Andy Shea

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Andy Shea, Andy Shay

Recommended if you like: David Bazan, Weezer, Beck, Ben Kweller, Conor Oberst, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliott Smith

Story behind your band/artist name: My parents named me Andrew Shea and swore that I'd be an "Andrew," not an "Andy." There is video evidence of them calling me "Andy" within 5 minutes of bringing me home from the hospital.

Band Members: Andy Shea

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Andy Shea has lived in DC proper for four years teaching English at a local high school. His New England roots are mostly grounded in Connecticut.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Andy Shea lost his FitBit somewhere near Madam's Organ one fateful Friday night in February 2017. He has no idea how many steps he's taken since.

Andy Shea wrote/recorded a song every month for a full year in his DC apartment. He released the compilation as "Lunar Songs" as a fundraising event for the National Down Syndrome Society in honor of his brother Matthew, who has Downs syndrome. He raised $4,077. It's definitely in the top-3 best things he's done with his time/energy.

When Andy Shea isn't writing music for himself, he writes parody educational songs for his students about everything from Oedipus to Puritans. They're on the internet under Mr. Shea.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Andy prefers iced coffee more than hot coffee regardless of season.

He's at The Boundary Stone open mic on Mondays on a mostly weekly basis.

He most enjoys playing in living rooms or around campfires with people who like to listne and sing along.

Official Website URL: www.whoisandyshea.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/whoisandyshea

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/andy-shea/id1079076054

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6NU9XhdXU9Lt2VriwadyI6

Other Links: andyshea.bandcamp.com
www.twitter.com/whoisandyshea
www.instagram.com/whoisandyshea
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChD7AozQj_6ZU8HhONQ_T5w

Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: singer-songwriter, folk, electronic, alternative, rock, acoustic, lyrical, indie rock

A Shrewdness of Apes

A Shrewdness of Apes DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name: A Shrewdness of Apes

Recommended if you like: Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, Tool

Band Members: Ian Mabley (guitar, vocals), Sumeet Mahal (bass)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Practice is typically held in Woodbridge, VA, so if anywhere it's there.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: –Sumeet and Ian grew up both in Alexandria, VA, moved to Richmond, VA for college, then moved back to DMV after college.
–Sumeet and Ian are high school friends, but they didn't decide to play together until 2015
–One of their most popular songs is called Pretentious Douchebag

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: ashrewdnessofapesmusic.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/ashrewdnessofapesmusic/

iTunes Link:  https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/a-shrewdness-of-apes/1053563622

Spotify Linkhttps://play.spotify.com/artist/6xJuz0lEmrMniUPEtfACtE

Other Links: ashrewdnessofapes.bandcamp.com

Main Genre: Hard Rock

Other Genres: Progressive

Aztec Sun

DC Music Rocks Aztec Sun

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Band/Artist Name: AZTEC SUN

Recommended if you like: Sly & the Family Stone, Snarky Puppy, James Brown, The Suffers, Alabama Shakes

Story behind your band/artist name: 

--The name " AZTEC SUN '' is the result of a group of musicians bringing together different words, thoughts, musical influences and ethnic backgrounds to form a band.

Band Members: 

--Stephane " Steph'' (band leader/ lead vocals, rhythm guitar); Ryan ''Catch'' (keys, backing vocals); Ray (lead guitar); John ''Jaahn'' (Drums, percussion); Shane ''Shaner'' (bass); Adam ''AK'' (Trumpet); Michael ''Mike'' (Trombone), Dave ''DK'' (alto/bari sax); Sara (backing vocals)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : 

--For the most part AZTEC SUN's members live in NW DC, but some also live in NE and in Maryland (Bethesda/Gaithersburg).

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 

-- We once played a gig in front of the Capitol Building and Bernie Sanders photobombed a picture of our drummer.
-- Our 9-piece band has provided live funk/soul background music for 2 yoga classes and a yoga festival (shoutout to WithLoveDC).
-- Our live performances are so energetic and sweaty that we generally each have at least 2-3 outfits with us at a show (at times including a change of underwear).

