Carl Anderson and Mary Bragg with Elise Davis
Friday, August 28, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Carl’s a laid-back, straight-talking hilarious guy; somehow he has you crying from heartbreaking songs one second and then laughing at incredibly dry banter the next…
Since graduating from high school, Carl has been writing, performing and recording music. He released his debut full-length album, Wolftown, in 2011, and recently completed the sophomore LP Risk of Loss; both albums were recorded in Louisa County, Virginia, at White Star Sound with Stewart Myers and Chris Keup. Carl has quickly become a staple at Virginia festivals, logging two appearances each at Campout East and The Festy Experience in addition to Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Misty Mountain Music Fest, Red Wing Roots, Rocktown Beer & Music Festival and Crozet Music Festival. He was selected as a finalist for Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s “Telluride Troubadour” songwriting contest and thereafter recorded a Daytrotter session.
Barely out of high school, Bragg spent six months in Nashville as a sprite, eager singer, chasing the dream. Like so many do.
Sent on her way to the University of Georgia where she was classically trained in voice, she put Nashville behind her and focused on developing her craft on her own terms. After college, New York became her muse, her trouble, her chaperone. Several years into growing acclaim in Brooklyn’s Americana scene, she attracted overflow crowds for a yearlong residency at New York City’s famed venue The Living Room. She has been honored in such prestigious songwriting contests as Kerrville New Folk, Telluride Troubadour, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, and the International Songwriting Competition.
Now having recently been accepted into the world-renowned circle of songwriters at The Bluebird Cafe after a 60-second audition, Bragg finally has been embraced in Nashville. The 2011 release of her Lee Alexander-produced album Tattoos & Bruises, met with critical acclaim by USA Today, No Depression magazine and others, didn’t hurt.
In March of 2013, Elise signed her first publishing deal with Horipro Entertainment. The opportunity was presented as a prize for winning a songwriting contest through American Songwriter and Martin Guitar in which over 800 songwriters entered. That win planted her firmly in the middle of the Nashville songwriting community, and she began writing songs in the spirit of co-writes and collaboration.On May 27th of 2014, Elise released the Life EP in conjunction with her publisher Horipro Entertainment. While the songs on Life could take a slight right turn and fit nicely on the Music Row hit parade, there’s an honesty and sharp-witted integrity fueling her creativity and constantly veering left.
Ultimately, staying true to her message may place her beyond the periphery of country label machine, but it simultaneously allows true music fans the opportunity to focus on a songsmith destined for a different kind of limelight.
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
Pavel Urkiza - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, August 22, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Pavel Urkiza is internationally-know Cuban musician, composer, producer, and arranger of great sensitivity and connection to world musical cultures. His profound respect and understanding of Cuba’s rich musicological ancestry, in combination with 22 years of musical life and experience in the Iberian Peninsula result in a truly unique style that offers a vast spectrum of rhythms, harmonies, melodies and lyrics. The Afro-Cuban-Spanish flavor is evident in his guitar playing and vocals. A Caribbean-Mediterranean way of playing with a singular Cuban swing. Among the rhythms he has inherited and others he has spearheaded are: Filin progresivo, Guaguancó-Flamenco, Spanish Tango with “Son”, Bolero Filin, Bomba-Makuta, Timba-Funk, Chacha-Blues, Trova-Jazz, and more.
One guitar, one voice, many colors. MIM: música iberoamericana del mundo. (Ibero-american world music)
For more information, visit www.pavelurkiza.com
Tiffany Thompson and Jenn Bostic
Friday, August 21, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Tiffany Thompson’s music travels between the acoustic folk and pop worlds. But her smooth, emotional vocal and honest lyrics are always the center of her artistry.
Tiffany has released 4 records: Tiffany Thompson (EP 2009), We Are The Dreamers (EP 2011), Unplugged (LP 2012) and One Voice (LP 2012); and toured extensively in the United States as well as Germany, Prague, Budapest and London.
Her musical exploration reflects a traveling spirit she’s had since living as a child in Moscow, Russia. After college in Chicago, Il Tiffany moved to DC where she dove into the music scene. Playing at landmark venues like The Birchmere, Jammin Java, The Hamilton and IOTA, Tiffany spent 7 years investing in the NOVA/DC music community.
In summer 2014, Tiffany moved to Nashville, TN to focus on songwriting and to immerse herself in that creative community.
