A special thanks to all the musicians that joined us for the Under:40 Music Marathon September 28 through 30, 2012 at the Hard Rock Cafe - Washington, DC. Over 150 local artists (50+ bands total), along with an "American Idol" winner and finalist, combined their talents to draw attention to the importance of breast cancer awareness for women and for men – particularly those under the age of 40.
Phillip Phillips & Haley Reinhart headlined the Under:40 Music Marathon
A.C.E.'S and 8'S
A.C.E.'S and 8'SAdrian Krygowski
A.C.E.'S and 8'S is music straight from the Heart. Led by Frontman and founder A.C.SPRINGS, Keys be Levitus Wimbish, Jay Allen JR. on drums, Kayo on guitar and Jessi on Vocals. These Black hearted kings and Queen bring the Truth every time they step on stage. Influenced by bands such as Bad Brains, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, The Roots, James Brown and countless others, The A.C.E.'S have been able to grace the stage with the likes of MC Lyte, Kurtis Blow, Reesa Renee, Black Alley Band, Tamika Love Jones, Musiq Soulchild, Big Daddy Kane, and Elle Varner to name a few. "Never the same hand twice." is the way the A.C.E'S come out the deck and they play to win.
"What an awesome and inspiring experience to work with Adrian Krygowski. Totally prepared, professional and easy to work with. Can't wait to finish the album and for everyone to hear it." ~Ed Pettersen - Split Rock Records Nashville
"The music is a folk/alt country blend...reminds me of a young Jimmy Lafave. I bought his CD and I think you should, too." ~Stuck Inside of Knoxville
For more information on Adrian, visit: http://www.adriankrygowski.com/.
Andrew Tufano is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Sterling VA. Being a first place winner of the NSBA electronic music talent search at age 11, Andrew began pursuing music at a young age. Since then has fashioned a multifaceted pop blend of jazz, blues, and soul reminiscent of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Ed Sheeran. He spends his time playing local gigs (such as JamminJava, Tally Ho!, and Ned Devines), songwriting, and giving piano lessons to neighborhood kids. In 2012 Andrew wrote and recorded his first EP titled Right Where We Should Be.
For more information on Andrew Tufano, visit: http://www.andrewtufanomusic.com/.
Displaying a level of achievement that belies her age, the Washington D.C. native spent the last year appearing at concerts, performing the National Anthem at major sporting events, writing and recording songs with national level musicians, and acting as national spokesperson for an anti-bullying campaign All this by the age of sixteen. With influences ranging from Amy Lee to Kelly Clarkson to Led Zeppelin, Becca recently headed into the studio in Boston to record her latest release "Never Alone". One hundred percent of the money derived from the sale of the new songs will benefit anti-bullying awareness. This is the second release of music in 2012. Just three months ago Becca released "Homage", a five song set that features music written by artists Becca loves and respects. These songs are time tested hits that have withstood the various fads that have occurred in my life, says the young singer/songwriter. I tried to make these songs my own while still paying tribute to the original versions.
For more information on Becca Levy, visit: http://www.beccalevy.com/.
BennyBlack Dog Prowl
Built from the ashes of vox pop, D.C.'s finest purveyors of Americana pop, Benny combines elements of roots rock, country swing, and indie folk, with a focus on strong songwriting. Benny has filled out its acoustic sound with danceable rhythms, lush vocal harmonies, and a sonic palette that's guaranteed to capture a crowd's attention. According to Sun News, "Benny the Band demonstrates a special command of melody, and is quickly securing a place among the greats of DC's local music community." A friend and fellow musician says our sound is "angelic cowboy." We'll go with that. Benny has played such venues as the Black Cat, IOTA, the Hamilton, the Red Palace, and nearly every other major venue in the DC metro area.
For more information on Benny, visit: http://www.bennytheband.com/.
Black Dog ProwlBravenoise
Hailing from Washington D.C., Black Dog Prowl have cut out their own untouched niche in the D.C. music scene. Gritty vocalist and guitarist Josh Finver fronts this four-piece that also features Robert Peters on lead guitar and an explosive rhythm section made up of bassist Schuyler Allen and drummer Enzo Ferroggiaro. Though the band takes inspiration from rock pioneers, Black Dog Prowl has separated from the pack with their contemporary mix of hard blues, grunge and rock. Their debut album, Half Truths & Lies (2010) garnered gushing reviews and praise for its grungy edge and palpable blues influence. Dan Miller of OnTap Magazine stated, Black Dog Prowl are producing music indicative of a band with far more miles on their career. Their debut album, Half Truths & Lies, exemplifies this fact as the group packages screaming guitar riffs, alternating lead vocalists, and door-busting drums into a unique and gripping ten tracks. Black Dog Prowl followed their debut success with the Vapor EP, released in January. The EP's explosive title track has received airplay on Baltimores 98 Rock, along with several internet and college radio stations.
For more information on Black Dog Prowl, visit: http://www.blackdogprowl.com/.
With their debut album Everything Was And Everything Will Be, the Baltimore/DC- based trio Bravenoise redefines the meaning of a modern pop-rock band via both their recordings and their commanding live shows. The Bravenoise sound is based on a roux of prominent and soulful grooves, flavored by infectious melodies, catchy pop hooks, and clever arrangements, with a hint of Caribbean and Latin influences in their rock and roll mix. The band draws upon the reggae-inflected pop of The Police, the visionary artfulness of Radiohead, combined with the driving groove of the Motown sound, and the cool sultriness of Antonio Carlos Jobim's Brazilian jazz. Recording with Baltimores J. Robbins, known for his work with artists including Jawbox, Clutch, Against Me!, and The Dismemberment Plan, Bravenoise recorded their full-length debut on a mixing board formerly owned by Roy Orbison. Individually or collectively, the band and its members have played across the country and around the world, performing locally at events like Taste of Bethesda, The Baltimore Book Festival, and Brazil Day, at local establishments including Rams Head Live, DC9, Iota Club and the 8'10, and nationally at venues like Tulsas historic Cains Ballroom and T.T. the Bear's Place in Boston. The trio parlayed the release of Everything Was And Everything Will Beinto Deli Magazine's DC-area Band of the Month in August 2011.
For more information on Bravenoise, visit: http://www.bravenoise.com/.
Brian FrankeBrittany Jean
Brian Franke is an award-winning folk-rock singer/songwriter residing in the Washington, DC area. An up-and-coming artist with dynamic vocals, his music provides subtle commentary on life events, social issues, and politics, spanning such genres as rock, indie pop, and folk rock. With a sound thats raw, contemplative and often edgy, his music appeals to fans of Elliott Smith, Pete Yorn, Vertical Horizon, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Brian's debut album Six Blocks Down was released in the fall of 2010. Six Blocks Down navigates through swells of hard rock, over meandering streams of rootsy folk, with an undercurrent of mellow indie pop. Lyrically he meditates on life, love, politics and social issues, blending lively folk- rock arrangements with colorful chord progressions and rich, raw vocals. Today he is a permanent fixture on the music circuit in Washington, DC, with numerous residencies, and invitations to play top venues in the area such as Jammin Java, Iota Club and Caf?, and the Washington Nationals Ballpark.
For more information on Brian Franke, visit: http://www.brianfranke.com/.