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: 

--Our music is a retro blend of 70's funk and soul with heavy undertones of jazz, blues and afrofunk. In 2016, the Washington City Paper named AZTEC SUN the Best Local Original Band. We've had the pleasure of opening for national touring acts such as Burning Spear, the Suffers, Pimps of Joytime, Naughty Professor, Alanna Royale, The Main Squeeze, and Major and the Monbacks.

Come check us out live aztecsunband.com

Official Website URL: www.aztecsunband.com

Facebook URL: facebook.com/aztecsunband

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/aztec-sun/id1172422801

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/album/5qEBtb7Q7kTi8IEwR981dC

Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/AZTECSUNBAND

Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/aztecsunband/

Main Genre: Funk

Other Genres: Soul, Jazz, World, Afrobeat

Alex Vaughn

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Alex Vaughn [Al-ex Von]

Recommended if you like: Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Adele, Alicia Keys

Story behind your band/artist name: Birthname is Alexandria Von Wallace. So she changed the spelling of Von to Vaughn and thus you get Alex Vaughn

Band Members:

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : P.G. County

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Has performed at The Birchmere and The Howard Theatre with Goapele
Classically Trained at Suitland High school
Her Father was the drummer in a top gogo band

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL:

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/whoisalexvaughn

iTunes Link: https://itun.es/us/375ujb

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/24S5IyzXICyGscL4vYshdq

Other Links: https://twitter.com/whoisalexvaughn
https://www.instagram.com/whoisalexvaughn/

Main Genre: R&B

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Alex the Red Parez



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Band/Artist Name: Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo

Recommended if you like: Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Arlington, Alexandria, Washington DC - current home base is IOTA Club and Cafe, I host the open mic there every Wednesday and also work door for shows

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: I broke my first guitar playing the open mic at IOTA Club and Cafe (guitar fell off guitar strap, hit the stage floor, headstock broke off).

My favorite local band is/was The Deadmen.

I recently celebrated the anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album by performing the album in its entirety (and then some!) at IOTA Club and Cafe on the anniversary of its release (September 30th) with Terry Boes (harmonica), Jason Mendelson (bass) and Nina Garcia (violin).

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Bio:

Alex "The Red" Parez and the Hell Rojos have been bringing acoustic rock and old-time country to Washington, D.C. audiences since 2010. Whether performing original music or classic material, Alex's voice is “reminiscent of Johnny Cash, though often sung with Jello Biafra’s inflection” (Matthew Stabley, NBCWashington.com) and “sounds like Nick Cave reinterpreting the early songbook of Bill Callahan” (The Big Easy – MetroMusicScene.com). "El Rojo" to his friends, Parez takes inspiration from epic troubadours Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and local balladeer John Bustine. In trio mode, Alex is flanked by accomplished harmonica sideman Terry Boes and prolific bassist Jason Mendelson of MetroSongs notoriety.

Official Website URL: http://www.alexparez.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/Alex-The-Red-Robert-Parez-33124397489/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/br/album/all-the-time-that-has-gone/id390618649

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5KKAfsrnBMAo6gIwj1dL5t

Other Links: https://play.spotify.com/album/2hRUT0NbPC5ayJA6wvHsIB

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Acoustic Rock, Pop Rock, Folk, Country, Classic Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Country, Ballad Rock

Alex Vans' Bad Business

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Band/Artist Website: www.alexvansmusic.com

Band/Artist Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/AlexVans/

3 incredibly interesting and entertaining DC related facts about the band? Give us good stuff, not normal bio stuff!: 1) Only DC band to put out a full length comedy web series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hN0-omKwjE&list=PL2nRfGF7ODMYrpmq71A99l5KXrgVs-qS7

2) Our lead singer was chased through the woods in Clifton Va, by an pitchfork wielding psycho wearing a Raptor mask

