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6/12/18 - Special Guest: The Split Seconds

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The Split Seconds

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The Split Seconds Bio:

The Split Seconds

Reclaiming the raw style of 70’s punk, with undertones of classic pop, rock and roll, and reggae, The Split Seconds have been lauded as a return to form for punk rock. Described by the Washington Post as “DC punk rock sound distilled,” The Split Seconds have maintained momentum following the release of their first LP, “Center of Attention.” Poised for their second full length release, there is no doubt that “Counterfeit Reality” doubles down and delivers yet another dose of bold, catchy, and pointed songwriting. Be sure to catch The Split Seconds on Warped Tour 2018.



The Split Seconds
The Split Seconds


Brian:                           On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Reclaiming the raw style of 70's punk with undertones of classic pop, rock and roll and reggae, The Split Seconds have been lauded as a return to the form for p ... To form for, it ... Look at me. I'm so excited you're here. They have been lauded as, it's a ... Have been lauded as a return to form for punk rock. Described by the Washington Post as "DC punk rock sound distilled." The Split Seconds have maintained momentum following the release of their first LP Center of Attention and poised for their second full-length release. There is no doubt that Counterfeit Reality, which you just heard a track from, doubles down and delivers yet another dose of bold, catchy and pointed songwriting and that awesome classic pop. Guys.

Brian:                           I first came across these guys because I've known 'em since before and then I had the honor of having them, they played in the DC Music Rocks Festival last year. And just blew me away with that performance. And if you haven't seen these guys live, you gotta go check out their release show that's happening, tell 'em again, June 30th.

Drew Champion:          June 30th at the Black Cat.

Brian:                           At the Black Cat. Gotta come see these guys because seeing 'em live is ... It just doesn't do it justice if you don't see it live. So, guys, I've been a fan for a while and so it's freaking awesome that there's a new album and I get to share it and you're all here with me right now. Thanks for being here.

Drew Champion:          Thanks for having us, yeah.

Stephen Parsons:          Thanks for having us.

Brian:                           This is cool. All right, now what is it ... Talk about the name. Where does the name of Split Seconds come from?

Drew Champion:          The Split Seconds, it kind of started as a project where I had a lot of songs left over from an older project that I did called The Coastals. And I wasn't sure what was gonna come of the project, so I just ended up heading into the studio with my buddy Goo, who plays in Boardroom Heroes, he was on drums and I did the rest of it. But I didn't expect the project to really stick around that long.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          So yeah, and I thought just for kind of like a tight, kind of punchy, up-tempo, classic punk rock band, it just sounded like a cool name. So the sound of the name fit the sound of the band. And luckily, I ended up meeting Sean here and then bringing these guys on board. And we've been able to turn it into something that looks like it's going good places.

Brian:                           That's awesome.

Drew Champion:          There's a little bit of fatalism baked into the name, but hopefully it's not entirely correct.

Brian:                           Awesome. And so they're listening to you and they're maybe watching on the YouTube video or they're listening to you right now, introduce yourselves and what you play for the band. Who is everybody?

Drew Champion:          I'm Drew Champion, I'm lead vocals and guitar.

Stephen Parsons:          My name is Stephen Parsons, I play the bass guitar.

Sean Peterson:             My name is Sean Peterson, I play the drums.

Alex Massi:                   And I'm Alex Massi and I play guitar and vocals.

Brian:                           There it is. And wow, guys. So four pieces produce that sound. And what part of the DC region are you guys connected to?

Drew Champion:          I grew up in Gaithersburg. Lived in and around DC ever since. I've lived in PG County in DC proper and Virginia.

Brian:                           K, and that's Drew. And when you're talking, say your name so that the other guys know. What about you other guys?

Stephen Parsons:          I think that we're all from around the general DC, DMV area.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Brian:                           Like born and raised, most of you guys? Or is anybody from [crosstalk 00:03:15]

Sean Peterson:             No, you talk to-

Stephen Parsons:          No, I'm actually from Florida, but I moved here, I don't know, eight years ago.

Brian:                           Okay. All right, so been here for a while.

Drew Champion:          Stephen's from Florida, but he moved here.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Sean's from ... What was it?

Sean Peterson:             Michigan.

Drew Champion:          Michigan.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          He moved here. And Alex is another Gaithersburger.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, I'm also a Gaithersburger.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Did you guys know each other in Gaithersburg back in the day?

Alex Massi:                   Not at all.

Drew Champion:          No. No.

Brian:                           No. That's amazing.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, so, actually we have some other friends in bands that are Gaithersburgers too, but we didn't know them either until we all started playing punk rock together in DC.

Brian:                           That's amazing. So now, talk about, so the funniest moment for The Split Seconds when you've been onstage? Tell, what's the funniest moment?

Drew Champion:          Onstage?

Sean Peterson:             Onstage or offstage?

Brian:                           Well now, when you say that, I now wanna hear both. So tell me both because I'm too curious.

Drew Champion:          Onstage might have been, there was a show we were playing, I won't say where, but we had a sound guy who ...

Brian:                           I feel like this is the beginning of every good joke: "So there once was this sound guy ..."

Drew Champion:          There once was a sound guy and he looked like he had maybe watched Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and picked up wardrobe tips and never looked back.

Brian:                           Oh, wow.

Drew Champion:          And a full-on bandana. And he was, I don't know what he was on, but it was something. And he kept like leaving the board and going outside. So didn't get very good sound for that show, but did get a couple of good stories out of that one.

Brian:                           For real. Absolutely.

Drew Champion:          He got in a massive fight with our bassist at the time, it was hilarious.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, those one-

Brian:                           I was gonna say, this is supposed to be a funny story and all he did was walk away and you didn't get good sound. I feel like there's something else you're leaving out there.

Drew Champion:          Well let me tell you that like being witness to both sides of the argument, everybody was wrong.

Brian:                           All right. So that's the onstage story. What about funniest moment offstage for you guys?

Sean Peterson:             Are you familiar with Murphy's Law? Everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Brian:                           Oh, this is so good, tell me more.

Sean Peterson:             Well we had a show up in Poughkeepsie, New York about a year ago where we were opening up for a band called The Menzingers, which are a phenomenal band, I think out of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Okay.

Sean Peterson:             They're great and we were really, really excited. But everything wrong that could have gone wrong went wrong trying to get up there. So it took a long time for us to rent a van.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, it turns out you can't rent ... Pro tip: you can't rent a van with a debit card. Just that pro tip.

Brian:                           Oh, okay.

Sean Peterson:             So that took a long time. And then the van only had two seats.

Brian:                           Oh.

Sean Peterson:             So Drew finally considered: he's late and all of us are mad at Drew and then Drew comes up with this two-seater van and there's actually four in the band. Those are two completely different numbers.

Stephen Parsons:          And he's just, "Welp-"

Sean Peterson:             So, Alex and Steve-

Stephen Parsons:          Get in the back.

Sean Peterson:             Begrudgingly drive up in the Alex's Prius. And Drew and I basically are white-knuckling it up to New York. And we get a call from Travis, the guy who owns our label, and he's fuming 'cause we're not there and they want us to soundcheck. So we're at somewhere in New Jersey, somewhere in New York, and Drew really has to go to the bathroom. And there's just, we can't stop, there's no time, we're gonna miss this show. So as I'm driving, maybe doing like 90, 95, down the expressway in terrible traffic, Drew climbs over all of our gear, in the back of this van, goes all the way to the back and has to go to the bathroom in a Gatorade bottle.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh my goodness.

Sean Peterson:             It was-

Brian:                           Yeah, everything that could go wrong.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, wait, no, I got a picture of it.

Brian:                           Did you get a ticket too? 'Cause like ...

Sean Peterson:             No.

Brian:                           All right.

Sean Peterson:             But I've got a picture of it on my phone. I'll show you later.

Drew Champion:          It was great. More, more.

Sean Peterson:             I was taking this picture while I was driving, so, sorry, Mom.

Stephen Parsons:          And while he's peeing.

Drew Champion:          I didn't have a change of clothes either, so it was a real high wire act, you know?

Brian:                           I feel like, all right, so when you go to the Black Cat and see these guys on June 30th, make sure you catch up with Sean to get this picture.

Sean Peterson:             Yep.

Brian:                           Because this is oh-

Sean Peterson:             I mean, it's just, it's blackmail. You know, that's just what it is.

Drew Champion:          I was just looking out the back windows asking myself questions about what I was doing with my life.

Brian:                           Oh my god, guys. What about the biggest success moment that comes to mind when you think about The Split Seconds so far?

Drew Champion:          I'd say on paper, we're gonna be playing Warped Tour this July and that's real cool. For me personally, just growing up in Montgomery County and living in DC and the surroundings, you know, I always ... 9:30 Club is always like the top of the hill for me. And so just on a personal level, playing DC Music Rocks Festival last year was like a really big deal for me. So yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Thanks guys.

Sean Peterson:             Thanks.

Brian:                           I love that I get to be a part of that. That's cool. All right. Well now, so, okay, my favorite question that I love to ask also is on a personal side, each of you guys, talk about what you do outside of The Split Seconds. Drew, you go first, man.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, this is-

Brian:                           Run down the line.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, I'm a mechanical engineer. I work in Bethesda and when I'm not mechanical engineering or playing music, I've been taking boxing lessons.

Brian:                           Really?

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I'm not good yet.

Brian:                           And just straight-up traditional boxing?

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Or kickboxing, or-

Drew Champion:          Nah, just straight-up.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          I figure like when I get my hands down then maybe I can move to the other extremities.

Brian:                           Okay. Start with the hands?

Drew Champion:          Yeah, you gotta start with the hands.

