Dennis Wayland and Traveling Broke and Out of Gas
Thursday, October 23, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Dennis is a singer/songwriter from Manassas, VA and a Nashville Recording Artist. While in Nashville, Dennis works with some of the top recording musicians in the business to bring the honky-tonk country/ southern rock sound to his music for people to fall in love with. Following the release of “Ramblin’ Man’s Anthem”, Wayland shot his way up through the local singer/songwriter charts on ReverbNation, hitting the number 1 spot in just over a month’s time. Singing everything, from great renditions of his own original songs to covers of some of the best country songs of all time, his down home style and crowd pleasing personality draw people back time and time again.
Traveling Broke and Out of Gas
Originally formed as a husband and wife duo that traveled the country playing for strangers on street corners, living rooms, and campfires, Traveling Broke and Out of Gas, now with four band members, has an ever changing folk/blues/rock/country style. As a touring band, Traveling Broke keeps the attention of their fans with a wide variety of original songs filled with instrumental diversity and lyrical magic. During a live performance you will see band members trade instruments or pick up a new one in the middle of the set; it all becomes part of the show.
For more information, visit http://www.ticketfly.com/event/687371
Marian Call with Scott Barkan
Thursday, October 16, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Singer-songwriter Marian Call is grounded in Alaska, though she spends a lot of the year on the road. She has released five albums since 2007, and her shows have been well-received in all fifty United States and all across Canada and Europe. Call’s sound is soulful, honest, and clever, by turns humorous and heartbreaking. Her lyrics are full of triple rhymes and unexpected twists and turns. Call cites among her influences Joni Mitchell, They Might Be Giants, Tom Lehrer, and Dr. Seuss; her work evokes comparisons to contemporary artists Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson.
For more information, visit http://mariancall.com
with Scott Barkan
Scott Barkan is a guitarist, singer and songwriter based in New York.
After having his guitar playing and songwriting featured on national television (The Real World, The Hills, Keeping up with the Kardashians, etc.), as well as leading numerous guitar oriented instrumental projects, Scott has recently struck out as an acoustic based solo artist.
His signature shimmering guitar tones and skronky, avant/country improvisations serve as the backdrop for his witty, self-effacing and often heartbreaking lyric writing. The tunes themselves run the gamut from ethereal ballads to swampy grooves to blistering bluegrass numbers, but Barkan’s powerful voice and somber, humorous songwriting always remain front and center, the thread that strings all these elements together.
The Brilliance - Advent Tour at The Miracle Theatre with 714
Wednesday, December 17, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Ebenezers Coffeehouse Presents at THE MIRACLE THEATRE (535 8TH St, SE Washington, DC 20003)
The Brilliance is one of an emerging new breed of Christian artists who are taking our nature as “storied” creatures seriously and putting forward a sort of “new liturgy” which both honors the past and points the way forward into the future.
Their music is about our story, exploring the essence of who we are as God’s creation and as His reflection. Taking their musicality to new heights, blending strings, keys, percussion and voice, along with poetry and prayer, The Brilliance appeals to diverse audiences — across generations, denominations, and cultures.
Cost: $12 adv / $15 day of
For more information, visit http://thebrilliancemusic.com/
714 is a music collective based in Washington DC at National Community Church. Through creativity and excellence 714 cultivates an atmosphere of intimate worship and passionate praise where God’s presence and His people connect.
Our hope is that the world would be transformed one life at a time through an encounter with Jesus. Our heart is to equip the church to see it happen.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Melissa Giges and Ryanhood with Annie Stokes
Thursday, October 30, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
“Deeply personal songs.”
—Roberta Hershenson, The New York Times
Native New Yorker Melissa Giges is no stranger to success. Her music has become a staple on national radio and television, with multiple songs appearing regularly on shows like MTV’s Real World, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Bad Girls Club, and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.
In addition, the critical acclaim and commercial success of her debut album, Evident, has won her a loyal following with her mesmerizing performances and strikingly beautiful voice.
Now, the singer-songwriter is set to return to the national spotlight June 10th, 2014, with her new release, Just When I Let Go. About both the record, and its first single, “Audience,” Giges says, “I think this new album has a blend of intimacy and intensity to it. My lyric writing has become more personal than ever, while the music has become even more melodic, focused, and direct than ever. It’s loud, it’s bold, but I feel it also has a smart sophistication to it—a vulnerability—that I’ve wanted. I can’t wait for my audience to hear it.”