Tiffany’s solo performance is an intimate experience of story telling and song. Playing both guitar and piano, Tiffany entertains audiences of all ages with a dynamic set that brings tears to your eyes and a smile to your heart. And after a summer tour in Germany with Jenn Bostic, she is filled with new songs and stories to share with her home community of DC.
Jenn Bostic is a Minnesota native, currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. Her emotive songwriting and powerful vocals have been touching hearts around the world.Jealous of the Angels, a song written for her late father, allowed her to connect and empathize with her fans in a remarkable way.
Jealous of the Angels, produced by Barrett Yeretsian (writer/producer of the hit Jar of Hearts for Christina Perri) was discovered by noted U.K. DJ Simon Bates, who played it on his popular morning show on Smooth Radio, where the song immediately jumped into the station’s Top 10 Most Played for the week. The song was soon playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and after a live performance on BBC Breakfast the song went #1 in the United Kingdom. It now has over 1.8 million views on YouTube, and after two follow up singles, Not Yet and Missin’ a Man, Jenn became the first independent American artist to have their first three singles playlisted at BBC Radio 2.
In 2012, Bostic received 5 Independent Country Music Association Awards including “Best Female Artist,” “Best Songwriter,” and Overall Winner. She has performed across the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, including venues such as The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, The Bluebird Cafe and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has opened for artists such as The Band Perry, Randy Travis and Christian Kane.
June 1, 2015, Bostic release her third album entitled “Faithful.” Which has already gained much support through her performance on BBC’s Songs of Praise.
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
Shawn Taylor - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, August 8, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
With a thumping thumb, dancing fingers, wailing harp, deep gritty soul stirring vocals and poetic blue collar lyrics, Taylor’s songs ooze American roots. His voice has been compared to Tom Waites, Ray Lamontagne, Bruce Springsteen and Chris Smither. His original songs draw from the deep Americana musical well and his lyrics are colored by the experiences of his own working class wandering roots.
He’s been an oysterman, carpenter, hitchhiker, homeowner, father, husband, and ‘thru-hiker’ of the Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail and the John Muir Trail. He’s won awards for his short prose stories and been a finalist in several competative songwriter open mikes, including the Towne Crier in Pawling, NY, which he won.
He plays venues from New England to Nashville, such as the Bluebird Cafe, and has shared the stage with acts such as, Maria Muldaur and Vance Gilbert. He also leads the ever evolving New England based Wandering Roots band.
He has released three solo CD’s, “Wandering Roots,” “Free,” and “Home.” Home” has aired on international folk radio from Japan, to Europe to WFUV in NY. He maintains a busy playing schedule, making 200+ apearances a year and is curentlty writing towards the next recording project…
Has shared the stage with…
* Maria Muldaur
* Vance Gilbert
* Amy Speace
* Scott Ainslie
* Kevin So
* Pat Wictor
* David Jacobs-Strain
* Danielle Miraglia
* Garnet Rodgers
* Abbie Gardner
* Michael Ronstadt
For more information, visit http://www.shawntaylortunes.com/
Closer to Home (duo Mike Herz & Emily Barnes) - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, August 1, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Closer to Home is the contemporary folk duo of singer-songwriters Mike Herz & Emily Barnes based out of northwest, New Jersey. These two artists combine heartfelt harmonies, penetrating songwriting and a natural artistic chemistry that makes for a captivating live show. The union of Herz’s rich vocals with Barnes’mesmering voice creates an inimitable sound and style that is turning heads. Combined they have hours of original material, from tear jerking love songs to foot stomping anthems. Closer to Home is a new force to be reckoned with on the indie music scene.
For more information, visit http://mikeherzmusic.com/closer-to-home
Passerine, Notes from the Underground
Thursday, July 30, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Passerine’s distinctive sound combines vocal harmonies, the crisp rhythms of an acoustic guitar, the haunting voices of the fiddle and dobro (resonator slide guitar), the resonant lows of an acoustic bass. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from sweet ballads to the edgier side of contemporary Americana.
They were voted “Band of the Year” at the very diverse Deland Original Music Festival in 2012, and took home an award for “song of the year” in 2011. This year, Passerine was among three bands voted “Best of Local Bands” by the readers of SRQ Magazine
Notes from the Underground
The DC-based Newgrass trio Notes from the Underground performs innovative acoustic folk music drawing on Bluegrass, Jazz, Irish and Old-Time traditions.
Cost: $10 adv / $12 door
Athron McCann - Live in the Coffeehouse
Friday, July 31, 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM · Add to Calendar
Softly woven acoustic-based tunes combined with raw lyrics, smooth melodies and layered with a thick vocal presence, Athron’s music combines a rich blend of emotive sounds to guarantee satisfaction for the senses.