Brian:                           I got it. There we go. And is that up at ... Are you still ... You said Gaithersburg, are you still up in Maryland? Or where were you originally?

Drew Champion:          Nah, I just actually moved to Bethesda to be close to where I was working.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          I was working in Tenleytown before that.

Brian:                           Okay. Got ya. All right. Talk to us next.

Stephen Parsons:          Well this is Stephen. And besides hanging out with my pit bull, who's adorable, I play-

Sean Peterson:             Can confirm, yeah.

Stephen Parsons:          I play a lot of chess.

Brian:                           Really?

Stephen Parsons:          Like an obscene amount. Just-

Brian:                           Is this like online tournaments or in person?

Stephen Parsons:          No, I play ... Well, I mean, both, but it's more fun to play against other people over the board. Yeah, totally.

Brian:                           Interesting. Okay.

Stephen Parsons:          It's exciting, I love it.

Brian:                           I mean, it's a slow-paced game. But it's kind of funny because I picture you playing bass, like I don't know why ... If you didn't see the picture on social media of this episode, you saw him right up against the camera like going crazy with his bass. And then I'm imagining that same guy like slow and poised, sitting behind a chess board.

Stephen Parsons:          Oh yeah. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:                           Not moving for minutes at a time.

Stephen Parsons:          It's a mental battle. It's great, I love it.

Brian:                           That's amazing. Wow, all right. What's new? Talk to us, Sean.

Sean Peterson:             Hey, this is Sean. So outside of this band, I play in another band. I'm a professional drummer in a cover band called The Jump-Off, we play all down the east coast. So that's pretty much all I get to do with my time is either Split Seconds or Jump-Off.

Stephen Parsons:          Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Sean Peterson:             Playing in bands.

Brian:                           Wow. And so does that mean on average, how many shows are you playing like a week, or a year, or a month?

Sean Peterson:             Right now, I'm playing about three to four per week, which is kinda cool. Being busy is good and being busy means I get paid more, which is always awesome.

Brian:                           Also very true.

Sean Peterson:             But this has been the first year of me not having like a day job, 'cause while I was playing with these guys in DC, I was working various kind of odd jobs here and there. So it's been interesting completely committing myself to music, both in terms of time and finances.

Brian:                           That's amazing, man.

Sean Peterson:             So yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Congrats. All right, cool.

Sean Peterson:             Thanks.

Brian:                           Props to you for going full-time, man. It's interesting, 'cause in DC, there's some that are full-time and then some that aren't and some that are trying to transition to that and then some people that aren't and-

Sean Peterson:             There's a huge gray area of part-time.

Brian:                           Yes.

Sean Peterson:             And what that means to be part-time. 'Cause it's like a spectrum: like there's some people where part-time is like oh, they're full-time but they kind of have the job for safety. And there's some people who are part-time 'cause they're barely part-time, you know?

Brian:                           Right, yep. True.

Sean Peterson:             So it's fun. It's a little bit scary at times, but it's fun.

Brian:                           Yeah. That's awesome. All right. You're next, man.

Alex Massi:                   Yep. This is Alex. And I'm computer science by trade, which means I get to sit at a desk for eight hours a day, at least, on a lucky day. And then outside of that, I mean I play a lot of video games, I throw down on N64.

Brian:                           Ni, okay.

Alex Massi:                   Yep.

Brian:                           Say more.

Stephen Parsons:          You can't handle me though.

Brian:                           What games? What are games?

Alex Massi:                   No, I destroy Steve at Smash.

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah, that's not true.

Sean Peterson:             He destroys everyone at Smash.

Stephen Parsons:          Untrue.

Brian:                           Smash Brothers Smash? What is that?

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, Super Smash Brothers.

Brian:                           Okay.

Alex Massi:                   On N64.

Brian:                           Got it.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, I also recently got into Fortnight, which is like popular with the kids these days.

Brian:                           Nice. Is that also on N64?

Alex Massi:                   No.

Stephen Parsons:          No.

Alex Massi:                   No, no, that's like on the computer and like, I don't know, it's like on your smartphone, too. I don't know how that works.

Brian:                           Oh. I was gonna say, and if they don't know what Fortnight is, what is ... What is Smash Brothers and what is Fortnight if they don't know what those two are? What kind of game is that?

Alex Massi:                   Oh, word. All right, Smash Brothers is like a throwback fighting game, but not like Tekken or Streetfighter. I don't know how to describe this thing.

Brian:                           So it's one-on-one like Mortal Kombat or like what kind of-

Drew Champion:          It's like Mario gets in fights with Yoshi, right?

Brian:                           Okay.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, yeah.

Sean Peterson:             It's got all the Nintendo characters.

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             So like Starfox and Samus.

Brian:                           Oh, I got you.

Drew Champion:          And the little mushroom guy.

Brian:                           And you're fighting each other?

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Okay. And then what and the other one?

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, Fortnight's expanding. That's like a new genre called battle royale. And it's just you drop a hundred people onto a big map, they shoot each other with guns. Someone wins.

Brian:                           Oh, nice.

Alex Massi:                   It's never me.

Stephen Parsons:          Hopefully not.

Brian:                           One day, we're training, we're working on it.

Alex Massi:                   Oh, I'm working on it. Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh gosh, that's amazing. So now, what about, switching gears then back to The Split Seconds then. So what's ... Tell us, well, tell us the story about a time you guys, as a band, tried and failed.

Drew Champion:          Ah geez. I feel like that's every time we try.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   We already talked about you peeing in a bottle.

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I think that, no, I mean, there's some seriousness when I say that it feels like all the time. I mean, we're always trying to write good songs and sometimes you come up short trying to play good gigs, sometimes you come up short. And just like keep working at it. But I'd say, like in the long term, I don't think there have been any like real big setbacks for us, we've been lucky that way.

Brian:                           So nice. Nice, guys. Well, what about ... All right, so now, for each of you then, this one's for each of you, what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us? Go down the line.

Drew Champion:          This is Drew. I mean, I listen to a lot of stuff, everything, I like a lot of classical music, a lot of jazz. I listen to a lot of metal. So I actually don't listen to all that much punk rock.

Brian:                           Interesting.

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I used to listen to a lot of punk rock and I do feel like that's kind of my core sound. But at the same time, if I'm just out listening to something, it's almost never punk rock. So yeah.

Brian:                           Interesting. And when you get in the car, which way do you go first? Metal, jazz, classical?

Drew Champion:          What kind of day did I have?

Brian:                           Oh. All right, I got you.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, no, it's been a lot of metal lately. I just picked up Refused's first record. I guess that's considered like hardcore. But yeah, some good dissonance. But if I'm trying to chill out, sure, it's some Brahms, some Tchaikovsky.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          And then, you know, if it's a Saturday afternoon and I'm hanging out, maybe some Stan Gets, maybe some Charlie Christian.

Brian:                           Cool. All right, Steve, what about you, man?

Stephen Parsons:          I think we all have kinda varied musical tastes. But I don't think anybody else has a Katy Perry record on vinyl.

Sean Peterson:             That's awesome.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           And you do?

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh, that's great.

Stephen Parsons:          Sounds great. I've got Teenage Dream, which is a fantastic record.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, that's sweet.

Brian:                           Oh, that is a good one.

Sean Peterson:             That's awesome.

Stephen Parsons:          Friends up there. [crosstalk 00:13:49]

Brian:                           You know, I almost wanna hear you guys cover a Katy Perry song. I think that would be hysterical.

Stephen Parsons:          I feel like that's happened before.

Sean Peterson:             I'm down with that. Like which one would you choose?

Stephen Parsons:          No, all of them.

Brian:                           You heard it here first. Maybe that happens. Oh god, that'd be hysterical. Anyway, please take a video whenever that day comes and I will share it.

Stephen Parsons:          Deal.

Brian:                           That would be awesome. All right. What about you?

Sean Peterson:             Hey, this is Sean. Drew kind of already went down this route and I'm not gonna try and get too nerdy here, but I'm a classically trained musician before I'm a drummer. So, I don't-

Brian:                           Really?

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Classical trained in what?

Sean Peterson:             Euphonium.

Brian:                           Really?

Drew Champion:          It's like a little tuba.

Sean Peterson:             It's like a little tuba, yeah.

Brian:                           Oh, that's so good.

Sean Peterson:             I actually went to school for music, for better or for worse. So the punk rock thing kind of happened after I got out of school. I was kind of disillusioned with being a classical musician.

Brian:                           Well, when did you switch to drums?

Sean Peterson:             So I randomly met Drew's Mom when I was working at an autobody shop, this is kind of one of the first in this series of like odd jobs. And one day, I was driving this lady to get her car picked up and she goes, "Oh, my son's a guitarist and he's really, really good." And I was thinking to myself, like, "Yeah, right, lady. Yeah, no, you're not."

Brian:                           Every mom says that. Okay.

Sean Peterson:             But I had kind of ... I did drum line in college and I was like, "Hey, drums was always fun." I hate like what I was doing before, but if I wanted to pick back music up again, like maybe I'd consider being a drummer.

Brian:                           Nice.

Sean Peterson:             And so she mentioned that her son Drew needed a drummer and I was like, "Oh, I play drums." Kind of like stretching the truth a little bit. So I waited a couple weeks, bought a drum set and called Drew up and now we're in a band. Now we're on a podcast.

Drew Champion:          So I went to-

Brian:                           And now you're on a podcast. Love it.

Drew Champion:          I went to his house and we jammed like the first record and he played it basically flawlessly. I had no idea that he had just learned drums in like two weeks.

Brian:                           Wow.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             The moral of the story is sometimes lying is good.

Brian:                           Kids, don't listen too close to that. But, okay, yes.