Brittany Jean has been writing, performing, and recording music since 2002, releasing two acoustic albums before forming a three-piece band to open for Hanson and Rooney in Richmond, VA in July, 2010. The band released their first EP (recorded with Kyle Downes at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA) in January 2011 and quickly sold out. Brittany Jean was recently featured in the Deli Poll magazine for DC's best emerging artists and has played many big gigs in the DC area, including at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival, Del Rey Music Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and shows at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Brittany's acoustic career has also blossomed, playing such gigs as the Herndon Festival and in the up-and-coming touring singer/songwriter series The 9." Brittany Jean has opened for many notable artists such as up-and-coming band Parachute (formerly known as Sparky's Flaw), The Silver Liners, and Mike Park. The band is now finishing off their second EP and ready to hit the asphalt.
For more information on Brittany Jean visit: http://Www.brittanyjeanmusic.com.
Female fronted electronica!!! It began with programming the drums on Megabite Christian V. remarks referencing his 1st drum machine the R-70, during his 1st band Burnt Republic (1990-1993) when the session drummer would not show. Bass, when the bass player exited the service and then on his own for over a decade upon completion of his Army term. Whereupon, Christian V. Began development of his own one man band or Megabite/Burntrobot era (1993-1996) where he then met a classically trained soprano singer named Space girl Z (aka Zoe Levan) BURNT! Spacepop (1997-2001) was a pioneer of the many electronica/techno duos today and created their own brand of music known today as Technopera. Covering manypopular artists via Roland midi groove machines such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, the Beetles and adding live edits, sit in musicians and ethereal vocals to their originals and playing live across the U.S. with concentration in Northern Arizona. (2002-2006), Remix albums and a DVD of music videos were finished by Christian V. as a lone producer and began using the original name burntsystems once more and as the Indie Record label name to sell on MP3.com in limited press. From (2007-Present) Burntsystems has completed several albums and music videos covering and creating many different musical genres while continually striving to develop a genre that is burntsystems.
For more information on Burntsystems, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/burntsystems.
CD PorterCharm City Devils
God is raising up an army of worshipers who understand the power of the Presence. One of those worshipers is psalmist CD Porter. A gifted musician and vocalist, CD's music is simply a vehicle used to spread the love of God to His people and to help them understand that everything they need is found in worship. The songwriter, producer and worship leader is one of today's up-and-coming artists, a singer with a passion for praise. Having contributed his talents to multiple recordings, the Worship Director for New Life Anointed Ministries in Woodbridge, VA, is now readying his national debut entitled, Declaration. Releasing on May 22, 2012, Declaration is a stunning collection of praise and worship and contemporary gospel tunes set to inspire, uplift and encourage the believer.
With a God-inspired vision and "Fresh Oil' (the name of his record label), Declaration is a musical collage of testimonies of God showing Himself mighty over every mountain and through every valley in CD's life. An incredibly personal record, it is because of God's love and faithfulness for CD, that this singer will “DECLARE His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples” (IChronicles 16:24). CD shares, “There are so many people in our society declaring what they believe. I am declaring that Jesus is still Lord and that holiness is still right”.For more information on CD Porter, visit: http://epresskitz.com/kit.php?p=bio&u=35256511.
Charm City DevilsChris Aaron
In an industry filled with trends, fads, fashions, and flash-in-the-pan stories of "here today, gone tomorrow" generic flavors of the month, the one thing that remains constant is the need and love for pure, classic, hard rock and roll.
John Allen, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of Baltimore's Charm City Devils, knows this.
Rock and roll has been his passion since childhood. It has taken him into clubs, studios, tour buses, arenas, and around the world, as a drummer in his own bands and
now as the frontman for Charm City Devils, whose debut album, appropriately titled Let's Rock-N-Roll, on Eleven Seven Music, helmed by label President Nikki Sixx.
Charm City Devils was recently named iTunes' 2009 Rewind New Rock Band of the Year.
John Allen: Vocals
To learn more about Charm City Devils, visit: http://www.charmcitydevils.com.
You can also read a full interview with CCD about why they are participating in the 2011 Pink Rocks the Runway show on October 21, 2011.
Chris AaronColor School
Passion, spirit and raw human emotion give this talented singer/songwriter the edge in a vast musical landscape. With songs brimming with melody and inspiration, Chris delivers the goods with an emotional powerhouse of lyrical and acoustic flourishes that is not be missed by even the most hardened of folk. Judging from his new release of acoustic offerings, the sky is truly unlimited for this this up and coming rising star.
For more information on Chris Aaron visit: http://brman221.wix.com/chrisaaronofficialsite.
The name comes from an art movement indigenous to DC in the late 50's early 60's. Being from DC, we wanted our name to tie to something unique about DC that is apolitical. The three of us have all been in past DC bands. It is a wonder we have never played together before. Well, not really... but time gives you that sense. I would love to tell you more. But really it might be best to do so when we meet. Otherwise, we are just pontificating. So, we look forward to a beer with you; either at one of our shows or one of yours.
For more information on Color School, visit: http://www.colorschoolband.com/.
Cool-BreezeCoolFire featuring B. Blunt
Whether you're stepping outside for the day or having a cold glass of water as you sit on the front porch; you can't help but hear and feel the upcoming lyrical dimensions and rhythmic vibrations of Cool-Breeze. Born Tavon Smith, in Suffolk, Virginia, Cool-Breeze developed an early talent in the fourth grade. His teachers attention to his writing skills both advanced and creatively- styled, they hastily provided opportunities for him to express himself through poetry. As years progressed, Cool-Breeze joined the youth choir at his local church where the influence of music combined with his poetic obsession created a more curious developing artist. The discovery of Cool-Breezes talents wouldn't stop there...while under the leadership of Joshua Jenkins, he ventured into acting. To that end continued to write his poetry and perform throughout the community. Struggling to find his particular position in the arts, Cool-Breeze joined the group, DiceBoyz ENT at the age of 16. It was during this time that music not only resurfaced, but became a relevant catalyst to his passion to write, act, sing, and rap. One would think that electrifying and cool couldn't be in the same sentence; but when Cool- Breeze hits the stage, it is just that...an electrifying-coolness blend of poetry and music. As all aspiring artists do, Cool-Breeze and the DiceBoyz began covering every rap and R&B song that hit the charts. With a consistent flow of devoting time to his first love, poetry, Cool- Breeze has performed on several local radio stations and at major functions throughout the DMV Metropolitan area. In 2011, Cool-Breeze performed in the highly competitive DMV Glee hosted by 93.9s Angie Ange and Cultural Communications Fugi. A competition full of a vast amount of artists and performers, Cool-Breeze surfaced as the winner of a cash prize and walked away with bragging rights.Cool-Breeze has performed at multiple events at Prince Georges Community College, the Showplace Arena for the annual Catwalk Classics, local high schools and recreation centers, and has collaborated with Boss Gang and Solo D. His works are produced by JMarcus and Ceddi Tesla. DiceBoyz maintains an ongoing relationship as a group generating what they refer to as, fertile- legendary music. Cool-Breeze focuses mostly on his music as he has transformed what was once, moving poetry to Lethal Rap.Cool-Breeze is managed by KJW Consulting and is available for interviews, shows, concerts, and other booking appearances.
For more information on Cool-Breeze, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/amazingcoolbreeze.
