Saturday, February 21, 7:30 PM to 9:00 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/
Strangled Darlings and Bellwether Bayou - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 15, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Strangled Darlings brings a punk intensity to their live show. Taking a cello and making it a hip hop bass. Taking mandolin and slapping it like a stubborn mule. The Portland based duo has been creating original tunes since 2009 and breaking the mold for what hipsters consider indie music. The bring a lyrical intelligence and political punch to their songs. Their song material varies widely to cover a blend of folk, hip hop, jazz and Americana with inspiration coming from: witchcraft in the Civil War, the morality of Somali piracy and the media impact of Neil Armstrong. The band has released three studio albums and a fourth is due out this fall. Their live show mixes technical mastery with deadpan humor and a little something to shake your rumpus.
Laura and Alex have known each other since they were five, Laura playing violin and Alex playing cello. Growing up in Charlottesville, VA, they now both live in DC and perform together under the name “Bellwether Bayou”, Alex setting aside the cello for washboard.
Pamela Machala and Hayley Sabella with Jacob Furr
Friday, November 14, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Award-winning singer-songwriter Pamela Machala (“MOCK-uh-luh”) creates a delicious style of piano pop, influenced by her love of jazz and R&B.
Surrounded by a family of musicians (her grandfather was Louis Teicher of piano duo Ferrante & Teicher), music sank into Pamela’s veins from an early age. After school, she’d play and sing her heart out to Disney songbooks, often writing her own lyrical parodies à la Weird Al Yankovic. In college, she became serious about developing her knack for songwriting, described as “meticulously masterful song-craft [that] feels both modern and familiar, like a new offering at your favorite restaurant” (Twin Cities Newscastic).
Her eclectic fusion delights many first-time listeners, and her buttery, smoky voice and impressive piano chops create sounds similar to Norah Jones, Ben Folds, and Sara Bareilles. Her debut album, Golden Delicious, was recorded at Mark Rubel’s Pogo Studio (Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts) in her hometown of Champaign-Urbana, IL. Released independently in June 2012, the album marries catchy hooks, harmonic complexity, and compelling lyrics.
Pamela now resides in the bustling music scene of Minneapolis, where she has built an avid following. In addition to performing regularly around the Twin Cities with her trio (Chad Mathis on bass and Lamont Sandifer on percussion), she tours nationally as a solo artist and continues work on material for her next album, due out in the fall of 2014.
Hayley Sabella is a singer-songwriter / local farmer / earnest truth-seeker / independent woman / dork, who originally did her thing in her hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts and is now doing her thing in other places, too. Her first EP was released in December 2012. It was called Farm Fingers, and it showcased her warm, urgent style and graced a variety of venues over the past half-year.
Her music feels like:
warm rainy days
a cup of tea
admitting your human frailty
Which is all very good. It is important, however, to see Hayley live, if you want to get a sense of what’s really going on here. Her live shows are energetic, thoughtful, sincere, and intimate. On stage, what you see is a well-dressed girl with a nice guitar and a rad haircut, dancing around a bit while singing about friends, family, God, and the problems we all have with all three of those things. What you are actually getting is a night with a full-formed honest-to-god human being, a beautiful soul, a dear friend, and a person you will want to watch over the years.
In other words: Hayley Sabella is art with a heartbeat.
She is currently preparing for her next album, King Solomon, which will be ready and all over the internet in the near future.
with Jacob Furr
Jacob Furr is a Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist from Ft Worth, Tx.
If stories and words strung together in songs act as mile markers for our lives; then songwriters like Jacob Furr give us the rare opportunity to see into the memory of someone else while reminding us of our own.
Blending the honesty and independent spirit that characterizes Texas songwriters with a 21st century ear for instrumental atmospherics, Jacob Furr crafts songs that explore our shared experiences. Jacob Furr performs solo and with his band, The Only Road.
Nominated for Best Folk Act and Best Album of 2012 by Fort Worth Weekly
He has released 1 Full Length Album and 2 EP’s:
The Only Road
(Full Length on iTunes)
Farther Shores (EP)
Navi Singh - Live in the Coffeehouse
Friday, November 28, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Navi Singh is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, based out of New York City. Blending classical training with popular music sensibilities, Navi’s painstaking lyricism and musical exploration culminate in performances that are uniquely colorful, organic, and expressive. Navi can be seen performing in cities throughout the northeast United States, and is currently in the studio recording material for his upcoming album, entitled Runaway Sunshine, and scheduled for release later this year.