Sean Peterson:             You should. You should listen very close.

Brian:                           There you go. I love it. Oh, man. All right. One more. Talk to us.

Alex Massi:                   Wow. This is Alex. Yeah, music collection, I mean, I'm really into Brad Paisley, he's got that country-

Stephen Parsons:          Wow, I didn't see that coming.

Alex Massi:                   He's got that crazy guitar work, he's phenomenal.

Sean Peterson:             That's true.

Brian:                           Brad Paisley.

Alex Massi:                   But then, I guess, I'm also eclectic, I throw down with all types of EDM, whether we're talking like dubstep, trap-

Sean Peterson:             Trash can noises.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             Everything.

Brian:                           Wow. EDM, oh god.

Alex Massi:                   Transformer, transformer sounds, you know?

Sean Peterson:             Yep, that's right.

Brian:                           It's so good. All right. And then my last question that I, it's my favorite one that I love to ask and this is for all of you guys: if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Drew Champion:          This is Drew. I think staying humble is important, especially if you're a musician, just if you're ever thinking that you're something special and you lose that determination, just keep your head down and keep doing what you gotta do. And if you ever think that something's owed to you, you're probably wrong. So yeah.

Brian:                           Fair enough.

Stephen Parsons:          Kind of going off what Drew said, I think don't stop, don't stop playing music because success is definitely not going to come if you don't try, if you're not diligent.

Brian:                           Good point.

Sean Peterson:             So in addition to lying, that's a good call back. Going off of what Drew and Steve said, I think work hard, be really, really nice to people because knowing the right people and having great relationships with them one, opens the most doors for you and two, makes the experience better for everyone involved. It kind of creates communities of people who support each other and that's awesome.

Drew Champion:          I'm still working on that one.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, excellent.

Brian:                           Although, I mean, you guys are all nice guys. Even though in your photos you look like tough guys, I can say that you're all nice guys. I dig it.

Alex Massi:                   All right. Hey, this is Alex. And, I mean, this is a lot of persistence coming from the rest of the group. And while it's great to keep your head down and really grind at it, it's always good to take a minute, take a breather and look around 'cause there's a lot you can miss, life is short.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           So like what comes to ... When you're saying that, is there something specific that comes to mind when you're ... Like an example or what do you mean?

Alex Massi:                   I mean, honestly, just it doesn't even have to be music related, just going outside and just taking a look up at the sky.

Drew Champion:          This is why Alex is engaged and the rest of us aren't.

Brian:                           That's so deep, man.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   [crosstalk 00:17:58]

Brian:                           It's so good. All right. I could see what she sees in you.

Alex Massi:                   Oh, stop.

Brian:                           I love it. All right. Well and then when ... And for those folks who wanna find out more about you guys and the stuff going on with The Split Seconds, where do they go?

Drew Champion: is gonna your first place to stop. If you wanna hear the new record, it should be up on all the outlets within the next couple of days. But if you just can't wait, is where you wanna head. And definitely give us a like on Facebook,



6/5/18 - All-Music Episode

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  1. ***Let's Toast by Konshens (The MC) and His State of Mind (Hip Hop/Classical)

  2. ***Living Safe by Makeup Girl (Hard Rock/R&B)

  3. ***Nancy by Little League Champs (Pop/Indie)

  4. ***Escape Plan by Abby Sevcik (Pop/Electropop)

  5. ***Chromatic by Woodgrove (Hard Rock/Indie)

  6. ***The Minute I'm Gone by Julia Kasdorf (Country/Alt-Country)

  7. ***Scuzzy by Amour Glamour (Hard Rock/Blues Rock)

  8. ***Sou Seu Sabia by Trio Coraggioso (Jazz/World)

  9. ***Do You Like To Party? by Bijllionaire (Pop/EDM)

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I’ve never shared this with you, when I started DC Music Rocks, I set a goal, 10,000 followers across all the platforms.  It seemed huge at the time. I really didn’t know if it was possible. I didn’t know whether that many people even care about local music.  Each month I check all the numbers, and each month we’ve grown. As of June 1, we’re at 9,906. That’s more than 4700 subscribers to the podcast itself, and thousands who follow the social medias, the website, and the email list.  If things continue, this month, June of 2018, 23 months after the humble beginnings, we’ll hit 10,000 followers. My god guys, thank you. Thank you for your interest in local original music. Thanks for sharing DC Music Rocks with your friends and families and helping them to find this local music scene.  Thank you for all the support, the likes, the shares, attending the DC Music Rocks festival, and thanks for having DC Music Rocks as a part of your life, in whatever way it is. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!  -Brian-

DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18:


Karen Jonas - Butter (10 Song Country Album, RIYL Brandy Clark)

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:


Karen Jonas - Butter

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:


Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the details on the below shows AND the full list of your options!  We hope you go see a show!

Fri Jun 8 - Sun Jun 10
Celebrate Fairfax --  BIG Music Festival out in Fairfax, touring acts and great local talent including Sub-Radio, Caroline Ferrante, Chris Cassaday, Cinema Hearts (RIYL Pop, Rock, Country, and big outdoor festivals)

Sat Jun 9
-Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival  --  Jahnel Daliya, Elena & Los Fulanos, Bumper Jacksons (RIYL Bluegrass and Folk Music)
-Nappy Riddem & Higher Education at Gypsy Sally’s (Reggae, RIYL Bob Marley)

Sun Jun 10
-Olivia Mancini, Crys Matthews, Heather Mae @ Black Cat for Pride Week (Pop/Folk, RIYL Tom Petty/Tracy Chapman/Adele)

Thu Jun 14
Eli Lev, Luke James Shaffer doing a sofar sounds show in DC (Indie/Pop, RIYL small-intimate-house-shows/Mumford & Sons/The Lumineers)


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**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
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5/29/18 - Special Guest: JDVBBS, The Live-Looping Producer/Rapper/Singer/Songwriter

Thanks to JDVBBS, the talented live-looping producer/rapper/singer/songwriter, who grew up in Reston VA, for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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  1. ***Viva la Noche, by Q the Turn Up (Techno, Electric)

  2. Wait & See, by JDVBBS (Pop, R&B)

  3. ***Karnival - Remix, by RDGLDGRN, JDVBBS (Pop, Hip Hop)

  4. ***Private Room (feat. JusPaul), by Footwerk (Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop)

  5. ***Alien Funk, by Cosmic Romp (Hip Hop, Funk)

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2) Roxplosion - One of DC's premier music photographers.  We hope you know him, if not, we hope you start following his work.  It's incredible!  


  • Queue - Float Away (Indie Single, RIYL The Cranberries)

  • Flasher - Who’s Got Time? (Rock Single, RIYL Duran Duran)

  • Karen Jonas - The Circus (Country Single, RIYL Brandy Clark)

  • The North Country - Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Rock Single, RIYL OK Go

  • Virginia Creep - Dark Corners EP (3 Song Metal EP, RIYL Jesus Lizard)

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

Fri Jun 1
Justin Jones @ The Soundry, new venue out in Columbia MD by the same people who did The Hamilton (RIYL Rock)

Sat Jun 2
Karen Jonas Music @ Pearl Street Warehouse (New Album, Country, RIYL Gillian Welch)

Sun Jun 3
Surprise Attack @ The Boomerang Pirate Ship (Funk/Jam Band, RIYL Phish
North Country @ Union Stage (RIYL Rock)


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**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
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I make Pop/R&B music with hip-hop sensibilities. Imagine Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliot had a baby, Justin Timberlake was his godfather and Kanye West his high school bully.  On stage, I'm a one man band. I recreate my tracks on the fly, live looping bass lines, guitar riffs, beats, grooves and vocal harmonies. It’s production meets performance in a way that’s interactive, improvisational, and impressive AF. Read More




Brian:               On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. J Dubs makes pop R&B music with hip-hop sensibilities. He describes it by saying, "Imagine Nick Jonas and Kehlani had a baby, Drake was his godfather, and Kanye was his high school bully." It's funny how high school bullies can be so influential.

JDVBBS:            You know?

Brian:               It really is. Onstage, he's a one-man band. He's recreating his tracks on the fly, live-looping basslines, guitar riffs, beats, grooves, and vocal harmonies altogether. It's production meets performance in a way that's interactive, it's improvisational, and, of course, it's freaking impressive. I first came across J Dubs when I started the show. God, it's been at least a year and a half or more since I first stumbled across your music. Ever since ... It was ... "Cinderella" was the track that I ...

JDVBBS:            Oh, yeah. Probably.

Brian:               I'm not going to lie, I totally had that one on repeat for at least a couple weeks. I've been a fanboy for a while so it's a treat for me to now have you here with me on the show. Thanks for being here, man.

JDVBBS:            It's good to be here, man. It's good to be here.

Brian:               This is cool. Now, talk about ... If you're a one-man band, then what's it like when you perform? Talk about that.

JDVBBS:            All right, so here's ... I think it's misleading because I have my laptop on stage and a bunch of gear underneath my laptop, so it looks like I'm a DJ. What I'm doing is all the songs or everything that you hear in the song, that you hear of mine, I'm just reproducing on the fly. With a song like "Wait and See," I'll hit a button and that starts the clock, if you will, so you hear the ticking in the background. I'll play the keys and I'll loop them, and then the keys will loop. Then, I'll sing the background harmonies and then those will loop. Then, I'll play the bassline and all the little ... Like the kick and the snare and all that stuff, and get them programmed where I want them, but I play them all live on stage. You're watching me do that. Then, I start the song and then I'll turn certain things on and off.

Brian:               Oh, I see. That's ... I think many people have seen either guitarists or other people with the looping pedals.

