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12/21/18 - Great Holiday Songs You've Never Heard

This episode is intended to provide uninterrupted music which you haven’t already heard before to put you in the holiday spirit! From all of us in the DC Music Rocks family, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Christmas Cookie Blues, by Broke Royals (Rock/Alt-Rock)

  2. Holiday Hangover, by Sub-Radio (Indie/Indie Rock)

  3. Happy Birthday Jesus, by Jason Masi (Rock/Acoustic)

  4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, by Tony Craddock, Jr. (Jazz/Gospel)

  5. Christmas With You (Live), by Abby Sevcik (Pop/ElectroPop)

  6. Merry Christmas Baby, by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers (Funk/GoGo)

  7. Don’t Shop Just Love, by The North Country (Rock/Magical Realism)

  8. Christmas Time Is Here, by Archives, Christos DC (Reggae/R&B)

  9. Hey! Ho! Let It Snow!, by Derek Evry (Rock/Alternative)

  10. More Than Presents, by Luke James Shaffer (Indie/Folk)

  11. Winter Wonderland, by The Harry Bells (World/Calypso)

  12. Santa Tell Me, by Sub-Radio (Indie/Indie Rock)

  13. Christmas Time, by Jason Masi (Rock/Acoustic)

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DC Music Rocks All Music Episode Dec 25 2018

11/27/18 - Special Guest: Broke Royals

This week on DC Music Rocks, Broke Royals, a band that always deliver premium rock & roll, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by RVSSLL, Sub-Radio, Reed Appleseed, and Luke James Shaffer.

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Broke Royals

Broke Royals Bio/Links:

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Broke Royals was not supposed to be a band. In 2013, Colin Cross and Philip Basnight met at The College of William & Mary in Virginia. Basnight was playing as a solo acoustic act and Cross was breaking ground on a recording studio after years as a touring musician.

After finishing his studio in 2014, Cross needed demos to entice potential clients and he invited Basnight to record some of his songs in the new studio. In their first sessions, the chemistry was palpable and musical partnership was born under the name Broke Royal. 

Over the last four years, Basnight and Cross honed a singular sound and toured the country. Joined by live members Taimir Gore and Ben Wilson, Broke Royals always deliver premium rock & roll. True to the roots of their earliest moments in the studio, Basnight and Cross continue to find new ways to meld the genres and inspiration that define their exciting new sound, which Billboard called "arena-ready" and earned them the title as "one of the best live bands in DC" by CBS. 

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Be Me (feat. ZaZa Maree), by RVSSLL (DJ, Funk, Alternative)

  2. Bad Chemicals, by Broke Royals (Rock/Folk)

  3. We’re All a Little Crazy, by Luke James Shaffer (Indie, Folk)

  4. ***Boxes and Boxes, by Reed Appleseed (Folk, Alternative)

  5. Flashback, by Sub-Radio (Indie/Indie Pop)

***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

Enjoy our Holiday Playlist!  We created it in collaboration with Listen Local First in DC!  Fantastic 4 hour playlist to have on at your holiday events!! Finally a playlist of holiday songs you HAVEN’T already heard for years!  Enjoy the holidays AND support DC’s music scene!
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NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK

MUSIC

  • Wylder - Ready To Break
    (Indie Single -  RIYL One Republic, Maroon 5)

  • Eli Lev - One Road
    (Indie Single - RIYL Tom Petty, Mumford and Sons, Johnny Cash, Ben Harper, The Lumineers)

  • Uptown Boys Choir - Get Help
    (8 Song Rock Album - RIYL Death Cab For Cutie, Ryan Adams, Butch Walker)

  • Black Dog Prowl - Fine Lousy State
    (5 Song Hard Rock/Metal Album - RIYL Soundgarden, Nirvana, Fu Manchu, Alice in Chains and Foo Fighters)

  • Christos DC - Still Living Dub
    (Instrumental Reggae Dub Single)

  • Wings Denied - Message In A Bottle
    (Hard Rock/Metal Cover of old tune by The Police you might like)

  • Mackenzie Fisher - Doors
    (Indie Single - RIYL Birdy, Christina Perri, Nora Jones, Colbie Caillat)


