of Few Words, was featured by Paste magazine’s “Best of What’s Next”, NPR’s “All Songs Considered:  Second Stage” and made several “Best of 2010” lists, drawing comparisons to the music of Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Harry Nilsson, and Emitt Rhodes.

Additionally, Brett has participated as a core band member in live performances of Big Star’s Third, playing in the US, UK, Spain, and Australia.  He has also served as a touring member of jangle pop progenitors The dB’s.

Don Kim
http://www.donkimmusic.com/

Don is a musician, videographer and social media enthusiast living in Washington, DC.

Don plays ukulele with a song on guitar here and there. He sings along with those instruments with words that are sometimes funny and almost always weird. Don loves loop pedals and other gizmos that make music sound weird. He is a Proud Player of Moku Ukes.

Amy Regan
http://www.amyregan.com/

With her emotive songwriting and warm, soulful vocals, 28-year old singer/songwriter Amy Regan is creating music with both purpose and substance. Drawing comparisons to artists as diverse as Fiona Apple and Laura Nyro, Regan has burst onto the NYC music scene garnering accolades from local and national press, including SPIN, Fuse, and USA Today. She has appeared at notable listening rooms across the country, including Joe’s Pub (NYC), The Hotel Cafe (LA), Club Passim (Boston), and The Tin Angel (Philly). She has released five records independently, her most recent a stripped down acoustic EP entitled Bare Bones (March 2014).

After a feature in a national Hertz commercial, and the release of her critically acclaimed album Pretty Little Baby, Amy received national praise for her involvement in Beck’s Song Reader project - including a personal nod from Beck himself. Amy spearheaded the first Song Reader show in NYC in December 2012, shortly after its release - learning all 20 songs in the collection in two short weeks. This ambitious undertaking lead to a feature performance on Soundcheck (WNYC) where Beck heard her interpretations of “Do We? We Do” and “America, Here’s My Boy.” He was so impressed that he invited her to perform at the opening night of the Song Reader exhibit at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, hosted by KCRW. Regan also recorded an Amy Regan Sings Beck EP, which was released in September 2013.

Regan tours the the east coast and midwest extensively, and is currently working on her next full band album entitled This Is.

Brandon Hughes
http://www.reverbnation.com/brandonhughes

Brandon is currently a touring artist around NC. He is also recording is debut EP with full band backing and will be released around June 2014.

Ever since he was given inspiration to write down thoughts and stories, Brandon Hughes hasn’t stopped. A native of North Carolina, Brandon continues to write what stories and feelings himself and others have all felt or been through. Songs about love, loss, having fun, and just enjoying what the world has to offer are just a few of the inspirations he draws from. Brandon continues to perform in and around Greenville, NC.

Cost: $10

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Chris Monaghan - Live in the Coffeehouse

Saturday, September 13, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar

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Chris Monaghan - Live in the Coffeehouse

Nashville recording artist Chris Monaghan is living his dream. With a unique sound, skillful guitar playing and a level of commitment not typical of a sixteen year old, Chris is making it happen. It all started at age nine, when he picked up the guitar for the first time. Within a few weeks he formed a band with school friends, and they began performing. By thirteen playing solo acoustic shows became his passion and with the support of local merchants his passion became a weekly reality.

The 2013 Cal Ripken World Series chose Chris’s original song “Shameless” for the official song of the series. It is a upbeat song with a positive message of going after your dreams and being the best you can be.

Since recording in Nashville and the release of his music to online stores, Chris is getting FM radio play, TV, radio and magazine interviews. Chris played at the legendary Bluebird Cafe after grabbing the attention of Nashville producer Kim Copeland.

Cost: Free!

For more information, visit http://www.chrismonaghanmusic.com/


Chris Monaghan - Live in the Coffeehouse

Saturday, August 23, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar

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Chris Monaghan - Live in the Coffeehouse

Nashville recording artist Chris Monaghan is living his dream. With a unique sound, skillful guitar playing and a level of commitment not typical of a sixteen year old, Chris is making it happen. It all started at age nine, when he picked up the guitar for the first time. Within a few weeks he formed a band with school friends, and they began performing. By thirteen playing solo acoustic shows became his passion and with the support of local merchants his passion became a weekly reality.

The 2013 Cal Ripken World Series chose Chris’s original song “Shameless” for the official song of the series. It is a upbeat song with a positive message of going after your dreams and being the best you can be.

Since recording in Nashville and the release of his music to online stores, Chris is getting FM radio play, TV, radio and magazine interviews. Chris played at the legendary Bluebird Cafe after grabbing the attention of Nashville producer Kim Copeland.

Cost: Free!

For more information, visit http://www.chrismonaghanmusic.com/