CoolFire featuring B. BluntThe Crimestoppers
Quartet consisting of Drums, keys guitar/bass and vocals. Covering everything from Frank Sinatra to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marvin Gaye to Maxwell. B. Blunt B. Blunt was first recorded at the tender age of three and has been in love with music ever since! A classically trained pianist, Blunt got his start writing and producing professionally in 1998 by producing for local artists and quickly became known for producing soulful and organic original music. Over the years he's worked and performed with many of DCs most talented artists and musicians. Blunt's singing has afforded him the opportunity to travel as far as Hong Kong to perform and also to the 2009 Super Bowl Half Time Show to sing background for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Most recently, in August 2011, Blunt opened up for Jill Scott at the Verizon Center in Washington DC for the Budweiser Superfest where more than 15,000 people were in attendance. In 2006, Blunt released his own CD entitled Change which can be found iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon.com and many other sites. Blunt is currently finishing up his next album expected later this year.
For more information on B. Blunt, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/bluntime.
ARREST WARRANT Ok, so now that I have your attention, I'd like to re-introduce you to: The Crimestoppers This band has been playing the Mid-Atlantic scene, from Maryland to North Carolina, for over thirty (30) years. Founding Washington Area Musician Association members (WAMA) and Wammie-nominated Crimestoppers play a combination of blues, classic rock, and newer alt-rock selections. The band covers everything from classic Chicago and Delta blues, to Eric Clapton/Cream to Neil Young to the Grateful Dead to Stevie Ray Vaughn, to band member originals. Their flexible styles and broad range of covers makes them ideal for all kinds of venues and parties. They can play with the best of the blues bands, and be equally at home in the classic, alternative, and jam-band scene. The band has multiple configurations for all occasions, including 4-piece, 5-piece with sax or harp, 6-piece with sax or harp, and 7- piece with 2 guitars and sax or harp. Guaranteed to please, both from a listening and revenue per seat perspective, the band has played every club that no longer exists in the Mid-Atlantic area, including: The Bayou, The Wax Museum, The Psychedelly, Club Saba/Roxy, The Gentry, Hunters, The Mineshaft (Charlottesville VA), The Carolinian (Nagshead NC), and many more that we no longer remember (hey, 30 years is a long time!). Recent appearances include Strathmore Music Hall (Bandhouse Gigs Woodstock 40th Anniv. Tribute), Delaware State Music Festival (Dewey Beach DE, four years!), The Bethany Beach (Delaware) Bandstand, Rusty Rudder (Dewey Beach), The Globe 94.7-sponsored Army 10M race at the Pentagon (Three years in a row!), Nationals Stadium Bullpen, Bayou DC, Clydes of Chevy Chase, JVs Restaurant, Old Anglers Inn, Rockville Town Center, Montgomery Village (MD) Summer Concert Series, Bethesda (MD) Downtown Rocks, VisArts (Rockville MD), Star Diner Tiki Bar, Bangkok Blues, Dunmores Tavern, Jays Saloon, Fast Eddies Blues Room, The Chalkboard (Bethany Beach DE), Frogg Pond (Rehoboth Beach DE), Rodeo, Outta the Way Cafe, and Chick Halls Surf Club, along with private and corporate events all year long.
For more information on the Crimestoppers, visit: http://www.thecrimestoppers.com/.
Derek EvryThe Dirty Jacks
Derek Evry is an Alternative/Pop/Rock songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Derek has been writing and performing original music since 1999. Derek is currently preparing for the release of his third studio album, "Here's To Better Misery", which is due out in Summer 2012. Derek's first single "Wait For You" is available for download on the iTunes Music Store on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. You can see Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes perform at various venues & events in the DC Area, and on the road this spring & summer!
For more information on Derek Evry, visit: http://www.derekevry.com/.
The Dirty JacksDitched By Kate
The Dirty Jacks are a progressive/alternative rock band from Rockville, MD, USA, that create and deliver a unique sound, which is winning fans throughout the DC Metro area. They have played in venues across the Mid-Atlantic such as Jammin' Java, The Recher Theatre and Rams Head Live and have been featured on radio programs, including Noise in the Basement on 98 Rock. Recently, they won the 2012 Washington Auto Show's Battle of the Bands held at the DC Convention Center and were declared Jammin' Java's Mid-Atlantic Band Battle 6 Champions. The Dirty Jacks were also voted band of the month on The Deli Magazine.
For more information on The Dirty Jacks, visit: http://www.thedirtyjacks.com/.
Ditched By Kate
Ditched by Kate is an alternative rock band that exploded on the Washington DC scene in 2010. They have been winning over crowds with their unique blend of emotion filled lyrics and melodic riffs that can sway from new wave to grunge to driving rock.
Each musician has spent a lifetime honing their own styles which come together to craft memorable songs that audiences respond to.
After a year of constant shows in the Metro DC area and launching their five song CD Stumble, they are back in the studio writing and recording songs for their first full length album, Bender.
To learn more about Ditched By Kate, visit: http://ditchedbykate.com/.
Dreamscapes ProjectDriven to Clarity
Although it took till 2006 to find its final line up, even Rodgers would admit that he never imagined the legion of loyal listeners which has followed this eccentric quintet since he reconsidered that fateful day. Fronted by 12-string acoustic guitar and cello, the addition of melodic bass grooves and world percussion makes it a struggle to define a genre narrower than "acoustic". Undaunted theScapes coined the name "folk-core" and have gone on to be called"…one of the most innovative bands to come out of the East Coast in the last decade." (Jim M., CWG Magazine).
With the bands last release however, theScapes began racking up statistics and accolades. Despite being free of almost all representation, over the next two years they preceded to play over 120 shows in 10 states, including headlining the legionary 930 club, sharing the bill with acts like Blues Traveler, Ok Go, Bowling for Soup, Pat McGee, Good Charlotte, and Steven Kellogg and the Sixers.To learn more about The Dreamscapes Project, visit: http://www.thedreamscapesproject.com.
Driven to Clarity
Drawing from the diverse music scene of Baltimore, Maryland, Driven to Clarity fuses a mix of popular rock, funk, and pop rhythms to create a distinct sound that separates them from the field of other bands. Driven to Clarity appeals to both lovers of mainstream music and independent music alike.
A young energetic band, Driven to Clarity has taken the Baltimore music scene by storm. Shooting through the music charts on ReverbNation, Driven to Clarity has broken into and has held a position within the Top Ten singer/songwriter charts for Baltimore, Maryland since April 2012.
As Andy and Dave played throughout Maryland, they heard similar statements from listeners, "You guys shouldn't play covers; play your originals because we like them better." Today, Driven to Clarity can be seen playing both as a duo and a full band throughout the Baltimore and Washington, DC areas.
For more information on Driven to Clarity, visit: http://driventoclarity.com/.
The Future was created by the three founding members (JamesPoet, EY, Marcus Wilson). Since the year 2010 the alternative band has thrilled audiences across DC, Virginia, and Maryland with their tremendous energy and their proven ability to entertain audiences of all ages. Melding the essence of Hip Hop, Alternative, Soul, and GoGo; and in the styles of The Roots, Earth Wind & Fire, and Linkin Park; The Future combines the very best of many genres of music, while entertaining and captivating audiences with their sincerity and power.
For more information on The Future, visit: http://www.futurebanddc.com/.
Gallons to Ounces
Gallons to OuncesGrace Bernicker
By combining the choicest elements of popular music, Gallons to Ounces make feel-good rock that appeals to any listener. Matt Cummings, Zach Miller and Tom Hatcher blend elements of blues, soul and jazz with infectious riffs that often make you aggressively bop your head. Live shows stress improvisation within an energetic, groove-oriented frame. G2O pays tribute to a great heritage of music with covers of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Tears For Fears. Their refreshing sound, powerful melodies and dynamic performances have propelled G2O into the spotlight. Winning the 2012 Hard Rock Cafe Rising only confirms that they are the new sound, the sound of DC.