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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Do you have any shows on your personal calendar to see coming up? Here’s a few of the upcoming shows we’re stoked about!  Our custom local music calendar is the only place online showing you exclusively where DC’s talent is playing around DC! So see a show…or two…or three…research shows that it reduces stress and makes you happy!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Nov 30 - Fri
Jason Masi @ Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg, VA
(Pop, Album Release with a band, this one’s gonna be good, likely worth the drive, RIYL Amos Lee, John Mayer, Ben Harper)
Wylder @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC
(Pop/Folk/Indie Powerhouse, don’t play around too often, this one should be good!)
Flasher @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
(Rock, been out touring for months, a rare show back home. RIYL Priests, Ought, Sneaks, a-ha, Duran Duran)
Surprise Attack & Throwing Plates @ Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, DC
(Funk/Jam Band AND Indie/Folk?! This one should be good!)

Dec 1 - Sat
Elizabeth II @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC
(She talked about this when she was our guest on 11/13, awesome rock guitarist, RIYL Halestorm, Hole, Foo Fighters)
Eric Scott @ Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
(Awesome Funk/Pop/Rock Mix at a comfortable venue, opening for a great act, RIYL Marc Broussard, John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, Amos Lee)
Caustic Casanova @ Atlas Brew Works in Washington, DC
(Album Release! Ready to rock…HARD? RIYL Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Rush, Black Sabbath, Torche, Kyuss, Clutch, Boris, Soundgarden)

Dec 2 - Sun
Luke James Shaffer & Frass Green @ Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House Washington, DC (Pop)
Lauren Calve @ The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA (Girl can SING! Beefy Folk/Rock)
woodgrove @ Black Cat in Washington, DC (Hard Rock)

Dec 3 - Mon
Sydney Franklin @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA (Delicious R&B)

Dec 4 - Tue
Veronneau @ Blues Alley in Washington, DC (incredible Jazz group)

Dec 6 - Thu
Odetta Hartman @ Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, DC (normally out touring, rare home show, Indie artist)


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2/27/18 - New Music Release Highlights From 2018 So Far - All Music Episode

We're on Spring Break here at DC Music Rocks.  During this vacation time for us, we're listening to the new releases just from 2018 so far, and we think they're SO GOOD!  Here's an episode full of some of the good ones we've found, we hope you enjoy!  

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. This Is Love, by Justin Trawick and the Common Good (Folk/Bluegrass)

  2. Blessings, by Alex Vaughn (Hip Hop/R&B)

  3. Flight 232, by Dan Wolff (Rock/Pop Rock)

  4. Be My Home, by Lauren Calve (Folk/Indie)

  5. Wide Eyed and Reckless, by Mystery Friends (Indie/Synth Pop)

  6. What Are We, by Sub-Radio (Pop/Synth Pop)

  7. The Lake, by Wylder (Indie)

  8. Dance With You, by Mista Fingaz (Electronic Pop/R&B)

  9. Pressure, by Luke James Shaffer (Rock/Pop Rock)

  10. Downtown, by Dupont Brass (Funk/Brass Band)

  11. Devastation, by Elizabeth II (Rock/Pop Rock)

  12. Boss's Dime, by Two Ton Twig (Bluegrass)

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12/26/17 - Best of DC's Holiday Playlist - All Music Episode

Some of our favorite tracks by DC Music Rocks artists on the Listen Local First Holiday Playlist we released!  Next week we have Andy Fekete of Boat Burning joining us in the studio!

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MUSIC

  1. Christmas Time, by Jason Masi (Pop)
  2. Santa Baby, by Veronneau (Jazz)
  3. Merry Christmas Baby, by Chuck Brown (Go-Go)
  4. More Than Presents, by Luke James Shaffer (Pop/Rock)
  5. Let It Snow, by The Harry Bells (World/Jazz)
  6. Santa Tell Me, by Sub-Radio (Pop)
  7. Give Love On Christmas Day, By Rare Essence (Go-Go)
  8. A Creditory Christmas, by Dan Wolff (Country/Folk)
  9. Up On The Rooftop, by Rocknoceros (Pop/Rock)
  10. Christmas Time Is Here, by Christos DC (Reggae)
  11. Love All Year, by Aaron Myers (Jazz)
  12. I'll Be Home by Christmas, by Staunton (Rock)
  13. Christmas Time, by Justin Jones (Rock)

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Happy Holidays, from all of us at DC Music Rocks!