Intelligence and sophistication are not surprising, given Giges’ musical background. A classically trained pianist since age four, she discovered her love of singing by humming melodies of the works she was learning for the piano. Giges continued her musical studies, later majoring in classical voice as a Presidential Arts Scholar at George Washington University. Her stand-out gifts have led to performances at the White House and the Kennedy Center, as well as a European concert series.
Melissa Giges’ new album, Just When I Let Go, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Blake Morgan in New York City, and will be released worldwide on July 22, 2014, with an exclusive iTunes release June 10th, 2014, on ECR Music Group.
Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA’s), acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.” They’ve since gone on to perform more than 800 shows in 42 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and have even been tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres.
Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.”
Their fifth and newest album, Start Somewhere, finds the band returning to the intimate storytelling and acoustic guitar interplay that was a hallmark of their early work as buskers. They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).
Cost: $10 adv/ $12 door
For more information, visit http://www.ecrmusicgroup.com/artists/melissa-giges/
with Annie Stokes
Annie Stokes is an alt-country singer from Virginia. Her music mixes country sounds with the heartbeat of city life. She is currently working on her first EP, due out in late fall.
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/
Jason Harrod with Paige Allbritton and Brett Gleason
Thursday, September 25, 7:29 PM to 9:59 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/
and Brett Gleason
Combining the intimacy of a piano based singer-songwriter with dark electronics and jazz harmonics: Brett Gleason’s music has been called ‘revolutionary’ and garnered comparisons to diverse artists like Trent Reznor, Tori Amos and Depeche Mode.
From Brooklyn, NY by way of Long Island, Brett Gleason’s early life was hampered by a severe speech impediment, leading to a solitary childhood immersed in the arts. His struggle to communicate led to a mastery of multiple instruments and a fiction degree from the New School University in NYC. Both an out gay artist and bi-polar sufferer, Gleason knows what it’s like to live a life of intensity outside the mainstream and his music reflects this.
Brett debuted ‘The Dissonance’ in early 2010 with the ‘I Am Not’ video climbing to the top of MTV Logo’s ‘The Click List’ for 20 weeks. Followed by the controlled chaos of ‘‘Futile & Fooled’ in 2011, Brett returned to the studio, not to emerge until early 2012 as the creator of ‘Destruction’ and is preparing a new video for ‘Calculated’.
Created with a vow to play all instruments and self-produce every detail, his latest record, ‘The Thawing’ is an operatic set of new tracks both aggressive and vulnerable, abrasive yet beautiful With an emphasis on a classical piano background and the addition of strings, this sophisticated sophomore effort is a seamless development of Brett’s unique, layered sound.
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.
The War and Treaty (formerly Trotter and Blount) with Dave Charles
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. The War and Treaty (formerly 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/
with Dave Charles
Dave Charles is a folk/soul singer- songwriter, musician, and producer based out of Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently signed with Mint 400 Records (Hawthorne New Jersey), and also affiliated with B.M.I. as a songwriter, composer, and producer. Dave, known for his unique vocal style, blends the fine tunes of folk, soul, and blues together to create his own rhythmic and smooth acoustic qualities. Dave has performed at numerous venues and recently performed for executive producer Mark Burnett at the executive auditions in Burbank, California, with NBC’s The Voice!.
“Get ready music world, he’s on his way.” “His music brought me back to my late teens, early twenties—my wonderful college years―and listening to contemporary blues of Eric Clapton.”
— Nancy Weeks, Keeping Your Dreams Alive
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 with Dizzy Bats (solo)
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/
with Dizzy Bats (solo)
Dizzy Bats’ front man, Connor Frost, never could kick his addiction to 90’s Pop Punk. Raised in Westchester, NY by the sound of Billie Joe Armstrong’s nasal yelp, Frost’s childhood musical obsessions have sustained him into adulthood. It comes as no surprise that “Sundial” presents thick layers of distortion balanced by the twang of acoustic guitar while walking bass lines carry home driving drums.
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
The Cabin Project, Addie Brownlee, 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.