For more information on Gallons to Ounces, visit: http://www.gallonstoounces.com/.
Grace Bernicker is a passion driven, straight from the heart a country/pop singer and songwriter. Hailing from Havertown, PA, a small town right outside Philadelphia. Grace has been singing since the age of ten and first began songwriting at twelve. She's come a long way since then, recently releasing her first 3 debut singles as an independent country artist. These first 3 songs where produced and co-written by her co-writer/producer Kenny Lamb(N'SYNC/Justin Timberlake/Rhett Akins) and all songs were recorded down in Nashville at Love Shack Studios. Engineering and Mixing was done by Chris Rowe (Taylor Swift/Jewel). Grace is making headway as an independent artist in the ever changing music scene. She was recently selected as a finalist in the Taste of Philadelphia Singer/Songwriter Competition as well as a finalist in the PA round of the Texaco Country Showdown. She is constantly performing, booking shows and looking for new opportunities to advance in the music industry. Come July '12 Grace will begin making monthly trips to Nashville, for both co-writes and performances. Keep an eye out for her at some of Nashville's most recognizable venues.
For more information on Grace Bernicker, visit: http://www.gracebernicker.com/.
The Great Unknowns
The Great Unknowns
The Great Unknowns are an alt-country band whose first record, released on Indigo Girl Amy Ray's Daemon Records label, was a critical success, receiving positive reviews in No Depression, Performing Songwriter, Maxim and other publications. Their second album, released in January, is winning positive reviews, radio airplay, and awards, including the top prize in the most recent Mid-Atlantic Song Competition.
For more information on The Great Unknowns, visit: http://www.greatunknowns.com/.
Harriet VanderpoolHarris Face
Harriet Vanderpool grew up in a family where Christ was first. As a family they attended New Hope Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va. At an early age she became a member of the children's choir and later joined the junior and adult choir. Upon graduating from Deep Creek High School, she relocated to Lawton, Oklahoma where she pursued her gift as a singer, songwriter, and choir director.
In 1984 she married Grant Vanderpool, a soldier in the United States Army, and shortly thereafter was blessed to have three beautiful children: Stephanie, Jacquelyn and Jordan Vanderpool. Later the family relocated to Neu-Ulm, West Germany. In 1987 while attending Wiley Post Chapel/United States Army, she resumed her position as a singer, choir director, and the praise and worship leader. Upon completion of their military tour, they repositioned to Folk Polk, Louisiana where she resumed her position as a choir director in leadership of Chapel 5 Mass Choir. During the early 90's, while in Louisiana, she rearranged, recorded, and co-produced the well known hymnal, "Count Your Blessings," with Pip Cohill. Now residing in Portsmouth, VA, she continues to lift up the name of Jesus Christ. From 2000-2002, Harriet has performed in a host of productions including the off Broadway musical, "The Road to Calvary" and the gospel musical, "How I Got Over."
In 2004 Harriet released her first solo album, which she wrote and co produced with her pastor Steve Peacock entitled, "Through Your Eyes." In 2006 Harriet recorded with the late Minister Keith Law of Williamsburg, VA. who wrote and produced with The Winans, Donnie McClurkin, and Steven Herd. She also recorded with Levi Little formerly of the 90's R&B group Black Street, and Pastor Steve Peacock who wrote for Nicole Mullens, Robbie Cunningham, and Va. HolyBoyys.
For more information on Harriet Vanderpool, visit: http://www.tatemusicgroup.com/.
Harris Face is a folk-rock-blues artist from Washington, DC. Percussive guitar, harmonica, and emotive rock dominate his music, drawing comparisons with an acoustic Springsteen, the Counting Crows, and modern roots crusaders like William Elliott Whitmore. Sprinkling light banter between his folk ramblings and blues confessionals, Harris Face has a voice that is at times nostalgic and hopeful, at times serious and ironic, but always full of the dreams and withdrawals of a DC political junkie.
For more information on Harris Face, visit: http://www.harrisfacemusic.com/.
HeLOHonor By August
HeLO (pronounced he-low) was formed in May of 2009 in Fairfax Virginia by John Ireland (Guitar/Vox) and Soren Bakken (Bass/Vox). Drawn together through friends and by their mutual admiration of science fiction and guitar driven indie pop, the guys auditioned a sleu of players and picked up the amazing Ron Mitchell (Guitar/Vox) and Sean Owen (Drums) to round out the HeLO sound. HeLO's song writing is heavily influenced by the pop sensibilities of the Beatles, Weezer, All American Rejects, Fountains of Wayne, and Hot Hot Heat. To counter-balance the sweet constructs of a HeLO song, the guys incorporate deliberate, salty guitar tones reminiscent of the Rolling Stones, Pixies, Janes Addiction and three part vocal harmonies to create the textures of their signature sound. The bands live performances are intense, upbeat, and polished. Music fans of all backgrounds, demographics and genres identify with the HeLO sound. If you ever have the opportunity to catch these guys live, jump at it!
For more information on HeLo, visit: http://www.helotheband.com/.
Honor By August
In its young career Honor By August has already played arena stages, had its music broadcast to millions and won the Grand Prize in Billboard's World Song Contest.
"Now widely considered one of the most promising new talents on the East Coast," (Washington Post) Honor By August makes music characterized by "distinctive, inviting vocals and anthemic, reverb-drenched guitars" (MetroMusicScene.com) and built on "award-winning songwriting, strong vocals, catchy melodies, and dynamic live performance" (OnTap Magazine).
A fast-growing reputation has helped create opportunities for the band to share up to arena-sized stages with artists including Bon Jovi, Third Eye Blind, Hanson, Peter Frampton, Vertical Horizon, Hootie & the Blowfish, Pat McGee Band, Edwin McCain, Virginia Coalition and many other emerging artists.
Honor By August has played to single crowds as large as 20,000 from arena shows at the Verizon Center, McDonough Arena and Innsbrook Pavilion, to headlining multiple shows at one of the nation's premier theaters, the 9:30 Club (DC), to performances at notable national venues like the Bowery Ballroom (NYC), The Roxy (LA), the Blender Theater, Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory main stage in NYC, Viper Room (LA), Ram's Head Live (MD), Middle East main stage (MA), Toad's Place (VA), Cain's Ballroom (OK), House of Blues Cleveland (OH) and many, many others across the country.
To learn more about Honor By August, please visit their website at HonorByAugust.com.
James BrittonJavier Starks
James began songwriting only a handful of years ago, and critics agree that he has already developed a unique style and natural ability for the craft. Though still a teenager, James is gifted beyond his years with an engaging stage presence which has caught the attention of publishers, booking agents, industry professionals and fans. You can find James playing around town at clubs, festivals and songwriter showcases. He's shared the stage with the likes of Margot MacDonald, The Maine, Paul Jefferson, Kurtis Parks, T. Edwin Doss, and many more. His recent accomplishments include a successful tour through the South last summer, with stops in places including Myrtle Beach, Savannah, Atlanta, and Nashville. His song 200 Pounds, from his So Far EP, won him the prestigious Young Artist Award in the 27th Annual Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. He was a presenter at this year's awards ceremony. Currently, James is working on putting the final touches on a studio album containing 10 songs with his trio Stone Collective, due out in the spring. You can find all of James Britton's music on iTunes and Amazon!
