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12/31/18 - The Best Songs Brian Obsessed About in 2018

In creating the shows in 2018 we shared more than 300 songs, and listened to hundreds more. So what were the best of the best? We’re happy to share! These are Brian’s top 13 which he listened to on repeat in 2018, and a playlist of the top 57 in case you like what you heard and want to dig deeper. We hope you find some new tunes you love! Just a brief intro and then it’s all music for you to enjoy!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Greens, by be steadwell (Pop/Soul)

  2. Stronger, by Juxt (Hard Rock)

  3. Cups to the Floor, by Rare Essence (GoGo/Hip Hop)

  4. Bartenders and Bourbon, by Fellowcraft (Rock/Blues)

  5. Petrified (Live), by Chris Cassaday (Folk/Folk Rock)

  6. Vapor, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock/Grunge)

  7. The Imagineers, by Crys Matthews (Folk/Americana)

  8. Forgiveness, by Sol Roots (Blues/Funk)

  9. Long Way Back to Shonto, by Eli Lev (Indie/Indie Rock)

  10. Snow Day, by Tony Craddock, Jr. (Jazz/Gospel)

  11. Private Room (feat. JusPaul), by Footwerk (Hip Hop/Alternative Hip Hop)

  12. Crank It Up (Long Live Rock n’ Roll), by Lindsey Buckingham Palace (Hard Rock/Classic Rock)

  13. Come and Get It, by Pebble To Pearl (R&B/Funk)

->’This Week’s Dose Of DC Music’ Spotify Playlist<-

->’DC Music Rocks Show’ MEGA Spotify Playlist<-

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BRIAN’S TOP 57 FROM 2018


PATREON

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   ** Chad Lesch** ** M4TR (Music 4 The Revolution)**


WE'RE LOOKING FOR ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS

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DC Music Rocks All Music Episode Jan 01 2019
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10/30/18 - All Music Episode

We have so many artists and songs we've been wanting to share that we took a week without a guest or news so we could concentrate on playing more music!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. We Won’t Last The Night, by Prinze George (Indie/Indie Electronic Pop)

  2. The Madness, by Pressing Strings (Folk/Rock)

  3. Imagination, by Dupont Brass (Hip Hip/R&B)

  4. Mr. Sanity, by Clones of Clones (Rock)

  5. Clapback, by RDGLDGRN (Pop/Hip Hop)

  6. Prior to Rain, by Teddy Chipouras (Folk/Americana)

  7. Sunburn, by Color Palette (Pop/Electro)

  8. Hot Bottom Feeder, by Clutch (Hard Rock)

  9. Hey Wait, by Blue Skies and Death (Pop/Synth Pop)

  10. Chasing Daylight, by Eli Lev (Indie/Singer-Songwriter)

  11. Home Team, by Melodime (Rock/Alt-Country)

  12. Heart of a Pessimist, by be steadwell (Pop/Soul)

  13. Bound to Be Something Good, by The Colonies (Rock/Indie Rock)

->’This Week’s Dose Of DC Music’ Spotify Playlist<-

->’DC Music Rocks Show’ MEGA Spotify Playlist<-

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PATREON

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   ** M4TR (Music 4 The Revolution)**


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DC Music Rocks All Music Episode Oct 30 2018
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7/10/18 - Special Guest: Eli Lev

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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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  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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ANNOUNCEMENTS

9:30 CLUB - YOU NOMINATE THE SOLO SINGER-SONGWRITERS WE’LL FEATURE AT OUR FESTIVAL on AUG 18!
Nomination Period through Saturday July 14.  See Facebook post here for details, you can nominate up to 3!
https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/photos/a.1765485153696349.1073741828.1758168324428032/2163360177242176/?type=3

P.S.  Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/

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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!

“A MORE CONCISE VERSION OF THE TEXT. PLEASE SHARE - and ask folks to copy and paste all of the text and email and email their own testimony.

COPY & PASTE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES
cow@dccouncil.us, muriel.bowser@dc.gov, pmendelson@dccouncil.us, kmcduffie@dccouncil.us, abonds@dccouncil.us, MCheh@dccouncil.us, jevans@dccouncil.us, Bnadeau@dccouncil.us, btodd@dccouncil.us, callen@dccouncil.us, esilverman@dccouncil.us, rcaruthers@dccouncil.us, vgray@dccouncil.us, twhite@dccouncil.us , dgrosso@dccouncil.us, shawthorne@dccouncil.us, ikang@dccouncil.us, dmeadows@dccouncil.us, bmitchell@dccouncil.us, dbassett@dccouncil.us, rwerner@dccouncil.us, jwillingham@dccouncil.us, pjohnson@dccouncil.us, tjackson@dccouncil.us, mshaffer@dccouncil.us, mngwenya@dccouncil.us, mblackwell@dccouncil.us, mgeraldo@dccouncil.us, dturner@dccouncil.us, nopkins@dccouncil.us, CLaskowski@dccouncil.us, jmattison@dccouncil.us, TNorflis@dccouncil.us, lmartinez@dccouncil.us, tprice@dccouncil.us, karl.racine@dc.gov, james.pittman@dc.gov,

