Thank you to all the musicians that helped us make the second annual Under:40 Music Marathon a success. 250 local artists (65 bands total) joined us this year 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
Here are the bands that have partnered with us for Pink Jams! events:
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.
Adrian KrygowskiAlex Culbreth and the Dead Country Stars
"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/.
Alex Culbreth and the Dead Country Stars
Alex Culbreth and the Dead Country Stars are an alt-country/americana band hailing from Fredericksburg, VA. Since it's formation in August 2012, they have been gaining momentum playing across the United States promoting their album "Heart in a Mason Jar" released in Dec 2012. With guitar, banjo, bass, and drums, Alex Culbreth's music has been compared to The Drive-By Truckers, The Band, and The Civil Wars. Guaranteed to get your toes tapping and hips shaking, so come on out!
For more information on Alex Culbreth and the Dead Country Stars visit: http://deadcountrystars.bandcamp.com/.
Alleghany St.The Amaretto Meltdowns
Stefanie and Joshua have dubbed the term "Folk/Alternative" to best describe their sound style.Northern Virginia Magazine Says:"Joshua and Stefanie-seals airtight harmonies with friendly, but raucous energy."- Mathew Basheda, Northern Virginia Magazine. Within the last year the pair has toured the entire east coast and Midwest with their soulful edgy vocals. Gracing Main stages and music being featured on TV/radio stations/and magazines.Real music with a performance that comes from the heart.
For more information on Alleghany St. visit: http://www.alleghanyst.com.
The Amaretto MeltdownsAndrew Tufano
The Amaretto Meltdowns are a high energy, face melting Rock & Roll band. This Baltimore band with DC roots have got great hooks and grooves; which will make you want to get it.
For more information on The Amaretto Meltdowns, visit: http//www.reverbnation.com/TheAmarettoMeltdowns.
Andrew TufanoAva Hovanka
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/.
Singer\Songwriter AVA HOVANKA was born and raised in the DMV. If I'm not songwriting or dancing in the mirror to Beyonce I'm skimming through some of my favorite Interview or Nylon magazines, listening to heavy metal while painting in my lair. my days off I've been performing, shooting & recording for my 1st album "A" set to drop by Sept. I want leave behind a legacy for building a connection with the entire world through my music.I want to change people lives, touch people inner hidden imagination.
For more information on Ava Hovanka visit: http://www.avahovanka.com.
Bay Jazz Project
Bay Jazz ProjectBecca Levy
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic's premier woodwind specialists, garnering an impressive 22 Washington Area Music Awards (or "Wammies") over the past decade and a half. In addition to fronting Bay Jazz Project, he is the leader, clarinetist, and chief composer for The Alexandria Kleztet, a genre-bending klezmer band he founded in the Baltimore/Washington area.
For more information on the Bay Jazz Project, visit: http://www.bayjazzproject.com/.
Becca Levy, age 17, has spent the last several years performing locally, singing the National Anthem at major sporting events, and writing and recording songs. Becca uses music to advance important social causes, including anti-bullying, Pink Jams!, and promoting the use of music as a healthy and therapeutic outlet.
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 ProwlThe Braes
Black Dog Prowl is screaming guitars, door-busting drums, driving bass and powerful vocals. Think of the musical lovechild of Led Zeppelin and Soundgarden combined with the vocal styling of Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison. Gritty vocalist and guitarist Josh Finver fronts this Washington, DC, based four-piece that features Robert Peters on lead guitar and an explosive rhythm section powered by drummer Enzo Ferroggiaro. BDP's high-energy live show is among the best the nation's capital has to offer.
For more information on Black Dog Prowl, visit: http://www.blackdogprowl.com/.
From mellow melodies and hypnotic blues to thunderous grooves and screaming guitar solos with waves of warm fuzz, The Braes offer a breed of energetic rock and jam music with a little something for everyone. Based in Berryville VA, the Crossley brothers and Hammersly twins joined forces in the Fall of 2011 and immediately went to work writing and forging their sound with elements of Funk, Blues, Folk, Rock, and Reggae. After a steady year of gigging and polishing their sound, A CD sits just over the horizon for this ambitious and passionate group. Like it or not, The Braes are here to stay.