Navi began writing songs while studying music in college and began performing at Lower East Side, Manhattan music clubs shortly after moving to the big city. Since then, he has written, performed, and recorded extensively, catching the ears of musicians and fans around the region. As a composer, he has created music for short films, animations, television spots, as well as various arrangements for concert and studio settings.
For more information, visit http://www.navisinghmusic.com/
Thursday, September 25, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Jason Harrod draws from the best traditions of American music to create a sound all his own. His songs about lost love, found joys, and spiritual longing have garnered him a loyal following across the country.
Harrod’s latest release, Bright As You, finds him backed by a crack group of musicians featuring Phil Madeira (Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Al Green, Mavis Staples). The songs, sung in a rich, brooding tenor and underscored by inventive guitar work, range from the Beatle-esque “Bright As You” to the blues-infused “Night, Fall On Me,” to the dark, ambient lament “Messed Up Everywhere Blues,” which will appear in the upcoming film “The Wager,” starring Randy Travis.
After releasing 3 albums to critical acclaim as half of the folk-pop duo Harrod and Funck, Jason ventured out on his own. In 2000, he won first place in the bluegrass category of MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting competition, an honor held by Grammy Nominees Tift Merrit and Gillian Welch. He followed that up with a first place win in the 2001 North Carolina Songwriters Co-op contest and in 2002 appeared on the Legendary Arthur Smith’s “Carolina Calling” television show along with Alison Krauss and Union Station. In 2005, Jason performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IMBA) annual gathering as part of an emerging artist showcase.
Living in Skin, Jason’s acoustic-based first album, features the award-winning songs “When I Get Home” and “Carolina,” the latter of which was included on WUNC’s compilation CD, Best of Back Porch Music.
For more information, visit http://jasonharrod.com/
Davis Bradley Duo - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 29, 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!
Kathy Davis performs on mandolin, guitar, and bass while lending smooth lead and harmony vocals to the duo. Kathy grew up in the small town of Short Gap, WV and currently resides in Linden, VA with her family. Music has always been a part her life. Her father was the first to influence her music when she was very young. Kathy got her start performing with her family’s band for several years. During this time she embraced every opportunity to connect to the audience through sharing the love of music from deep within her. She is passionate about her music which stands out in her smooth singing and innovative mandolin playing.
Brad Bishop entertains audiences on the banjo, guitar, bass, harmonica, clawhammer banjo, and adds lead and harmony vocals to the duo. He makes his home in Louisa, VA. Music has always been a passion in his life. Brad has performed with many popular bands through the years and has become a much sought after solo performer as well. Brad has been recognized for his creative songwriting, while building a reputation as a smooth lead and harmony vocalist, as well as a talented multi-instrumentalist. He enjoys variety of musical styles and genres which have helped to influence and expand the reach of this unique duo.
Together they are excited to combine their talents and do what they love. It’s a life-tradition which is as much of who they are as what they do!
For more information, visit http://www.davisbradleyduo.com/
Caleb Hawley (Full Band) with Alex Miller
Thursday, October 2, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Harlem’s Caleb Hawley is an American soul singer, songwriter and performer. Like savvy throwback crooners Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Hawley channels early Stevie Wonder and other Motown sounds into a complete, magnetic package.
Raised in Minneapolis by a family of preachers and therapists, Hawley’s family fueled his on-stage charisma and perceptive, witty lyrics. “Growing up in an acapella church, we didn’t have instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony,” Hawley says. “We mostly sang older hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music.” Hawley’s grandfather hooked him on an early Ray Charles record, leading him into the fertile soul music of the sixties and seventies.
Hawley spent his early 20’s touring the country with only an acoustic guitar and his dog Fargo. “There’s no place I’d rather be than on a stage in front of people wanting to hear music I’ve created,” Hawley says. In those years, Hawley racked up hundreds of gigs, along with multiple songwriting awards for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Competition, SongCircle Contest and more.
Now a talented full band multiplies that energy across the country. “I used to love listening rooms,” Hawley admits, “but now I pretty much just wanna get a party started.” Music Without Labels agrees, calling the stocked setup “a fantastic show, full of danceable riffs and singalong choruses all held together by Hawley’s tremendous charisma.” The Chicagoist says, “The New York-based musician has a flair for soulful songwriting and a voice that will blow your hair back.”
2014 marks the release of a pair of EPs: Side 1 and Side 2. Hawley says “They are a bit different stylistically, but each share my own voice artistically and literally”.