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April 18, 2017 - Special Guest: Sub-Radio

Big thank you to the incredible guys from Sub-Radio for coming by!

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MUSIC

  1. Feint of Heart by Pop Co-op (Pop/Power Pop)
  2. Caroline by Sub-Radio (Indie/Indie Rock)
  3. Insanity by Black Alley (Rock/Hip-Hop)
  4. Hear me out by Underdog Champs (Punk/Pop Punk)
  5. Fireworks in Autumn by Andrew Tufano (Folk/Acoustic)
  6. New Romantics by His Dream of Lions (Pop/Rock)
  7. Emerald Skates by The Duskwhales (Indie/Indie Pop Gypsy Rock)

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SUB-RADIO

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Bio:

DC Music Rocks Sub-Radio

Washington DC's Sub-Radio makes smart, danceable pop rock that's always expanding its boundaries, with elements of funk, folk, and EDM present on their 2016 release Same Train // Different Station. The sextet's high-energy live performances and variety of outstanding vocalists have put them on the map up and down the East Coast. Sub-Radio is composed of Adam Bradley (vocals), Matt Prodanovich (guitar), Mike Chinen (guitar/keyboards), John Fengya (guitar/keyboards), Michael Pereira (drums), and Barry Siford (bass).  The band has garnered comparisons to established pop-rock acts like Maroon 5. Multiple songs have been recognized in national songwriting competitions as Sub-Radio played festivals from New York to North Carolina. Notable festivals include the Cherry Blossom Festival, Celebrate Fairfax, and LAUNCH Music Festival and Conference. The new album, Same Train // Different Station, is available on iTunes, Spotify and all other music outlets. The band is currently playing shows in support of the album up and down the East Coast. 

Links:

https://www.sub-radio.com
http://www.facebook.com/subradioband
http://instagram.com/subradioband
http://twitter.com/subradioband
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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:   Sub-Radio makes smart, danceable, pop rock that's always expanding it's boundaries. Their 2016 release entitled Smart Train Different Station incorporated elements of funk, folk, and EDM. Members include, we got Adam on vocals, Matt on guitar, Mike on guitar and keyboards, John on guitar and keyboards, Michael on drums, and Barry on base. These six guys produce high energy live shows which have become well known and have garnered comparisons to established pop acts, like the big ones like Maroon 5 and such. Great shows from these guys. I first came across them a few months ago. I caught a video for Caroline which is one of their big, it's one of my favorite music videos. They're all in the van. If you check out their profile on dcmusicrocks.com, that's the video I've got for them. Just cool things from these guys. Listeners, it's with great pleasure I get to formally introduce Sub-Radio. Hey guys. Welcome. Now, they can only hear your voices, so tell them who you are. Introduce yourself and what you play. I've got three of them here in the studio. Talk to us.

Michael:   Hey. I am Michael. I'm the drummer.

Adam:   My name is Adam. All I do is sing.

Matt:   My name is Matt and I play guitar.

Brian:   The other three guys who aren't here. Those guys are?

Adam:   Yeah. We are missing, we are a six piece band like you said. We are missing John who plays just about everything for us and probably could play instruments he's never heard of.

Brian:   Okay.

Adam:   We got Mike who plays guitar and keyboards and then Barry is our alterative base player.

Brian:   Got it. Those are the guys. Together you make this magic that is Sub-Radio. Now, tell us how did the band get together. Talk about that story?

Michael:   That's an old one. Matt, you should probably take this one.

Matt:   We go together in high school, actually, so it's been you know, what like 15 years now? It's been a while.

Adam:   It literally has been a decade since we were in high school.

Matt:   We all kind of met up early on and just kind of started jamming out together. Then we realized we should be in a band together in high school, because it was fun.

Brian:   Awesome.

Matt:   We kept playing music together, and here we are 10 years later almost and now we're going to be doing really cool stuff this summer.

