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1/15/19 - Special Guest: Maryjo Mattea

This week on DC Music Rocks, Maryjo Mattea, an artist who captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice, stops by for a chat.  The episode also features great tracks by Raheem DeVaughn, Color Palette, Serenity Karima, and Two Dragon and a Cheetah.

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Fun Fact: Maryjo was one of the first guests we had back in the early days of DC Music Rocks. She won, by popular vote, a performance spot at our 9:30 Club Festival and one of the prizes with that win was to come back! You can find her 2016 episode here:

Washington, DC-based songstress Maryjo Mattea captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice. Mattea’s music, which has garnered comparisons to Neko Case, Alanis Morissette, and Liz Phair, is the perfect hybrid of polished pop and raw rock. In addition to performing original music and more as a solo artist and with a band, she is also a member of the grunge-garage rock duo, Two Dragons and a Cheetah, electro-rock group, Color Palette, post-rock ensemble, Endless Winter, and occasional bassist for synth-pop band, Loi Loi.

Bringing the songs to life on the records and the stage are Scott Manley, Joshua Hunter, and Eamonn Donnelly. Scott Manley (drums) moved to Washington, DC within months of Mattea in 2011. Prior to arriving in DC, Manley received a degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in orchestral percussion, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and held down the beat for LA-based band, Moving Picture Show. Joshua Hunter (guitar), plays with Mattea in not one, not two, but three bands: Maryjo Mattea, Color Palette, and Endless Winter. He previously played guitar with dance-rock ensemble, Dance for the Dying (DC) and hard rock band, The Elegy Machine (Phoenix). Before re-locating to DC in 2015, Eamonn Donnelly (bass) was bassist for Chicago-based group, The Kickback. Donnelly's creative talents extend beyond the musical realm; he is also a gifted graphic designer and photographer.









Maryjo Mattea
Maryjo Mattea



  1. ***Don’t Come Easy, by Raheem DeVaughn (R&B)

  2. The Other Side, by Maryjo Mattea (Pop, Pop Funk)

  3. Chelsea, by Color Palette (Pop, Electro)

  4. ***Party, by Serenity Karima (R&B, Funk)

  5. Wind Me Up, by Two Dragons and a Cheetah (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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We’ve started our 2019 New Releases Playlist.  Follow it to always get free deliveries of the absolute newest music.  We add to it every week!

Our 2018 Playlist is now complete with 244 Songs and more than 15 hours of music!  A great resource for songs you haven’t heard too much and to find ideas on who to nominate for the Wammies!

The Wammies are back!  What’s different? How does this work?

The Process To Decide Wammie Winners:
-In January, nominations are accepted online from the general public.  
-In February, the Top most nominated releases/artists in each award category will become finalists and will move on to be scored by a select panel of judges comprised of regional music industry professionals.  
-The finalist in each award category with the highest combined score from the judges will win the Wammie Award!

Wammie Award Eligibility:
-Must have been a release in 2018, from January 1st, 2018 till December 31st, 2018.
-Artists must be from the Washington, DC region.  This map can be found on our Wammie Awards FAQs page.
-Artists must have a release, that’s widely available, on at least 2 of the main commercial music platforms outlined in the FAQs.

How can I participate?
The public nomination process is the important piece our region is involved in. It is your voice that nominates, recognizes, and celebrates these musicians and artists!  Visit our nomination forms online and nominate as many artists and releases as you’d like for each of the categories. Share on your social media pages which artists you nominated and tag them!  Spread the word! Remember, those with the most nominations from the public in each award category will become a finalist in that category, so the more people and artists involved, the more inclusive the awards show will be!

The FAQs page for The 2019 Wammie Awards contains all official details. This short overview is simply a supplemental resource.
To Nominate, click here:



  • Make Up Girl - In Time
    6 Song Rock EP - RIYL Tame Impala, The Strokes, Frank Ocean

  • Lionize - Cyber Attackers
    2 Song Hard Rock Release - RIYL Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin

  • Raheem DeVaughn - Belongs 2 You
    R&B Single - RIYL Dwele or Floetry

  • Color Palette - Dear Prudence
    Pop Rock Single, cover of a Beatles song

  • Melodime - Roll-2
    4 Song Rock EP - RIYL Zac Brown Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tom Petty

  • CoralBenders - Jellyfish Yell
    Rock Single - RIYL The Growlers, Thee Oh Sees, Pixies, Brian Jonestown Massacre

  • Bobby Thompson - On The Ground
    Hard Rock Single - RIYL Ben Harper, Gov't Mule, Eric Clapton

  • Nelly’s Echo - Holly Would
    Pop Single - RIYL Jason Mraz, Sting, Aloe Blacc



Go see a show! Research shows that it reduces stress and makes you happy!

Jan 18 - Fri
Robbie Schaefer @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA (Folk)
Wanted Man @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC
Elizabeth II @ Union Stage in Washington, DC

Jan 19 - Sat
The Fuss @ The Soundry in Columbia, MD
Human Country Jukebox @ Haydee's Restaurant in Washington, DC
Jonny Grave @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC
The 5:55 @ Whitlow's On Wilson in Arlington, VA

***Our calendar is the only place to find exclusively DC’s local music scene! Check out all your show options!

Jan 20 - Sun
Rare Essence @ The Hamilton in Washington, DC
Two Ton Twig @ Whitlow's On Wilson in Arlington, VA

Jan 24 - Thu
Queue @ Pie Shop in Washington, DC





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  1. DC Music Rocks Listeners Choice Track of the Week: Albino Rhino - Walk In Squares  (Funk/Blues)
  2. The Jones - Bruises (Rock)
  3. Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents - Silver in the Foothills  (Rock/Folk Rock)
  4. Dan Wolff & The Muddy Crows - Straight Crazy  (Rock/Americana)
  5. Lisa Said - For Today (Rock/Americana)
  6. Don Zientara - The Things You Do (Rock/Americana)
  7. The Meer - Medicine (Rock/Acoustic Rock) -- Glory In Sound DC Music Blog
  8. Amy Wilcox - Summer in Slow Motion (Country)
  9. Black Masala - Too Hot To Wait (Pop/Brassband)
  10. Raheem DeVaughn - I Don't Care (R&B)
  11. Raheem DeVaughn ft R. Kelly (R&B/HipHop)

Cool Venue Spotlight: Acre 121 - Voted best place to have dinner and hear live music in the Washington City Paper's Reader's Poll

I'm looking for great DC Musicians who have released music!  Know of any?  Send them my way or send this to them!