3) Our lead singer was the former lead guitarist for DC legend Justin Jones

Main Genre: Rock

Secondary Genre: Blues

Other Genres: stoner rock, alternative

Albino Rhino

Albino Rhino DC Music Rocks


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Band/Artist Website: albinorhino-us.bandcamp.com/music

Band/Artist Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/albinorhino.us

Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/album/4SOkCQv0SqrQmdtYbLWxMx

iTunes Link:  https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/albino-rhino/1119594234

3 incredibly interesting and entertaining DC related facts about the band? Give us good stuff, not normal bio stuff!: 1) Between the current members of Albino Rhino there are 11 bands represented (Albino Rhino, Bells & Hunters, ShowPony, Nah., Toadhead, Deb Felz, HYFY, Kairos Quintet, Sean Croft, Geoff Britches, and Joe McMurray)
2) Albino Rhino has always had at least 1 band member living in Washington, DC, and played their first show in DC, making us a bonified DC band - though perhaps with a non-traditional DC sound. Along these lines, our bass player used to live in Glover Park near the Dischord house, but we claim a linieage more from GoGo and funk, than DC punk.
3) The Albino Rhino song "Arlington Girls" was removed from our catalog because the song addressed many of our fans, who are women from DC and NoVA, and took offense to the song. This song expresses frustration from the narrator who is trying to talk to this or that person at the bar in Arlington. Similarly, the song Floor Funk is often accompanied by a disclaimer that the song is Floor Funk, and not Floor F-word.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share?: Albino Rhino has been in a variety of interesting cover situations. We covered Gladiator by Wings of Apollo when their bass player (Pat Graves) attended our show, similarly we've covered Mexico by Bells & Hunters both with and without Bells frontman Keith Fischer. Lastly we played Black Water (JJ Grey & Mofro) when opening for Daryl Hance (former Mofro guitar player), he took video and sent it to JJ Grey - JJ approved. Similarly, we got to play I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown at Howard Theater, on the stage James Brown performed, in front of a picture of James Brown.

We, the band, were unaware of any slang definitions for "Albino Rhino" prior to deciding on that band name - we promise. 

As students of funk and jazz, being called "cats" by jazz guitar great Mike Stern was a crowning achievement for all of us. This was right after seeing him play a set, as he hailed a cab and disappeared into the night...

Alecia Renece

Alecia Renece DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Alecia Renece (Uh-LEESH-Uh Ruh-NIECE)

Recommended if you like: Lianne La Havas, India.Arie, Corrine Bailey Rae,

Story behind your band/artist name: It's my first and middle name.

Band Members:

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I was born in Virginia Beach, VA and raised in Upper Marlboro, MD. I recently got married and now reside in SE Washington, DC with my husband!

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. I have a degree in Deaf Studies (Fluent in American Sign Language)
2. I am a photographer and writer.
3. I was a vocalist in "Christmas in Washington" and got the opportunity to sing to the President of the United States. We also got to sing with Ne-Yo, Heather Headley, Andrea Boccelli and Vanessa Hudgens. It was really cool.

***Bonus*** I have the most wonderful and supportive husband in the WORLD!

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I founded a non-profit called "The Full Well Project". 

The mission of The Full Well Project is to inspire people to love God, love themselves and to love others. We shed light on and discuss issues in the Christian community through photography, blogging, videos and podcasts.

We seek to encourage others to see themselves as God sees them, while spreading the love and the message of Jesus Christ through media, merchandise, service, and events.