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

COPY & PASTE IN THE BODY OF THE TEXT
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,

YOUR NAME”


NEW RELEASES

MUSIC

  • 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)

VIDEO

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

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!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

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)

 


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?


Eli Lev

Interview Video - Bio - Links

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.

Links:

linktr.ee/elilevmusic 

Eli Lev
Eli Lev

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

We're suspending these transcripts for right now.  These darn things are expensive to produce, and we just can't afford them!  You're welcome to support us on Patreon!  We'll be able to bring them back if we get enough support! 

We hope you still enjoy the audio and video of the interview!  See above for that!  Have we mentioned how much we love and appreciate you?!  Have a great week! 

5/1/18 - Special Guest: Emma G

Thanks to Emma G for hanging out with us in the studio this week!  We discovered her great music and her love of hugs!  :-)

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***"Knock Me Down" by Unsullied (Hard Rock, Punk)

  2. "Tumbling" by Emma G (Pop, Pop-Rock)

  3. "Go Down" by Eli Lev (Indie, Southern Rock)

  4. ***"So Down" by Mike Hauser (Pop, Modern-Crooner)

  5. "Anthem" by Yellowtieguy (Rock, Indie)

***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!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FUNK PARADE IS TRYING WRIST BANDS THIS YEAR
For the first time, Funk Parade is announcing an General Festival Pass and Wristband ($10) to provide priority entrance into selected evening music venues.  Additionally we will be hosting our first ever Featured Showcase at the Historic Lincoln Theatre ($15-20) featuring Ari Lennox, Mannywellz and more.

MUSIC FEST WRISTBAND PASS
Ten dollars gets purchasers a FunkPowered General Festival Wristband, which will provide priority entry into the  the festival’s key evening music venues: Tropicalia, DC9, Ben’s Next Door, Franklin Hall, Signature Cuts & Shaves, Sollys, Velvet Lounge, Archipelago, Flash, Local 16, Sotto, Duffy’s, Marvin, Shaw Tavern, Exiles Bar, Bin 1301, Busboys & Poets, Songbyrd Music House (Late Night) and U Street Music Hall (Late Night).

The $10 wristband system is part of an effort to create a more sustainable future for Funk Parade, with a model that can continue to pay artists fairly to be a part of the festival.

HOW TO GET YOURS
Funk Parade has partnered with Eventbrite to sell the passes. To buy yours, Click HERE. They will also be available the day of the event at the Funk Parade Volunteer Tents at the Main Stage and in front of the Lincoln Theater, during the day fair on Saturday May 12 from 1:00pm - 7:00pm

HOW IT WORKS
To pick up your wristband, present your Eventbrite receipt at the Funk Parade Volunteer Tents at the Main Stage or the Lincoln Theater, or go to any of the participating venues in the evening starting at 7:00pm.


NEW MUSIC RELEASES

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k


NEW VIDEOS

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

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!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Fri May 4
Of Tomorrow @ 9:30 Club (Funk, RIYL Weather Report)
The Coolots @ Capital Fringe (Rock, RIYL Rage Against The Machine)

Sat May 5
Chris Cassaday & Surprise Attack @ Courthaus Social for 3 Year Anniversary Festival (Folk, Jam Band, RIYL Dave Matthews or Sublime)
Paperhaus @ Milkboy Arthouse (Indie, RIYL Radiohead)

Sun May 6
Feelfree @ Boomerang Boat Pirate Ship (Reggae, RIYL Steely Dan)
Zen Warship @ Bossa Bistro (Funk, RIYL Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Wed May 9
Kid Brother & Lavendar @ Gypsy Sally’s (Indie & Rock, RIYL The 1975 or Modest Mouse)

Thurs May 10
Jack Gregori @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Country, RIYL Waylon Jennings)


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?



Emma G

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Emma G's Bio:

Emma G DC Music Rocks

A unique combination of Adele, Pink, Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morrissette; singer/songwriter Emma G describes her sound as soul pop/rock. With gutsy vocals and inspiring lyrics, Emma G's melodies hammer home the messages of empowerment, love and respect.

