Kids’ Music: Rainbow Rock Band
Saturday, February 15, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM · Add to Calendar
Get ready for all the excitement and fun that you get at a Kate Moran Band show, shrunk down to size for your little dudes! The Rainbow Lady (Kate Moran), Princess Fiddlesticks (Lynn Rovelli), Captain Toe Tappin (Kevin de Souza), and Guitarmony Gus (Derek Evry) will entertain your little ones with a combination of classic and original children’s tunes. This duo or trio will keep you bopping in your socks until you just can’t rock anymore! Always on hand, inside the box of fun, tambourines, shakers and more for your little one to join in the fun, and if they are feeling like completing their rock star appearance, how about a nice little temporary Rainbow tattoo, from none other than Pattycake Patty (Patty Moran) or Miss Rockin Rox Anna (Anna Goist)!!
Cost: $6 adv / $8 door everyone 1 yr & older
For more information, visit http://www.rainbowrockband.com/
Mary Battiata and Little Pink / Amelia White (CD release)
Friday, January 24, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Mary Battiata and Little Pink
Little Pink is the ongoing alt-country project of singer-songwriter Mary Battiata. Little Pink’s first CD “Cul-de-sac Cowgirl” (Adult Swim/2001) was recorded at Arlington’s Inner Ear Studio and at the vintage- analog Scary Clown studio in Bethesda, Md., and its 12 tracks were co-produced by Mary with songwriters Karl Straub (Graverobbers, Karl Straub Combo) and Philip Stevenson (Carnival of Souls, Quinine). It was released on Adult Swim, the Arlington, Va. label of Dischord co-founder and Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson. No Depression called the record “a roots-rock pageant that shines with scuffed sophistication,” and the novelist (and music maven) George Pelecanos wrote, “Think Emmylou or early Dolly, mixed with Richard and Linda Thompson.” (Poet and music writer Richard Peabody also heard “Fairport-era Richard and Linda Thompson” in the sound.) The recording won a Washington Area Music Award for Best Debut Recording and landed Mary on Harp Magazine’s annual short list of “Songwriters You Should Hear.” The most recent Little Pink CDs, “Gladly Would We Anchor” (Night World) and the 2003 live EP “12 Birds” were produced by Philip, with Mary, at Scary Clown and include guitar work from Stevenson and L.A.’s Ben Peeler as well as D.C. roots and jazz scene standouts Eric Shramek (upright bass), Chris Watling (accordion and baritone sax) and John Gnorski (Ghost Shirt). The record was released on Stevenson’s Night World Records label in 2007. The influential music blog Lucid Culture (NYC) named “Gladly” one of the top 50 records of the year, alongside new releases by Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Burning Spear and the Bedsit Poets. The famously tough-minded music critic and journalist John Conquest (3rd Coast Music) named Mary to his 2008 list of Best Songwriters and gave “Gladly” four out of five stars. With the band and on her own, Mary plays regularly at the IOTA club (Arlington VA) and the Black Cat (Washington DC), and up and down the East Coast from New York to North Carolina. She tours in Texas once or twice a year, and has played the Blue Door in Oklahoma and McCabe’s in Los Angeles, California. She has opened shows for Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Baker and Eilen Jewell among others. The band’s regulars include Eric Shramek (double bass), Larry Ferguson (drums) and Chris Watling (accordion, baritone saxophone).
“Ebullient choruses and complicated moods Literate verse and ravaged guitars and a level of composition and craftsmanship that brings to mind Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty, and Ryan Adams.” - Boston Globe
“Fiery topical ideas and emotional stories that name-check places such as Tupelo, as good country songs do. She sings ‘em with a hint of Virginia-bred twang that’s natural and charming” - The Tennessean
“It’s no wonder that Amelia White is being touted as the next Lucinda Williams…but White has her own strong songs, and strong style.” - Washington Post
Perhaps her producer Marco Giovino explains Amelia’s music best: “How Van Gogh used canvas and paint to make his timeless masterpieces, Amelia uses lyric and melody to create songs that will touch and leave a lasting impression on every mood you’ve ever felt.”