Side 1 is a time capsule from the 60’s, employing a full string section from the NY Philharmonic to capture the authentic R&B sounds of the sixties and seventies . Side 2 brings us to the present with beefier beats and more modern production. Hawley’s vocal swagger, his old Alabama garage found Harmony electric guitar and live rhythm section tie the EPs together. Lucius drummer and producer Dan Molad co-produced both with Hawley.
Side 1 enjoyed a January 2014 debut, and Side 2 is set for a Fall 2014 release.
For more information, visit http://calebhawley.com/
with Alex Miller
Miller’s voice projects something smooth and refreshing. It’s reminiscent of a wave crashing onto the shore or a cold beverage after a hot and stressful day—It’s breezy, breathy and real. “I’ve been told my lyrics sound like some sort of amalgam of Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, and Elliot Smith, some are playful (Mraz), some tell a story (Matthews), and some are dark (Smith).” Miller’s lyrics reveal an astute sensitivity to each move in the “chess” of relationships. He imagines the full range of players, from pawn to king, at one moment with foreboding, trepidation, disquietude, and at the next, amusement, humor or absurdity. Miller’s sound, deep and unique, stretches across a variety of instrumental influences from Phish to Queens of the Stone Age to John Mayer.
He came out with this first CD, “Off Season,” to a crowd of summer acquaintances in 2004. A growing audience encouraged him to invest in a major recording “Just a Dream” released on August 11, 2010.
Overwhelmed by the success of his CD release at New York City’s Canal Room, Miller spent months self-booking and self-promoting a successful nationwide summer tour in 2011.
As his foot was out the door for that tour in May 2011, a group of investors agreed to support his working on a third CD, titled “Chin Up, Buckle Down, and Let Go.” The songs on this CD chronicle a generic journey across the nation as well as specific events that occurred at stops along the way. “Chin Up, Buckle Down, and Let Go” released on June 26, 2012.
Miller says: “As much fun as it is to be a singer/songwriter, I still prefer the energy of a crowd.” A consummate performer, he meets each audience member where they are and wakes them to their own rich journey through his sometimes gentle, sometimes futile, always honest story telling. Since moving to New York in 2009, he has played at a number of venues including (le) Poisson Rouge, The Canal Room, Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, The Knitting Factory, National Underground, and his regular spot—Prohibition. Miller relishes in gaining a fan base and getting his songs heard “the old fashion way”– by performing them.
Trotter and Blount
Friday, October 10, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Four years ago, two solo artists from opposite sides of the world met at a Love Festival in Laurel, MD. Michael Trotter Jr had just returned home from serving two tours in Iraq and Tanya Blount was performing on various stages around the world and riding the success of her career as a solo artist and the movie Sister Act 2 where her unforgettable duet “Eye on the Sparrow” with Lauryn Hill still touches the hearts of millions.
They are currently increasing fans on the social media airwaves with their soul-pop-folk songs and are preparing to release a live digital album “Trotter & Blount - Live at Blue House North” on November 15, 2014. Trotter & Blount are gaining momentum in the past few months and their successes have led to a national 20 city tour called “Bars & Churches” in United States ending in Zurich, Switzerland.
Cost: $12 adv/$15 door
For more information, visit http://www.trotterandblount.com/
Ddendyl with Omnia Hegazy
Thursday, November 20, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Born in Castile, NY into a home exploding with creativity, Ddendyl expressed an affinity for music from an early age. With some help from her parents, she essentially taught herself to expertly play the piano and violin, but it was her classically trained voice that spotlighted the promising young talent during adolescence. Competing for her attention, it was the illustrious Interlochen Academy in Traverse City, Michigan that she choose to further her study into music in her teen years. While there, her operatic overtones were appreciated by students and teachers alike as she expanded her range to include a signature brand of jazz and folk. The singer now described as sultry found her place during her college tenure in Miami and made the move to Los Angeles to chase the her dream. While in California she explored a career in acting and modeling which eventually led to an offer to move to NY and pursue her true passion of music once again. Ddendyl is performing regularly around NYC and the DC area sharing her original compositions along with her versions of both contemporary covers and classic standards. She was on season 6 of NBC’s The Voice on Team Shakira!
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
For more information, visit http://www.ddendyl.com/
with Omnia Hegazy
If Omnia Hegazy was not a musician, she might have been a journalist. The daughter of an Egyptian-Muslim father and an Italian-Catholic mother, she grew up in New York City a citizen of the world, with a deep passion for music and storytelling. Her sound is informed by guitar-driven American pop/rock, maqam-based Arabic folk, and the politically-charged singer-songwriters of the past and present. She is also a belly dancer and choreographer, seeking to create a fusion between East and West in both her music and her dancing.