JDVBBS:            Yeah, like Ed Sheeran.

Brian:               They ... It's like the looping pedals kind of look they might have seen before but, for you, it's a laptop and more of a DJ look and set-up, but same concept. You're looping and stuff.

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               That's cool, man. How did you come ... How did you start doing that?

JDVBBS:            Well, I have been ... I put out my first single probably four years ago. I've been playing and I've been playing with DJs and it's just ... I think it's difficult to organize things with people. I can just leave it at that. It's difficult to organize things [inaudible 00:02:27].

Brian:               Organize things with people. If I do it all myself, I don't have to organize with people. That's fair. Yeah.

JDVBBS:            If I do it all myself, then I don't ... I was paying for recording space and people weren't showing up. I was paying for rehearsal space and people weren't showing up. I was buying pizza for rehearsal ... That's extra pizza for me so I guess it's a win-win, but ... Or ...

Brian:               That was the one you weren't bitter about. You were bitter about all the other ones.

JDVBBS:            That's the one I wasn't bitter about, but the other stuff ... I'd show up to shows and people were like, "Oh, we have a show today?" I'm like, "Yeah. I'm here. You were supposed to be here an hour ago." That was ... That was straw number one. Straw number two was I had a few exec meetings, A&R meetings with a few mid-tier recording labels and they were like, "You sing good and you rap good but everyone sings good and they rap good, but you also wrote these songs? If you can get this musicianship across in your performances, I think they would really, really, really hit." I was like, "Huh. How would I do that?" I started watching a few videos online of people doing them.

JDVBBS:            A buddy of mine from New York, his name is Mike, he also goes by the band Tall Tall Trees. He's a banjo looper.

Brian:               Oh, man.

JDVBBS:            He does all these things I've never seen anybody do on a banjo. He'll take a violin bow and bow on it and put the effects pedals. It just sounds awesome. He'll take a drum stick and he'll beat on it and it sounds dope. I was like ... I hit him up and asked him a few questions, and I watched a few videos and started buying up some gear. Then, last February was my first looping performance. It was a little rough but we've since ... It was in the beta testing and now I think we're in version one, 1.0, at the moment. I bought up some new stuff. Hopefully, version 2.0 will be coming soon.

Brian:               Got it. There it is. Most of that is contingent ... Do you find it's more contingent on the gear or is it more on ... Is it really you and the amount you've practiced or is it the gear or all of the above or ...

JDVBBS:            I think it's probably ... The tools are only as good as the person who is using the tools, so I think there are a few things here and there that make things a little easier but there isn't anything I think I could buy, gear-wise, that would make ... There's still ... It still takes hours and hours of practice because there's so much stuff going on. It's almost like you're playing for four people, five people, six people sometimes, depending on the song.

Brian:               Right.

JDVBBS:            It's a lot going on, but the learning curve is not as steep because all the sounds that I already made in the song itself already exist, so it's not like I have to ... It's not like ... I'm not covering my own song, per se.

Brian:               I see.

JDVBBS:            All the stuff is already there, I just have to play it correctly.

Brian:               Just have to get it timed right and launched right and all that stuff.

JDVBBS:            Yeah. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:               Now, where does the name come from?

JDVBBS:            J Dubbs is probably 50% what my friends called me in high school, or J Dubb, JK Dubb. I was ... I went to high school in the early 2000s and that was when the J.Lo phase was rampant. You would take the first letter of someone's name and then however you decided to pronounce their last name. It's what you would run with.

Brian:               Got it.

JDVBBS:            In college, people called me Juicy J, which is a rapper in a group called Three 6 Mafia so I couldn't ...

Brian:               Okay, I was going to say. Juicy J, I know that name. All right. Got you.

JDVBBS:            It wasn't something I could by and so that's what I ended up defaulting to, J Dubbs. It was just with a U before I started really taking it seriously, that my mom calls me one day, trying to boot up Netflix on our Xbox, and my Xbox gamer tag had it spelled with a V. It's been that way for as long as I've had an Xbox gamer tag and I was like, "Oh." She heard me gasp on the phone. I was like ... She was like, "What even?" I was like, "I ... It's just a little bit of an epiphany that I had." That's kind of what it's been since 2014, 2013 maybe.

Brian:               Oh. It was your mom booting up Netflix on the game ...

JDVBBS:            On the Xbox, yeah.

Brian:               On the Xbox that gave you your artist name.

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               Oh, my God. That's an amazing artist story. I hear so many great ... I love the story behind artist names because sometimes they're so funny, and that one is hilarious. Thanks, mom, for the artist.

JDVBBS:            Yeah. It's a little ridiculous.

Brian:               That's how ... That's ... Oh, god. That's amazing.

JDVBBS:            The girl did the logo and made it ... It seemed like we put so much more thought into it. She sent me maybe three different mock-ups and I was like, "That one. This one works." It looks nice and clean and professional, fits in a lot of places.

Brian:               Now ... If you don't know, when you spell it, It's J-D-V instead of the U, so if you're [crosstalk 00:06:44] J-D-V-B-B-S. That's JDVBBS.

JDVBBS:            Yes. Yes. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:               There we go. What ... Describe your connection to the DC's ... You're in Arlington now, you mentioned earlier. You moved to Arlington. You've lived all over the place. What's your DC ... What parts of DC are you connected to?

JDVBBS:            I probably connect myself best to Fairfax County because that's where I grew up, that's where I can drive around without my GPS.

Brian:               Got it. I guess that's really a status nowadays, is where can you drive where you know the roads so well that you don't need GPS.

JDVBBS:            That you don't need GPS. Reston, Virginia, for sure.

Brian:               Okay.

JDVBBS:            It's probably what I connect to best. I lived in DC for a little bit. I lived in ...

Brian:               What schools did you go to out there?

JDVBBS:            I went to South Lakes High School and I went to Herndon High School, which is kind of a ...

Brian:               Oh, the rivalry. Okay.

JDVBBS:            Yeah, they're rivals, so I went to ... My older brother went to South Lakes for all four years and my younger brother went to Herndon for all four years. We moved in the middle of my high school tenure and my mom was like, "I'm not driving you to South Lakes every day. We live right down the street from Herndon High School. You're going to finish your senior year."

Brian:               Oh, man, so you moved in your senior year.

JDVBBS:            It was just one year, it was my senior year. We campaigned real heavy for me to keep going to South Lakes. It did not go down that way.

Brian:               Oh, wow. There we go. I love it. Now, what's your earliest memory with music?

JDVBBS:            My earliest memory that is tangible ... My mom used to record these cassette tapes of us just hanging around the house, listening to tunes. Not necessarily recording the tapes off the radio, but it's us listening to the radio. My earliest, I think, most tangible memory is listening to Onyx "Slam," like "[hums 00:08:20] Let the boys be boys." There's a tape somewhere at my house of me, four years old, singing along with that. That song and ... My little brother's name is Chris. I would sing to Kris Kross a lot and the little call and response, so I'd try to get him to say the lyrics with me.

Brian:               Warm it up, Kris. I'm about to do. Warm it up, Kris, just was I was born to do.

JDVBBS:            Yeah, exactly. Warm it up, Kris.

Brian:               Yeah. Oh, I remember.

JDVBBS:            Those are probably the two most tangible, my first, first musical memories.

Brian:               Oh, that's fun. Oh, I love it, man. Now, what about you on the personal side? Outside of music, what kind of hobbies are you in your personal time? What do you do?

JDVBBS:            I am a big NBA fan. I am not ...

Brian:               Well, there's a lot going on with that right now. Or you don't have a stake in it.

JDVBBS:            There's a lot ... I don't have a ... I'm a Chicago Bulls fan, so, no, not really.

Brian:               Oh, I see.

JDVBBS:            We're probably going to be ... I wouldn't say bottom-feeders, but we're going to be looking through the windowpane of the glass to the playoffs. We're not going to be in the back where we can't see it but it's going to be a while until it works out in our favor.

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            I think it ... As a product, there's a lot of good players and a lot of people say that a lot of teams are stacked, this, that, and the third, but it's a lot of good talent in the NBA. I think the NBA playoffs were fantastic to watch this year. It sucks that they're going to end in a little bit.

JDVBBS:            I'm also a big tennis fan, and the French Open just started so I spend most of my day doing that.

Brian:               Wow. Do you play these sports, too, or do you just watch them?

JDVBBS:            I ... In high school, I had to make a decision, and I was never really good enough at basketball for me to even ... I probably wouldn't have played Varsity basketball in high school. I got out of football really, really early. I played on the same team, on the same Little League football team, as Eddie Royal, who is a receiver in the NFL, and so nobody else ever got to touch the ball ever. I was like, "Nah, I'm good. I don't need to play that sport anymore." I played one organized season of it and that's ... Both my brothers played in high school and I was like, "Nah, I'm good. I'm straight. If I'm going to have to compete against that guy, it's not going down."

Brian:               Oh, [crosstalk 00:10:07]. Yeah. Okay. Yeah, yeah. It's not ... I'm good, but I'm not that good. Okay.

JDVBBS:            I'm not that good.

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            Also, I take my Mario Karting very seriously.

Brian:               Oh, stop it. For real?

JDVBBS:            If you're listening and you want smoke, it doesn't matter what ...

Brian:               Can I get in on this?

JDVBBS:            I'm ... GameCube, the double dash, I'm not as good at, but N64, I'm the king. Ask the kids in my dorm, James Madison University. I used to run it.

Brian:               Is it GameCube or is it N64? Oh, my God. I take this challenge. Jeremy, I take this challenge, man, because I used to run it when I was younger, as well, man.