In this dreadful time of over-produced pop rock, ear shattering dub step and auto-tuned tweens, we're here to remind people that you don't need a mac-book to create some solid grooves.
This is our mission. We are The Braes.
For more information on The Braes, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/thebraes.
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. Her first two recordings are completely self-written acoustic performances. In 2010, Brittany Jean has transformed into a band (including drums and bass) upon winning the opening act spot for Hanson and Rooney in July 2010. Brittany has also opened for other notable artists such as up-and-coming band Parachute (formerly known as Sparky's Flaw), and Mike Park.
For more information on Brittany Jean visit: http://www.brittanyjeanmusic.com.
Originating from Europe and settling in Washington DC during the early 80's The one constant member is Christian V. and his trusty Megabyte. Beatnik Betty met burntsystems in the social circle of experimental electronic musicians Sonic Circuits in Washington DC in 2008. They began working by swapping audio files of each others respective works over the years virtually collaborating. Then began real studio magic on the Witchrock CD solstice of 2012.
For more information on Burntsystems, visit: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/burntsystems.
CD Porter is an anointed worship leader, singer, musician, songwriter and producer who discovered his passion for music ministry at twelve. For over twenty years he has continued to develop his talents and gifts to edify the body of Christ. He has contributed as a musician and producer on numerous recordings and with the debut of his 2007 project entitled Work In Progress, CD showcased his singing, songwriting and producing abilities under the direction of the Holy Spirit. With a new God-inspired vision and "Fresh Oil", CD's currently released project "Declaration" is influenced by his own testimonies of how God has shown Himself mighty over every mountain and through every valley in his life. It is because of God's love and faithfulness that he will "DECLARE His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples" (I Chronicles 16:24). Above any accomplishments, accolades, or recognition, CD's greatest desire is to see lives changed, brokenness mended, and the captive delivered and set free through songs of faith.For more information on CD Porter, visit: http://www.cdporter.com.
ChanssezCharles the Hammer
An Annapolis based band, playing the Mid Atlantic Region, bringing your favorite motown hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
For more information on Chanssez, visit: http://chanssez.com.
Charles the HammerCharm City Devils
An ecclectic mix of 5 individuals who make some damn catchy and mood evoking alternative rock.
For more information on Charles the Hammer, visit: http://www.charlesthehammer.com.
Charm City DevilsChris Aaron Behrmann
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 Aaron Behrmann
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://www.reverbnation.com/ChrisAaronBehrmann.
Classified FrequencyColor School
Classified Frequency is a high energy, break the doors down, power pop, powerhouse power trio out of Maryland set to assault your senses with incredibly catchy melodies, aggressive delivery, and technical prowess of the likes of Cheap Trick, The Stereo, The Marvelous 3 and The Darkness.
For more information on Classified Frequency, visit: http://classifiedfrequency.com.
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/.
Don KimDonte Young & Divine Creation
Don Kim is a Ukulele toting singer/songwriter living in Washington, DC. He firmly believes in the fun of music and aspires to never take anything too seriously. With the aid of his uke and loop pedals, Don infuses his humor and heart into a soulful voice and down-to-earth lyrics. He released his first EP in early 2013 at donkimmusic.bandcamp.com.
For more information on Don Kim, visit: http://www.donkimmusic.com.
Donte Young & Divine CreationDreamscapes Project
Donte Young & Divine Creation is a gospel ensemble composed of young adults in Baltimore, MD. This group was founded on February 21, 2012 by Donte Young & Da'Jonnae Taylor. What began as a few college students filling in for a church service turned into a singing group destined for greatness. DYDC has shared platforms with Kevin Terry and Charles Butler as well as many more. Divine Creation strives to minister in song wherever music can be heard.For more information on Donte Young & Divine Creation, visit: http://4dydc.webs.com.
Dreamscapes ProjectDriven to Clarity
To learn more about The Dreamscapes Project, visit: http://www.thedreamscapesproject.com.