Links:
Website
Patreon
Bandcamp
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:   Now, let me give you a proper introduction here. So, on DCmusicrocks.com, we are shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Emma G is a unique combination of Adele, Pink, Tracy Chapman, and Alanis Morrissette. She talked about it earlier, it's that amazing combination of all those people. It's like all my favorite people wrapped into one, and then Emma G was born. Which is- No wonder I love you so much.

Emma G:   Aw, man.

Brian:   It's one of those things. She's a singer, songwriter out of- What part of the city are you?

Emma G:   I'm originally from New Zealand, obviously.

Brian:   Yeah.

Emma G:   But I now call Brightwood my home.

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Brian:   Brightwood? Which part?

Emma G:   Which nobody knows where that is.

Brian:   Yeah, where is Brightwood?

Emma G:   It's not Brentwood. It's not ... 'cause I'm...

Brian:   Thanks for clarifying. Okay.

Emma G:   So I'm a mile from Takoma.

Brian:   I got it. Okay. So up in the northeast, general. [crosstalk 00:00:48]

Emma G:   North west. North west.

Brian:   Technically you're right. It's northwest.

Emma G:   Yeah, it's northwest.

Brian:   It's the west of the capitol. So northwest, but up near Takoma and that area. I got it. She described her sound as a soul/pop/rock. And with gutsy vocals and inspiring lyrics, Emma G's melodies hammer home the messages of empowerment, love ,and respect. And thanks for being here.

Emma G:   Thanks.

Brian:   I've been a fan for well over a year now, so it's a treat to actually get to share you here on the show with.

Emma G:   It's funny because I feel like we've been cyber stalking one another for the last year.

Brian:   This is true.

Emma G:   I'm like ... I now know your face. This is exciting!

Brian:   That's right. I was just gonna say we just met for the first time today in person. But otherwise, yeah.

Emma G:   I have to say though, thank you for the hug.

Brian:   Of course.

Emma G:   And I'm so glad that you knew that I like hugs.

Brian:   I was gonna say if you didn't know by the way ... Talk to people about hugs. You give hugs at metros. Talk about the hug thing.

Emma G:   I am the hug dealer. Let's be real for a minute.

Brian:   The hug dealer? Some people are drug dealers, you're a hug dealer? Oh my God.

Emma G:   Endorphins make you happy

Brian:   This is like PG radio version of what a drug dealer is. Oh well the edited version, we'll call it a hug dealer.

Emma G:   No seriously. I mean The Washingtonian magazine, when they named me as one of the best of DC last year, they made mention of me giving hugs daily. And it's true. I don't know if it's because I'm from New Zealand or I'm just some hippy chick or what. For me, music is all about connection, right? And what better way to manifest that connection than through a high five or a hug, something to just be like, hey, I'm a real person, you're a real person, we're enjoying this moment together. Let's hug it out, bro.

Brian:   Hug it out. So next time you see Emma, don't be shy. Hug it out. Oh my God, I feel like that's almost like a hashtag or you should wear that as a T-shirt.

Emma G:   Hug it out, bro?

Brian:   Don't be shy, hug it out. Or hug it out, bro, something. That would be so good.

Emma G:   Oh my God, yes.

Brian:   So you play around. You said you do this full time, so talk about the places that you play, or where will they see you around time?

Emma G:   Before I moved here, I discovered Amanda Palmer, who is originally from Boston. And she made a career for herself as a street performer, we call it busking in New Zealand.

Brian:   Busking. Got it. I've heard that term.

Emma G:   Not bussing. I don't waitress. Busking.

Brian:   No, no, no. Busking with a k. B-u-s-k. Busking.

Emma G:   It's a very gendered term.

Brian:   For those persons who don't know, busking means you're playing outside with a hat out or at a metro stop or different places around and busking.

Emma G:   So I moved here in November 2015 and just was like stuff it, I'm gonna try my hand at busking. And that's how I've managed to do everything that I've done. I've met some amazing humans, including my partner. We met while I was busking.

Brian:   Really?

Emma G:   Yep, 'cause that's romantic.

Brian:   Yeah, there's nothing like playing outside at whatever time in the morning that was  ... there you go, cute girl playing music.

Emma G:   Especially because everywhere in the western world and in America at the moment that seems, nobody likes mornings, right? And so, I'm a Crossfitter, so I'm used to getting up super early and working out, but now instead of working out super early, I just go and sing and hopefully make people's days start better, and it's super fun!

Brian:   Do you have hours, or certain stops? What's that like?

