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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).

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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/AlexTheRedParezakaElRojo/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/alex-the-red-parez/390618652

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

Bencoolen

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Ben-coo-len

Recommended if you like: The Revivalists, Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Story behind your band/artist name: The band's lead singer, Paul, grew up in Singapore. He bought his first guitar in a spot there called Bencoolen.

Band Members: Paul Gregg -- Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter, Teddy Scott -- Lead Guitar, Songwriter, Jack Bentsen -- EWI, Sax, Will Lockery -- Drums, Ben Suarez -- 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 : Foggy Bottom is the home of our rehearsal space.. but we live around that area across Arlington, DC, Maryland

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: We have recorded our last couple songs with Don Zientara out in Arlington. He is a local legend who has worked with Foo Fighters, OAR, and Fugazi
Teddy Roosevelt's Nationals Mascot attended one of our shows in costume
Our first sell out show was upstairs at the Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Bencoolen has performed with Atlas Road Crew, Marcus King, The Cold War Kids, Big Something, and the Mowgli's at university events, the 9:30 Club in DC, and the Southern in Charlottesville. The band has played across the East Coast including at music festivals like The Big What and Firefly Music Festival.

Official Website URL: www.bencoolenmusic.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/bencoolendc

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/bencoolen/id938022560

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1MUFLr6TyUzrlKW61yATQN?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open&play=true

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Main Genre: Rock

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The Bottle Shop

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Bottle Shop

Recommended if you like: CCR, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse

Story behind your band/artist name: The first ep was recorded afterhours in the back of a bottle shop (beer & wine store). When the band formed we chose that as our name!

Band Members: Tanner Carlton / Chris "Donk" Drerenberger / Sean Stanton

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

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: We all grew up together in Warrenton, VA
Our first practice sessions were in the front of the office of a local magazine, On Tap.
We play 75% or more of our shows at breweries around the area - so our name is fitting!

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Our first full length record "Spring Shack" is dropping July 20th! We're excited to share it with the world.

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

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

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-bottle-shop/1396666935?mt=1&app=music

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1nDFB0RAdqIKGyYcTELtMo

Other Links: Insta / FB / Twitter:
@bottleshopmusic

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: americana, jazz, folk, soul

The Beirds

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Beirds

Recommended if you like: Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, Lotus

Story behind your band/artist name:

Band Members: Dave Salvo, Chad Bartlett, Matt Bartlett Zach Hoffman

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

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Dave Salvo also plays in The Last Rewind, DC's premier Phish cover band.
Matt Bartlett has background in DC and electronic music, specifically drum'n'bass.
The Beirds are huge Breaking Bad fans and had to write & release a song dedicated to Walter White

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

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

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/taking-flight-ep/1342960533?mt=1&app=music

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/6NGVeZ5D8NWnOWjJrz2imZ

Other Links: http://thebeirds.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/TheBeirdsDC/
https://twitter.com/TheBeirdsDC

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Space Rock, Atmospheric Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Psychedelica

The Buzz

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Buzz

Recommended if you like: Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne, The Byrds, The Buzzcocks

Story behind your band/artist name: Might have something to do with alcohol!

Band Members: J. Forté – Vocals, guitars, keys; Brian Olesky: Guitars; GP Shook - Drums + percussion; Steve Shook - 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 : Three members live in DC proper, one in Annapolis, MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: J., Steve and GP played together in the early 2000's DC band Ape House, who once came in last place at a WHFS Battle of the Bands!
J. also plays in the synth-pop duo, the Sun Machines.
The boys favorite show to play is the Fort Reno concert series

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Power-pop, jangle-pop, rock-n-roll, even some tear in your beer twang- TheBuzz has got you covered with this stellar EP! Catchy and energetic, these five tunes feature hot licks, heavenly harmonies, powerful bass and rollicking drumming. Inspired by the original rock-n-roll masters without being retro.

Official Website URL: https://www.facebook.com/TheBuzzMusic/

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

iTunes Link: https://itun.es/us/6hRYkb

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/2E4LHKD9GdGwENTpyMRurj

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

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: power-pop, garage rock, jangle pop, lo-fi

The Beanstalk Library

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Band/Artist Name: The Beanstalk Library

Recommended if you like: Big Star, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Neil Young, The Replacements, REM

Story behind your band/artist name: Ryan dreamt up the name in 2002. He liked how it didn't suggest a specific genre, and was something that wouldn't be embarrassing decades into the future.