Brian:   I applaud you guys for still being together because staying together for that long is an achievement. Congrats on that one guys. Now, the name, Sub-Radio. Where did that come from?

Adam:   The name evolved from an older band name that I won't mention for SEO purposes on the air.

Brian:   You're so politically correct. Thank you sir. I really appreciate it.

Adam:   We had a band name in high school that we weren't really happy with so we reworked it, but essentially where this name came from is the early members of the band choosing random words out of a Best Buy catalog.

Brian:   For real?

Matt:   Oh yeah.

Brian:   A Best Buy catalog?

Matt:   It's real.

Adam:   That's going to be a historic anecdote in like five years when there are no Best Buys left. We'll explain during the story.

Matt:   It could have been Circuit City man.

Brian:   Yeah. Oh man, well all right. Well Best Buy catalog. That's amazing. All right. Now, I was asking you earlier during the break for the listeners, what's the song writing process for you guys? How does it go? Does one person bring a riff? Does somebody write the whole thing? How does that work for you guys?

Michael:   Kind of bounces around from song to song, but generally we'll start with a riff. Matt is often times the riff generator. He's got such a knack for it. Yeah, he's got such good head for it. He'll come to the band with a riff and we'll jam on it. We'll just all improv stuff and Adam will sing a melody. No lyrics yet, but he'll kind of hobble something together and then we'll develop the lyrics later. That's how we've been doing things lately. Or, alternatively Bradley will come to us with chords and lyrics already written and then we'll write the music to it. It's the same kind of process where we jam out, so everyone writes their own parts, which is pretty neat.

Brian:   That's cool. Now, when you're away from the music, talk about you three personally. What do you do outside of music and the band?

Matt:   Personally, I do a lot of other music. It's just kind of all music for me right now. I'm about to graduate college and I'm studying music in college at James Madison University.

Brian:   Shout out to JMU.

Matt:   Yeah.

Brian:   All right cool.

Matt:   Yeah. Outside of the band, I'm just kind of always focused on music stuff. I really like soccer too so I'm a big DC United fan and in the EPL, [inaudible 00:04:48] is my other team. Other than that, yeah it's just all about music.

Brian:   Nice. How about you Adam?

Adam:   Oh the important stuff. Got to get the soccer team shout outs.

Brian:   DC United, yes. You're allowed to shout out to them on this show. Absolutely.

Adam:   I am a distance runner outside of the band. Between the band and between the running, that's about 90% of my waking hours. I've done the Marine Corp Marathon in DC a couple times.

Brian:   Good gracious man. Serious distance running.

Adam:   Distance, emphasis on the distance. Yeah.

Brian:   Got it.

Adam:   I live up in Silver Spring. I'm in an acapella group in DC. I try to, not to be too on the nose, with your show, but I try to get to as many local shows as I can during the week when I'm not playing my own.

Brian:   Awesome. You are allowed those [inaudible 00:05:37], sir. Those are awesome brownie points to have. Yes, local shows. I love it. What about you Michael? What's your thing?

Michael:   By day I am a mechanical engineer so I do design and manufacturing work for a telecommunications company. I do a lot of CNC machining, a lot of laser cutting, water jack kind of stuff. Yeah. That's me during the day.

Brian:   Got it.

Adam:   Peels it off so casually.

Brian:   Then he comes to be a rockstar afterwords.

Michael:   Yeah. I studied physics in school so that's my background.

Brian:   Got it.

Adam:   We're missing the other three STEM majors in the band. They're all out at the office but it's a science heavy group.

Brian:   Yet I love the combination with art. Sometimes scientists and artists, they become both. The people bridge that gap. There's a lot of really smart folks that do music on the side in DC and as a result you get things like Sub-Radio and so many other cool groups that I've got profiles for, just amazing. The technical smarts that also translate into amazing musical, artistic skills.

Adam:   Michael brings all kinds of that stuff into the band. I mean, between rhythmic things and like literally making stuff for the band.

Michael:   Yeah. I've built a few things for the band and I'm going to be building a few like custom things for the band to come. Yeah, I feel like if you're sciency or mathy for some reason that pattern practice from science and math will help you in music, especially as a drummer. A rhythm heavy, I like to focus on rhythms a lot and so it's kind of mathematical.