Addie Brownlee feels most settled when she’s unsettled. “Sea Legs” off her new EP, “East of Leaving”—features a cameo by Martha Wainwright. It’s a rolling, lolling post-heartbreak shanty: “I got good sea legs from a year of trying to find my footing,” she sings in a voice that’s been oft compared to Dusty Springfield. “Even Dusty Springfield’s name evoked the sound of her voice. I love the comparison.” If Brownlee’s voice is of the dust, the earth, then her lyrics are a hard rain. Eroding the surface of things, exposing feelings that aren’t easily expressed or classified, but so familiar it seems someone should have written these songs before.
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
For more information, visit http://www.ticketfly.com/event/646693
Sam Morrow and Grace Weber - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, September 20, 7:00 PM to 8:35 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.”
“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 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
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Grace is currently based in Brooklyn and is about to release her self-defining second album, The Refinery, produced by Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Neville Brothers) and Geoff Stanfield (Firehorse, Mieka Pauley). Often labeled an “old soul,” Grace’s music is grounded in powerful soul, roots and gospel sounds, with her voice and songwriting as the centerpiece.
Grace has toured internationally, including appearances on Oprah, Showtime at the Apollo, NPR’s Mountain Stage, The Today Show, World Café Live, The Barns at Wolf Trap, the Kennedy Center, SXSW and at other venues across the U.S. and the UK. Grace has also opened for acts such as Ben Taylor, Marc Broussard, Colin Hay and Rick Springfield. Grace and her original song, Leave the Light On, were showcased on the 10th Anniversary Commemoration of 9.11 in Paris where she performed with a full orchestra.
Grace’s 2011 debut album, Hope & Heart, with Producer Mike Mangini (Joss Stone/Diane Birch), was released in the Top Ten on iTunes’ singer-songwriter charts. Songs from this album were featured in Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and U.S. Airways. Each of the album’s songs went to the Top Ten on the Singer/Songwriter Charts in Japan.
Grace’s first single, Perfect Stranger, off her new album The Refinery is just starting to hit radio waves across the country. The single is currently in rotation at 88.9 Radio Milwaukee and has been featured on NPR’s KUTX, WUWM 89.7, CBC in Canada, and on Brooklyn’s BBOX radio.
The 9 Songwriter Series
Friday, October 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 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/
Amos Saint Jean and Friends Live in Concert
Friday, October 17, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Amos Saint Jean, a native New Yorker, is the youngest of seven siblings and began learning how to play the piano at the young age of ﬁve by his father Amos Saint Jean Sr. By the age of eight, Amos began singing and directing the choir at his elementary school where he began nurturing his love and gift for music.
In late 1997, Amos attended college at the University of Central Florida where he majored in Electrical Engineering. But after dealing with constant life-challenges, like the lost of his mother in 1999, after completing his sophomore year he decided to give school a break.
In early 2000 he moved to Atlanta to further his music career. For the next few years Amos began developing his love for writing, composing & producing music. He has been fortunate to be in the company of many great musicians, artists & producers from all over the world and now with almost 20 years of experience as a music professional, Amos Saint Jean has become one of the industry’s most dynamic and incomparable musician, songwriter, producer & recording artist.
In the fall of 2005, while living in Baltimore, Maryland, Amos independently released his debut album entitled, “In the Secret Place (Vol. 1) - Journey of the Soul” and during the summer of 2007, released a live DVD featuring new arrangements of music from the debut project. This debut album afforded him & his band the opportunity to travel overseas to Paris, France on a concert tour entitled “The New Season Tour.” In addition to touring in Paris, he has also traveled and performed in Belgium, Costa Rica, Italy and Spain.
After his season of overseas touring and traveling, in 2009 Amos felt an overwhelming need to share a message of hope to a hopeless world and decided to produce a sophomore album, ﬁlm a music video and write a new song entitled, “Tell the World.” Reminiscent of his unique style expressed in his debut album, his new work was the perfect follow-up; a cornucopia of genres accompanied with electrifying percussion elements and multidimensional vocal arrangements.
Amos currently serves as Minister of Music & Arts at Evangel Cathedral in Upper Marlboro, MD. He is in the process of recording & releasing new material, but his latest single, “Simply Incredible,” is currently available to download on iTunes and many other online music stores today.
Cost: $10 adv/ $12 door
For more information, visit http://amossaintjean.com/