JDVBBS:            All right. Cool. [inaudible 00:10:41] N64 at my house. I know we have a Super Nintendo at my house. I'm not as good at the one in Super Nintendo.

Brian:               This is ... Okay. Let's make it happen. All right. I was going to say, Super Nintendo ...

JDVBBS:            The latest one on the Nintendo Switch, I am very, very good at it.

Brian:               That's amazing. All right, so Mario Kart. Listen. Bring it. Bring it when you see JDVBBS next time.

JDVBBS:            Yes. When you see me in the streets, let's do it.

Brian:               He's game. A good friendly rivalry will be happening, and I'm going to fuel this rivalry because, oh, yeah, it's on. That one and GoldenEye. Those are the two that I can ... I can talk some smack.

JDVBBS:            GoldenEye, I wasn't as ... GoldenEye, I was [neh 00:11:07].

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            I could hold my own.

Brian:               Right. Yeah. I got you.

JDVBBS:            I wasn't going to be the first one to die but I wasn't going to be the last one, for sure.

Brian:               There we go. Oh, my God. It's so good. All right, so a little bit of gaming and a little bit of sports going on.

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               I love it, man. Now, what about ... What's ... Biggest success moment that comes to mind?

JDVBBS:            Biggest success ... I just finished a tour. I got home in April. It was one of ... I've only been on tour maybe twice, maybe twice, because I don't know if the first one really counts. It was a little bit of a struggle. The biggest success that comes to mind, performance-wise, is probably ... I did a show at Washington University in St. Louis. It was the first time I'd ever been to St. Louis. I didn't get to see enough of it but that's kind of what happens when you're on the road.

Brian:               [crosstalk 00:11:51] on tour.

JDVBBS:            I started playing my first single ever, it's called "War Paint," and I started the ... I started all my sets on tour with that. Right from when the claps started going, all these college kids came and rushed the stage and they're singing the words. I'm like ... It's the first time ... I'd probably done maybe five or six college shows by that point on the tour and it hadn't quite happened yet. It was definitely a win over crowd and, from when the beat dropped, I was like, "Oh, my gosh." I took some time from the loop station and filmed the kids because I was like, "People won't believe me, that this is actually happening. I need to have this memory in my pocket at all times."

Brian:               Yes.

JDVBBS:            That's probably the biggest ... That's the most rockstar I think I've ever felt on stage.

Brian:               That's amazing.

JDVBBS:            There were like ... It was probably 1,000 people at the show. It was crazy.

Brian:               That was in Missouri, [inaudible 00:12:34]?

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               God, so a bunch of people you've never seen. You've never been out there.

JDVBBS:            Never seen. Never been out ...

Brian:               They all know your music and they know the words.

JDVBBS:            Yeah. Invited a bunch of them on stage to come perform with me. It was a blast.

Brian:               That's awesome, man. I love that. Now, by the flip moment, then, what's the funniest moment that comes to mind from performing?

JDVBBS:            What's the funniest moment?

Brian:               Yeah, funniest moment.

JDVBBS:            Huh. I was doing a show, and this will probably lead in great with what we're going to play next.

Brian:               Okay.

JDVBBS:            I was doing a show in Richmond with some friends and this band called Red Gold Green. It was the first ... I'd played some shows with them way back in the day but it was the first show as JDVBBS. I did my own original stuff. The show ... It was maybe a Wednesday or a Thursday and it was an earlier show. My DJ, I just ... It was a kid that I knew from Richmond but I had never really, really performed with him, so I gave him a JDVBBS shirt so he could rep the brand.

JDVBBS:            He was DJing before the show starts and the booker for the show ... I went to ... I was supposed to go on at 7:20. 7:35 comes around and people are just really starting to come in. I was like, "Hey, what time am I supposed to be on stage?" He was like, "Oh, no, that's your set. Aren't you on stage right now? That guy has a shirt that says JDVBBS so I figured ..." I didn't even let him finish ... Didn't even let him finish his words. Ran on stage. I was supposed to have 20 minute set. I probably did eight or nine minutes.

Brian:               Ran on stage. Oh, my God.

JDVBBS:            Ran on stage and I was like, "Hey, I'm going to do half of four songs. Please hang out and have a blast." I ripped through my set in eight minutes and I was super-worried, super-frantic. I could see that the guy was going to be mad and he made it seem like he was going to cut the mic but everyone was enjoying themselves and so it was like ... I took it out on a risk. He's like ... After the ... After I got off stage, he's yelling at me in one ear but my merch table was mobbed and I'm like, "This was the right choice, man. This is crazy." It's always funny that ... Normally, those things are just a mess and it's always a cluster F, if you will. I would rather ... It normally doesn't work out where it's something you can laugh about later, but it was really, really funny, I think, at the moment.

Brian:               Yeah. Now, my favorite question to ask, and I always ask it, is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

JDVBBS:            If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be to write something hilarious on your tech rider.

Brian:               What does that mean?

JDVBBS:            Like, super detailed and specific. A tech rider is if you go and play a venue, they're like, "Hey, what are your sound needs?"

Brian:               Okay.

JDVBBS:            I always give them a stage plot. I'm like, "Hey, I need these two chords to go into my system and that's it," and I have ... I [crosstalk 00:15:06] my own mics and everything.

Brian:               You have the simplest plot, yeah, yeah, yeah.

JDVBBS:            I always am like ... I always want to know what wireless stuff they have, what kind of speakers they have, and what I write on mine is, "I want to ... Also, if you happen to have a green room," and most people don't do this. One ... The Howard Theater has done it for me. No one else has does this. I write, "I need strawberry cheesecake Ben & Jerry's ice cream in my green room," because, if it happens, then you know they read your whole tech rider and everything is going to sound the way that you think it's going to be sound.

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            But, if it doesn't happen, then you never know what you're going to get into.

Brian:               Yeah, this is true. [crosstalk 00:15:40].

JDVBBS:            For real. That's the ... It seems like a little bit of a snooty advice but stay true to it because that's how you know ...

Brian:               That's how you know whether they read it or not.

JDVBBS:            That's how you know if the promoter is going to give you the cash on the spot or a check or if they're doing to duck you. Every single thing that's going to go wrong, you can tell by how in depth they read your tech rider before you got there.

Brian:               There you go. How prepared they are. Now, one more time for those folks who want to find and follow you and what you're doing, where do they go?

JDVBBS:            Instagram, I think, is probably where I'm most active right now. I've been doing ... I've been trying to get the angles right on my selfies and things like that. Yeah, @JDVBBS everywhere. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. I just deleted SnapChat because I think I waste my time on it.

Brian:               Fair. Yeah.

JDVBBS:  , If you just type in J-D-V-B-B-S, you will probably find me.

Brian:               It's all JDVBBS.

5/22/18 - Special Guest: Dustin, Talent Buyer for Hill Country, BBQ & Music Venue In DC

Thanks to Dustin from Hill Country, the BBQ Restaurant and Live Music Venue in Penn Quarter in Downtown DC, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!  Loved the story about the name!

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  1. ***Void, by Wandering Lies (Rock, Melodic Rock)

  2. Right by Her, FeelFree (Reggae, Alternative Rock)

  3. ***Buddy Love, by Jumpin' Jupiter (Rock, Rockabilly)

  4. ***Drinkin, by The 5:55 (Rock, Indie Rock)

  5. Told You What To Say, by Paperhaus (Indie, Alternative)

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It's also the final days of DC Music Rocks Listener Appreciation Presale Window.  Tickets are public May 24.  It was important to us to make sure you all have first dibs on these.  We hope you’ll pick yours up, mark your calendar, and be there for this epic event on Aug 18!


  • Empresarios - Cambumbeo (4 Song Latin EP, RIYL Pitbull)

  • Luke James Shaffer - How Sweet The Sound (Indie Single, RIYL Mumford & Sons)

  • Clutch - Gimme The Keys (Hard Rock Single, RIYL Led Zeppelin

  • Handsome Hound - Mountain on Fire (Folk 10-song LP, RIYL Shovels & Rope)

  • Caz Gardiner - Stop (Pop/Reggae Single, RIYL Sharon Jones)

  • Odetta Hartman - Misery (Indie Single, RIYL Bjork)

  • Ras Slick - Late Night (Reggae Single, RIYL Wayne Wonder)

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PERSONAL NOTE FROM BRIAN:  I would really love a chance to meet some of you in person!  I'm playing Union Stage with my band, Fellowcraft, on Saturday 5/26, I go on right at 6:15pm. Details are below, it will be an epic rock show, especially if you like Soundgarden, AC/DC, Alice In Chains, The Black Keys, or Foo Fighters.  Hope you’ll come spend some time down at DC’s waterfront! It’s beautiful if you haven’t been!
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Black Dog Prowl, Fellowcraft, Stone Driver @ Union Stage *Early Show, doors at 5:30pm* (Hard Rock, RIYL Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, The Black Keys)

Sun May 27
Human Country Jukebox @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Country, RIYL a live country music Jukebox)

Wed May 30
Jackie & The Treehorns & Nah. @ DC9 (Rock/Indie, RIYL Queens of the Stone Age or Courtney Barnett

Thurs May 31
The Coolots @ Union Stage (Rock, RIYL 311)


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Dustin, Talent Buyer for Hill Country

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Dustin's Bio:

Dustin Pet

In 2008, Dustin Pet left Maryland to attend Johnson and Wales University Denver campus to study culinary science. While attending college, he worked at Moe’s Original Barbeque Restaurant, Music Venue and Bowling alley as a pitmaster and line cook. During his time at Moe’s, he soon learned he had both a passion for music and food leading him to switch his major to Sports Events and Entertainment Management.  While attending classes, he interned and worked for Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom and the world-famous Comedy Works Denver. After graduating from Johnson and Wales University, Dustin moved back to his home state of Maryland and started working for Rams Head Center Stage at Maryland Live! Casino as an entertainment representative. At the same time, he started his first production and entertainment company, where he booked shows with national and local artists in Baltimore venues also working with non-profit organizations and managed artists. From there he became a talent buyer for Gypsy Sally’s DC. Dustin’s motivation is a direct result of his passion for putting on great live music and combining his background in culinary science together with music. If he had one song on repeat while stuck in an elevator he would pick "Drivin' Nails In My Coffin" by Ernest Tubb. Dustin believes that “Great music and delicious food is medicine for the masses”. 