Official Website URL: http://aleciarenece.weebly.com/music.html

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/Alecia-Renece-The-Artist-812539082197393/

iTunes Link: https://itun.es/us/JOPRib

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2WO0BqhWzFinzIKPv1Cwvd

Other Links: https://aleciarenece.bandcamp.com/

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: Soul, Jazz, Vocal, Gospel, Inspirational,

Area-301

Area-301 DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Area-301

Recommended if you like: Outkast/Roots infused with Limp Bizkit/Chili peppers

Story behind your band/artist name: We're all proud products from the hometown of Maryland. So our name represents our home base AREA301

Band Members: Jumaane Face (Vocals), Tricky Nicky (vocals), J Mackie (vocals), Lady G (vocals), Mark "Showtime" Brown (drums), Linwood Battle Jr (keys), Reggie Maddox (bass), Clint Hardnet (guitar)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We're an 8 piece band so we're all spread throughout the DMV area. We consider our home base Annapolis MD.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Won the Maryland Music Awards (MMA's) for best new hip-hop band 2016
Won the DMV Underground Awards for best hip-hop band 2016
We run our own Nonprofit called 301Cares. Host various community events (Coats for the Homeless concert, Toys for Kids Drive, Halloween Party gave out costumes to kids, etc...) We're planning a huge community 301 Day event end of summer 2017 @ a park inviting several other local bands to come participate, food vendors & crafts to help raise monies for local families/charities in need.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We're not your typical everyday covers band... we perform mostly our original music with sprinkles of popular covers in all genres of music mixed in...

Official Website URL: www.area-301.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/area301band/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/area-301/id1205225091

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4NFBQkn4zM7N41VGnyHWiv

Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/area301/
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Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: We're a fusion of musical genres ban. You have rhyme mixed with r&b, hip hop, elements of electric guitar, jazz, funk and go-go with a pop sound. We're extremely diverse musically.

Annie Stokes

Annie Stokes DC Music Rocks


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Band/Artist Name: Annie Stokes (pronounced like manny blokes)

Recommended if you like: Alison Krauss, Jewel, Miranda Lambert

Band Members: Annie -- Guitar, Vocals; Wil Berger -- Bass; Peter Kalavritinos -- Electric Guitar; Andrew Gabor -- Drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Northern Virginia / Leesburg

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: I met 2/3 of my band in November of 2015 when we were playing at the Sylvan Theater. It was sparsely attended and we were freezing to death, and we didn't actually connect till about five months later, but we have some cool pictures of us being miserable and cold. 

I never intended to be a DC area native (you kind of hate the idea of staying in the area you grew up in) but the constant bustle pulled me back in, and the political memes are righteous. 

My entire career is based out of Leesburg!

We are dedicated to environmental preservation, we are all best friends, we love John Mayer and Fleetwood Mac

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I have four cats, which is a decision I regret only around 7% of the time. 

Official Website URL: www.anniestokesmusic.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/anniestokesmusic

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/doll/id1084042039

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3xzNSQuMkxG4vXzxxJNRS8

Other Links:: twitter.com/anncatheryn

Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: folk, country, americana, roots, singer-songwriter

Adrian Krygowski & Meredith

Adrian Meredith Krygowski DC Music Rocks


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Each current band member: First&Last name, nickname (if any) and instrument: Adrian Krygowski, Meredith Krygowski

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC? : 7 year DC veteran, now living in Nashville TN

Atleast 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band that are related to persons/places/things/events that happened in the Washington DC area. Give us fun stuff, not normal bio stuff!: 1) Adrian and Meredith met in the DC area, while Meredith was working for the Smithsonian Museum for Folklife Festival, in the summer of 2011.
2) Adrian was living in DC during Obama's first Presidency campaign, win, and inauguration! He was one of the first to crowd the White House when Obama became the projected winner of Presidency, chanting "Sí, se puede" in praise. He also froze his butt off sitting at the Washington Monument watching Obama's first inauguration and spent two hours trying to find a Subway for lunch afterwards.
3) Adrian was part of a music community called "Modern Times", based on the coffee-shop underneath Politics & Prose bookstore, which recently lost it's lease. He was part of the Modern Times Open Mic community for over 7 years while living in the area, and met many friends, roommates, and ultimately Meredith at Modern Times.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share?: We have a new record coming out in November 2016, called "More Than A Little", we'd love to send you an advance copy! The current songs we're sending are off the previous release, "Roam"

Band/Artist Website (not Facebook): www.AdrianPlusMeredith.com

Band/Artist Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/adrianplusmeredith/

Andrew Tufano

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Band/Artist Name: Andrew Tufano

Recommended if you like: My Newer Songs: Gregory Alan Isakov, Tallest Man on Earth, Julien Baker ||||||| My Older Songs: Andy Grammer, Brett Dennen, Amos Lee

Story behind your band/artist name: My parents thought Andrew was a good name :)

Band Members: Just me! Guitar/Piano/Vocals

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : From Sterling, VA. Grew up playing shows in and around DC. Now based in Nashville, and touring through DC every month or two!