Driven to Clarity
Driven to Clarity, a Baltimore-based band whose diverse palette draws from such genres as funk, rock and pop, has entertained audiences throughout the east coast. Starting as a guitar and vocal duo, Andy Branigan and Dave Cohen shared the stage with such acts as Patti Smith, Sam Sparrow and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. With new additions of Carl Pfanstiehl on bass and Carlos Diggs on drums, Driven to Clarity is recording their debut EP scheduled to be released in the summer of 2013.
For more information on Driven to Clarity, visit: http://driventoclarity.com/.
Evan is a songwriter and a D.C area native. Also a jazz musician, he has recorded on numerous projects and is a regular at many local coffeehouses and festivals throughout the D.C. region. He released his first album, Change in the Weather, in 2009.
For more information on Evan Polisar, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/EvanPolisar.
FarAway is Sara Davenport & Brian Franke, a singer/songwriter duo based in Washington, DC who blend beautiful harmonies over a folk and pop rock sound. They have played multiple venues in the DC area, including The Hamilton, Iota, Jammin Java, and the Hard Rock Cafe. FarAway released its debut EP in June and had a successful 3 week long tour that was funded by their fans through Indiegogo. The duo plans to record a full album in the fall and continue to write and perform together.
For more information on FarAway, visit: http://www.farawaysongs.com.
Growing up in a fishing village on the southeast tip of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Finley Martin developed an early appreciation for the great Celtic tradition of storytelling that surrounded him. In the early years, he drove a forklift at the local fish plant, hitchhiked around Europe, sold toy helicopters in San Francisco, and busked on the streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia. One August, he hitched a ride in an 18-wheeler hauling lobster down to the States.
For more information on Finley Martin, visit: http://www.finleymartinmusic.com.
Flo Anito is proof that big voices can come in small packages.Classically trained in voice, piano, and cello, the DC based female singer/songwriter pens provocative pop with a twist of jazz for keys and guitar.Her music draws comparisons to Fiona Apple, Jewel, and Regina Spektor but her unique voice stands alone.Nominated for multiple Wammies, selected to perform at the Virgin Festival, and a Grand Prize winner on OurStage.com, her music has received great reviews from the Washington Post & NPR.
For more information on Flo Anito, visit: http://www.floanito.com.
Founded in 2010 by guitarist/singer/songwriter Kevin Anderson, FUJANk was a vision to compile not only a great group of musicians but a great group of people. FUJANk loves playing great music and promises to entertain!
For more information on FUJANk, visit: http://fujank.com.
A Band of 5 guys. All Music Geniuses. here to kill the stage. Let's Rock. You Won't Be Disappointed.
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 music that appeals to any listener. Matt Cummings, Zach Miller and Tom Hatcher blend elements of blues, soul and jazz with infectiously funky riffs that often make you aggressively bop your head, if you have not been driven to dance already.
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
DC's own indie pop royalty HeLO (Pronounced hee-low) returns to the Pink Jams stage once again! fresh off the summer festival circuit, the band will be primed to deliver another amazing performance supporting a truly worthy cause.
For more information on HeLo, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/helo.
Honor By AugustHot Tub Limo
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.
Hot Tub Limo
Alt-Rock/Indie Rock band based in Baltimore MD USA.
For more information on Hot Tub Limo, visit: http://www.hottublimoband.com.
Hot Tub Limo got their start in the beginning of 2010 in Grasonville, Maryland. Developing a local following for their rocked up versions of top 40 music the band started landing regular gigs. The band has a few principles they like to stand by including playing several charity shows a year, always getting to know fans at the show and always evolving the show to keep it fresh. Hot Tub Limo released their first album of original music in January of 2013 and is wrapping up the 2013 schedule.
For more information on Hybrid Baby, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/hybridbaby.
James BrittonJason Mendelson
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. 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.
For more information on James Britton, visit: http://www.jamesbritton.biz/.
Jason MendelsonJavier Starks
MetroSongs fulfills D.C.-area songwriter Jason Mendelson's self-imposed goal to write, record and perform a unique original song for each of Washington's 86 Metro stations by focusing on the history and character of each location. With his live band, the Open Doors, Jason has completed 45 songs to date, and been featured on WAMU 88.5 FM's Metro Connection and written about in The Washington Post, OnTap and Northern Virginia magazines, and blog WeLoveDC.