Omnia started singing around the age of five and became a dedicated classical violinist at the age of ten. Looking for more artistic freedom, she picked up the acoustic guitar and discovered songwriting as a medium of self-expression. Now twenty-three, she does not draw inspiration exclusively from her own experiences. Her diverse perspective has also prompted her to take on issues such as women’s rights and political freedom. After scribbling her observations in a notebook on her trip to Egypt in 2010, she wrote half of the material for her first EP Jailbird and released the project independently a year later. Her sophomore EP entitled Judgment Day was released in May of 2013 and met with major press, including features on The Huffington Post, Fox News, The Daily Beast, and pan-Arab newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat.
Omnia is a graduate of the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied music production and music business. She performs frequently at venues and colleges in the NYC area, and is currently in the process of writing and recording her first full-length album.
Annalise Emerick - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 1, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Since moving from Nashville to New England in late summer 2011, Boston folk songstress Annalise Emerick has demonstrated her aptness to awaken reminiscence in the minds of her listeners with just a few simple words. Worldly and wise after years of traveling, this is a conceivable notion, for in many ways the singer is a gypsy—always restlessly exploring the notion of home musically, emotionally and geographically. She’s claimed a scattering of cities as musical muses, growing up in Austin and Seattle before studying music at Belmont University in Nashville, where she later recorded her first album with producer Brad Hill at Hill Studios.
With her 2011 acclaimed debut EP, Starry-Eyed, Emerick brought songs that have continued to resonate with audiences like “You Win,” “Round and Round,” and “This Love Won’t Break Your Heart”—(which was exclusively premiered as a music video on November 28th via American Songwriter)—thanks to a whirlwind slate of live performances and the immediate success of her seven track collection, (which debuted on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart at #9 its first day). The collection prompted an outpouring of attention from the national blog scene and a spotlight on CD Baby’s Music Discovery Podcast, which assured its listeners: “Fans of Ingrid Michaelson will feel right at home.”
In 2013 Emerick began her “Somewhere in Between” tour and continued raking in the awards: first prize in the 2013 New England Songwriting Competition and second place in the 2013 Solarfest singer/songwriter competition.
Emerick’s clear voice, acoustic-driven style and earnest, contemplative lyrics have situated her among fans of Eva Cassidy, Patty Griffin and Brandi Carlile. But with Starry-Eyed, Emerick proved that her gypsy propensity lends itself well to her songwriting and creative process. Her ability to poignantly detail lessons from relationships and contemplate life’s continuous journey has revealed her as a multi-faceted person and artist to fans.
“Emerick’s music is relatable and undeniably good.” -Performer Magazine
“...The celebration continues with ‘This Love Won’t Break Your Heart.’” -American Songwriter
“...Mellow & moving.” -Skope Magazine
“...[Emerick] blends folk music with pop sensibilities as she crafts melodies as pretty as her name.” -The Deli New England
For more information, visit http://annaliseemerick.com/
Kids’ Music: ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM · Add to Calendar
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 + older)
For more information, visit http://www.123andres.com/
Amy Andrews and Beggar’s Ride with The Devyl Nellys
Thursday, November 6, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Born in Baltimore and raised on the Chesapeake Bay, Amy was brought up on the sounds of Sinatra, Bonnie Raitt, country, and blues, but spent her years training for a career in musical theatre and classical performance.
After college, however, Amy realized that she wanted to feel a greater connection to her audience (the kind of connection that large, formal concert halls tend not to allow).
Setting out to perform original music, Amy began her journey to folk musician by cutting her teeth as the lead singer of a Baltimore folk trio.
After a few tours through the southeast, Amy determined that an auspicious career move would involve relocating to the south - home of the Great Smoky Mountains, boiled peanuts, country music, and the performing songwriter’s beloved Eddie’s Attic.
Since relocating to the Georgia, Amy has toured extensively, with recent travels to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and western Canada, with festivals and shows in big cities, and long-forgotten gold rush towns.
Amy resides in Decatur, GA - land of the falling sweetgum limbs.
“Beggar’s Ride will touch your heart and mind with their haunting harmonies and sensitive songwriting. Their sound may remind you of the Indigo Girls or the introspective side of Crosby Stills & Nash. They have got the talent to have a long ride indeed, through the folk world and beyond.”