Band Members: Joel Hicks / Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals; Adam Neubauer / Drums; David Gassmann / Bass; Brian Pagels / Guitar, Vocals; Ryan Walker / Vocals, Guitar, Piano; Erin Ryan / Violin, Mandolin, 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 : The majority of us live in Alexandria and we rehearse in Arlington.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1) We once backed up Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic on an instrumental, accordion-driven cover of Lorde's "Royals." The video was featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, and many other music outlets.
2) Members of our band also perform with DC-based acts The Cowards Choir, Justin Jones, Koshari, Lighting Fires, Uptown Boys Choir, Sara Curtin, and the Cherry Blossom String Quartet.
3) We stole RZA's candy from the State Theatre dressing room.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Here's our standard bio: "The Beanstalk Library has built a loyal following in the Washington, DC area and along the east coast with passionate and adventurous live performances. Their two full-length albums America At Night and The View From Here have drawn accolades from, among others, The Washington Post, who called their music “timeless” and compared it to Big Star and Teenage Fanclub. The band proudly continues this tradition with the recent release of the EP Returns, featuring 5 new AM-radio ready power-pop gems."

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

Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/thebeanstalklibrary

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-beanstalk-library/id262990017

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/2e7tkUX7vmp5gwTgLoSA4D?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Other Links: http://www.twitter.com/beanstalklib
http://www.instagram.com/ryanbeanstalk
http://www.thebeanstalklibrary.bandcamp.com
http://www.youtube.com/thebeanstalklibrary
Booking & Media Inquiries: tbl@thebeanstalklibrary.com

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: alt country, pop rock, power pop

Brent & Co.

Brent & Co DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Brent & Co. (Brent and Company)

Recommended if you like: Van Morrison, SOJA, Ed Sheeran, Dave Matthews, Ben Howard, Al Green, Virginia Coalition

Story behind your band/artist name: The band name is pretty straightforward. Often the band can take different forms (duo, trio, quartet) and line ups of musicians. Since I was usually the only common thread linking all these performances I figured I'd keep it simple.

Band Members: Brent Peterson, Dominic Fragman (Drums), Derrick Michaels (Sax), Joe Martone (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 : I (Brent) call Southeast DC my home, I live near the banks of the Anacostia river which inspired this latest album.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 
- Most of the musicians I now play with, if you pull the thread long enough, I met through Craigslist
- Our latest album is a direct product of days spent out on the Anacostia River in my canoe and witnessing how abused the river has been over the years BUT also how much the river has improved in recent months. 
- The producer of the album, Jarrett Nicolay, is a personal hero of mine. I LOVED his band, Virginia Coalition, when I was younger, I booked them to play my high school and I consider them a huge influence.
- Sometimes making opportunities work takes some crazy drives; one time we did an 18hr overnight drive from Charlotte, NC to Minneapolis, MN
- Donald Rumsfeld once asked for the band to turn it down. Keep on rocking in the free world!
- We're hustlers! Brent & Co. has averaged 250 performances a year over the past four years!
- The band dog is a little black pug named for Ani DiFranco since Brent is originally from her hometown of Buffalo, NY

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: 2018 is the YEAR OF THE ANACOSTIA and people should know and celebrate this fact since the park and river are amazing resources and should be used and loved by all! 
We're working musicians, out there in the trenches. Sometimes it's a blast, sometimes it's struggle to keep it going - but we love what we do.

Official Website URL: brentandco.com

Facebook Full URL: http://www.facebook.com/brentandco

Twitter Handle: @brentandco

Instagram Handle: @brentandco

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/brent-co/458353560?mt=1&app=music

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3B6HaONkrgxMFbGdlhmuzE?si=2fzTw7lDQOC9_kxe0ztaXw

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Acoustic, Americana, Jazz, Folk, Country, Funk, Reggae

Broke Royals

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Broke Royals (Bro-k roy-als)

Recommended if you like: The Killers, Bastille

Story behind your band/artist name: We started the band right after college and we were both totally broke, yet living with so many modern luxuries.

Band Members: Philip Basnight - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Colin Cross - Drums, Guitar, Bass. Also, we play with Ben Wilson on guitar and Caleb Wade on bass for our live 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 : Philip has lived in the DC area most of his life. He currently lives in Columbia Heights. Colin currently lives in Richmond but spends a lot of time in DC.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: -The week after the 2016 election, we performed at the base of the Washington Monument on a giant dragon structure for an event called Catharsis on the Mall
-Barring any construction delays, it looks like we will be one of the first bands to headline at the new DC venue Union Stage in December (not announced yet)
-Our latest music video includes American Sign Language and some of the deaf actors are Gallaudet alumni

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Our debut self-titled debut LP will be coming out on November 17th. For any press inquiries please contact Janelle at Green Light Go Publicity at janelle@glgpub.com