Dustin Pet
Dustin Pet


Brian:               On D.C. Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the D.C. Region's local music scene. In 2008, Dustin Pet left Maryland to attend Johnson & Wales University, Denver Campus. While attending college, he worked at Moe's Original Bar B Que restaurant, music venue, and bowling alley, as a pit master and a line cook. That's where he learned he had a passion for music and food. After graduating, Dustin moved back home to Maryland and started working at Rams Head Center Stage at Maryland Live Casino as an entertainment representative. At the same time he started his first production in an entertainment company where he booked shows with national and local acts in Baltimore venues. From there, he became the talent buyer for Gypsy Sally's, and how he's at Hill Country. Dustin believes that great must and delicious food is medicine for the masses, which that really speaks to my heart, sir. I love that man. Thanks so much for being here man.

Dustin:             Oh, thank you.

Brian:               This is cool, now, one thing, so right off the bat I want to know about Hill Country. Where's the name come from?

Dustin:             Well it's based off of the Hill Country in Texas, which is the region around the capital, which is Austin, Texas.

Brian:               Got it, and that's call the Hill Country, is the area around Austin?

Dustin:             That area and just generally just all around Austin based in the radius area.

Brian:               I see.

Dustin:             Yeah.

Brian:               That's the Hill Country.

Dustin:             The name, man.

Brian:               God I've always wondered. It's the Hill Country in Texas, around Austin. Now I feel like ... that's a mind blown moment for me. I'm like, wow, I get it now. Cool. Golly. Now talk about your earliest memory with music. Where does this come from, where does this start for you?

Dustin:             Well, you know when I was a kid, my dad took me to see the recreation of the Grateful Dead called The Dead, at Merriweather. I must have been 11 or 12 years old. All I could remember was, "I don't want to be here. Who are these strange people? Get me out of here. When is this show going be over? Why is it lasting four hours long?"

Brian:               Yeah.

Dustin:             I left the experience with my brother being like, "That was actually really fun." I started dancing, you know? I enjoyed it. I always played music as a kid as well.

Brian:               Nice, what did you play?

Dustin:             I started playing the saxophone, and then I ventured into guitar, then I ventured into the bass guitar, a little dobra, now I just strum the guitar.

Brian:               Wait a minute, if they don't know what a dobra is, describe that.

Dustin:             Well, it's a very complicated instrument that you put on your lap, and you use a metal component to it, that's a slide, and you slide, and it's used a lot in bluegrass music.

Brian:               Oh, so this is that it almost looks like a maybe on your lap, but some people have it set up as a table.

Dustin:             Well that's a lap steel.

Brian:               That's a lap steel which is different than a dobra.

Dustin:             Correct.

Brian:               All right, so you're going to have to Google this if you're really interested and get a picture ... that way you can get a picture of what a dobra is. Spell that.

Dustin:             D-O-B-R-A.

Brian:               Dobra, got it.

Brian:               You're from Maryland. Describe where you from in the D.C. region. Talk about that.

Dustin:             I grew up in Columbia. Just a little bit further away from Columbia. Right around Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Brian:               Got it. When you say grew up, that means born and raised, been there all your life until college, when you went to Denver?

Dustin:             Mm-hmm, born and raised until seventeen, and then moved to Colorado for about eight years.

Brian:               Wow, so you were there longer than just college, you stuck around a little bit?

Dustin:             I stuck around, I didn't want to leave.

Brian:               You got all that pit barbecue, and the music.

Dustin:             Oh man I also worked at a comedy club too. So I was just living it up with entertainment, my friends were also working for concert venues, it was just a onslaught of free entertainment. So every night was something.

Brian:               God, I love it. Now talk about you on the personal side. Outside of all this music stuff, what other things are you into?

Dustin:             I'm actually really into going to new nature areas where there's trails. I usually go by myself, I crank some tunes up and I walk and I just discover nature.

Brian:               Wow, that's amazing, and what kind of music are you listening to when you're cranking those tunes?

Dustin:             Oh man, that's a tough question.

Brian:               Yeah?

Dustin:             I gotta be honest, I have a lot of pride in new bookings that I do at Hill Country or whatever it is that I'm booking at the time, and so I start to obsess about some of the artists that I book and I venture really deep into their discography. That's what I'm usually cranking.

Brian:               I see, okay.

Dustin:             I make a little Spotify playlist.

Brian:               All their other stuff that they've got?

Dustin:             Yeah, the stuff that wasn't the million hits song.

Brian:               Right, the one with the fewer plays, one of the B-Side tracks, what they used to call it in the old days. That's amazing. So, funniest moment that comes to mind when you're thinking about your time specifically at Hill Country.

Dustin:             At Hill Country? Something that's really funny is pretty much like a Texas singer-songwriter legend, his name is John D. Graham, he showed up to the gig about fifteen minutes late, but it wasn't really that late, you know, and he was so-

Brian:               Wait, what does that mean? So the gig started at 8:00 and he showed up at 8:15?

Dustin:             He showed up a little bit after the doors, so sound-checking wasn't an option, it was only line-checking.

Brian:               Oh, okay.

Dustin:             Yeah, he was super apologetic about it, I became kinda good friends with this guy and he left me a note on the wall in the greenroom, and he makes children's books on the side, and he drew like a polar-bear-looking bear, and he wrote on there "I never miss a gig unless I'm in the hospital or I'm in jail. Love, pretty much, John D. Graham."

Brian:               So did you find out whether he was in the hospital or in jail?

Dustin:             Oh no, he made it to the gig.

Brian:               Oh this was just straight up canceling?

Dustin:             He just wanted to reiterate that even if he was fifteen minutes late that he apologized, and that if he was ever to miss any gig I ever booked it would be those two reasons.

Brian:               Okay. Got it.

Dustin:             And that he would pin it on the wall so that I would have it later.

Brian:               That way you could always reference it later.

Dustin:             My boss framed it, it's on the wall downstairs in the club level at Hill Country, so you can go up and see it at any time.

Brian:               That's hilarious. Now, you talked about the different things that you do because it's come up in conversation that you do some managing of artists, but then you're booking at Hill Country, so talk about the different aspects of Dustin.

Dustin:             First hand, I'm talent buyer, I'm booking for Hill Country Live, D.C. and Manhattan.

Brian:               Wait, there's more than one location?

Dustin:             There's two locations, friends, so if you're ever in New York City, and you need a place to see either some really awesome live music that could be free, could be ticketed, but for the most part free, come on down.

Brian:               Wow, Hill Country. So it's a basement venue here, in D.C., you walk into Hill Country and go downstairs, is it the same thing in New York?

Dustin:             Same model, but bigger.

Brian:               Bigger?

Dustin:             Yeah.

Brian:               Okay, next time I'm in New York, I'm gonna have to check out Hill Country. So you do booking, I'm sorry I got totally distracted by the fact that there's now two locations, my mind is blown at the moment, so there's some talent buying for there, and then what else?

Dustin:             I'm also managing a couple bands, and I also do some freelance work, I help people out who need guidance, and I sometimes donate my time for the most part, but I'm managing a Brass band out of Brooklyn named High & Mighty Brass Band. I'm managing a bluegrass/newgrass band out of Baltimore named the Dirty Grass Players, FeelFree, which we were just talking about. I also help out an Almond Brothers tribute, called the Almond Others Band.

Brian:               Wow. And when you say managing, if people don't know what that means, what does that actually mean on a day-to-day basis?

Dustin:             It's kind of like you have five full grown babies that you're taking care of.

Brian:               Oh, so it's like being a father? I see.

Dustin:             It's like being a father to a bunch of people who may be older than you, younger than you, all walks of life, and you're controlling a lot of e-mails.

Brian:               So what on Earth made you want to do that? I'm not sure if you don't have a kid already, I'm not sure I would sign up for multiple babies. I don't know, tell me more.

Dustin:             I guess passion, man, I just-

Brian:               You love the music that they're making?

Dustin:             I like the human spirit behind them, and the music they're making, and they push me to do things that I wouldn't do and pull my hair out sometimes, get a phone call at two in the morning, "Hey we're playing a gig in the mud, and I dunno if we're getting paid," you know, bad stuff.

Brian:               So that means you're the guy who, as the manager then ... you are doing the booking, or you're not doing the booking? For the band, or is that something else?

Dustin:             So the Dirty Grass Players, the High & Mighty Brass Band, they both have booking agents currently, national booking agents. FeelFree, they're independent, I help them out a little bit, but I'm teaching them, and then Almond Others is kind of the same thing, they're very local. They're trying to get out a little more, so if you live in a different town and know anybody and love Almond Brothers, figure out a way to get a hold of me.

Brian:               So I'm trying to figure out then is what you're doing for the bands as the manager, then.

Dustin:             Everything from advancing every show that they play to marketing on their Facebook, updating their websites, making sure they're making music videos, discussing strategy about how can we get our name out there further into different markets that we're trying to perform at. It's a endless list of tasks honestly, and I didn't realize it until I got knee deep in it.