For more information on James Britton, visit: http://www.jamesbritton.biz/.
Emcee, songwriter, youth worker, poet, skateboarder, an all-around genuine spirit. Javier Starks fuses clean lyrics with varied vocal melodies to create his unique flow. From intricate double or sometimes even triple entendres, to subtle poems, his range is truly boundless. Though often compared to musicians from HipHops Golden Era, Javier finds inspiration in every genre of music. As a result his works have found homes in the hearts of many, age is never an issue. Given a chance to reach Baltimore and DC youth in 2005, Javier made a decision to that had be the role model that MOST were seeking. Currently he works closely with an extremely talented production team at House Studio DC. His latest project Faces Of Change has brought together some of the brightest acts in his area. Now aligned with others who share a similar vision, its hard to believe such a talent would fall short. Driven, humble and a true student of his craft, we expect many great things from Javier in the days to come.
For more information on Javier Starks, visit: http://www.javierstarks.com.
Straddling the line between heart-rending ballads and beer-soaked drinking anthems might not come easy to some, but the acoustic guitar-driven act known as Johari is a study in dichotomy. Andrew E. Ullman started composing material for what would later be called Johari late in 2001, with the intention of writing songs that were primarily biographical in nature. However, as time went on, Andrew's inspiration and imagination moved him to write about not only his personal and romantic involvements, but also fictional tales of a darker and more serious tone. Onstage, Andrew displays an intensity that galvanizes even the most passive of spectators while maintaining a genuine sensitivity that truly resonates with listeners. With a list of influences as varied as the night is long, Johari runs the gamut of rock sub-genres. Johari combines undeniable lyricism with relentless fury and a dash of wistful angst to create a musical experience not to be missed and not soon to be forgotten.
For more information on Johari, visit: http://www.facebook.com/johari.dc.
Justin Trawick Group
Somewhere in-between John Prine and Jason Mraz lies Justin Trawick, a Washington, DC based singer-songwriter working hard to etch his name in musical history. Described as "Our Own John Mayer" by the Washington Post, Trawick describes his brand of music as "Urban Folk Rock." This flexibility has allowed him the opportunity to open for such artists as Brett Dennen, Sara Bareilles, Pat Green, Cowboy Mouth, Edwin McCain, The Duhks, Pat McGee, The Hackensaw Boys, Bob Schneider, The Gourds, Jill Sobule, and even the Ying Yang Twins. Often playing with a bassist, drummer, and electric guitar, his lyrics are gritty yet sweet, often referencing lessons learned or hopes for a better future.
His debut album, "How to Build a Life With a Lemonade Stand," is a drums-on-the-steering-wheel ride through thirteen songs cap tured live just as if he were playing in your living room. He followed that up with a full-length album "Live at IOTA" i n May 2008, demonstrating of how Justin and his band had grown in a year. His most recent EP is entitled "Starting Over." The naked, emotional, lyrically compelling album is full of pleasant, persistent hooks and invites comparisons to Jason Mraz, G. Love, Ani DiFranco and Dave Matthews.For more information on Justin, other show dates, or to hear him jam, go to: www.justintrawick.com.
Laura Finley with Jackson & Jesse Smith
Laura Finley with Jackson & Jesse SmithLaura Peterson
Laura Finlay is an up and coming singer song writer from Detroit. She has been steadily gaining popularity with her smooth sounding voice and music that's the perfect mix of soul, r and b, jazz and 50's rock and roll. Laura's voice can seamlessly transition from sultry to smoky, to sassy and sweet.
Laura is backed by the sibling duo of Jackson and Jesse Smith (children of Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith). Jackson is an accomplished Detroit based studio guitarist. He has recorded with acts ranging from Lisa Marie Presley to the Electric Six. Jesse is and accomplished New York City based pianist who has performed with people ranging from Phillip Glass to Nicole Atkins.
For more information on Jackson Smith, visit: http://beehiverecording.com/arist.aspx?id=1026.
Laura Peterson is an experienced composer, arranger, solo artist, and sideman fluent in all styles of music. Laura counts the STAX catalog, Fiona Apple, and Bjrk among her many inspirations. She writes heartfelt, powerful tracks in soul, funk, pop, electronica and fusion styles. She currently plays with Tigertronic and other DC bands and will be releasing a solo album of originals later in 2012.
For more information on Laura Peterson, visit: http://laurajpeterson.com.
Lloyd Dobler Effect
Lloyd Dobler EffectLouisiana Territory
Lloyd Dobler Effect has been full time touring musicians for almost a decade, having performed in over forty states and thirteen countries. The band has an impressive list of accomplishments: winners of the 99.1 WHFS Big Break Contest that pitted LDE against hundreds of area rock bands and led to several main stage appearances at the Washington DC HFStival; headlining multiple international Armed Forces Entertainment tours; and being voted one of the top ten best bands on the east coast in a Washington Post reader's poll. LDE has amassed a solid and growing fan base and they love their fans.
The name for the group comes from the main character in the 1989 movie "Say Anything" starring John Cusack, where Lloyd Dobler held a large boombox over his head outside of his girlfriend's window and blasted "In Your Eyes" in an effort to describe his feelings for her. This image soon became an iconic symbol of romance by an entire generation of women who expect similar expressions of love from their mates. The LDE name was primarily adopted because the band wants that same feeling to come across in their music.
To learn more about the Lloyd Dobler Effect, visit: http://www.lloyddoblereffect.com/.
The indie rock trio from Richmond, VA, brings together three songwriters who share a penchant for melody. Started by Mark Brown, Tyler Crowley and
Matt Klimas, the band is built on the interplay between their unique musical styles and influences. Blending pop, rock, and a hint of alt-country they craft hook-
laden songs with tight layers of guitars and lush harmonies. At times anthemic and at others atmospheric, their music bares traces of mystery that both evoke and
Mark Brown: Lead vocals, guitar
Matt Tarka is a singer/songwriter whose introspective lyrics and sharp rhythms are designed for your back porch or a ride into town. Tarkas songs can jolt you like a conversation with an old friend, picking up right where you left off on the trail. He has been compared to rockers turned folk artists including Kevin Seconds, Vic Ruggiero, Jesse Malin, TV Smith and Gene Clark. He can be found performing his brand of folk rock at such venues as The Velvet Lounge (DC), IOTA (VA), The Ottobar (Baltimore), MilkBoy Coffee/The Fire/Dawson Street Pub (Philadelphia), among many others. Tarka recorded his debut EP in July 2011 titled Motorcycle Breakfast, produced by Dave Mallen. This collection of songs delivers a poignant message in a somewhat playful and endearing way. DC Rock Lives David Hintz writes: The best of his style are the vocal lines he writes that are simple enough on the face of things, but have a few hooky moments that bring his songs to life.
For more information on Matt Tarka, visit: http://www.matttarkamusic.com/.
MELODIME, a band of brothers from a farm outside Washington D.C., were taught at a young age not to despise small beginnings. From a humble upbringing to lowly tavern shows they've fought an uphill battle to become one of the premier bands in the metropolitan area. Their cross-genre sound, a great catalogue of songs and a dynamic live show have garnered them the attention of the industry and music fans of all ages.