John Platt WFUV 90.7FM
Baltimore based Beggar’s Ride is the contemporary folk duo of award winning songwriters Claudia SanSoucie and Kate Maguire. Formed in 2010, their combined talents leave you feeling they have performed together for a lifetime. In sync harmonies, intricate guitar arrangements, melancholy yet hopeful lyrics beg the listener to take a smooth ride on sweet melody.
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
with The Devyl Nellys
Raised in households where a myriad of music was played and appreciated, from Pink Floyd to The Allmans and Chuck Berry to Joao Gilberto, it comes as no surprise these artists create such diverse tracks. All having been introduced to pianos and drums in the grade school years, they acquired their addictions early on to the creative process and performing craft. Through a series of mutual crossroads in the Catskills and New York while supporting others, Government Mule and The Violent Femmes, these musicians met and formed their own project The Devyl Nellys.
Gigs in music towns, parties and colleges across the US led to genre development by songwriter Nelly Levon and guitarist James Mastro (The Bongos). Their distinct 60 bohemian rock style took shape after experimental jams and studio sessions at Retrophonics with Jim DeVito (JJ Grey & Mofro) and Bill Chapin (Justin Timberlake). Conflicting frustrations with mainstream art and life led to sharp lyrics that are frequently empathized and rarely sang. Like many contemporaries, they denied the urge to conform and pursued the independent route to showcase their arrangements. Recently, they’ve been heard on the festival scene, live venues, songwriter circles and across radio, television & film.
Andy Suzuki & The Method
Thursday, November 13, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Independent NYC-based band, Andy Suzuki & The Method, recently released their highly anticipated LP, Born out of Mischief. They crowd-funded nearly $50,000 to record and produce the new album with the support of their fans. Born out of Mischief is the band’s definitive full-length album — their folky take on rock music today.
The band is fronted by the songwriting trio Andy Suzuki, Jason Gorelick, and Kozza Babumba, two Jewish-half-Asians and the grandson of Grammy Award-winning Nigerian percussionist, Babatunde Olatunji.
The band has been writing and touring since 2008, but in the last year alone, they have had Official Showcases at SXSW and CMJ, performed at major music festivals in the US, and played shows at storied NYC venues such as Bowery Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, and SOBs. In the fall of 2012 they played internationally with a wildly successful 3-week tour in Southeast Asia.
Cost: $10 adv/ $12 door
For more information, visit http://andysuzukimusic.com/
The Acoustic Guitar DC Showcase
Thursday, September 4, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
The Acoustic Guitar Project was created to help musicians reconnect to the original moment that inspired them to be singer-songwriters. Back to a time when it was just them and their guitar. Focused. Challenged. Creative. Most likely self-exiled to an isolated space. And definitely completely lost in the moment. By giving musicians a platform with simple restrictions, we hope that The Project will inspire them.
Since beginning in April 2012, The Acoustic Guitar Project has evolved, and it continues to be redefined everyday, but the mission will always remain the same:
• Inspire artists to take action.
• Tell stories from a truthful, meaningful point of view.
• Strive to give people something to believe in.
Like any good song — in the process of being written — there’s no way of knowing where this project will go. That’s for the music to decide. We can only sit back, listen and enjoy.
For more information, visit http://www.theacousticguitarproject.com/
Demitasse - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, October 25, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Demitasse is a two piece acoustic group. This is the side project for Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes of the Texas art rock band Buttercup. Singing at the very limits of their range, the band gets sherpa high, mixing melody, spoken word, and noise. The sound is somewhere between Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, and the Beach Boys on a dark day. Or Elliott Smith on an extremely bright, sunny day. Or John Cage throwing his car keys at Yoko Ono.
The band records under a strict series of self-imposed rules: their “Vow of Chastity.” These guidelines forbid the use of metronomes, click tracks, auto tuning, and unwarranted studio trickery. Being a two piece, they always record together as a duo: so any overdubs are done two at a time, simultaneously—drums and piano, for instance. They always begin each session singing the lead vocals and harmony together, while playing guitar, and then proceed to build the rest of the song.
The live show is almost like beat era music: like two wide eyed, smiley poets, freaking out, but refusing to smash their guitars. Their set up is hyper minimal: two guitars, a drum, and an tiny plastic box. They’ve been able to travel to a gig on a tandem bicycle, or a scooter with a side car. They plan on touring the country one day in a Smart Car.
Hoping to cure sadness with sadness, Demitasse offers catharsis with their upbeat/downbeat melancholy songs: where audience members leave changed, and smiling.