Emma G:   Yeah, so I have a certain rotation that I try and keep up unless it's raining or unless somebody... Every now and then, you get somebody who isn't aware of my schedule that comes in, and that's cool. We're all about community, we're all about sharing the love, and what not, but generally speaking, Tuesdays I'm at Federal Triangle metro station, Wednesdays I'm at Foggy Bottom GWU Hospital, Thursdays L'Enfant Plaza, Fridays at Farragut North, and then Saturdays, I'm sometimes at the Silver Spring Market. And I do other [inaudible 00:04:56] markets as well.

Brian:   Yeah! And that's mornings? Or evenings? Or rush hours? Anytime?

Emma G:   6:30 in the morning, darling.

Brian:   6:30?

Emma G:   6:30 in the morning.

Brian:   Every morning?

Emma G:   Every morning.

Brian:   God, Emma I am so impressed with the dedication here. Holy smokes.

Emma G:   It makes for a really fun evening night life. I'm like, right! Ten o'clock-bedtime!

Brian:   Time to go to bed. I gotta work in the morning. Yep. Absolutely. Oh god, that's funny.

Emma G:   Such a rockstar.

Brian:   Yeah, you are. Oh, my god. Which is evidenced by the album and all the other stuff you have going on.

Emma G:   And I wish I drank coffee. Legitimately, I wish that I could use that as a vice to keep me awake. But no, I'm just a really big fan of nana naps.

Brian:   Nano naps?

Emma G:   Nana naps. In New Zealand, we call grandmas "nanas."

Brian:   Oh, I see.

Emma G:   Is that not an American thing? Nobody knows?

Brian:   No, I haven't heard that. But say more! So a nana nap means...

Emma G:   A nana nap is like a quick power nap.

Brian:   That's where nana falls asleep and her chin drops to her chest for five minutes and then she wakes back up

Emma G:   And starts drooling, and it's really awkward.

Brian:   Yeah? Okay. Oh, my god. One day, you should livestream your nana nap. I don't know.

Emma G:   I don't think that that is safe.

Brian:   No, no, no. That's a terrible idea. Nevermind. Terrible idea.

Emma G:   Oh goodness.

Brian:   Oh, that's funny. Speaking of this, talk about what's a funny or memorable moment that comes to mind when you think about the busking that you were doing. What comes to mind when you think about that?

Emma G:   A funny moment?

Brian:   Yeah.

Emma G:   I don't really, I can't think of any funny moments 'cause every moment that I've had that's memorable has mostly been really just heartwarming. The most heartwarming moment I had was-I was singing all the time at Foggy Bottom on Wednesday mornings and then I was in Iowa for Christmas 'cause that's where my Norwegian family, I know, obviously I'm Norwegian.

Brian:   Obviously.

Emma G:   Obviously. My Norwegian family live in Iowa, so I was away for the Christmas holidays, and I came back and I tried out a different station one day an this woman came rushing up to me and handed me an envelope. And she said, "I've been looking for you everywhere!" And then she's like, "I've gotta go. Thank you. Bye." And I'm like sitting going, this is America, and she's given me an unmarked envelope. What do I do?

Brian:   And we've been talking about ISIS! Should I be worried? Okay.

Emma G:   ISIS? What? Okay. Anyways, so I opened the envelope and she'd given me a Starbucks gift card, which was lovely. But she had typed out this A4, sorry what do you call it? The standard legal, letter size page typed letter highlighting everything that I had given her over the last six months.

Brian:   Holy smokes.

Emma G:   She apparently survives on four or five hours of sleep a night. She works too much, she's got two children that she raises by herself. Her lights in her life that she highlighted were God, her children, and my music on Wednesday mornings.

Brian:   Wow.

Emma G:   And so I just kind of cried a little bit and then got a tattoo in her honor.

Brian:   Wow.

Emma G:   Part of this is for her, so yeah, that's my most memorable moment while busking.

Brian:   Wow. Gosh. That's amazing. I love that story.

Emma G:   Thank you.

Brian:   And what about, so now outside of busking and music, talk about you on the personal side. Hobbies? What do you do for fun?

Emma G:   I sleep when I can.

Brian:   Yep, okay.

Emma G:   It's important. Like I said, I do CrossFit. Health and well-being is really important to me. But I'm also really lucky that I'm in a relationship with somebody who is also self-employed, so we spend our days trying not to kill each other. No, I'm kidding.

Brian:   Well, if you're both at home. I understand.

Emma G:   Yeah, we work really hard throughout the day and swap notes and he's writing a book and doing all kinds of empowerment stuff, and I'm writing music and doing all kinds of empowerment stuff, so it aligns really well. We're planning a tour at the moment, and yeah, just kind of trying to balance social life and sunshine and Vitamin D with sleep and health/fitness and watching movies and trying to stay sane. Meditation's become a really big part of my life at the moment.