Brian:               There's like a constant checklist of things you need, and you mentioned music videos, why are music videos important?

Dustin:             It represents what your band is, and what you're trying to display to the world, and why can people relate to you.

Brian:               Oh, so it's that visual piece? It's not just the music, it's like, oh here's these guys.

Dustin:             Yeah, it's "hey who is this band? FeelFree. What's the next FeelFree music video?" I'm not gonna tell you, but it's gonna happen.

Brian:               Nice. Well I'll make sure we share it whenever that does happen, 'cause I'm excited about it. Their first videos I really enjoyed. I follow them on YouTube too, and I've enjoyed what they've got so far, so that's a sign of things to come, you're teasing me now. I love it, alright. Now, one of my favorite questions that I always have to ask, is that if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Dustin:             For band?

Brian:               In general, however you wanna answer the question.

Dustin:             Work harder, and then when you think you're tired, work a little harder.

Brian:               Okay, say more, what does that mean exactly, like just do more, or? I feel like that could be spinning your wheels or what?

Dustin:             Put more energy out, man. Put some more energy out into the world, that's what I think. I think a lot of people want to achieve a lot in their life, but they're not putting the energy to do that.

Brian:               I see.

Dustin:             I'm a person who believes in the idea of what you put out is what you get.

Brian:               Got it, alright it's that hustle. Bring on that hustle. Now, one other fun question, then. Talk about your biggest success moment, that comes to your mind in your career talent buyer-wise. What comes to mind when you think about that?

Dustin:             I would actually have to say the time I booked my Colorado legend band. Leftover Salmon at Sally's. Definitely. I remember when I booked that, I literally threw paper up in the air, I was like, "It's happening, Leftover Salmon's coming to town at Gypsy Sally's." It's just an honor to book a band that I've seen at Red Rocks.

Brian:               Nice, that is cool. Was anyone around to see you throw paper? Is this like in the middle of an office with a few other people, or is it in a room by yourself?

Dustin:             There was one other person in the room. The other booker there.

Brian:               So there's more than one?

Dustin:             There is. I think there's more than one now.

Brian:               What's the team like at Hill Country?

Dustin:             I have a boss in New York, his name is Seth Rothschild, he's awesome. He comes to D.C. here, there. I'm gonna go up to New York, for the most part I work with a bunch of restaurant managers, and I'm a talent buyer, so it's a different situation than I thought when I got in there, but I love it and all the people that I work for are some of the nicest people I've ever worked with.

Brian:               That's been the really funny thing- funny's the wrong word, really fun thing that I've discovered working in the local music scene is that there's so many amazing people in the scene. It's one of the reasons I love having you on the show and I always have different people on the show, it's not just artists right? There's so many people behind the music scene, and I love getting to know those people, because they're some of the most amazing, salt of the Earth, nice people. It makes sense that your coworkers at this place are also really awesome people, because you're an awesome person, and we got everybody together, that's just cool to me.

Dustin:             Yeah, it's kinda like the Brady Bunch.

Brian:               It's one big happy family. Yep, there we go, the Brady Bunch, I'm gonna try not to get the song stuck in my- if you're listening, do not get the song stuck in your head. Don't do it. Don't do it. So, one more time, for those folks who wanna follow you and find out what's happening at Hill Country and all that information, where's the best place for them to go find that?

Dustin:             You can either go to the Facebook, which is Hill Country Live, or you can go to, for the D.C. venue, and if you by chance are in New York or have friends,

Brian:               It's either D.C. or NY, we're talking about D.C. on this one, so, and you'll check out the work that Dustin's doing, setting up amazing shows. And the type of shows they'll see at Hill Country are?

Dustin:             We go all over the place, Americana, Folk, Honky-Tonk, Bluegrass, Alt. Country. Like I mentioned I had an all Metal tribute to the Bee Gees called Tragedy.

Brian:               So basically, if you ever thought Cowboy boots were cool, everything about Hill Country you're gonna love?

Dustin:             Pretty much, yeah. To a T.

Brian:               That's amazing. I love it.

5/15/18 - Special Guest: Frankie from Girls Rock! DC

Thanks to Frankie V from Girls Rock! DC for hanging out with us in the studio this week!  We love the work they're doing and are happy a portion of the proceeds from this year's 9:30 Club DC Music Rocks Festival is going to support the work they're doing!

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  1. ***Got It All, by King Leisure (Indie, Indie Rock)

  2. ***Send Me A Soul, by The Beirds (Rock, Space Rock)

  3. ***Greens, by Be Steadwell (Pop, Soul)

  4. ***Deleted You, by Be Steadwell (Pop, Soul)

  5. ***Reputation, by Babbling April (Indie, Indie Rock)

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Brian’s playing at Union Stage on Saturday 5/26, doors at 5:30pm, Brian goes on with his band Fellowcraft right at 6:30pm.  Show will also feature rock local groups Black Dog Prowl and Stone Driver.  It will be an epic rock show, especially if you like Soundgarden, AC/DC, Alice In Chains, The Black Keys, or Foo Fighters.  Hope you’ll come spend some time down at DC’s waterfront! It’s beautiful if you haven’t been! Facebook Details:
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Be Steadwell - Queer Love Songs (10 Song Pop Album, RIYL Sade or Joni Mitchell)

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

Fri May 18
Handsome Hound, Dupont Brass & Lauren Calve @ Black Cat (Folk/Horns, RIYL Johnny Cash & June Carter/The Roots/Pattie Griffin)

Sat May 19
Chuck Brown Band & Three Man Soul Machine @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Funk/Go-go, RIYL EU/Willis ‘Gator’ Jackson)

Sun May 20
Justin Trawick @ Bourbon & Bluegrass at Lincoln Cottage (RIYL Bluegrass)


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!

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Girls Rock! DC

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Girls Rock! DC

With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls, non-binary, and trans youth of varying racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds; abilities; identities; and experiences to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up, and rock out!

Following in the footsteps of girls rock camps across the United States, Girls Rock! DC was founded in October 2007 by an all-volunteer collective of DC metro area musicians, teachers, artists and community organizers. We build upon our diverse experiences and musical backgrounds, connections to local youth, and approaches to grassroots organizing to create a week-long day camp, for Washington, D.C. area girls ages 8-18, as well as an after school program. 

During the week, campers receive small-group instruction on electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, turntables, digital music, or vocals; form bands, and collaborate to write an original song or DJ set, which they perform at a showcase at the end of the week. Campers also learn about the history of women in rock, gender and cultural identity, ways to dismantle systems of oppression, band merchandise and promotion, conflict resolution and other skills young folks need to take over the world of music! The 2018 Summer Camp will take place at E.L. Haynes July 9-13, and culminate with our big showcase Saturday, July 14 at the 9:30 Club






Girls Rock! DC
Girls Rock! DC


Brian:   With me on the show today is Frankie from Girls Rock! DC. Say hi, Frankie.

Frankie V:   Hi. Thanks so much for having me.

Brian:   Yeah, thanks for being here. Now, for those ... If they don't know, what ... I tell you what. You know, I got this little intro. How about we just do this the right way? So, I'm going to introduce you, and then I'm going to have you tell us all about you. So, on, we are shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls, non-binary, and trans youth of varying racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic status to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up, and rock out. If you caught all that, that was a lot. But they are very inclusive of all the backgrounds, abilities, identities, and experiences. So, it's a very welcoming environment that they've created.

    Following in the footsteps of Girls Rock! camps across the U.S., Girls Rock! DC was founded in October of 2007 by an all-volunteer collective of DC metro area musicians, teachers, artists, and community organizers. So, they create a week-long day camp for Washington DC area girls age 8 to 18, as well as they have an after school program. So, the 2018 summer camp will take place July 9th to 13th and will culminate with a big showcase Saturday, July 14th, at the 9:30 Club.

     So basically, that gives you a little piece of it, but now, Frankie, now you can tell us all about it. Thanks for being here. This is cool. How did you get involved in Girls Rock! DC?

Frankie V:   Well, I moved to DC about, I don't know, four years ago. I'm a Brooklyn-based musician by heart. So, when I moved to DC, it was winter, as winters can be pretty rough here, and I was just looking for some like-minded people that I could talk to, that we were on the same kind of wavelength, we believed in the same kind of things, and my bass player back home in Brooklyn said, "You know what? My friend started this organization a couple years back called Girls Rock! DC. Maybe check it out."

 I went on the website. I reached out. I shot an email, and I got an email back, and they said, "Hey, we are usually a summer camp, but right now, we're doing an after school program for the first time." I came down, I checked it out, and I've been hooked ever since.

Brian:   Nice. What did you do? So, you checked it out, and what did you discover when you checked it out?

Frankie V:   Oh my God. It was amazing. The thing that really, really caught me and kind of latched me in was the sense of community that they had. The amount of resources and just institutional knowledge that everybody was sharing from ... I needed a place to live. Somebody knew of an organization that could help me find a place to live. I needed a band. I was looking for a band when I came here. You know, traveling to New York was very far. They helped me with that. The community aspect was really, really huge. Then to be able to work with youth, that was just something I never thought I would ever do, but seeing those kids' faces and seeing the change in them really, really hooked me.

Brian:   Wow. So now, expand on the two ... So, there seems to be two things here. There's a summer camp, and there's an after school program. So, talk about those.

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, Girls Rock! started as a summer camp. One singular person decided to do a thing in their bedroom, and it blew up to this ... Now we have about 60 campers per summer. It's a five-day camp. Kids come in. First day of camp, they don't know each other. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. Often they don't even know how to play an instrument. They've never seen a drum set or a guitar. We teach them the basics of the instrument. We teach them how to create their own songs. At the end of the week, they play a showcase at the 9:30 Club.