Kids’ Music: Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars with Chelle Fulk and Holly Montgomery
Saturday, January 18, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM · Add to Calendar
Mr. Gabe performs nursery rhymes, folk songs, and modern favorites (such as “Yellow Submarine” and “La Bamba”) for children, ages zero to six. He appears frequently at schools, cafes, and libraries throughout the DC area. He is a featured performer at the popular Boogie Babes concerts, presented at venues like the Atlas Performing Art Center and Union Market. Last year, Mr. Gabe released his first CD, entitled Play Date, which received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and was nominated for a Washington Area Music Award. According to the Parents’ Choice Foundation, “listening to Mr. Gabe sing is like hearing an old friend telling stories on the front porch swing.”
Cost: $6 adv // $8 door (everyone 1 year and older)
For more information, visit www.mrgabemusic.com
Mary Scholz - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, March 29, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Born in Havertown, PA and currently based in Los Angeles, CA, Singer/Songwriter Mary Scholz is a triple threat talent whose music is sweeping the nation with its heartfelt melodies and lyrics. Mary’s voice resonates with a clarity and emotion that engages her listeners from the first note. Singing since the age of four and writing since about fourteen, her music is a blend of lyric folk, pop and rock with a bittersweet twist that puts her in a category all her own.
What interests people and draws them is the clear, warm, lyrical style of Mary’s voice. Self-accompanied on guitar and piano, her voice is what she always claims as her main instrument and one she understands and owns with pride.
On the stage, Mary communicates as if she’s sitting having coffee with you – connecting with her audience with an ease that has people feeling as if they’ve known her for years and reminds everyone that there is no separation between us. Just two people, sharing stories. And that’s exactly what her songs are: Stories of life, love, loss and hope.
Mary has spent the past seven years touring the country in her Mazda 3 with nothing but a guitar and a tip jar, promoting her three independently produced and released EPs and Live Album, both at small coffee shops and large festivals. Mary is enjoying her new west coast home and has just wrapped up production on her next album, The Girl You Thought You Knew. The album will be released in February of 2014, to be followed with a national record release tour.
Scholz is most frequently compared to Carole King, Sarah McLauchlin, Alison Krauss, Norah Jones and the Indigo Girls. In 2008 Mary kick-started her indie label and film production company, Ringlet Records. She plans to build the company to produce and promote new and talented writers, artists and screenplays.
“I write about things that matter to me – things that are close to my heart. It’s my hope that through music we can connect to one another, to better understand that we are all alike and that no one is alone.” – MS
For more information, visit www.maryscholz.com/
The 9 Songwriter Series
Friday, January 3, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series” is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists for only $10? To date, over 60 different artists have participated in “The 9”, at events in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. Follow and Like “The 9” at www.facebook.com/wearethe9 and www.twitter.com/wearethe9.
For more information, visit http://wearethe9.com/
Brian Dolzani - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, March 1, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Brian Dolzani’s songs illustrate the seeking and longing inside all of us; for redemption, fulfillment, understanding, pleasure, love. His voice is often described as a ‘smoother’ Neil Young, and his introspective, personal songs and engaging live performances move those who are open to being touched by music and words that are full of humanity, imperfection, vulnerability, and strength. Brian takes his cues from those 1960′s and 70′s songwriters who, through their own soul-searching and raw intensity, are able to move listeners through just melody, lyric, and acoustic guitar.
Brian has released his 6th independent record titled ‘If I Don’t Speak A Word…’, recorded with acclaimed Nashville producer Neilson Hubbard. He has shared shows with James McCartney, Cory Chisel, Peter Case, The Subdudes, Frank Turner, William Elliot Whitmore, Caravan of Thieves, and many more. Brian tours Nationally, captivating audiences with his vulnerable and accessible songwriting and honest and heartfelt performances.
For more information, visit http://www.briandolzani.com/home
Zarni de Wet - Live in the Coffeehouse
Thursday, January 2, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Brave but not brazen; honest but not brutal; familiar but not outdated, Zarni is an upcoming artist originally from South Africa that immigrated to the small town of Johnson City New York at age nine.
For those who like quirky, but not too quirky…Zarni’s music is the perfect blend of unexpected yet universal. Full-bodied piano parts support her memorable melodies and to the point, conversational lyrics.