Brian:   Talk about the biggest success moment that comes to mind for Sub-Radio thus far. What comes to mind on that?

Adam:   Wow. That's got to be pretty recent. I mean, we had a chance back in December at JMU to play with a band called Small Pools.

Brian:   Small Pools?

Adam:   It's a band from California but they are sort of a model that we look to right now. They're playing our genre. They're getting a good deal of success with it. We got to open a show for them on campus, and played to a crowd with, to our surprise, to my surprise anyway, I don't know about you guys, that knew some of our lyrics and was there to see. We played the show with like our idols, this pop rock band that's like making it and touring with cool bands and everything and after the show, the JMU school newspaper writes an article about the show, about the student union board that organized this show. They wrote an article about it. The article is like about how nobody expected the opener to be so good.

Brian:   It's the little things in life, the surprise that the successful moment is when they write how good the opener was.

Adam:   The picture accompanying the Small Pool article is a picture of us playing. It was a cool moment. That was a win-win.

Brian:   That's amazing. I love it. Now, what about your earliest memories with music. Where does music come from for you guys?

Michael:   Oh, that's a very, very good question. I come from a family that with no background in music whatsoever. I'm the only musician of even including all of my extended family. I have a pretty large family and I'm the only dedicated musician. One of the few that plays any instrument at all. I would sit by the radio and listen when I was young. I never had any training but I would listen constantly. I would just sit there and listen. That's kind of my first experience with music.

Brian:   Wow. You guys? What do you got for first experience with music? What comes to mind?

Adam:   In contrast, my dad was in a band in college. Didn't really go anywhere but he was in a band in college. He had like a recording studio in our living room when I was a baby and he was still putting a lot of tracks down and he hid them all from me on our iTunes, our shared iTunes account for years. He didn't want me to find them. There are pictures of me at three years old with the big headphones on in front of a mic. He wanted his son's voice on the track. That and my dad raised me on the standard white guy fare of dad music. Zeppelin and The Who and all that stuff, which was good intro.

Brian:   Yeah. Matt, what about you?

Matt:   Similar to Mike, no one ever in my family at all has ever touched a musical instrument. It was kind of up to me to figure that out by myself. I wasn't really interested at all in music to be honest, until I picked up a guitar around like I want to say middle school. Sixth grade I think I touched my first guitar. Then after that I was just like, I like this.

Brian:   It started with guitar.

Matt:   Then it just went on from there. I started writing songs pretty early and that's what got me into the whole wanting to be in a band thing. That's when I met these guys and just kind of snowballed from there.

Brian:   That's awesome. I got one more question that I always love to ask, and that's to any of you who wants to answer which is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Adam:   Who are we advising?

Brian:   That part's up to you.

Adam:   Future musicians?

Brian:   If you want to, sure.

Adam:   Just one piece of advice, generally.

Michael:   At that Small Pool show, we got the privilege of actually hanging out with the Small Pools guys afterwards. I will pass on a piece of advice that was given to me from their drummer, and their singer, kind of both of them. I heard it from the drummer first. Don't be a jerk. Don't ever in life. You can extend that anywhere but be easy to work with. Don't be a jerk. Just be nice and everyone will have a good time for it.

Adam:   That's kind of the guiding principle of Sub-Radio to this point I think as well.

Brian:   Don't be a jerk.

Michael:   Yeah don't do it. There's no reason.

Brian:   It sounds like a really successful t-shirt campaign too. Don't be a jerk, hashtag. There you go.

Adam:   Oh man. You might have just given us something there.

Brian:   Possible band radio shirt. There you go. Make sure you get the hashtag in there so you can find all the people with the photos, right? Now for those listeners who we're going to jump into some music. For those listeners who are interested, who want to find out more about you guys, where do they go to find out more about Sub-Radio?

Adam:   We have a website. It's sub-radio.com. Obviously, we're on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram all those other apps.

Matt:   You can get our music on Spotify, Sound Cloud. It's up most places you would find music, even on the weird ones like Google Play.

Michael:   CD baby.

Brian:   All the places.