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

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

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/broke-royals/id872544375

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1wzpzxt2TSqNQb2TWoujOV

Other Links: https://www.twitter.com/brokeroyals

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Alt Rock, Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Indie Pop, Pop

Braddock Station Garrison

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Band/Artist Name: Braddock Station Garrison

Recommended if you like: Tom Petty, REM, Big Star, Aerosmith

Band Members: Steve - vocals & rhythm guitar, Tom - lead guitar, Michael - bass, Jed - 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 : Virginia

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Tom once jammed with Rick Nielsen when he was visiting The House of Guitars in Rochester NY. Ask him about it and he will happily tell you the story.

Back when Steve only did sensitive, singer-songwriter shows he was responsible for Sully's in Chantilly changing their opening act policy so that all acts were vetted. He survived the evening by playing all Johnny Cash covers .

Jed is a mountain biking enthusiast and often makes Steve fearful he will break a rib or a leg before a show. That isn't stopping him, though.

Michael has long been exclusive to Fender basses but has recently acquired a new Rickenbacker 4003, a development everybody in the band is very excited for.

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

Official Website URL: www.braddockstationgarrison.com

Facebook URL: facebook.com/braddockstationgarrison

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/braddock-station-garrison/id708426476

Spotify Link: http://open.spotify.com/user/121767457/playlist/7s4oFtBVuuw9u5NuFq8tGZ

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Power pop, Americana

Bluewreck

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Bluewreck, Blue-Wreck

Recommended if you like: Royal Blood, Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath

Band Members: Ben: Drums/Synth, Kirti: Guitar/Synth, Will: Vocals/Guitar, Nathan: 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 : Falls Church

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Bluewreck in the past has bonded over near-weekly target runs and solid/heavy breakdowns.

We're often asked "How did four people with the same hair meet each other?" Once at a restaurant in Staunton, Virginia a waitress told us "Let me see if I can find a booth that can accommodate all that hair"

Our very first show (which was at the Electric Maid), we went without a vocalist and improvised the entire 45 minute set.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Bluewreck has performed in various venues around the area including Union Stage, Jammin Java, Rock and Roll Hotel, and the Golden Pony in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Bluewreck has opened up for Kid Brother twice at Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg. Bluewreck has had the pleasure of playing with local bands such as, Milo in the Doldrums, Elizabeth II, Unsullied, Carter Lou & The Project, Flowerbomb, Better Homes, and Dr. Robinson's Fiasco.

Official Website URL: https://bluewreck.wixsite.com/bluewreckdc

Facebook Full URL: https://www.facebook.com/bluewreck/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/bluewreck/1268440086

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4IfxagBSN2zzDdSDvQzgsF?si=RFeCQHYxRm2inBRn0yQDmA

Instagram Handle: @bluewreckofficial

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

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Psychedelic Rock, Acid Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Indie Rock

The Colonies

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Colonies (Call-O-Knees)

Recommended if you like: The Strokes, The Black Keys, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Hippocampus

Story behind your band/artist name: Joey the drummer came up with it and we figured it was a good name since we were going to school in DC

Band Members: Pete Stevens (Vocals and guitar), Joey Mamlin (Drums), Dylan Trupiano (Guitar), Jordan Mullaney (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 : We are all residents of Foggy Bottom as we go to school at GW

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: -Our first show was in thebasement of our college dorm at GW, Thurston Hall. Everyone was trying to study and pissed that we were playing even though we had thespace reserved. You can imagine how loud electric guitars are in a study space
-We have worked with another DC band on our latest single, Color Palette. We met them because they were hired by my fraternity to play a show in our basement and we opened. Very friendly band and super talented!
-Pete has interned for members of congress and when not making music now interns doing political fundraising.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: -Our single "Fade" is out and will be apart of a third album we make. All songs are written and just need to be recorded!

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

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-colonies/125306085?mt=1&app=music

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/55EEkDqYe7zPgZ9wXugAYd?si=biekR1GRRKOAGz8ewOOVhQ

Other Links: https://twitter.com/thecoloniesdc
instagram: @thecoloniesdc

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: indie rock, alternative, garage rock, 2000s

Carter Lou & The Project

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Carter Lou & The Project

Recommended if you like: Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, James Bay, Jack White, Need To Breathe

Story behind your band/artist name: Originally the band was just called, "The Project" and I knew I was going to have to change the name eventually for copyright reasons. "Carter Lou OTP" (OTP meaning Of The Project) was a nickname an old friend of mine who has passed away gave me, and when the time came to change the band name, it was the only one hat felt right.