In the past, fans and friends have seen Zarni in anything from noisy bars to intimate performance halls and whether solo or with a band, this singer/songwriter isn’t afraid to tear it up. Several showcases include WSKG TV, NewsChannel34, Winchester Community TV and the Steve Katsos show. Popular venues (The Bitter End, Endicott Performing Arts Center, The Binghamton Jazz Festival, Seven Seas in Cyprus, the Tanz Café in South Africa, the High Dive and the Showbox in Seattle) from coast to coast have showcased Zarni (with a couple dozen other unique venues in between). The young artist has also shared the stage with The Presidents of the United States of America, Anberlin, Stars in Stereo, Mary Lambert (of Mackelmore) and Nikolas Metaxas. Alongside performing, Zarni has also shared her passion for teaching music in the United States and abroad. In Limassol Cyprus she helped to write, choreograph and direct a short musical at the Xenia Tsolaki Private Institute to help young students with their English language skills. Zarni has always been the type of artist that tries to balance her love of performing with helping those around her with music.
From fundraisers, to community service projects, Zarni is always excited to raise money for others through music (Flood the Tier Fundraiser, CHOW Fundraiser and many more).
“Fans is just a fancy word for friends” Zarni said in a recent interview with a laugh, as she doesn’t like to keep her supporters at bay and instead wants to get to know each one. “Where would I be without my friends and supporters?”
Zarni recently graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a double major in Music Education and Songwriting. During her time at Berklee she recorded and released two full-length albums: one self produced “Friday Night Lights” (2010) and “Straight Forward” (2011) and a 3 song EP (2012) both produced by talented Matt McArthur. Zarni’s music is available on Itunes or we will send you a personal, signed physical copy if you contact us on this website!
Awards: Scott Benson Scholarship (Berklee College of Music Highest Award for Songwriting), Korg Endowed Scholarship (for Skills as Music Educator), Promising Music Educator Award
Song Contests: Gauteng South Africa Songwriting Competition Winner, Rocking Mom’s Song Contest 1st Place Winner, John Lennon Honorable Mention (at age 11 for her song titled “This World”)
Other cool stuff! Song “Fire” currently being used in Auction Hunters (a National TV Series) “Time of your life” and “This is how you lose yourself” used in Etalk Daily and Giada at Home (Food Network) Performed for John Mayer (with 12 other selected Songwriters), and Listed in book Faces of the Southern Tier (as influential Musician)
For more information, visit http://zarnimusic.com/music/
Chuck Schaeffer - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, March 15, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Chuck Schaeffer received 6 nominations and won Best Country Band at the Montgomery Bucks Music Awards 2012.
His 2nd cd, ‘Along These Lines’, spent 10 weeks on the US Top 50 Roots Country Charts (reaching #37), and peaked at #2, on the PA Roots Charts.
He has opened for or shared the stage with David Allan Coe, Roy Clark, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Sonny Landreth, Craig Bickhardt and Steve Pullara.
He has been featured in many TV, radio and media outlets. He performed at the Phillies World Series Rallies in 2008 / 2009 and sang the National Anthem for the Trenton Thunder & Trenton Titans. He was a big hit at the WNTI Stage and Kutztown Fair.
For more information, visit www.chuckschaeffer.com
Rob Robinson - Live in the Coffeehouse
Sunday, January 19, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Rob Robinson is based in Havre de Grace, MD located about twenty-five miles north of Baltimore and just sixty-five miles south of Philadelphia. Rob has been involved in music from the time he was nine years old as a drummer, percussionist, guitarist, singer and songwriter. In 1983, Rob began his work as a session drummer around Philadelphia and became one of Philly’s known drum guys. He helped to form the Buggy Boys in 1985 and would record and tour with Ben Vaughn in the late eighties and early nineties. During this time, as a member of Vaughn’s band, Rob had the opportunity to participate in festivals and shows throughout the United States and Europe sharing the stage with the likes of John Hiatt, Alex Chilton, Michelle Shocked, Jonathan Richmond and many more. Throughout the nineties, Rob continued to work with musicians and artists around the Philadelphia area, including Amy Carr & Suzanne Gorman. It was during this time that Rob tried to get more involved in his own songwriting. He recorded several volumes of music over a ten year period but never released anything. In 2008, Rob started a journey back into his songwriting and it began to take shape like it hadn’t in previous efforts. In 2013 Rob has released his first CD titled “Catchin’ a Ride.” The music is strong, folk based rock with a groovy pop feel. His love of great singers over the years is evident on tracks like “Under the Sun” and in the powerful emotion of “Arizona.” The title track “Catchin’ a Ride” is a journey through fear and faith on a haunting midnight train ride along the cold winter railroad. The tracks are clean, well-produced and memorable. Rob is delivering some great music and live performances.