Brian:   Okay.

Emma G:   Cooking, gardening.

Brian:   Excellent.

Emma G:   I've discovered the love of gardening.

Brian:   Nice. How does that manifest itself? Does that mean you started with tomato plants? What does that actually mean?

Emma G:   No, we started with-I can't remember what they're called. We bought some trees and planted them in front of Mark's house. So we've just been slowly pecking away at making the house look pretty.

Brian:   That's awesome.

Emma G:   And getting really dirty while doing it.

Brian:   Absolutely. Oh, my god, getting dirty in the garden. Excellent.

Emma G:   It's frightening because at least in New Zealand, you don't have anything that can kill you. Here, you have snakes and you've got poisonous spiders. Part of me is like, it's okay, I can do this barehanded or whatever, and them I'm like, oh, there's things that can kill me.

Brian:   Come bite me. Yeah. Oh my god.

Emma G:   There's that.

Brian:   That would be a funny thing. One of my favorite questions to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Emma G:   Floss.

Brian:   Say more on that. Where does that come from?

Emma G:   Because I'm in the middle of getting...In America, it would have cost me fifteen thousand dollars to get my teeth fixed. I'm not going through that system. I'm actually going to Canada back and forth. It's cheaper. A lot cheaper.

Brian:   To get dentist stuff done.

Emma G:   Yeah. So I've had two root canals and I've had to get fourteen fillings.

Brian:   And if you would have flossed, that could have been avoided.

Emma G:   I feel like that's probably not the whole solution, but I feel like it probably contributes a lot.

Brian:   Been a big part of it.

Emma G:   So if we're on that token, then I guess just don't procrastinate stuff.

Brian:   Ah, I see.

Emma G:   If you're having an issue. That's life advice for anything.

Brian:   That's true.

Emma G:   Musical, business. Don't procrastinate.

Brian:   Yep.

Emma G:   It's not going to go away.

Brian:   Stay on top of it.

Emma G:   Just do it.

Brian:   There was that song, god, years ago. Fifteen, twenty years ago that was like-if you could offer one piece of advice, wear sunscreen. And I feel like you just hit us with another one of those. Floss!

Emma G:   There was a fantastic remix of that speech. Wear sunscreen. Who was that? Yeah. It's on YouTube, though. It's beautiful.

Brian:   There you go.

Emma G:   It's like this Moby-esque kind of speech online. Wearing sunscreen and life advice.

Brian:   Yeah. Absolutely.

Emma G:   Sorry.

Brian:   God, it was a graduation class. I remember. I'm going to have to go back and listen to it now that we're talking about it.

Emma G:   Yes. Wear sunscreen.

Brian:   Yep.

Emma G:   And floss.

Brian:   That's a good one.

2/13/18 - Special Guests: Alex, Paige, & Dan of DC's Open Mic Scene

Many thanks to Alex, Paige, and Dan from DC's thriving open mic show scene for being with us in the studio this week!  SCROLL DOWN to see the video, info, and transcript

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Alex, Paige, and Dan 

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Paige Powell's Bio:

Paige Powell serves on the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) and hosts 2 open mics each month in the D.C. area for the organization. Paige has a real passion for songwriting, having written more than 150 songs, recording more than 60 of them, generating 2 CDs and 20+ singles released on iTunes and CDBaby.com.

Two of her songs, "Blackeyed Peas" and “Give Me A Beach” won honorable mentions from the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. She continues to study songwriting, participating in many of SAW's workshops and seminars, which has included a 2-day workshop with Pat Pattison, lyric-writing teacher from the Berkley School of Music.


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Dan's Bio: 

Dan Magnolia: Singer / Songwriter / Storyteller / Speaker / Soundguy / Photographer

DAN MAGNOLIA is a contemporary troubadour who draws on his love of folk, outlaw country, Americana, and pop music to create unique and unforgettable songs that touch the heart, stimulate the mind, and move the soul.

Heavily influenced by singer-songwriters such as Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Josh Ritter, Dan’s music explores an array of timeless themes including life, love, family, history, nature, and the human condition. Dan has been an artist, a teacher, a guitar repair tech, a writer, and an entrepreneur and from these diverse experiences he has found that his passion in life lies in creating something from nothing. Whether he is using his hands and his toolbox or his imagination and his guitar, Dan has a unique gift for creating one-of-a kind works for the whole world to enjoy.

