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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: By & By

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Story behind your band/artist name: "By and by" is a phrase often used in traditional bluegrass music to refer to something that will happen eventually, whether it is the return of a lost love or leaving this mortal coil. We think the phrase reflects our music, capturing both tragedy and heartache as well as eternal optimism. We will meet again, one fine day, by and by.

Band Members: Elise (lead vocals and guitar), Claire (harmony vocals and fiddle), Jim (mandolin), Steve (banjo), Trevor (harmony vocals and bass), Dan (harmony vocals and 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 : The epicenter of By & By is our mandolin player's front porch, located in the Woodley Park neighborhood, where we have spent seven years rehearsing, writing, and becoming very close friends.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. The only remaining original member of By & By is Jim, our mandolin player, who joined By & By when it was a punk-bluegrass group playing at farmers markets around the city.
2. By & By has had a monthly residency in DC since 2010. We started at Sova, a now-closed bar and community hangout that was one of the first businesses to open during the Atlas district revitalization and that served as home base for the burgeoning indie-bluegrass scene. When Sova closed in 2013, Argonaut picked up the weekly series, and By & By played once a month through 2015 when it made the move to its current residency at the historic Mr. Henry's on Capitol Hill.
3. By & By is the only band to have played every single Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival since its inception in 2010. The festival is DC's largest bluegrass festival, regularly drawing close to 10,000 annually.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: By & By is releasing a new record, tentatively titled "Songs for this Old Heart," in November, 2017!

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Main Genre: Bluegrass

Other Genres: Americana, folk, singer-songwriter, plunk rock