For more information, visit http://athron.net/
Rivers - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, July 25, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Rivers is a Harrisburg-area, all-acoustic trio consisting of lead guitarist/banjoist/vocalist, Vincent Yarnell, percussionist/vocalist, Matt Sinkovitz, and upright bassist/vocalis,t Joe Schaefer. Whether playing large venues, or out on the street, this group changes-it-up and throws-it-down with surprising sound and song. Indie meet folk, folk meet pop and pop meet Rivers.
For more information, visit http://www.theriversband.com/
Musica Feminista Showcase
Friday, July 24, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Musica Feminista is a new group of like-minded musicians, music teachers, music lovers and music business people who believe that a vibrant musical culture must include diverse voices. The emerging artist showcase series will nurture up and coming female talent, giving women a supportive and appreciative venue in which to gain experience as performers, band leaders and band mangers, and will help female musicians become the confident, skilled performing women of tomorrow’s music scene.
For more information, visit http://www.musicafeminista.org/
The Bergamot, Lucas Carpenter, Jesse Lafser
Thursday, July 16, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Winners of the 2012 Bud Light Battle of the Bands, Brooklyn based husband wife duo Jillian Speece and Nathaniel Paul Hoff are the songwriters behind this vibrant indie folk-rock sound.
The Bergamot’s uplifting songs are powered by unbreakable harmonies with seamless songwriting adeptness that combines a story of both the joys and heartaches of life. Jillian and Nathaniel met in high school in their hometown of South Bend, Indiana in 2003; they have since released three albums and toured extensively across North America and Europe.
Drawing upon influences such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, The Dave Matthews Band and Bob Dylan. The Bergamot writes songs that are uplifting, catchy, and enchanting. Jillian’s velvety alto voice blends seamlessly with Nathaniel’s ethereal vocals creating dynamic harmonies that are apart of their signature sound.
Speece and Hoff have an amazing gift for writing poignant songs based upon personal experiences with a relatable and emotional immediacy. Their performances are high energy, infectious, and have turned first-time listeners into instant fans. The Bergamot bridges the gap between artist and audience by engaging them on a personal level though-out the performance.
They have opened up for artist such as All American Rejects, Young The Giant, and Wiz Kalifa. The Bergamot has performed at SXSW, Taste of Chicago, The Traverse City Film Festival, and Bud Lights Port Paradise Music Festival located in the Bahamas. The Bergamot has graced the pages of Icon Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Chicago Tribune, CMJ, Skope Magazine, WGN Chicago, CBS, HGTV and NPR.
The Bergamot will release their highly anticipated new record TONES Spring of 2015.
Crossing state lines with guitars, looping pedals, and all manner of percussive instrument in tow, Lucas Carpenter is a modern pop troubadour. With a beat heavy and melody rich sound that borrows from his love of folk songcraft, the colorfulness of pop, Nashville storytelling, and hip electronic production values, LC is remixing what it means to be a singer-songwriter.
Born into a tightly knit, small town community in Pennsylvania, he is the son of a funeral director and the much loved black sheep of a large family. A self-proclaimed “Art Kid From the Country”, Lucas began his creative journey in musical theater productions, choirs, and garage bands before moving first to Pittsburgh, then to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music (’06 Songwriting graduate), to Philadelphia for 3 years, then to New York City. Eventually “Music City” beckoned, landing him in Nashville, TN, where he currently resides when not on the road. His songs are colorful sonic tapestries, contrasting the mundane and often comic reality of life in rural America against the cultural diversity and fast pace of the cities he’s called home.
Since releasing the “Art Kids From the Country” EP 6 years ago, Lucas has played over 500 shows, sold over 5,500 albums and digital downloads completely independently, plus created “The Pixelated Path” (2008) and “Evolution/Mystery” (2010), his most ambitious work to date. Both EP’s, produced with Los Angeles based friend and producer David Bowick, venture into new sonic territory, combining beats generated from samples of office equipment, classic synthesizer sounds, beatboxing, and even a desk chair rolling across the floor, with organic instrumentation that included fretless guitar, Irish tin whistles, nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle), and toy pianos.
Currently, Lucas is on the road, sharing his high octane, electro-acoustic show with fans across the country. As a songwriter, a storyteller, a producer, and a performer Lucas Carpenter offers a new vision for the modern pop artist.