Among his career highlights, Dan has sung The Star Spangled Banner for The First Lady of Maryland, performed at the Jefferson Memorial, contributed a song to The Acoustic Guitar Project, told a story at The Moth, and appeared on the NPR game show, Ask Me Another with Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton. Currently he hosts the open mic at The Black Squirrel Dunn Loring Va (1st+3rd Tuesdays) and the popular Marble & Rye Open Mic in Arlington Va until the bar shut down at the end of December 2017.

Web Online Links in order of most-to-least used:
Twitter: twitter.com/danielmagnolia
Instagram: instagram.com/danmagnoliamusic
Facebook: facebook.com/danmagnoliamusic
Website: danmagnolia.com


Alex's Bio: 

Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo has been bringing acoustic rock and old-time country to the Washington DC Metro Area since 2006. 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 - MetroMusicScence.com). “El Rojo” to his friends, Parez takes inspiration from epic troubadours Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and local balladeer John Bustine amongst various other artists. In trio mode, Alex is flanked by accomplished harmonica sideman Terry Boes and prolific bassist Jason Mendelson of MetroSongs notoriety. Alex has also performed with several other local musicians for various tribute shows.

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT  

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the greatest songs, artists and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Paige, Dan, and Alex all host open mics in the DC region. These type of events are happening all over the city every week, almost every day of the week, and mostly are pretty much unknown except for those who happen to have stumbled across them at some point. So today on the show, we're shining a spotlight on it, and I want to talk more about this largely unrecognized and intriguing open mic community that's here in our city. So guys, thanks for being here.

Dan Magnolia:     Thank you.

Alex Parez:     Yeah, thanks.

Paige Powell:     You're welcome.

Brian:     This is such a treat. Now, for those folks who share a little bit about what, describe, once again, share with them where the location and time of your open mic, and then share what makes your open mic special and or different in your opinion. So Alex, we'll start with you.

Alex Parez:     Well, I host the open mic at Roadside Grill every Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. We do two sign-ups at 7:30 and 10:00. We have a featured artist, usually as well. I guess, to me what really makes all the open mics special because I go to a lot of different open mics, including Dan's open mics. I haven't been to Paige's yet. I'm sorry, Paige.

Paige Powell:     That's okay. It's okay.

Alex Parez:     Is the people there and how much love they have for the open mic and coming and supporting it. I think that's special to every open mic. They all have that certain group of people that just love being there and the camaraderie, I think, is what really does it. And that's with every open mic you go to really.

Brian:     Absolutely. It's such a great community. It really is. Paige, talk about yours.

Paige Powell:     Well, the one coming up this Friday on February the 16th is sponsored by the Songwriter's Association of Washington. And one thing that makes these open mics that I host a little different is that we really encourage people who are writing original songs. They can come and they can kind of test their song that they wrote maybe this week or last week, and see how the audience reacts to it, and see if there's a line that really rings with one of the audience members. So you can also go to the Songwriter's Association of Washington website and SAW sponsors a lot of open mics in the area, more than I host. That would be a good thing for local songwriters.

     Then also, sponsored by the Songwriter's Association of Washington is the one that's in Greenbelt at the New Deal Café. And that's on the fourth Thursday of every month. And the next one is gonna be February the 22nd. Now that starts at 7:00 PM. We encourage original songwriters, but you can play a cover song.

Brian:     Sure.

Paige Powell:     That's allowed. Yeah. And I encourage people who've never done it. It's okay to come and just do one song. You don't have to do three just because three are allowed. You know, you just maybe want to take a baby step and do one song, and maybe your first time out, just come and attend. Just see what the scene is like.

Brian:     Awesome. And Dan, talk about yours and what you've got going on.

Dan Magnolia:     I host the open mic at the Black Squirrel. Like I mentioned earlier, there's one at Adams Morgan and there's a new one in Vienna Dunn Loring right by the metro, so it's super convenient. There's parking there, but you can easily take the metro. It's on the first and third Tuesdays of the month so far, but we're gonna increase that to every week soon. Not yet, since today is Tuesday. This is airing on Tuesday, so not tonight. February 20th.

Brian:     Well whenever you hear this, starting around February 20th.

Dan Magnolia:     There you go.

Brian:     Check with Dan Magnolia.

Dan Magnolia:     Exactly. We also do advanced sign-ups for that, which is nice for something that goes on during the week. So, if you're going to make the trek that you know that you have an exact spot with an exact time that you know that you have set down. So, that's something that we do online. You can sign up. One of the best things that I love about open mics, like Alex was saying, is that I think I wouldn't go so far as to say that they're unknown so much. They do have a niche market. You know, there's the rock market, and then there's the singer-songwriter folky market. And the thing that I love to do most of all is try to embrace everybody in the music scene. I used to host something called The Musician's Workshop, which would help get people out of their living rooms and into the public space. So my open mics are very similar the same. We love being able to welcome everybody, even newcomers and even young people. We have a lot of young kids that come in, too. So we always try to make it as open and accessible to everybody.