Band Members: Carter Louthian (Carter Lou) - Singer/Guitarist, Drew Kerxton - Drums, James Britton - Guitar, Doug Imhoff - 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 : Virginia

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: First time playing in DC was when I was 12 at 9:30 Club when one of my first bands ever "Identity Crisis" played a battle of the bands. Someone else tuned our guitars before we went onstage haha.

I got a concussion by accidentally tripping and hitting my head against the wall of R&R Hotel while filming for my new music video projectrecently.

Recorded most of my record with DC area producer, and my best buddy Mark Williams of Sucker Punch Studios!

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

Official Website URL: http://clouthian5.wixsite.com/theproject

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

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/carter-lou-the-project/id1248450814

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Zq3QtCmZ4s3jqOde0FTLa

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Alternative Rock, Singer Songwriter

Cruzie Beaux

Cruzie Beaux DC Music Rocks


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Band/Artist Name: Cruzie Beaux

Recommended if you like: Courtney Love, Sleigh Bells, Hole, Joan Jett, The Knife

Band Members: Kristina - Writer, Studio Performer for all instruments

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Cleveland Park is where I live. I'm from Rockville, MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1) I had met Jay Nemeyer (live guitarist) several times in the past when he was in The Silver Liners and I was in Drop Electric. I also had done a remix for him. But when I saw him randomly at Nanny O'Briens in Cleveland Park we started talking about playing live together for Cruzie Beaux and that was that. It was a Sunday and we were both struggling Monday morning. 

2) Our first big Cruze Beaux show was at DC9 about two years ago. Jay and I brought it over 200 people and it was a smash. Jay kills it at guitar and adds so much. 

3) I saw Color Palette play a house show in DC a few months ago and it was like the funnest time of all times

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Cruzie Beaux was my post-punk project after Drop Electric; before that was my small electronic project called Blanche has Friends. I kind of like to create different projects bc there are so many genres out bands out here in DC.

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/0Q6ay9j82mxNn4t4BznKdj

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Post punk, electro punk, pop

Chris Timbers

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Chris Timbers Band

Recommended if you like: Dave Mathews, John Mayer, Beetles

Band Members: Chris Timbers, Guitar vocals / Mike Echols, Bass, backing vocals and percussion /Chris Berry Drums and Percussion / Stephen Goodrick, lead guitar / Joe Daniel keyboard 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: Northern Virginia Leesburg

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Chris Timbers likes to ride his 05 Road King, interacting with his fans

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We are an Americana style band,

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

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

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/chris-timbers/id1215945639

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/4GIMAHLcK6O0MnAkzND2dT?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Other Links: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/ChrisTimbers1
https://christimbers.hearnow.com/

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Americana

The Cowards Choir

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Band/Artist Name: The Cowards Choir

Recommended if you like: Lord Huron, Ryan Adams, Hiss Golden Messenger, Paul Simon

Story behind your band/artist name: Andy Zipf is taking a new name: The Cowards Choir. "It took me a few years to figure things out. I'm grateful for the time I've had to chip away at some edges. Now I'm ready to begin again." Zipf has always been committed to growth. He's taken that ethic to stages and street corners across the US, and has not gone unnoticed. Zipf's music continues to surface on network television and in independent films, and has participated in campaigns with ONE and To Write Love On Her Arms. Turning to the people, he has consistently utilized his fan-base to support tours, fund albums, and share his story via direct social media connection. Zipf rewards that loyalty with an unwavering commitment to creating music rooted in honesty. He gets on the floor at shows and sings from the back row. He turns the room into a cinema, coats every surface with colors and old film. Zipf doesn't believe in playing music, rather immersing the audience in it. He is constantly looking for ways to create an experience that taps into equal parts rock and roll and big tent revival. After a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign, The Cowards Choir will release NAME THE FEAR in May of 2016. In addition to the album, there will be an accompanying ‘visual score’ by Charlotte, NC filmmaker Will Davis of Small Creatures. Joining Zipf in this collaborative project are long time bassist/keyboardist Ryan Walker, cellist Dayana Yochim, violinist Alissa Moore and drummer/percussionist Logan Lamons.

Band Members: Andy Zipf - lead vocals, guitar Ryan Walker - bgvs, bass, keys Alissa Moore - violin Dayana Yochim - cello Logan Lamons - drums,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 : Northern VA: Falls Church and Alexandria

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Andy Zipf has lived in seven states, including Virginia, where he has now called home for the last sixteen years. Longer than anywhere in his life. 
A few years ago, when Andy asked Ryan Walker if he knew any bassists, Ryan lied and said he was one. :) So Ryan learned all the bass parts from Andy’s record. That’s a testament to what a great musician Mr. Walker is. 
The string players, Alissa and Dayana, asked Andy about potentially working together at Evening Star Cafe a couple years ago. As it happened, Andy was already writing songs that needed strings...fortuitous...