Before playing under the glamorous lights of respectable clubs, MELODIME (Bradley, Sam, and Tyler) sharpened their skills in one of the least glamorous places imaginable: the hayloft of the family barn. In the sweltering heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter, the boys emulated the sounds of Tom Petty, Dave Matthews Band, and The Goo Goo Dolls for none other than a herd of horses in the surrounding fields. From there, they transitioned into playing in church bands which keyboardist Sam Duis said, "…was a great experience. You're constantly playing with a different group of people and songs, which requires you to be flexible and learn fast. Also, to read and play according to the atmosphere of the room and then see the effect your musical gifts can have on people is an incredible thing." Those influences, both musical and non, are a huge contributor to MELODIME's songs, image and work ethic today.
Having backgrounds in a wide variety of music, MELODIME has landed on a clean, polished sound they've termed "Southern Fusion:" rootsy, colorful and pleasing to those who hold an appreciation for the past, while simultaneously being catchy, contemporary and original. Their live performance is a point of strength as they achieve with 3 guys (without the aid of backing tracks) what many 4 and 5 piece bands struggle to. The sound is full, energetic and refined, commonly praised as being "better than the CD."
To learn more about MELODIME, visit: http://melodime.com.
Memphis 59 is a rock band that currently hails from Arlington, Virginia. Their music can be described as a combination of rock, alt-country, and pop. They are sonically influenced by Tom Petty, Paul Westerberg, The Old 97's, and too many more to list. Described by Grammy Winner John Jennings as "ragged but right", Memphis 59 released their first full-length album in December, 2009, in collaboration with a trio of Grammy winners.
Fronted by rhythm guitarist and singer-songwriter Scott Kurt, Memphis 59's regular line-up includes bassist Rich Lewis, Nate Taylor on lead guitar, and Chris Zogby on drums. A long history of other bands, recording experiences, and shows behind them, the guys in Memphis 59 each say, in their own way, that this band feels more like "home" for them than any other.
For more information on Memphis 59, including show dates, visit: www.myspace.com/memphis59band1.
Mike BowersMike Corrado
Mike CorradoMoch Pryderi
Singer/songwriter and U.S. Marine Mike Corrado has garnered national radio and television airplay with videos featured on CMT, GAC and hit TV shows. Through the years, Mike has established a strong grassroots following and has recently opened for the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi and Daryl Worley with a sound that blurs rock and country genre lines. Mikes story and music have been featured nationally on CNN, ABC, CBS, Rolling Stone Magazine, American Forces Radio & Television and on multiple cable Music-On-Demand channels.
For more information on Mike Corrado, visit: http://www.mikecorrado.com/.
Moch Pryderi (Welsh for "Pryderi's Pigs") is a six piece Welsh-American band from Fredericksburg Virginia. The band formed as a result of the Fredericksburg Welsh festival in 1998 and has been together since. Their music is firmly rooted in the traditional Brythonic-Celtic music of Wales and Brittany, occasionally interwoven with traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Turkey, and the American-Appalachians. Moch Pryderi has performed widely on the east coast, including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Celtic Classic in Bethlehem Pa., the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Washington Folk Festival, the Fredericksburg Welsh Festival, the Philadelphia Welsh Festival, the Historic Rugby Tennessee Festival of British & Appalachian Culture, the Celtic Nations Heritage Festival in Lake Charles Louisiana, the Welsh Heritage Center in Wymore Nebraska, and the North American Festival of Wales in Cleveland Ohio.
Moch Pryderi's four CD s, "Dancing in the Pigsty", "Belly Jerk", "Jig Moch" and "Moch IV" contain a rich selection of Welsh traditional materials as well as original works. Their 4th CD, "Moch IV", was nominated for the prestigious "WAMMIE" award in the traditional folk music category by the Washington Area Music Association.
For more information on Moch Pryderi, visit: http://www.mochpryderi.com/.
Nikki Barr Band
Niki Barr BandNita Chawla
As one of the industry's most respected female-fronted bands, The Niki Barr Band has built its reputation on its innate ability to blend power pop punk with hard rock passion. Led by vocalist Niki Barr, who embodies an edgy yet magnetic stage presence, the group emanates an electrifying energy while pouring its heart into every performance. Resistant to conformity, this Baltimore-based band isn't afraid to push the boundaries of music (or themselves) and continually challenges its fans to embark on a veritable rollercoaster ride of sorts with its menacing rock riffs, soaring anthemic choruses and powerful rhythm section.
Today, in a musical climate where female-fronted bands such as Paramore and Flyleaf often make an easy comparison for the Niki Barr Band, the group's intangible strength and confidence is enough to rival even the heaviest of the male-fronted bands. In fact, the group has even proven that it can hold its own by sharing the stage with such heavy hitters as The Cult, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Chevelle, Drowning Pool, Hinder, Trapt, Sevendust, Puddle of Mudd, and 10 Years.
Now in 2011, the band prepares for touring behind its highly acclaimed record Radar Radio, which is already receiving much attention from radio stations nationwide. "Our plan is to never stop. The minute you drift or doubt, you fail. We've been kicked too many times to turn back. We're in this 'til the grave. The question is... Are you coming with us?"
To learn more about the Niki Barr Band, visit: http://www.nikibarr.com/.
A blend of adult contemporary, alternative, and pop, Nita's early influences were singer-songwriters Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow, and Alanis Morisette. During her teens, she began to acquire a taste for rock acts like Garbage, U2, Coldplay, and pop sensations Madonna and Beyoncé. Nita's latest style is comparable to Adele and Colbie Caillat; her voice as smooth as dark chocolate with surprise hazelnuts found in her sharp staccatos and percussive outbursts. The only difference? She's 100 % Indian.
In 2010, Nita launched a 5-song EP on iTunes and has been performing more than ever since then in both NYC and DC. She recently has been performing on a monthly basis at Bossa in Adam's Morgan, and has participated twice in "The 9 Singer-Songwriter Series," a travelling showcase based out of D.C. featuring nine artists from various musical backgrounds. A short clip of her song "Forgive Me," was included on the first season of NBC's The Voice (2011) starring celebrity judges Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo, and Blake Shelton.
For more information on Nita Chawla, visit: http://www.nitachawla.com/.
Noise in the Basement
Noise in the Basement
Noise in the Basement is a highly energetic cover band from Northern Virginia. Formed in 2010 NITB plays grunge leaning alternative with a touch of PunkFunk and we will rock out to our favorite songs by Sublime, Weezer, White Stripes and even throw in some Pink Floyd. Andy Buckholtz is the lead singer, supported by drummer extraordinaire and singer Alex Sirpus, bass player Derek Argust and guitar shredders Andy Krakowski and Dave Spink. These five talented musicians provide you with a true NITB experience! Good friends, Good music, and Good times!
For more information on Noise in the Basement, visit: https://www.facebook.com/#!/NoiseInTheBasementband.
"Tom Petty meets Patsy Cline." Olivia Mancini writes pop songs. Sometimes she plays them by herself. Sometimes she plays them with the band. Upbeat, melody-driven, and not interested in being taken too seriously, Olivia-the-music is a lot like Olivia-the-person. A Washington, DC, native, Olivia cut her teeth playing bass in the Washington Social Club. WSC disbanded in 2007, but Olivia and drummer/producer Randy Scope continued to work together. Randy Scope produced Olivia Mancini & the Housemates' first album, This Kind of Life, that same year. The Chatterbox EP (produced by Roger Greenawalt) followed in 2008, and You Can See the Mountains From Here (produced by Brian McTear) in 2009. A 7-inch vinyl single featuring "For Ricky/You're the One" (produced by Roger Greenawalt) was released in 2011. Olivia also plays bass for Donny Hue and the Colors and writes music for movies like Always Somebody's Baby and The Undying.