Brian:     That's awesome. And now, for those folks listening who might not, what are the differences between different open mics? You talked about how you have advanced sign-ups versus only when you're there. You mentioned something about three songs versus just one. So if they haven't really done much open mics, what are the differences between them generally? Dan, start with you.

Dan Magnolia:     So, Ginny Hill, who is the singer in The Perfectionists, she has a new open mic. She relaunched the South House one in DC. So she came out to check out mine and asked me some questions and sort of get the idea. And what I told her was that every open mic reflects the host and the neighborhood. So you can have the same host in a different neighborhood, like I did. I used to do the Marble and Rye one in Arlington. And now I have one in Vienna. It does reflect my personality, but it also reflects the neighborhood. So, it's kind of an organic thing that develops over time.

Brian:     Got it. Now, is it always music? On all three of your open mics, is it welcome to any kind of art? I mean, poetry and rapping and all of that, or is it just music?

Paige Powell:     I've had a couple of poets come in. Although they're rare. The last open mic at the Church of Clarendon, we had someone who wanted to come and do a couple rap songs, and actually it was ideal to fit him in. I asked him if he could do a rap song while we were setting up for the next person who had a keyboard, and it was gonna take a few minutes, and he had it. He had a rap song that would fill that space. And another thing that's different between the two open mics that I host, one's real quiet. People listen to the music. There's candlelight and tablecloths and all that. And then over in Greenbelt at the New Deal Café, I mean everybody's talking. It's a noisy place. You just have to do your best to get people's attention.

Brian:     Got it. So it's that vibe can change, but really it sounds like at all three of yours, any kind of talent that you want to showcase, it really is an open mic. It's not just the music, it's an open mic for whatever you want to do.

Dan Magnolia:     Yeah, absolutely.

Alex Parez:     Yes, sir. For sure. Anything you want to do, come do it. That's legal.

Brian:     Now how far ... You said advanced sign-ups. How far in advance do people sign up?

Dan Magnolia:     So, the way that I do it, especially because it's unique in that it's not every week, so I will do it on the Wednesday before the next open mic, so that people don't have any confusion about when it's supposed to be, because if you give people too much time, then they forget or they might just freak out and not come, so you want to give them enough time that they can sign-up comfortably, but you don't want to give them too much time that they just end up forgetting about it.

Paige Powell:     Dan's right. About a week.

Brian:     And this isn't like an online sign-up thing.

Dan Magnolia:     Mine is, yeah.

Brian:     This is like in person, or it's online as well?

Dan Magnolia:     Mine is, yeah. I use a service called Calendly. I forget how you spell it. And I can specifically put the day and the time slots, and people will go in and they will pick a specific time that they want, and it actually reminds them twice, so it will remind them a couple of days in advance and then like eight hours in advance.

Brian:     Wow. That's very sophisticated, Dan. I love it. Do you guys, I take it, it's the sign-up in advance, but probably in person, or do you guys have an online thing, too?

Paige Powell:     Old fashioned email with me.

Brian:     Excellent. All right. Send an email. Alex, I'm taking it, show up and sign up, right?

Alex Parez:     Yeah, just in person. I've kept the same format as we had at Iota open mic. Just show up and I promise I'll get you up on stage.

Brian:     We'll figure it out.

Dan Magnolia:     It's true, because I've come very late on his and he's always gotten me on. Alex, you also do something else that's unique at yours. You do the lottery.

Alex Parez:     Yeah, yeah. With numbered guitar picks, so that it's kind of even Steven and it's not, "Oh you've got to hurry up and get here and sign up, so you can pick your spot." This way it's fair and square.

Brian:     So everybody puts-

Alex Parez:     You get what you get.

Brian:     Everybody puts their name on the list and then you draw for your order.

Alex Parez:     They're numbered guitar picks and we put them in a sack. You pull out a guitar pick. That's the number you go.

Brian:     Oh, cool.

Alex Parez:     I write your name on the chalkboard.

Brian:     That's awesome. And see, I love all the different personalities because everybody has one. I mean, I've heard great things about Ginny Hill's thing at South House, too. Now if somebody's looking for where do I find open mics, I'm gonna share these links on the page because I know Dan sent me there's a couple Facebook groups that talk about this stuff, but if somebody has never been to an open mic or they want to find these, where would you guys say is the best place to find them if you're looking for them?