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: NAME THE FEAR, the new album from The Cowards Choir was released May 6 after a successful PledgeMusic campaign. It is available at all digital distribution sites. CDs, vinyl and more can be purchased at www.thecowardschoir.com

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

Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/thecowardschoir

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/name-the-fear/id1106030976

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/32CcT4vznEBkWzk9dAUroj

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: folk, chamber pop, americana

The CooLots

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The CooLots (The Cool Lots)

Recommended if you like: Rage Against the Machine; 311; NERD

Story behind your band/artist name: A friend of our guitarist suggested the name The CooLots (meaning Cool Lots = Cool Group) since there were 8 members at that time.

Band Members: AwesomeRita (bass/vocals), Asha BOOMCLAK Santee (drums), Crys C (vocals/keys), Dappho the Flow-er (bass/vocals), Huggie Hugster (electric guitar/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 : 3 of 5 members are Native Washingtonians with members currently residing in NE DC and surrounding areas in Maryland.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: The CooLots recently played Honey Groove fest in DC and served as an opening act for Big Freedia - Queen of Bounce music.

Our drummer is currently on an international tour with DC based grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Carolyn Malachi

We released our sophomore project REBIRTH on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at Tropicalia DC.

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

Official Website URL: www.TheCooLots.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/TheCooLots

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-coolots/id799348372

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7MN2GVra8wzkfZ71oS8lXB

Other Links: www.thecoolots.bandcamp.com

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Rock, Soul, Funk, Blues, Alternative

Clones of Clones

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Band Name: Clones of Clones

Recommended If You Like:  Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons

Band/Artist Website: www.clonesofclones.com

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

iTunes Link:  https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/clones-of-clones/595842482?app=itunes

Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/2LLUETVDoO7xIb1Q5S9QFE

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!: We are not a DC craigslist band. 
3 out of the 4 of us grew up in the DC metro area, never really left.
We have a song about the Washington Wizards.

Cat Janice

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Cat Janice

Recommended if you like: Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Norah Jones

Story behind your band/artist name: Cat Janice started with a 17-year-old girl who listened to way too much Norah Jones. She had been playing the piano and violin her entire life and finally found her voice in song writing with her first song Motions. She decided on Cat Janice as her stage name, taking from her first and middle name. She couldn’t afford voice lessons, so after practicing in the shower for a few years, she finally felt ready to record her first album. In 2014 she released her first album, “Motions”, a slow and sultry EP. She picked up some of her best friends to start a band and coined the name Cat Janice Band. From there, her album “Wild” was released a year later with producer Austin Bello of Forever the Sickest Kids. Her song “Fire” was featured on Country Music Television and she was featured on The Vinyl District as an up and coming artist. She is incredibly excited to announce 3 new singles being released in 2018.

Band Members: Cat Janice (lead vocals), Jim Doorley (drums), Mark Hansen (guitar), Jamie Allen (guitar), Joanna Smith (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 : We are more centrally located in the Arlington area, where we play shows in DC, VA, and MD.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. Back in December, 2017, we played a show at a bar in FFX and it was the worst show of our career. We came in over confident, under practiced, and unprofessional. We begged the venue for another gig to prove ourselves and scored another gig there a few months later. We practiced non stop, completely humbled by the experience. We were a completely different band that night and rocked the whole show. The audience was begging for more and asked for multiple encores. The bouncer said “I’ve been working here for years and tonight was the best gig I’ve ever seen come through here”. The venue increased our pay and asked us back for more shows. It was a huge learning experience and really brought us together as a band. 

2. Our drummer is a doctor of psychology in the DMV area and gives us all pep talks before shows. 

3. Our guitarists Mark and Jamie have been playing in bands together in the DC area for over ten years. They’re basically married.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We have a music video for “Blue” that we filmed in a stable and pretended it was a classy speakeasy. Check it out!

Official Website URL: Www.catjanicemusic.com

Facebook Full URL: www.facebook.com/catjanice

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/wild-ep/1063167580?mt=1&app=music

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/7njilvBV7lqlqU55Xcm8MM?si=YnTAinEwSFGxZeCnvv-jUQ

Twitter Handle: @catjanice

Instagram Handle: @cat_janice

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

Main Genre: Rock

Other Genres: Alternative, indie, southern rock