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: In my junior and senior years of high school, I used to skip school to play at Renaissance Hotels in DC. I told them I was 21 so they would book me, but never accepted drinks when they offered because I was afraid they'd find out I was underage and never hire me again. Those gigs paid better than a few of the shows I play nowadays....

One time, I had a show in DC, and was taking a bus from Knoxville. It was early March (I think 2015?), and the bus was cancelled from snow. I ended up finding a ride on Craigslist from an Iranian fashion designer named Farshad. We drove through the night as he smoked weed from a pipe disguised as an inhaler and showed me Buddhist meditation CDs. He was very clear that I should tell no one he was driving up the east coast and not in San Francisco where he was supposed to be, as if there was anyone I could tell. We still keep in touch to this day!

One of my first times driving on my own was with a stick shift in DC in rush hour. Still to date this might be the most stressful experience of my life, but I guess 16-year-old me learned a lot by stalling in the middle of an intersection and getting honked at from all sides.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: General bio info: The 3 EPs I have out are drastically different than songs I'm releasing this year – though I do have one new single out that sounds more like me today (PCH – Amplify Sessions). Last year I wrote 100 songs in 100 days on YouTube. I spent 2016 living out of my car on tour, and am spending most of 2017 writing in Nashville. I have one song that's not good for FCC – Love You Lazy, off my "Dotted Lines" EP from 2013.

Official Website URL: www.andrewtufano.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/andrewtufanomusic

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/andrew-tufano/id531995355

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1SE4vaLhs4iUvBn3RLaQhI

Other Links: https://www.youtube.com/andrewtufano
https://andrewtufano.bandcamp.com/album/fireworks-in-autumn

Main Genre: Folk

Other Genres: acoustic, pop, americana, singer/songwriter

A MARC Train Home

A MARC Train Home DC Music Rocks


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Band/Artist Name: A MARC Train Home

Recommended if you like: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Cranberries, The Hives, Dinosaur Jr., The Cardigans, No Doubt, Nirvana

Band Members: Genevieve Moore- vocals, Pablo Cabrera- guitar, Jasiu Mich- bass, Bastian Kunu- drums

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We live in Fairfax, Virginia and Western Maryland

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Pablo enjoys all things musical, and runs his own recording studio in his spare time. Bastian is an aspiring skate boarder and coffee enthusiast. Genevieve likes to roller skate and really enjoys freelance makeup artistry. Jaisu is the youngest member of the group, studying music business in college.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL:

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/amarctrainhome/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/a-marc-train-home/id968092488

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/38kKnikFrf3NpJW9e6OdAl

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: punk, indie, grunge, surf rock

Abu Jibran

ABU JIBRAN DC MUSIC ROCKS

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Band/Artist Name: Abu Jibran

Recommended if you like: Elton John, Billy Joel, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Ben Folds

Band Members: Abu Jibran (vocals, piano, songwriting)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I live in Fairfax, Virginia and have since 2007

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Two years ago, I got back into music after a long hiatus recording a cover song for each year I've been alive on Soundcloud - covering everybody from Beatles to Joe Cocker to the Police to Oasis to Death Cab for Cutie. I had to take most of them down but I raised enough money on Kickstarter from friends in DC to by cover rights to 12 of them - now available on stores as "Coffeehouse in Hamburg." Then I decided I should write my own stuff.

The name Abu Jibran means "Jibran's Dad" which is the name of my son, given to me by some Arab friends years ago and re-given to me since I've been in D.C.