Dan Magnolia:     I publish my open mics on two places, two websites specifically, which is openmicsDC.com I think, and then there's Open Mikes, like M-I-K-E, like the person's name, M-I-K-E.org. You know, it's up to each host to make sure that they're up to date. So, there's always that, but I try to keep mine up to date. There's a ton of others out there that you can actually sort by city. So even if you're looking for something outside of DC in other areas, they have those as well.

Brian:     Wow. Paige, what about you?

Paige Powell:     I would say especially if you're a songwriter, go to SAW.org.

Brian:     Yep, got it. And that is the Songwriter's Association of Washington.

Paige Powell:     That's right.

Brian:     And that's where you can find ... That'll be where you'll find yours and some other ones. I'm assuming they sponsor several.

Paige Powell:     Oh, many.

Brian:     Many in the area.

Paige Powell:     They've got like nine or 10 every week.

Dan Magnolia:     Actually all of mine, too.

Brian:     There you go. And Alex, any other ideas for where to find open mics, aside from those places?

Alex Parez:     No. I think you got it covered.

Brian:     We got a good place. Obviously social media would be another place to find out about them, too.

Alex Parez:     Social media, Facebook. There's the open mic listings on Facebook. The old Iota Facebook open mic page is still there. I update it regularly and put all kinds of stuff on there.

Brian:     Got it. All right. Now, what's ... We don't have too much more time on the interview, but my favorite question to ask and I don't want to miss it because I love asking this question, and that's for each of you. Let's start with down with you, Dan. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Dan Magnolia:     Well, since we're talking about open mics in general, I think one thing that I would give people who are hesitant about open mics. Let's say that you're new to performing and you're not quite sure that you're ready or something is keeping you from doing it. My big advice to those people is always no one to date, as far as I know, has ever died of embarrassment. So no matter how bad you bomb, it's not gonna be the end of the world and you just go out and you try again the next day and the day after that, and the day after that. And you're just gonna get better and nobody's gonna remember how badly you bombed maybe that first time.

Brian:     I love it. You've never died from embarrassment. I love it. So, go try it. Dan says just go for it. Paige, what about you?

Paige Powell:     Yes, I would definitely say it's okay to just come and do one song. If you're not sure, just come and just attend. Just check it out. And sometimes you'll come and you'll say, "Gosh, I think I'm a little bit better than that guy over there that really bombed."

Brian:     Yeah, okay. I don't want you to compare each other to the worst.

Paige Powell:     We shouldn't. We shouldn't. And another piece of advice that I'd like to give everybody is that people are more important than things. And people are more important than your song. You've got to remember that you're singing to people.

Brian:     Yeah, so make sure you entertain. Include them. Talk to them.

Paige Powell:     Yeah.

Brian:     I love it. Alex, what about you, man?

Alex Parez:     I would definitely reiterate what Paige said earlier. Just into the open mic and checking it out first. I did that when I was first starting to play out. Went and checked out the Iota open mic, and the next week I went and played it, and then it turned out to be one of the owners' birthdays, Steven, and he was there. And all the other big hot shot local bands and musicians were all there. You want to talk about nerveracking experience? Having to play in front of those people for the very first time, that was my wonderful experience, but then I wound up hosting that open mic and working at Iota for over three years, and it turned into something really cool.

Brian:     So, go check it out first. You can always go observe first and then come back and do the performance. Now, really quickly, just share with folks where do they find, because we've got to jump back into the music, but where do we find, if they want to follow your open mic specifically, is there a Facebook group or where do they find about you specifically? Dan?

Dan Magnolia:     You can find me on Facebook at Dan Magnolia Music, but I also have a specific page for the Black Squirrel, which is Black Squirrel Music, and Black Squirrel VA is the restaurant slash bar's page, as well.

Brian:     Got it.

Dan Magnolia:     But I just want to point out one last quick note, and that I think a lot of people might gloss over for open mics is I think open mics are equally three parts, which is entertainment, practice, and networking. And I think a lot of people who are new to open mics or don't quite get them always neglect the networking aspect of it, and that is super important to be part of the music scene.

Brian:     Nice. I love it. And Paige, where do they find your open mic if they want to follow you specifically?

Paige Powell:     PaigePowellMusic.com.

Brian:     There it is. And Alex?

Alex Parez:     AlexParez.com or the old Iota Facebook page.

Brian:     And we should note that it's Alex, Parez is P-A-R-E-Z, right?

Alex Parez:     For sure.

Brian:     Alex Parez.