For more information on Olivia Mancini, visit: http://www.oliviamancini.com/.
Phil RossiPhillip Noss
Phil Rossi is a professional musician and author in the Washington, DC area. Currently, he fronts the alternative rock band Ditched by Kate. In 2003, he was nominated by the Washington Area Music Association for Best New Artist.
For more information on Phil Rossi, visit: http://www.philrossi.net/.
Phillip Noss is a gifted singer songwriter from Washington DC and is currently in his his last semester at the Berklee College of Music. During his time at Berklee, Phillip toured extensively throughout New England, released an EP entitled Through the Wind and Rain and spent many long hours honing his craft. Currently, he is recording his debut full length album with Berklee Professor Ted Paduck (Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Duran Duran) at Mix One Studios in Boston. This summer he will be performing in New York, Boston and Washington DC to promote the upcoming release currently entitled Lover on the Run.
For more information on Phillip Noss, visit: http://www.facebook.com/phillipnossmusic.
Photo RadioPractically Einstein
Photo Radio is a high-energy, funk/rock, Maryland-based original band that was formed in early 2012. Their music showcases their universal appeal to both mainstream and indie music lovers. In September, Photo Radio will be opening for 90's rock band, Eve 6, in West Virginia. Fronted by the talented Mary-eL (Melody/Singer/Songwriter), Photo Radio continues to make fans everywhere they perform. Photo Radio features Austen Dummett (Rhythm/Lead/Composer), Matt Holmwood (Thump), Dave Ferrara(Funk), and Will Cleaveland (Back-beat).
For more information on Photo Radio, visit: http://www.photoradiomusic.com/.
A regular at such venues around DC/MD/VA as IOTA, Whitlow's, Shamrockfest, and the 9:30 Club, the guys also try to balance the local shows with tours whenever possible. So please ask about bringing PE to a venue near you! You can also often find the roving power duo of Brad and Smilin' Rob rocking their eclectic mix of originals and covers at countless local bars, parties, festivals, and Irish pubs.
PE's music incorporates such influences as '70's garage, '80's new wave, '90's alt-rock, and Americana from the '00s, but always ties it together with infectious pop hooks and bittersweet melodies. The guys all hail from elsewhere (including Jersey, Philly, and Detroit) but have bonded together to keep making music in the transient, turbulent landscape inside the Beltway.
For more information on Practically Einstein, visit: http://www.practicallyeinstein.com/.
Rachel LevitinRene Moffatt
Rachel Levitin is a Chicago born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Washington, D.C. Having over a fifteen years of live performance experience under her belt as well as an unwavering passion for storytelling through song, Levitin continues to create an intimate show — no matter the stage — across the country.
From New York City to the District of Columbia, from Chicago to Nashville and beyond, Levitin’s taken her talents to the likes of America’s biggest music cities and has been welcomed with open arms. It’s her ability to grab an audience by the ears and convince them to listen whole-hardheartedly to her performance that enables Levitin to enchant a crowd. It’s also what keeps listeners coming back for more.
Levitin’s style ranges from folk-influenced rock songs to country storytelling with a dash of blue notes thrown in for good measure. Fans of American rock, soul, and jazz will find hints of their favorite genre’s history combined with Levitin’s emotional performance to make for quite the compelling live show. Her performance style has been compared to the likes of some of rock’s timeless acts including Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks as well as country’s Loretta Lynn.
Levitin spent her teenage years studying all things music including voice leading, chromatic theory, music history, and performance. During that time, she studied under the guidance of the same Jazz instructors as Grammy Award winner Norah Jones at the Interlochen Arts Camp and the same songwriting instructors as Grammy Award winner John Mayer at the Berklee College of Music.
She’s also shared the stage with Funk-Rock-Jazz fusion band Big Sam’s Funky Nation and independent rock album of the year nominees Filligar, in addition to modern Jazz artists Conrad Herwig and Bob Mintzer thanks to her time at the world-renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts.
For more information on Rachel Levitin, visit: http://rachellevitinmusic.com.
Rene Moffatt writes poignant lyrics, memorable melodies and plays soulful, acoustic folk-rock in the realm of Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, and Jackson Browne. This DC-based songster just released his debut EP "Here And Now Is Home" and is destined to continue making waves in the region's music scene. Keep an eye out around town for this up-and-coming songwriter.
For more information on Rene Moffatt, visit: http://www.renemoffatt.com/.
Rites of Ash
Rites of Ash
The electronic pop/hard rock outfit Rites of Ash has always been known for accepting nothing less than perfection when it comes to their work. Combining countless influences into a unified and original sound has helped define the band as innovators in an industry desperately lacking originality. No genre or sound is off-limits for the band; this is evident in their extensive list of influences that include Linkin Park, Skrillex, Nine Inch Nails, RedOne, and Lady Gaga. Rites of Ash has had their music featured on several MTV shows including 'The Real World' and 'Pimp My Ride', as well as their music videos played on Fuse TV.
For more information on Rites of Ash, visit: http://www.ritesofash.com/.
Sara DavenportSay Chance
Like an Edward Hopper canvas, Sara Davenport's songs speak of loneliness and separation, but her voice delivers the promise of a brighter day. Sara draws inspiration from singer-songwriters such as Sara Bareilles and Michelle Branch, and colors it with her own life experience. Sara has been writing and performing music for more than a decade. She has performed at the Virginia State Fair, the Carytown Watermelon Festival, and The Hamilton in Washington D.C. She performs with a wide range of instruments from guitar to keyboards to bass to percussion (she can play a mean egg shaker). She is working on her first EP, which is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2012. Sara was a vocal major at Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently an elementary music teacher in Northern Virginia. She collaborates with other local musicians, and performs with The 3MTs, a trio of music teachers from Fairfax County.
For more information on Sara Davenport, visit: http://www.saradavenportmusic.com/.
Say ChanceSeptimius The Great
For more information on Say Chance, visit: http://saychancemusic.com/.
Septimius The Great
Septimius The Great is an American Singer, Songwriter and Pop/Dance Music Recording Artist based in Baltimore, MD USA with Manta Ray Records. Nominated in 2011 as the "Top 100 Artists on the Verge" to watch out for by the NMS association. He was created thru a vast number of talents and experiences throughout his years. His journey began as a Fashion Model, then Choreographer, Show Producer, Promoter, Talent Manager, Radio Host, TV Host, MC, Male International Pageant Titleholder, Pageant Director and Company CEO. Throughout his life experiences, he always had a passion for music and began performing as an artist and entertainer in the music scene in 1997. He soon started his music career as a featured artist on the X9 records recording label. This led to a debut CD single produced by one of the label's producers and then remixed by the World Renowed Thommy Davis which topped the underground dance music charts worldwide. 2012 - Debut CD released "To Be Emperor" on Manta Ray Records. Septimius is inspired by ancient european style as well as eccentric artists as Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Lady Gaga. He states that Fashion and History is a source of inspiration for his songwriting and performances which brings to life Septimius the Great.
For more information on Septimius The Great, visit: http://www.septimiusthegreat.com/.