For more information, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/demitasse
Revely, The Deep Space Network, Eileen Graham, Jann Klose
Friday, September 12, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Ephesians 5:14 says, “Wake up, O Sleeper! Rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you!” As Revely, we desire to wake up a lost generation and to show them that they have extreme value and purpose in this life. Jesus Christ is what changed our lives and we want to spread His love and shine His light through our lives and our music. The name ‘Revely’ is a rendition of the French word, ‘Reveille’, which is the sound of a trumpet or drum played early in the morning to awaken military personnel and to alert them for assembly. We hope our sound will ignite a passion in everyone’s heart to respond to the call God has planned for his or her life.
Revely was formed in June 2011 under Three Meadows Management outside of the Washington D.C. area. Revely is comprised of Ashly Grano (vocals, guitar), Peter Grano (guitar, bgvs, loops), Lindsay Devenbeck (guitar), Cris Syler (bass) Caleb Manchester (drums) who all first met at Ocean’s Edge School of Worship, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Revely has shared a stage with Shane & Shane, After Edmund, Ashes Remain, and Aaron Gillespie. Revely released their first EP “Betting On You” on March 27th 2012. In the summer and fall of 2012 Revely played shows through out northern Virginia, DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Their new EP “Black & White” was released July 12th!
The Deep Space Network
The Deep Space Network is a four-piece band from Fredericksburg, VA. Their full length album “Where You Belong” released February 9, 2013. Recorded at Sleepwalker Sound in Winston Salem, NC, the album offers a unique sound combining optimistic rock with catchy pop hooks and excellent musicianship. Possessing a clear vision of God’s plan for them, they aim to push forward in 2013 by playing both worship and concert events. With a message of purity and faithfulness to the Lord, and a heart for the homeless and those in need, they look to inspire the restoration of honor to this generation, and be an example of hope for those that listen. Look for “Where You Belong” for sale on iTunes, and follow the band on Facebook and Twitter.
Honest and simply done, One of Those Girls is a piano-driven collection that feels cozy like a cup of tea shared with your best friend. Produced by former My Favorite Highway lead singer Dave Cook, the debut solo album of Virginia singer-songwriter Eileen Graham is colored by delightful hooks and a wash of uncertainty, leaving listeners transfixed by Graham’s unforgettable blanket of a voice.
The 26-year-old songstress grew up singing in school choir and playing in local coffee bars, picking up piano through a year of music classes in college. As the former lead singer of the band Noble Air, Graham was featured on the premiere webisode of Aux Send, which landed in the Top 10 of New & Noteworthy Artists on iTunes in 2011.
Winner in four categories in the 2014 Independent Music Awards, Jann Klose’s latest album MOSAIC is a sonic, lyrical and emotional mosaic from an artist known for his multi-cultural roots, a widely-faceted career, and a “soaring voice” that “wins over the listener” according to the Washington Post.
The LA-ist was truly on point when it wrote that Jann “can be accurately described as the man chosen to carry on the legacy of great musicians like Tim Buckley and Paul McCartney.” Soon after MOSAIC entered the Roots Radio charts above Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and Wilco at #22, the album ended up on first round ballots for the 2014 GRAMMY® Awards for Album of the Year and Pop Vocal Album.
TIME Magazine Columnist Joel Stein pranked Jann in his June 2013 column. WFUV radio stalwart Vin Scelsa devoted a few of his famous monologues on Jann on his show. Genya Ravan spinned “Make It Better” on her Little Steven’s Underground Garage show, GOLDIE’S GARAGE when the song also hit regional video shows.
Writes Paul Freeman, at the San Jose Mercury News, “Klose shows he can create diverse new tunes that rival those of such masters as (Tim) Buckley.” Part of the comparison comes from Jann being heard as the voice of Tim in the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Focus World/Tribeca Film). Recently ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT Online interviewed Jann about the film.
MOSAIC follows the indie success of REVERIE (2008) and SACRIFICE EP (2010) and the music video for DOING TIME. Produced by Grammy winner James Frazee (Esperanza Spalding, My Morning Jacket) and David Bendeth (Paramore, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley). Double Grammy-winner Warren Russell-Smith mastered MOSAIC.
MOSAIC’s songs tackle personal and topical subjects and bring together a variety of instruments, musical and lyrical styles from street influences of reggae and punk to calypso, to classic rock, and the folk and Afro-beat that has addicted fans to Jann’s music. Songs include Jann’s originals, “Still,” “Make It Better,” “Four Leaf Clover,” “On and On,” “Falling Tears,” and “Beautiful One” with support vocals from Rounder Records’ Carrie Newcomer. The album ends with a stunning a cappella cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren.” Other featured guests include guitarists Florian Opahle (Ian Anderson, Greg Lake) David Bendeth, flautist Tia Roper and oboist Megan Marolf (Phillip Glass, Roger Waters).