Cost: FREE SHOW!
For more information, visit http://www.robrobinsonmusic.com/
Rob Williams - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, February 15, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
For lovers of alt-rock, alt-country and Americana, Richmond VA’s singer/songwriter Rob Williams will make for a favorite discovery. As the former frontman and founding member of popular bands Joe Buck, Jr. and Contoocook Line, which also featured Pavement drummer Steve West, Rob Williams has released four studio albums during his long career. In May 2013, Williams independently released his first solo album, A Place in the Sun, which ranges from simple ballads with pedal steel guitar to rock songs with layers of guitar and horns. One of the distinguishing aspects of Williams as a performer is that his full band and solo acoustic concerts are equally powerful and high-energy. When solo, Williams hits the guitar just as fast and hard, singing loudly into the microphone as if the whole band were behind him. “No matter how old I get,” says Rob Williams, “I just can’t bring myself to be that sitting-on-a-stool singer/songwriter, quietly strumming a guitar.” Perhaps it’s a byproduct of his formative years playing in noisy bars, when he opened for great acts including They Might Be Giants, Alex Chilton, and The Fleshtones among others. Wherever that energy and full sound comes from, it lends itself to a good time.
For more information, visit http://www.robwilliamsacoustic.com/
Owen Danoff, Joy Ike, Ryan Harris Brown
Friday, January 17, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Ryan Harris Brown
Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt - Live in the Coffeehouse with Sarah Pinsker
Saturday, January 25, 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM · Add to Calendar
Cost: FREE SHOW!
Stories and Songwriters Featuring Cynthia Marie and Arsena Schroeder
Saturday, December 14, 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM · Add to Calendar
Hosted by Tiffany Thompson!
This month features:
Carolyn Crysdale and Allie Farris
Friday, December 13, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Carolyn Crysdale has always had a strong love for music. Starting at the age of 16, she began to channel her years of experience in choir, voice lessons, musical theater, and band into the passion of performing as a singer/songwriter. Since then, she has performed internationally at venues including Queen’s Pub and Apple Annies Coffee in Ontario, Canada, and The Basement in Sydney, Australia. She has written over 30 songs, and her songwriting has been acclaimed as “on par with artists who are working with well-known record labels.” In the past year and a half, she has brought her passion to Washington DC and become deeply involved in the local music scene. She can been seen at such local hotspots as IOTA, Ebenezers Coffeehouse, The Dunes, Galaxy Hut, Treehouse Lounge, the 16th Street Music House and Buzz Bakery. She has been featured on the Music Still Happens Here: Volume 2 compilation album of DC artists. She is just getting started and will continue to share her stories and music for years to come.
Allie Farris is a 22-year-old singer, songwriter, and pianist from Dallas, Texas. Raised on classic rock, she fell in love with music through the songs of Elton John, Joni Mitchell, The Band, and many more. After attending school at the University of North Texas and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Allie moved to Nashville in 2011 to pursue her dreams of being a songwriter and performer. Since arriving in Music City, Allie has had the opportunity to perform at The Bluebird Café, The Basement, and Mercy Lounge, plus trips to the Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and the International Folk Alliance. This past May she finished her first studio recording “You Make Me Smile”, produced by the talented Rachel Loy, followed by her first Texas tour, where she shared the stage with Jimmy LaFave at Threadgill’s in Austin and K.C. Clifford at Mucky Duck in Houston. In September, she made her debut at Saxon Pub in Austin and Blue Door in Oklahoma City. She is now touring the country in support of the new album.
Cost: $10 advanced ticket $12 at the door
Friday, April 4, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Closet Runway is the ultimate fashion event featuring cutting edge, unique fashions and trends, style remixes, new artists in entertainment, shopping with emerging small businesses and networking opportunities.
Fall Fashions featured on the runway from:
Hodge-Podge BY Nessa’s Boutique
Beyond the Velvet Rope
*Be inspired to try new trends and styling tips
**Come prepared to SHOP with our vendors**
Music by DJ Marvin
Entertainment by I.gh.AM
Doors open at 7PM
If you are looking for a fun night out with fashion, great entertainment and networking, you’ll enjoy the Closet Runway experience.
Cost: $15 in advance / $20 at the door
For more information, visit http://www.closetrunway.com/