October 18, 2016 - Special Guest: Mark Lyons of Acre 121

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NEWS

  1. World Premier and exclusive preview for DC Music Rocks listeners of the hit new single, Get Back Up by Rachel Levitin, available 10/21/16.

MUSIC

  1. Never Gonna Change - Sub-Radio (Indie/Indie Rock)
  2. I Don't Want To Love You - Scott Thorn (Rock/Americana)
  3. World Premier - Get Back Up - Rachel Levitin (Pop/Pop Rock)
  4. New Release - Free - Exnations (Pop/Alternative Pop)
  5. Someday - The Fishermen Band (Pop/Reggae)
  6. Don't Make Me Feel - The DCeivers (Rock/Indie)
  7. The End - Yellow Dubmarine (Reggae/Rock & Roll)
  8. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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MARK LYONS

VIDEO - BIO - PHOTOS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO

Mark Lyons DC Music Rocks

Originally from DC, the early years were spent studying Technical Theater at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts which is where I first gained my appreciation for live music and stage performance. Fast forward a few years and you could find me spinning house and techno records (yes... vinyl!!) with my friends in my basement during my free time; earning the nickname "Crateworm" for my ability to dig through a stack of vinyl and come up with the best deep cuts. After a couple of years as an IT Professional, I ditched the business world and moved to El Salvador where I worked for three years teaching English before finally coming back to the DC area. Upon my return, I took up bartending at the old Austin Grill in Rockville where I also got my first experience booking talent. Many years (and several bars) later, I wound up at Acre 121 in Columbia Heights as their night manager. When the opportunity arose to take over the live music program, I jumped at the chance to put my skills to use. Aside from booking acts, I also serve as our in-house audio engineer and graphics designer which keeps me pretty occupied. Still, I find time to enjoy Miller Lites and Jameson with my friends, long walks with my pit bull Jamo, and riding my bike.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Acre121

https://www.acre121.com

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:  It's that time that I get to introduce to you my special guest. Today, I've got Mark Lyons, who is the talent buyer for Acre 121. Originally from Washington D. C.., his early years were spent studying technical theater at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, which is where he first gained appreciation for live music and stage performance. Fast forward a few years and you could find him spinning house and techno records ... Yes, I just said records. He was spinning records with his friends in his basement during his free time, and he earned the nickname "Crate Worm" for his ability to dig through a stack of vinyl and come up with the best deep cuts. 

After a couple of years as an IT professional, he gave up IT, thank goodness. I did that too, Mark, by the way. He gave up IT, and he ran away. He ditched the business world completely and moved to El Salvador, where he worked for three years teaching English before finally coming back to the Washington D. C.. area. When he came back, he took up bartending at the old Austin Grill in Rockville, if any of you guys remember that one, where he also got his first experience booking talent. Many years and several bars later, he wound up at Acre 121 in Columbia Heights as their night manager. When the opportunity arose to take over the live music program at Acre 121, he jumped at the chance to put these skills to use.

Aside from booking acts, he wears a lot of hats. He also serves as their in-house audio engineer, their graphics designer, and, well, he's overall just an amazing dude. He keeps them pretty occupied. In his free time, you can actually find Mark enjoying Miller Lights and Jameson with his friends, on long walks with his pit bull, Jaymo? Jamo?

Mark:  Jamo.

Brian:  Jamo, and also riding his bike. Guys, the first time I met Mark I'll never forget because he's just such a laid-back, really cool dude, and at the same time, he's one of those people where, when you meet him, he's just got one of those hearts that you just, you believe that he is a good dude within ... It must have been less than two minutes, I was just convinced that he was an amazing guy. It is with great pleasure that I introduce Mark Lyons. Say hi to everybody, Mark.

Mark:  Wow, thank you, Brian. Hello, everybody. I'm over here blushing now.

Brian:  Mark, it's such a treat to have you here, such a treat. One of the mission of this show is also to shine a spotlight on the incredible folks and the talent behind D. C.. music. The things you do at Acre are just incredible stuff. I want to find out some more about you. Tell us about Mark professionally. Tell us about Acre 121 and Mark. Tell us about that.

Mark:  All right. Acre 121, that's an easy place to start. We're a small little venue in Columbia Heights, right on the corner of 14th Street and Irving in Northwest D. C..