Jann has shared the stage with artists from all eras of music history including Rusted Root, Vonda Shepard, THE VOICE’s Rebecca Loebe, Gary (Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart) Lucas, Suzanne Vega, Annie Haslam and Renaissance, Brett Dennen and the late Pete Seeger and Les Paul.
Born in Germany, raised in Kenya, South Africa, and Hamburg, Jann came to the States as an exchange student in Cleveland. He performed in touring productions of Broadway shows (JEKYLL & HYDE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR) and portrayed The Pinball Wizard in THE WHO’S TOMMY before he started his band.
Jann’s music is heard on the GRAMMY-nominated HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT, on MTV CRIBS, the movie “Dead Broke” (Warner Bros.) featuring Paul Sorvino. He maintains a steady touring schedule of about 75-100 shows a year in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Michelle Lewis - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, October 11, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Michelle Lewis writes happy songs that bring tears, and sad songs that evoke smiles. Her music is rich with melody, and her lyrics seek beauty in the face of sadness. Too refined to call folk and too personal to call pop, as a singer/songwriter Michelle’s music is uniquely intimate, and surprisingly polished. As a storyteller, she writes intensely visual songs that explore the emotional remainders in burgeoning and breaking relationships.
Michelle Lewis picked up her father’s acoustic guitar at the age of 14 and quickly abandoned interest in everything else. She honed her songwriting at Berklee College of Music in her hometown of Boston, and went on to tour the United States behind her first album, This Time Around (2004). She has been a long time collaborator with producer Anthony J. Resta (Elton John, Duran Duran, Shawn Mullins). Their work has included the release of her Broken (2009) and Paris (2011) EPs, and most recently her second full-length album, The Parts Of Us That Still Remain (2014), with songs co-written by Nashville favorite Robby Hecht and LA sound designer Conan Skyrme.
For more information, visit http://www.michellelewismusic.com
The Dogwood Tales - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, October 4, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
The Dogwood Tales were brought together by a passion for playing music and a heart for adventure.
For more information, visit http://thedogwoodtales.bandcamp.com/releases
Karen Jonas, Duke Walker, MaryLeigh Roohan
Thursday, September 11, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Fredericksburg, VA songwriter Karen Jonas has received international recognition, air play, and review for her songs and performances. Her rhythmic guitar style brings intensity and fun to her original style of Americana. She neatly crafts songs to tell an epic tale in under four minutes, and her compelling voice leads you along for the ride.
Karen’s songwriting has been compared to the Civil Wars, Gillian Welch, and the Drive-By Truckers and she shared bills with Spirit Family Reunion, Chris Knight, and Jeffrey Lewis. She was featured on No Depression, Taproots Radio, Ninebullets Radio, and many notable music blogs. She was selected as a panel judge for the NC Arts Council Songwriting Fellowship in 2013.
Originally from Damascus, MD, Karen sang in many notable choirs throughout middle and high school. Her father played her a Joni Mitchell record and taught her a few songs on the guitar when she was 16, and she hasn’t stopped playing since. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English. Karen spends much of her time caring for her two young daughters.
Duke Walker is a kid from Virginia who now lives on Capitol Hill in DC. He spent most of his high school and college days in rooms, basements, sheds, and garages banging on drums with friends. He still loves banging on drums but his little one bedroom apartment just doesn’t make that possible anymore.
So, instead, he sings as much as a talks and strums a guitar to support the stories in his head.
He tries out his tunes on his super critical 11 month old baby girl who’s determined to help him hone his craft.
He primarily writes fictional little stories in the first person. And loves a good crooner. And if he had only one band to listen to for the rest of his life, it would be The Walkmen, of course.
But really, he mostly just sings for his little baby girl.
Though she’s only twenty-two, the experience Roohan has gained since she began performing five years ago explains why she’s likened to “a wizened old soul.” Her yearlong, weekly residency at a pub in St Andrews, Scotland honed her guitar and vocal skills and helped build her confidence in exploring other musical ventures. Since graduating from her Scottish residency and moving back to the states, MaryLeigh has played everywhere from intimate cafes to wild festivals. The diverse stages she’s played match the variety of acts with whom she’s shared them. Sean Rowe, Theresa Andersson, Paranoid Social Club and Milo Greene are a few of the many.