For more information on Jason Mendelson, visit: http://www.metrosongs.org.
Javier StarksJoe Maye
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.
Joe Maye began his vocal career performing covers on the bay with Spirit Cruise Line's at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Motivated to make a career of his odd sense of creativity and sultry voice, Joe released his first EP, Set Free, in October 2012 (now available on iTunes). Since then, Joe has begun performing in various venues in DC and Baltimore, including Drink the District's "Red, White & Brew," beer and wine festival and alongside RatheMC at the Hamilton Live.
For more information on Joe Maye, visit: http://houserecordsdc.tumblr.com/tagged/Joe-Maye.
JohariJonny Grave and the Tombstones
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. 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: www.reverbnation.com/johari.
Jonny Grave and the TombstonesJosh Urban
Jonny Grave is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, bandleader, teacher, musical historian, and Bluesman from Washington DC. Growing up in a very musical family, Grave was introduced to the sounds of American traditional folk music early on. At age fifteen he found himself learning slide guitar techniques from old Blues records, and by seventeen he was performing them live. With his band, the Tombstones, Jonny Grave has taken the city by storm with a fast, driving, and danceable sound.
For more information on Jonny Grave and the Tombstones, visit: http://jonnygrave.com.
Josh UrbanJustin Trawick
Josh Urban is a musician and entertainer from the DC area, combining a zany sense of humor with fierce blues guitar and rock 'n roll vibe. He's just completed The Search For Good Tour, traveling by train to hospitals, VA homes, street corners, and other places that don't have music to find the people that rock the world, and inviting a worldwide audience to join the Search for Good through social media. He's also just released his third album "Onward", inspired by a similar tour in 2012.
For more information on Josh Urban, visit: http://www.JoshUrban.com.
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.
Kate Moran Band
Kate Moran BandThe Keens
Moran's music ranges from pop/rock and a little funk with a bit of soul to round out the sound! In January 2012, Kate released, "Fight," a full band recording, produced by Jarrett Nicolay. The proceeds of "Fight", continue to be donated to the Team Kass Foundation. The song was inspired by a friend who was battling cancer, Kate wrote "Fight" to help motivate her through the cancer treatment's. Kass was a daughter, mother, sister, and an amazing light and she is missed.For more information on the Kate Moran Band, visit: http://www.katemoranband.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 PetersonLaurel Canyon
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.
Laurel Canyon was borne of the notion that everyone has a song in their heart. From the energy we express into daily life; to the hours we pass along the nations highways and by-ways; to the thrill of hearing that first chord of the first song in a concert hall; everyone loves music. The members of Laurel Canyon are first and foremost, music lovers and came together under that auspice, to express that musical passion and to share that love of music with their friends and family.
For more information on Laurel Canyon, visit: http://www.flomusiccafe.com/.
Lauren FullbrightLloyd Dobler Effect
Pop/folk singer/songwriter with a splash of country. Loves writing, horses, good books, cowboy boots, anything outdoors and a great cup of coffee.
After graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lauren moved to Austin, Texas, with the hope of pursuing her dream of becoming a professional singer/songwriter. The people and places she encountered there became a strong inspiration for her songwriting.
Her song "Sleepless" has recently been featured on 98.7 WMZQ, DC's Clear Channel country station.
Lauren lives in the Washington, D.C. area. She is currently working with multiple Grammy-award winning engineer Jim Robeson at Bias Studios in Springfield, Virginia.
For more information on Lauren Fullbright, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/laurenfulbright.
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
Margot MacDonaldMatt Tarka
Margot MacDonald is a songwriter, vocalist and live-looper, who embodies a one-woman band. A long time guitarist and pianist, Margot's instrumentation has expanded to include unconventional vocal accompaniments created live thru the use of a loop pedal. Haunting & powerful, Margot's performances make you forget the technology she hones, as you lose yourself in layers of lush vocals and striking melodies. Margot is the current Washington Area Music Association "Artist of the Year."
For more information on Margot MacDonald, visit: http://www.margotmacdonald.com.
Matt TarkaMatthew James Scott
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/.