Brian:  Got it.

Mark:  Right over by the Metro stop. We do great food, barbecue. I believe someone here has a penchant for our barbecue wings.

Brian:  Oh my God, the wings, guys, the wings are real. I am addicted to their barbecue wings. I come in at least every two, three weeks just to get a fix on the wings. Yes, wings.

Mark:  Then when the lights come down, the music comes up. We do live music Friday, Saturday nights. We've got all kinds of events during the week. We do trivia. We do open mic nights, karaoke, basically anything to fill your bill for live music and entertainment.

Brian:  Wow, that's awesome. Now, if folks want to find out about what's going on in Acre 121 in terms of what's happening and the events and who's playing, where do they go to get that?

Mark:  You can always, you can like us on Facebook. We do have an active Facebook page. We also have our website, www.acre121.com. You can also go to /calendar. That will give you all the calendar of events.

Brian:  Oh, you got the calendar. Now I know there are some musicians that listen too. If they're interested in potentially being on stage at Acre 121, how does that work?

Mark:  It's very easy. You can just send us an email to bookings, that's with an S, plural...

Mark:  Bookings@acre121.com. That ends up in my inbox. We definitely just ask that artists, if you have electronic press kit or some videos that we can check out, we're always looking to bring in Washington D. C.. music.

Brian:  Fantastic. It's such a treat. Just in your intro, I got to talk about you got a pit bull named Jamo and riding a bike. What's Mark outside of the talent buyer at Acre 121?

Mark:  Outside of work, I'm actually pretty mellow and quiet. I'm not out late at night. I mean I work most weekends so ...

Brian:  I was going to say, "Wait a minute, you're out late at night almost every night, so hold on just a second." Okay.

Mark:  Wild and crazy Mondays and Wednesdays, that's how I do it. That's how I do it. I just enjoy living life and meeting people and just having a good time, having a good time.

Brian:  That's awesome. What's one thing you like about the D. C.. music scene, specifically here in D. C..?

Mark:  There's so much of it. For a city that has a metro that won't stay open past midnight, we still have a very vibrant live music community, everything from country and bluegrass to rock and roll to pop music covers, you name it, you name it, it's out there. They're all very talented musicians.

Brian:  I bet, definitely. I've been to Acre 121 randomly getting wings on a Friday or a Saturday night and happen to sit down and the music came on, and it was like just .. God, one night, there was an incredible cover band. There was another that was a guitarist, phenomenal stuff that's come across that stage, that's for sure. Now, tell us the story about the best show or a success moment you've had, tell us, in Acre.

Mark:  See, I mean that's tough because in my opinion, they're all great shows. There is just something to be said about having, finding a band that nobody's ever heard of before and you bring 'em in and they bring their crowd, we bring our crowd, and next thing you know, you've got 100 people just dancing and having a good time. We've been blessed to have a few of those nights, and we look forward to each and every one of them.

Brian:  Yeah. Well, we, as fans, do as well, that's for sure. It's going to be a good night when you go to Acre 121. I've had this experience as a fan and also as a performer. It's truly a good time. Now tell us the story about a time you tried and failed, something you tried and it didn't go over. Share one of those with us.

Mark:  Oh, I mean there are lots of failures in my life, but you learn from each one. Probably one of my earliest failures was just out of high school, I moved out to the West Coast, I lived in Oregon for a little while, and I just-

Brian:  Wow, way out there, okay.

Mark:  Yeah.

Brian:  Ran away as far as you could.

Mark:  If you noticed, there's a theme, there's a trend in my behavior patterns.

Brian:  Oh, okay.

Mark:  I'm definitely trying to put some roots down now.

Mark:  I was out on the West Coast, and this was still when I was into the house and techno and dance music. Actually, I started throwing parties out there. I had one really great successful party and thought I could duplicate it. I learned that, one of the biggest lessons is, is that it's also in the preparation. If you don't take the time to actually set these parties, these events up right, promote them, give them time, get the word out, you go from having 1,000 people at your first party to about 150 at the second one.

Brian:  Oh my goodness.

Mark:  Yeah.

Brian:  Okay. The people involved in that second party were probably not as excited about 150 versus 1,000.