In 2011, Roohan ventured to The Music Shed in New Orleans to record her debut album, The Docks. The album received wide acclaim in Albany, NY. Taking time to graduate from college, Roohan was laying low in 2013 except for her secret adventures to record a new album with Jason Brown at JBrown Noise. The time in the studio yielded a new, ten-song album that released in January 2014
The Cabin Project, Callow, Matt Phillips
Friday, October 24, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
The Cabin Project
After years on the road, playing every kind of venue you can imagine, cabin project lead Katie Sawicki settled into her Portland, OR home for a year to garden, knit, write, drink whiskey with friends and make a record in her upstairs studio of doug fir and red walls. The result was the Cabin Project, released this past December to packed room full of warmth at Portland’s Mississippi Studios. In the process of making the record, these new sounds turned into the band- the Cabin Project.
Layered vocals, long cello lines, electronic melodies and strong drums define this set of five. Hailed as a “Singstress, Songwriter, Lyrical Genius” (Encore Magazine), cabin project lead Sawicki brings the group together over wine and melodies- anthemic, intricate and wide open for collaboration. The group is quickly making a name for itself in Portland, OR, bringing emotion and heart back to the music industry.
Callow, consists of Red Moses (lead vocals, guitar), and Sami Knowles (keys, percussion, vocals).
The two combine their musical talents in 2009 after their gardening business went under during America’s economic crash. They sold their belongings to live on the road, and they’ve never looked back. Red is a life-long musician who has been writing music and performing in bands for most of his life. Sami is a professional dancer who has translated her embodied sense of music in an unconventional way; she sings, plays the keys and drums simultaneously.
Their albums Orb Weaver (2012) and Blue Spells (2013) are elegantly dark and sonically searing collections of songs that create rock operatic overtures with shadowy vocals flowing over the memorable, echo-latent instrumentation. Callow is a chillingly talented duo who has committed their lives to creating music, and influencing audiences with their heavy and vivid art songs. - Jordannah, Deli Mag SF
Matt Phillips is a soulful artist that strives to make music people can get behind. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this young performer and songwriter pens songs with folk and soul roots as deep as the cracks in his weathered acoustic. Whether he’s leading a 7-piece band with a huge, sly-jazzy sound or just flying solo with nothing more than his voice, guitar and the occasional harmonica solo – you can’t help but bob your head. With nearly 300 shows already under his belt and two releases paving the way, Matt is proving himself a confident and unique young performer with a very bright future ahead.
Cost: $10 adv / $12 door
Sam Morrow - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, September 20, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
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
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
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.
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
“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.
The 9 Songwriter Series
Friday, September 5, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series” is a touring songwriter collective and live show based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing together in a unique and captivating format, telling stories, and often sitting in each each other and making up music on the spot. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists in one evening and often for only $10? To date, over 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.
For more information, visit http://wearethe9.com/
Kids’ Music: Rainbow Rock Band
Saturday, September 6, 10:30 AM to 11:15 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/
Henry Nam - Live in the Coffeehouse with Haley Dreis
Saturday, September 6, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
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.
For more information, visit http://www.shelteredturtle.com/
with Haley Dreis
23 year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Haley Dreis currently resides in Nashville, TN, where she teaches violin, tours, records, and writes music for herself and others. In her hometown of Columbia, SC critics favor her as “one of the scene’s brightest voices” (Otis Taylor, The State newspaper) - and her debut full-length album as “a perfectly realized and surprisingly mature and polished pop gem from the still-young Dreis, who is as promising a pop talent as Columbia’s ever seen” (Patrick Wall, Columbia Free-Times).
She has recorded and toured throughout the southeast with Jay Clifford (of Jump Little Children) and Josh Kaler (of Slow Runner); and has performed alongside national acts such as We The Kings, Tonic, Edwin McCain, Toby Lightman, & Chris Barron (of Spin Doctors). She has performed at legendary venues such as the Bitter End (NYC), Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), and most recently graced the stage at the Grande Ole Opry where she played violin in the orchestra for Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin at the Stellar Music Awards.
Dreis is a high school graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and a recent cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College.
Her most recent 3rd full-length album, “Lady With A Rocket” (September 2012) was honored “New and Noteworthy” on iTunes. Her full-length debut album “Beautiful to Me” (July, 2009) and her sophomore release “Taking Time” (March, 2011) are also available on iTunes and other digital retailers. She has collectively fan-funded over $18,000 via Kickstarter to independently release her albums.
- See more at: http://www.haleydreismusic.com/who_i_am/#sthash.2HmFqAju.dpuf
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.