Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Side Dish (common pronunciation)

Recommended if you like: Drive-By Truckers, REM, The Heartbreakers, Dire Straits, The Monks

Story behind your band/artist name: I'm in a band called "Free Lobster Buffet" so when we started jamming together and wanted to perform the singer said we would be the "side dish to Chris' buffet" and it stuck.

Band Members: Dave Johnson - guitar vocals; Alex Cristofaro - lead guitar; Chris Boesen - bass guitar; John "Johnny Drummer" Woechner - drums, other percussion; Carson Wahl - keyboards, trumpet, other percussion

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 founding members all live on Capitol Hill. I've been playing in various bands around DC since moving here in 1989.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: The band formed when the Master of Naval Lodge #4 on Capitol Hill asked friends, including one fellow Naval Lodge brother, to play at his wife's birthday party on Capitol Hill.

Every rehearsal is technically a church service -- the Temple of Ska meets Wednesday evenings at my house to commune through music. I registered the church with the DC Court to be able to perform wedding ceremonies; the lead singer and I are both ministers in the Universal Life Church, courtesy of the ads in the back of Rolling Stone.

We play lots of local fundraisers, including the annual McCourt Concert at Solly's every March and events for local schools (most recently BASIS on April 8th)

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We recorded this album at THE Sun Studios in Memphis, TN over two hot, sweaty nights in July, 2016. We stayed at a motel in downtown Memphis that was simultaneously hosting a group of Norwegian Harley enthusiasts and a days-long Indian Wedding celebration.

Though we rehearse and play shows in DC, we wrote much of the album over a few weekends of intense songwriting at a cabin outside of Winchester and while there we made a pilgrimage to see Patsy Cline's grave.

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Main Genre: Hard Rock

Other Genres: Rock, country rock, roots rock