Mark:  No, no, not at all.

Brian:  Oh man. Mark, that must have been brutal.

Mark:  But you learn. You learn from your mistakes.

Brian:  Wow. What's one thing in your music collection that might surprise us? 

Mark:  I like country music.

Brian:  Yeah?

Mark:  I do like country music. This was a recent development through the last 10 years or so because I was always-

Brian:  Really? Later in life country guy?

Mark:  I was always one of those people who was, like, "Oh no, country, that's just 'my wife left me and my dog died' kind of music."

Mark:  But I was helping a friend who would buy houses and then he would flip them. This was before the old, the market crash, so everybody was in on that. I would help him out, and so we were fixing up these houses, and it was just the two of us, and he would bring the radio. I don't know if anybody out there has ever worked in a contractor construction job, but whoever brings the radio gets to pick the music.

Brian:  Oh, they get control of the radio.

Mark:  They get to pick the music, yes.

Brian:  It's a power role.

Mark:  It is, it is. It's something that a lot of people don't know.

Brian:  Okay, it's a power play. Whoa.

Mark:  And he loved country music. For about three months, for eight hours a day, five days a week, I listened to country music, and I started to love it.

Brian:  Country music.

Mark:  Yes, so that's something that you would be shocked. You would be shocked.

Brian:  I love that. All right, well, at Acre 121, do you have any rules that you live by while you're there? Are there any that you have them and then you always break them anyway?

Mark:  No, I would say we don't like to set rules, aside from the obvious rules as far as don't be a, can I say "jerk" 

Brian:  A jerk, okay. [crosstalk 00:10:48]

Mark:  Don't be a jerk, we'll leave it at that. We don't like to pigeonhole ourselves into one genre or into one style, so we don't like to set rules. Even if we did, I think rules are definitely made to be broken.

Brian:  Amen to that because sometimes, sometimes they're good. It's always interesting to hear the rules that people have and then the rules that people break. Between the diets and there are so many things that people have rules and then they break 'em, so it's also nice to hear that you don't have any rules for Acre as a performance thing. What about personally? You got any rules personally that you have and then you end up-

Mark:  Absolutely not, absolutely not. There are no rules in my life.

Brian:  And nothing that you'd admit on the radio, got it, okay, very good. Now, this is one thing that I love to ask, and it's do you have one piece of advice that you would offer with your experience in your life that's brought you to here?

Mark:  It's an obvious one, but just follow your heart. I've been in the service restaurant industry for well over 15 years. I've been behind the bar managing for almost seven. At Acre 121, I found that I was able to come back to what I love, which is the live music and the audio engineering and just the working with bands. There have obviously been times when the paychecks in the service industry aren't the greatest and I've thought about going back into the corporate world, but it's just, it's not as much fun.

Brian:  I was going to ask is that how you ended up in ... How did you end up in the restaurant? Did you stumble across it? Did you just want to make some money and then ... How did you end up in the restaurant industry?

Mark:  It's pretty well known the restaurant industry is pretty forgiving when it comes to past sins and transgressions.

Brian:  I see, okay.

Mark:  There was a long period of time when I was out of work and just wasn't ... There are a few gaps in my resume, let's just put it that way. 

Mark:  When I did come back to the D. C.. area, the restaurant industry has been very nice to me and treated me very well, so ....

Brian:  Fantastic. I love how you pay it forward, Acre 121 paying it forward to you and you pay it forward to us each time with all these incredible acts that you bring in. I just love what you're doing over there, love what you're doing.

Now, where do we go, if we want to find out more about you and Acre 121, where do we go?

Mark:  Like I said, you can find us on Facebook. I think you can find me on Facebook too. I don't know if my profile is public or not. I think you can. I think you can.

Brian:  Awesome.

Mark:  Or at www.acre121.com.

Brian:  Easy enough.

Mark:  Yeah, you can check us out.

Brian:  Mark, thank you so much for sharing a little bit about you. It's a treat because I have known you for a little while, but I've actually never gotten to hear some of these stories about how you came to D. C.. I had no idea, so thanks for sharing about you too.

Mark:  Absolutely.

Brian:  It was a treat having you here.