Jesse Lafser is a singer-songwriter named after a Thomas Hart Benton painting of a woman playing the guitar. Originally from St. Louis, MO, her musical style is inspired by the blues and ragtime sounds native to the port city - Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Elizabeth Cotten, and more. There is, however, another side to her style that evokes the acoustic folk and roots music Lafser was raised on: she cites Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, and other great songwriting icons as influences.
She is a prolific songwriter and a talented instrumentalist - her stellar finger-picking and clear voice have landed her spots sharing the stage with artists like Steve Earle, Will Kimbrough, Robert Ellis, John Fullbright, Sarah Jarosz, Bobby Bare, Jr., and many more. American Songwriter magazine said of her 2012 debut Land in Sight, “Her ability to tell a story is remarkable.”
Raised On the Plains (April 2015) beautifully showcases Lafser’s hybrid blend of blues and folk, and was heavily influenced by her travels in the southwest. The album features some of Nashville’s favorite session players - Jeremy Fetzer (Steelism, Andrew Combs), Evan Hutchings (Brandi Carlile, Sara Watkins, Escondido), Justin Moses (Ricky Skaggs, Sierra Hull), and more - as well as special guests Will Kimbrough and SHEL.
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
Anna May (duo) - Live in the Coffeehouse
Saturday, July 11, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM · Add to Calendar
The Anna May Acoustic Duo is traditional folk with a flavor of jazz and an Americana twist. Anna May is a twenty one year old singer and songwriter from New London, Connecticut. She shares the stage with her father, Vince Thompson, for a cross-genre escapade through heartbreak, nostalgia, and adventure. Anna’s original music is inspired by the people in her life and their stories, the places she has traveled to, and the coastal town where she grew up. Anna is influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Madeleine Peyroux, and Natalie Merchant, and covers everyone from Cher to Cab Calloway.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/AnnaMayFolk
Kenny George Band, Zia Hassan, Rorie
Friday, July 10, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Kenny George Band
Since 2007, KGB has been building a reputation in the Southeastern United States playing all-manner of venues and arrangements—offering the full, intricate sound of a five-piece or stripping down to a duo or trio for more intimate settings. Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Kenny George, the group is rooted in country, but deeply delves into rock and folk. “Think The Dirty Guv’nahs meets the throwback Southern sound of Whiskeytown,” George describes.
The core of KGB has been crafting a heartfelt and melodic blend of country, folk and Southern rock since 2007. The attention-grabbing sound is driven by Kenny George’s gritty vocals and the twangy pedal steel of band member Center Ely. Known in places they’ve been for that genuine sound, KGB (who are not spies for the Soviet Union) bring passion to the stage and their recordings—as evident on their 7-Track critically acclaimed self released debut EP “Gunshy.”
As the band has expanded its geographic reach and Gunshy is heard on more-and-more radio stations in the Southeast, the Aiken SC-based group has grown in popularity and has been asked to open for major acts including Montgomery Gentry, American Aquarium, Whitey Morgan, Will Hoge, and Eric Paslay. In January 2014 the band won a songwriting contest whose prize was an invite to Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio. The band spent several days in the studio and the resultant recordings from those sessions will form the basis of KGB’s next release in the Fall of 2015.
Zia Hassan is a storyteller. He likes to ask questions and seek honest answers from (and about) a vast array of subjects, such as love, neuroscience, solar particles, consciousness, dark matter, and surrogate motherhood.
This passion of his is the catalyst for his music, as well as multiple other creative projects including a podcast series, short films, photography, insightful blog posts, and more.
He’s a guy who keeps a pen and paper on him at all times just to make sure a new idea doesn’t get away. It’s his observation skills coupled with a genuine sense of childlike wonder that brings Zia’s music and other creative endeavors to life.
Rorie is a singer-songwriter, crafting music that tells stories of both heartache and hope. She released her EP, ‘This Time,’ in July, 2014, and a single, “Restore,” in May 2015. “Restore” was funded by 98 Kickstarter backers, and the song is now being sold to raise funds for anti-human trafficking organizations. Rorie is currently playing shows and writing as much as possible, with the hopes that you will find a part of the story you love and connect to.
Cost: $10 adv/$12 door
The 9 Singer-Songwriter Series
Friday, August 7, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM · Add to Calendar
Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series” is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists for only $10? To date, over 60 different artists have participated in “The 9”, at events in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and Philadelphia.
Follow and Like “The 9” at www.facebook.com/wearethe9 and www.twitter.com/wearethe9.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wearethe9