Because I've worked as a journalist and environmentalist the past 7 years in DC - my lyrics tend to lean political, social or spiritual. A portion of my songs are called "50-50" songs. I split half the online revenue earned by 50-50 songs with a charity.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I released my first full-length album Lost In America, on July 4, 2016. This collection of songs runs the gamut - romantic ghosts, mid-life crises, the coming climate apocalypse, happy nuclear families, long overdue love songs, the weight of suicide, America's firearms epidemic, beer-fueled bromances, deceased pets, why Jesus wasn't a Republican.


My next projects include: 
Producing lyric videos / live action videos / animations for the 50-50 songs on the Lost In America. I split half the online revenue earned by 50-50 songs with a charity.
Recruiting a band to play some live gigs around the Washington, D.C area.
Writing and producing my next EP album - Music For The Revolution - a collection of alternafunk political punk for the age of Trump.

Official Website URL: www.abujibran.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/abujibranmusic

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-in-america/id1113474111?app=music&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/2EJefxkyM3WISqmwWOGxPT

Other Links: https://abujibran.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/abujibranmusic
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAn8Vo1w-gW7mDK7RIxGaHA

Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: singer-songwriter, alternative, funk, rock

Ardamus

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Band/Artist Name: Ardamus

Recommended if you like: I have been compared to Ice Cube, Jay-Z, Rza, Raekwon, Hieroglyphics, and etc. If you have never heard of me, I'd say something like a mix between the Gorillaz

Band Members: Ardamus - emcee/beatmaker/producer

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I am currently in Northeast within the Fort Totten area.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: (1) I randomly ran into Ian McKaye from Fugazi in front of Kaffa House on U Street years ago when it was open. A bunch of us were free styling outside of the venue because we were supposed to have a hip hop night there but we couldn't since there was a band playing inside. Ian comes outside and watches us freestyle and he's intrigued by it. I talk to him and I got his contact and he called leaving a message. I lost his phone number and didn't run into him years later. One of my good friends was roommates with the drummer, Jerry Busher, from Fugazi. Then me and him became good friends and worked on some music years later. And eventually, I ran back into Ian and if I recall he remembered from that night. 
(2) When I used to live in Anacostia, I got robbed a few times. One time, I got robbed and I was completely broke and devastated. Within the next few days, there was a rap battle at Velvet Lounge some people I knew were throwing. All the frustration built up in me and I won the battle and some money for the week that night. Crazy I know. 
(3) Most people don't know this but some people know that legendary DJ Harry Hotta is literally my brotha. Known the guy for years. We constantly try to work on our Art Hotta project and we argue so much about music that it sometimes never happens. LOL. But we always hang out and shoot the breeze. But we fight because he'll dog me about how music I may put out and not getting into some of the newer stuff. We eventually meet on common grounds but the conversations are always funny and they get funnier over the years.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I want to do a tour so if people are interested in helping me crowd fund this ordeal, let me know. LOL. Also, I am part of Delegation Music which includes RNL, Edword Asis, and Prowess The Testament.

Official Website URL: ardamus.bandcamp.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/arda.mus

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ardamus/id272114111

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1N7VLoN0DVpiL1ipHKHNoo

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: trip hop, bossa nova, jazz, future bass, indie

Aaron Myers

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Band/Artist Name: Aaron Myers

Recommended if you like: Kurt Elling, John Legend, Aloe Blacc

Story behind your band/artist name: Im named after my father, who was named after his father.

Band Members: Aaron Myers (I usually hire different musicians to be with me on different gigs/shows.

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Currently, I'm tied to Mr. Henry's on Capitol Hill as their resident artist. For 5 years, my music was based in the DuPont area. I currently live in Mount Pleasant.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: -Marion Barry gave me a job.
-Recorded a song about he Metro written by Washingtonian Oren Levine.
-Was a former Young Democrat in DC
-I've done most of the neighborhood walking tours
-I like to dance at the drum circle at Malcolm X Park

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I'm using my energy to fight for the rights of artists based in DC.