Matthew James ScottMELODIME
Matthew James Scott is a Washington, DC pop/folk performer. Matthew performs original songs on his 8 string tenor ukulele, solo or with a full band made up of DMV musicians. A Mississippi native, Matthew grew up playing music from Memphis to New Orleans. He writes songs that are about love gained and lost, being weird, and having a big nose.
For more information on Matthew James Scott, visit: http://www.matthewjamesscottmusic.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 59The Metrotones
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.
The MetrotonesMike Bowers
The Metrotones is a local DC pop/dance rock band that plays a variety of styles of today's hottest hits as well as songs you can't live without! Our eclectic edge mixed with our professional style guarantees that every show we perform will have something to please everyone and will definitely get you up and moving!For more information on the Metrotones, visit: http://www.themetrotonesband.com.
Mike BowersMike Corrado
Mike is a singer/songwriter out of the Northern Virginia area. He blends several music styles which honor most of the Americana tradition. He enjoys writing his own music and playing covers equally.
For more information on Mike Bowers, visit: http://www.mikebowers.com.
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.
For more information on Moch Pryderi, visit: http://www.mochpryderi.com/.
Nature Boy Explorer
Nature Boy ExplorerNeon Laces
Music about love, lobotomies, death, dirty politicians and concrete deities made with voices, harp, accordion and guitar.
For more information on Nature Boy Explorer, visit: http://natureboyexplorer.bandcamp.com.
The Neon Laces were formed in 2009. They were a four piece band originally known as, "Girl Band"...or, "the GBs". They now consist of 3, 11 year old girls. Kate (drums), Allison (piano) and Claire (guitar and bass). They have been trained and coached by Alexandria, VA music school, ROAM (Rock of Ages Music). They have played local venues like the State Theater in Falls Church and The Old Town Theater in Old Town Alexandria, VA.
For more information on Neon Laces, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/neonlaces.
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/.
Nita ChawlaNoise in the Basement
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 came together on a dare in 2011 (think "Trading Places" meets "Spinal Tap") and two years later - BOOM - they are still making sweet, sweet music. NITB's set features orginials and covers of top alt/rock songs from the 90s through today. They have played in a variety of venues in the DC area and are known for the bringing a good time along with the good tunes. The band is Andy B (vocals), Alex (drums/vocals), Derek (bass), David (guitar) and Andy K (guitar.)
For more information on Noise in the Basement, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/nitb.
"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 singer-songwriter from Washington DC and a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music (2012). He is currently writing and recording his debut full-length album Lover on the Run with producer Adrien Godat and engineer/mixer Ted Paduck. Lover on the Run is due for release summer 2013. The album is dedicated to the memory of Phillip's father David, who died in 2009. Phillip currently lives and works in New York.
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 award-winning multi-instrumentalist currently based in Washington, D.C. Having over 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.
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 AshRogue Mind
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.
For more information on Rites of Ash, visit: http://www.ritesofash.com/.
Hailing from the suburbs of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Rogue Mind have only just begun to redefine the tried and true power trio formula. After continually playing the songs that everyone thinks they want to hear, these three intrepid souls yearned to create indie rock music that continues to serve as counterpoint to a music industry that is increasingly focused on formula, image and hype.
For more information on Rogue Mind, visit: http://www.facebook.com/roguemind.
Sam Grow Band
Sam Grow BandSara Davenport
To learn more about the Sam Grow Band, visit: http://www.samgrowband.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 ChanceScott Kurt
For more information on Say Chance, visit: http://saychancemusic.com/.
Scott KurtSeptimius The Great
Growing up in a fishing village on the southeast tip of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Finley Martin developed an early appreciation for the great Celtic tradition of storytelling that surrounded him. In the early years, he drove a forklift at the local fish plant, hitchhiked around Europe, sold toy helicopters in San Francisco, and busked on the streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia. One August, he hitched a ride in an 18-wheeler hauling lobster down to the States.
For more information on Scott Kurt, visit: http://www.scottkurt.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/.
Shanon HarrisSierra Buck & Nick Poto
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.
Sierra Buck & Nick PotoSlampiece!