Gospel and inspirational recording artist Shanon M. Harris resides in Chicago, Illinois, the home of many gospel greats. It is her mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through song wherever God leads.
Shanon grew up admiring and listening to many gospel legends that made an impact in her life and influence her musical style, such as ‘The Clark Sisters, Yolanda Adams, and The Winans' just to name a few. Her passion for music started at a young age. Singing in church and school choirs assisted in developing the voice you hear today. God has given her the strength and determination to do His will and He is her motivation. "My Father is amazing and I know there's nothing He can't do", says Shanon. His praises will continually come out of my mouth”.
This versatile contemporary Gospel singer and songwriter comes from a long line of Gospel singers. Both her Mother and Grandmother sang in Church and Shanon followed in their footsteps, adding a contemporary flavor all her own. Shanon’s signature sound is all over her current single “Worth It”.
Signed to Ashro Records, Shanon’s debut project “Faith First” features some of Chicago’s finest in producers and composers bringing forth a unique sound that will captivate the listeners. Shanon’s vocals are powerful as she delivers a message of encouragement and victory in a time where it is needed the most. Shannon’s new single “Worth It” is climbing the gospel music charts. Shanon’s sound is refreshing to the heart and joyous to the soul, It’s surely a must listen.
Shanon has a heart for the mission that has been given to her and she ready for the task. She is rooted, grounded, and unbreakable and ready to impact the world through her music.
For more information on Shanon Harris, visit: http://www.ashrorecords.com.
Spellbound has been performing for Washington, DC-area audiences for years. Based out of Northern Virginia, Spellbound hit the streets and hasn't looked back. Currently appearing regularly at Clyde's in Ashburn, VA, we've also been booking gigs in some new spots like Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax, the Electric Palm in Woodbridge and O'Faolain's Irish Pub in Sterling.
Spellbound does covers of blues and classic rock songs that will have you singing along and getting out of your chair to groove along with us.
Influences (in no particular order):
To learn more about Spellbound, please visit their website at www.spellboundtheband.com.
Tanya Dallas-LewisTed Garber
The angelic voice of Tanya Dallas-Lewis serves as the perfect example of what happens when we allow our gifts to make room for us. Charting on all (3) gospel music charts, Tanya received two nomination for the 2012-27th Annual Stellar Awards (New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year). She was also a nominee for the 2011 South Florida Gospel Music Awards this past July, she was a three time nominee for the Rhythm of Gospel Awards, and is a 2010 YGEA Awards winner for "Best Female Performer of the Year." She was also nominated for a 20111 Washington Area Music Award (Wammies).
With one listen you'll soon discover that Tanya was destined to sing. Tanya has shared the stage with many gospel greats. From singing the National Anthem for Jesse Jackson and the Mayor of D.C., to sharing the stage with artists like Donnie McClurkin, Vickie Winans, Mary Mary, Kenny Lattimore, Canton Jones, Richard Smallwood, Fred Hammond, Canton Jones, Dwayne Woods, Dawkins & Dawkins and many more.
Tanya's debut release entitled "Miracles" has opened many doors on her behalf and is taking the gospel industry by storm.
In July, Tanya was featured on BET Dr. Bobby Jones in Washington D.C. She is also one of twenty women selected from two hundred influential D.C. moms to 'Walk the Runway' for charity at the Runway Moms for a Cause. Her music video "Something about a Miracle" is airing nationally, in heavy rotation on BET, and receiving over 70,000 views virally. You can also catch her on The Word Network.
In gleaning from Tanya's ministry, one will soon discover, she doesn't just sing the Gospel but she lives it as she champions the message of God and His "keeping power" everywhere she goes. As the daughter of a preacher, obeying God was instilled in her at an early age. She did not give in to peer pressure, what made her cool, or what was the latest trend. Humble, but not perfect, Tanya lives by this passage of scripture "obedience is better than sacrifice" and God is honoring her obedience. Her desire is to live a life that makes God famous. By honoring Him, she rests in the assurance that God will get the glory out of everything she does and the work of her hands.
For more information on Tanya Dallas-Lewis, visit:http://www.tanyadallaslewis.com/.
Ushering in a new golden age of live entertainment is Ted Garber, a genre-bending multi-instrumentalist whose "BluesAmericanaRock" combines classic showmanship with a captivating singer-songwriter sensibility. His smokey, bluesy vocals, howling harmonica riffs and screaming guitar licks are enticing audiences wordwide, taking us on a diverse musical journey from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, hovering in the Mississippi Delta before heading South of the Border.
Ask Ted about his musical influences, and four passions shine through-the iconic time-honored entertainers of his childhood, such as Sinatra and Elvis, his late folk-rock musician father, the rhythm and blues scene of New Orleans, and insatiable globe-trotting. His thirst for new experiences has led him to more than 30 countries on four continents. Whether it's a dingy shantytown motel room in Tanzania, a Brazilian beach hut jam session, a single-mom waiting tables at Denny's, or the smiling shoe-shining oracle on a New Orleans street corner, Garber's walking, hitching, gigging, chicken-and-goat-bus-cultural-immersion is what steers his musical odyssey.
To learn more about Ted Garber, visit: http://www.tedgarber.com/.
Ted Hovis and the Stolen Camaros
Ted Hovis and the Stolen Camaros
Featuring Ted Hovis on lead vocals/lead guitar, Mark Beeson on bass/vocals, Ted Dumas on drums, and Dick Busby on rhythm guitar/keyboards, they combine elements of modern rock, hard rock, blues, funk, electronic, and acoustic genres to create a sound that draws upon familiar sources yet occupies a space all its own.
The band was formed in mid-2011 in support of Ted's acclaimed solo album "Let It Shine", which has received overwhelmingly positive reviews across the US and Europe with two tracks receiving honors in the prestigious SAW Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Critics have consistently compared the album's guitar driven, melodic sound to elite rock acts such as U2, Kings of Leon, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, and Led Zeppelin to name a few.
To learn more about Ted Hovis & The Stolen Camaros, please visit http://www.stolencamaros.com/.
The Vagabond Union
The Vagabond UnionThe Very Small
The Vagabond Union is an Alternative Americana / Rock band based in the Carolinas consisting of Dave Hedeman, John Kenney, Dave Cannon and G. Malin Wagnon. Hedeman and Kenney met in college, and have since shared a mutual respect while pursuing other musical endeavors. Hedeman was the frontman for the southern rock band PuddleDuck, and Kenney and Cannon were the lead guitar player and drummer for the rock band Rotoglow.
Finally, the time has come for them to combine their talents and create a sound that rings true to their years of touring and traveling. Truth, guts, the American dream, and hard luck stories fuel their salt-of-the-earth songwriting style.
Sharing songwriting and lead singing duties in The Vagabond Union, Hedeman and Kenney, along with drummer/percussionist Dave Cannon, feel that they are finally in a place where they are completely comfortable and free musically. There are no expectations, no big dreams, and no record companies.
There is just one common goal: to make great American music.
To learn more about The Vagabond Union, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/TheVagabondUnion.
The Very Small
The Very Small, formed in 2007, is a homegrown DC-based rock group (currently) featuring Robin Smith on guitar/vocals, Aaron Mann on drums, and Will Brewster on bass. With more than 15 years of experience playing together, TVS combines harmomy- filled hard rock, pychadelic blues, and funk beats to create a sound all their own. Check them out on iTunes or at YouTube.com/theVerySmall.
For more information on The Very Small, visit: http://www.theverysmall.com/.