Thanks to Eli Lev, the talented singer-songwriter from Silver Spring, for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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  1. ***Popsicle Grrlz, by Coral Benders (Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock)

  2. Making Space, by Eli Lev (Indie, Singer-Songwriter)

  3. ***How Far You Feel, by Marielle Kraft (Pop, Singer-Songwriter Pop)

  4. Could've Been Me (Live), by Chris Cassaday (Folk, Folk Rock)

  5. Superhero, by Emma G (Pop, Pop Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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DC IS TRYING TO LIMIT/STOP STREET PERFORMING and busking with speakers/amplifiers on the street.  Sharing the details if you haven’t already heard about this. If you’ve been around Chinatown and the Capital One Arena, this is a good example of what they’re targeting, but it will affect all street performers all over the city.  Please see below on how you can write to your council members to voice your disapproval of this proposed rule. This is courtesy of @listenlocalfirstdc see their page for more details!

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COPY & PASTE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

COPY & PASTE SUBJECT - OPPOSITION to Proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018

Dear Committee of the Whole,

I , YOUR NAME , Member of Band or Org X or Resident or Ward Y , submit this testimony in OPPOSITION of B22 - 0839 - Proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018. I oppose this proposed legislation because:

It will harm the overall cultural fabric of the city that includes a long history of street performance, much of which has regularly used amplified instruments or other electronic equipment.

It is overly punitive. Especially given the racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of DC street performers, the threat of a $300 fine and 10 days in jail is absurd on its face.

It does not include any mechanisms to ensure fair enforcement and, therefore, presents the very real probability of discriminatory enforcement.

It is over-broad and can be used to prevent not only amplified sound but also non-amplified sound, again making the issue of discretionary enforcement particularly problematic.
It is not based on any available data or testing showing any material impact of street performances on the quality of life of DC residents and businesses, subjecting it to the criticism that it is arbitrary and capricious.

There is a current objective standard for measuring sound disturbances that requires a decibel reader and the council should focus on better implementing that standard. The city should adopt the Agent of Change Principle which would require new residential development in music and entertainment districts to absorb all of the added cost of extra sound insulation to preserve the cultural sustainability of these outdoor entertainment zones.

I urge all members of the council to VOTE NO on the Emergency Legislation and schedule an additional series of hearings and meetings where stakeholders, including residents, business, and the music community, are properly notified and represented. It is your obligation as representatives to ensure that the District's laws achieve the goal of balancing the needs of these stakeholders, and I encourage you to abandon the current effort which fails to do so.

Thank you for your time,




  • Odetta Hartman - Widow’s Peak
     (Folk/Indie Single, RIYL Beck, Karen Dalton, Sylvan Esso, Patti Smith, Bjork)

  • Rachel Levitin - Save Myself
     (Pop Single, RIYL Shania Twain, Meredith Brooks, Alanis Morissette)

  • The Bottle Shop - It Hurts
     (Rock Single, RIYL CCR, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse)


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Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!

Jul 13 - Friday
Kid BrotherMILO in the Doldrums, & The Duskwhales @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA  (Indie, Rock)
Skribe & Swampcandy @ The Nextival 2018 @ Anne Arundal County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, MD   (Folk, Indie)

Jul 14 - Sat
Bumper JacksonsEli Lev & Justin Trawick and The Common Good @ 9:30 Club in Washington, DC  (Folk, Country, Bluegrass)
Emily Henry @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC  (Pop, Folk Pop, Singer-songwriter)

Jul 15 - Sun
Tony Craddock, Jr. @ Jazz at Meade Concert Series in Alexandria, VA (Jazz, Upbeat Sax Jazz)

Jul 16 - Mon
Nuex @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA (Pop, Electro, Hip Hop)

Jul 18 - Wed
Spirit Plots & The Beanstalk Library @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC (Rock)



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Eli Lev

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Eli Lev Bio:

Eli Lev

At the center of the most potent folk music is a shamanistic vessel that’s traveled miles in the outside world and miles within his or her emotional interior to emerge with music that instantly breaks down walls and opens hearts. Folk singer-songwriter Eli Lev beholds the gifts of such journeys. He’s a searcher, a sage, and a storyteller with a message of unity in song. He pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and they offer wisdom culled from self-discovery. 

Eli performs as a solo artist and with his new band, The Fortunes Found. Their infectious musicality, commitment to deep grooves, and soulful charisma foster an immersive experience for the audience that moves bodies and hearts. With the full-band-sound of Fortunes Found, his live shows are becoming one of the hottest ticket on the local DMV music scene.

“When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community,” marvels the Washington, D.C.-based artist.


Eli Lev
Eli Lev


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