Sierra Buck, singer-songwriter, and Nick Poto, lead guitarist are members of a local teen alternative rock band, Sudden Impact. Both reside in Maryland and have spent the last 2 years performing in the Greater Washington DC area.
For more information on Sierra and Nick, visit Sudden Impact's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SuddenImpactBand.
Slampiece! is an energetic pop/rock cover band from Northern Virginia. Formed in early 2013 by ex-members of another local cover band, One Nightstand, Slampiece! follows the familiar path of playing high-energy, fast-paced '90s and modern rock. Come join the party and Get Slammed!
For more information on Slampiece!, visit: http:/www.slampiecemusic.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.
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To learn more about Spellbound, please visit their website at www.spellboundtheband.com.
Story StreetSudden M Pac Band
Story Street, the band, takes the songs of Rockvlle, MD songwriter Greg Derby to a whole new level. Story Street is releasing its first EP in September 2013. With a sound and style similar to classic American recording artists like the Counting Crows, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen, Story Street feels like a warm summer night ... and the evening is just getting started!
For more information on Story Street, visit: http//www.storystreetmusic.com.
Sudden M Pac Band
Sudden M Pac Band is a cover band,we formed together to perform classic cover songs from an era of music that has been copied,sampled and used in all the music we listen to today, some call it ole skool, old school or back in the day we call it classic R&B/PoP,that type of music that bring back memories Sudden M Pac Band consist of nine members who will send you on a flight down memory lane and when you land all you will be able to say is WOW.
For more information on the Sudden M Pac Band, visit: http://www.suddenmpacband.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. In August of 2011Tanya received two Stellar Nods for the 2012 27th Stellar Awards. She was nominated for a 2012 Dove Awards for the first two rounds and featured on the Gospel Music Channel. She was also a nominee for the South Florida Gospel Music Awards, three nominations for the Rhythm of Gospel Awards, the 2010 Ensound Awards and is a 2010 YGEA Awards winner for ''Best Female Performer of the Year.'' She was also nominated for a 2011 Washington Area Music Award (Wammies). She was the first performer for the Gospel Heritage Month Celebration in 2010 to where she made history in setting a platform for gospel artist. Eaxh year she is invied back to the GHMC as a VIP guest for her contribution. Tanya received (2) two 2012 DMV Awards. 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 Joel Osteen, 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, Dr. Bobby Jones, Fred Hammond, Isaiah D. Thomas, PJ Morgan, Kirk Franklin, Lemmie Battles, Dorthy Norwood 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 the live BET tapings for 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 which was hosted by FOX 5's Emmy Award winning anchor, Maureen Umeh. "Something About a Miracle," the music video for this song airing nationally, in heavy rotation on BET, and Centric, receiving over 70,000 views virally on Reverbnation. You can also catch her on The Word Network. She is involved with Pink Jams! and the Tigerlily Foundation. 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 Jesus Christ 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 sacrafice" 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/.
The Stolen Camaros
The Stolen CamarosThrowing Wrenches
To learn more about The Stolen Camaros, please visit http://www.stolencamaros.com/.
Throwing WrenchesTiger Giliam
To learn more about Throwing Wrenches, please visit http://www.throwingwrenchesband.com.
Wyoming native Tiger Gilliam is troubadour-songstress with a passion for people and a passion for performing. A songwriter at heart, she pairs catchy melodies with heartfelt stories drawn from a plethora of experiences to create an experience for her listeners using just her voice and her keyboard.
For more information on Tiger Giliam, visit: http://www.tigergilliam.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, and Dave Cannon.
To learn more about The Vagabond Union, visit: http://www.thevagabondunion.com.
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/.
Yellowtieguy started in a garage with a commitment to record an album. In Spring of 2011, songwriter Daniel Hill, bassist Mary Celeste, guitarist Jason McKinney, and drummer Darren Guzzone spent six weeks practicing and recording 9 songs that would become "Joy in the Mourning". Ralf Madrigal would take over drumming duties for every live show, and "Joy in the Morning" was released on May 21st as part of 98 Rock Baltimore's Noise in the Basement program.
For more information on Yellowtieguy, visit: http://www.yellowtieguy.us.