Official Website URL: www.aaron2.me

Facebook URL: Facebook.com/mraaronmyers

iTunes Link: https://itun.es/us/s2q-N

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5JqWYlpaw2lH5PrAXxFtqK

Other Links: Twitter.com/AaronMyers

Main Genre: Jazz

Other Genres: Neo-Soul, R&B, Gospel

Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents

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Band/Artist Website: www.aarontinjum.com

Band/Artist Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/aarontinjum

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band that are related to persons/places/things/events that happened in the Washington DC area. Give us fun stuff, not normal bio stuff!: 1) We originally formed in Austin, Texas before relocating to DC in 2013. 

2) In Austin, we were awarded our own band holiday, "Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents Day" by official proclamation from the Austin Mayor and City Council on 10/11/12 for our contributions to the local music scene.

3) Since moving to DC, we''ve opened for the likes of James McCartney, Sam Amidon and Kawehi. We also released our new full-length album "Foreign & Domestic" in January with a release show at Rock & Roll Hotel with Louis Weeks & Kitchen Noise.

Aaron Abernathy

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Band/Artist Name: Aaron Abernathy

Recommended if you like: Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, D'angelo

Band Members: 

--Aaron Abernathy

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : 

--Howard University, Northeast

Official Website URL: www.aaronabernathy.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/absthename

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/monologue/id1148333423

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0U2CaFRICn6yg9RsxGgEZl

Other Links: www.instagram.com/aaron_abernathy

Main Genre: R&B

Other Genres: Soul, Funk

allthebestkids

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Band/Artist Name: allthebestkids

Recommended if you like: The Flaming Lips, The Notorious BIG,

Band Members: Cody (lead vocals), Anya (vocals), Christi (piano & vocals), Erik (drums), Will (guitar), Kevin (bass), Robert (synth), David (sax), Wes (trombone)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : DC , NW

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: We put together a biggie tribute show at howard theatre in 2014 that included 30 mcs and vocalists. We also got lil cease to come out, who grew up wtih and rapped with biggie smalls. 

We built a custom lighting curtain for the band. we also built a confetti cannon. 

Our album was recorded in Nov 2014, had some post production work done, and then we sent it our mixer in march of 2015. The mixing engineer stole our money and strung us along for 6 months

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: we keep working on new stuff. heading back to the studio next month to lay down a few new songs

Official Website URL: www.allthebestkids.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/allthebestkids

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/go-out-with-a-bang/id1160392377

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/album/0MRXFU2ozJ2GR9Rq3TW6xQ?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Other Links: www.allthebestkids.bandcamp.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd3OfReZdkg <-- be sure to watch til the end

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: alt hip hop, rock, indie, jazz, pop, industrial

Better Homes

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Better Homes || Like the magazine

Recommended if you like: blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, Panic! at the Disco, Paramore, Motion City Soundtrack

Story behind your band/artist name: Taken from the song "Better Homes and Gardens" by Taking Back Sunday

Band Members: Hayls, Vocals; Aaron Sorge, Guitar/Vocals; Nick Sloane, Guitar/Vocals; Will Gies, Bass

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Northern Virginia

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Vocalist Hayls has been and continues to be involved in numerous local theater productions, including Spring Awaking, Hairspray, and currently La Cage Aux Folles.

The band's latest release, February's EP Cardiosonus, was completely written, recorded and produced by the band themselves in their own home studio put together by guitarist Aaron Sorge. The only outside members working on the production side of the project were co-mixing by Brandon Holguin and Mastering by Sean Robinson.

Each one of us was voted Best Hair in High School. This is how we all met.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We have a show at the Rock & Roll Hotel with the FANTASTIC boys in In Your Memory on July 28th.

Official Website URL: https://www.betterhomesband.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/betterhomesband/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/better-homes/id1042895853

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6BuBOLntLkJPxyRXvgoAce

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Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop Punk,