 In between that learning music and getting to know each other, we also teach them some social justice stuff, some racial equality things, how to just be a good friend and a good human all around. So, it's a killer camp.

Brian:   Yeah. And more on that ... Say a little more on that too. So, when you're teaching them, does that mean there's classroom time where you've got a slideshow or something, or you're reading, or what is that like?

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, first and foremost, we always lead by example. Our band instructors, and coaches, and volunteers really represent the community that we're serving. We have folks from all walks of life, all socioeconomic backgrounds, and it really mirrors the kids that we're serving. In between, they'll have ... Let's say, they'll do their instrument instruction during the day. So, they go to guitar instruction, and then have lunch, and then at the end of the day, they'll go to a workshop catered to their age group on different topics from healthy relationships all the way to how to be a great showman.

Brian:   Wow. How did it start? Because it seems like it didn't start as a five-day camp and a 9:30 Club show. It had to have ... So, how did it start, and how did it evolve?

Frankie V:   It started with an idea of just, how to bring this kind of thing that some of us have never had in our youth, how do we bring this to kids? They worked out eventually how to do a summer camp. It started out as just a five-day camp with about 20 kids. They did, I think the first showcase, you know, through DC networks, and the organization was founded with DC musicians, and just networking. 9:30 Club has always actually given us the space. So, it's been 11 years now.

Brian:   That's amazing. I mean, I definitely ... Now I'm sitting here, and I'm thinking, all right, so what makes this a little special compared to another summer camp that parents could send their kids to? It's obviously, playing the 9:30 Club would be a big one. That's a huge, "Wow, that's cool." So, there's that-

Frankie V:   My band would never play there.

Brian:   Right? I was going to say, there's a lot of bands that work a long time to play that stage, and you get to do it as a kid. That's awesome.

Frankie V:   It's pretty cool.

Brian:   So, there's that. But talk about what else is special compared to other summer camps?

Frankie V:   I think what's really special is the kids really learn how to be good citizens in their communities. They learn how to ... what's really necessary to build a good foundation within their communities. They build amazing relationships with each other. Maybe a kid from, you know, Northwest would never get to meet a kid from Southeast, but here, they do. It's really the great equalizer. Music is always the best thing that just unites everybody.

Brian:   Absolutely. So, they're learning instruments, and social aspects, God, that is so cool.

Frankie V:   Yeah.

Brian:   Now, the story behind the name, Girls Rock! DC. Where does that come from?

Frankie V:   Well, Girls Rock! started actually as a movement that came out of the Riot grrrl movement in the early 2000s. It started in the West Coast.

Brian:   What's the Riot grrrl movement? Say more on that.

Frankie V:   Ah, so the Riot grrrl ... Yeah. So, Riot grrrl movement kind of ... The short, short story of is a second-wave feminist movement that was really based in music. A lot of folks, you know ... Bikini Kill is one of the more famous of the bands and really was the front runner of the whole movement. Other bands like Huggy Bear, and different bands from DC, and Portland, Seattle, really noticed, I mean, most of the music that's ... I mean, still to this day, most of the music, most of the things you see in your everyday life are very male-dominated, especially white-male-dominated. So, these women said, "Enough is enough. We're creating spaces for women like us," and really pulling women to the front of these male-dominated aspects.

Brian:   Got it. So, Riot grrrl was really just about, "Down with the patriarchy," or like, "Let's empower the women in this."

Frankie V:   Yeah. Equality and bringing people on the same level. [crosstalk 00:08:23].

Brian:   Got it. And so then from that, Girls Rock!, it's always been a camp?

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, those folks said, "Hey, we want to give back to our community because that's the most important thing. We need to lay the groundwork for the future, and that is within our youth." So, they created a camp solely for girls that was based in music. That's always been the kind of thing. Then by way of mouth, you know, bands touring with each other and saying, "Hey, you know, my friend started this thing. We call it Girls Rock! wherever. Girls Rock! Seattle, Girls Rock! Oregon." Then folks in DC were like, "Hey, that's a really great idea. I want to do that in my community, in New York." Now, it's a worldwide organization.

Brian:   That's amazing. So, all over the world, girls are going to camp, they're learning about instruments, and social justice, and all that stuff, and then they're playing shows.

Frankie V:   Absolutely.

Brian:   Wow. So, it's the same model, all the cities. So, if somebody listening has friends in another city, they might have a Girls Rock! camp, and it's same idea where they're going to learn how to play an instrument and then play a show-

Frankie V:   Absolutely.

Brian:   ... and over the course of a week. I love that play the show part too because that's ... You know, learning an instrument is fun, but then actually playing it in front of people is ... For some people, that's the hardest part, and for other people, that's the fun part. So, it's great that you get to do that too.

Frankie V:   Yeah, it really shows ... The kids really get, you know, "Here's something I'm deathly afraid of, and I can't do. There's no way I can possibly write a song by myself. I'm only eight. And I definitely can't play in front of a whole bunch of people." Then we just ensure them to trust the process, and it just happens, and it's magical. Then they're like, "Well, I can do anything, and I want to do this for the rest of my life." That's really great.

Brian:   Nice. That's amazing. Have you been around long enough to see those girls go on and do it for the rest of their life, or what have you seen?

Frankie V:   Oh my gosh. So, I also run the after school program. It's called GR!ASP.

Brian:   Yeah, talked about that. I got so excited about the camp, we forgot to talk about the program.

Frankie V:   I know, it's so exciting.

Brian:   Talk about after school, yes.

Frankie V:   So, during the after school program, where the summer camp is a five-day, week-long summer camp, immersing kind of situation, the after school program is an 8 to 12 week, one day a week, after school situation at a couple local schools in DC, Southeast, Northwest, all over. This one kid was so amazing. She was about 11 years old at the time, was playing keyboard. Some of her band mates weren't as outgoing as they could have been, let's say. She was also extremely nervous. So, this band was kind of the more introverts. This kid went on to actually lead her school play. They did the Lion King, and her stagefright from the show that we played was right out the window. She went on to play the Ellen Show. They went all over.

Brian:   Holy smokes.

Frankie V:   Yeah, incredible.

Brian:   God, that's so ... And how long ago was it? Was this recently, or was this ... When was that?

Frankie V:   That was about two years ago.

Brian:   Wow. That is so cool.

Frankie V:   It's great.

Brian:   I love it. Now, you mentioned you play bass. Talk about music for you.

Frankie V:   Oh gosh. So, I grew up playing violin when I was, like, four. That's kind of how I started. Music was always in my family.

Brian:   Did you want to play violin, or was it one of those, your parents said, "I want you to play violin"?

Frankie V:   My parents made me.

Brian:   Okay. Oh, God, mine too. Mine said piano. "Brian, you got to play piano." I'm a freakin' drummer. I don't want to play piano, come on. Yeah, I'm with you.

Frankie V:   Yeah, right? So, my parents, you know, they put me into violin. My older sister played piano. Meanwhile, we had a saxophone in the house. We had actually two saxophones, a piano, a whole bunch of instruments. Grew up in the church where music was a really big part of my upbringing, and went on to start playing trumpet and brass instruments once I got into high school. Always just kind of sang. I sang in a ska band, you know, like you do in the '90s. Then I just decided, you know, these bands that are really influential in my life, I want to be just like them, at the ripe old age of 18. I didn't really have people telling me that I could do anything other than play violin and things like that. My dad even said, when I told him that I wanted to be a musician, he was like, "Well, you and 40,000 other people, so you should probably get a real job."

Brian:   And 40,000 is an understatement actually. There's so many hundred thousands more, yeah.

Frankie V:   Absolutely. And especially for a girl. There's no way I can do that. I should probably, I don't know, do anything else.

Brian:   Which is a shame. I'm glad you're not sending that message.

Frankie V:   Yeah, I'm kind of rebellious, so ... In case you haven't noticed.

Brian:   Dad, we still love you, but-

Frankie V:   I still love you, Dad.

Brian:   ... no, I'm still doing music.

Frankie V:   But no. Yeah. So, I taught myself how to play guitar, and I just really listened to bands like the Breeders, and bands like Bikini Kill, and all these other bands, and I just really try to do that. I really, really wish I had an organization like Girls Rock! when I was a kid to show me that I could actually do what I wanted to do, however I wanted to do it.

Brian:   Yeah. It's great that you kind of have taken that ... There wasn't that, and now you found it, and you're helping ... What's your role with Girls Rock!? How would you describe it?

Frankie V:   Oof, how many hats? So, Girls Rock! ... So many hats. My head is very big. So, the main thing I do is I'm the GR!ASP Coordinator, so it's the Girls Rock! After School Program Coordinator.

Brian:   Got it, GR!ASP. I get it now. Okay.

Frankie V:   Yeah. That's my main role. During the summer, I'm now part of the camper committee team. So, right now, camp is coming up July 9th. We actually have our applications out right now, and they close July 1st. So, right now it's just reading all the submissions. The kids get to fill out the application and also submit an art project, their music, song if they want, or a poem, and I get to read through all those wonderful things, and then send out all the acceptance letters.

Brian:   That's cool. While we're on the topic then, if people have kids or girls that they know that are age 8 to 18, we said, if they have girls that they know that would like to be a part of that, how do they submit that application, or to do that?

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, we accept kids from anywhere in the DMV area. We've actually had a couple campers who are visiting from Jamaica, visiting their family, so they have actually attending our camps as well, which was really cool. So, they can go to, and it'll send you to a link that has our camper application. We accept any youth that are female-identified, trans-identified, gender nonconforming. Money is no issue. We offer lots of scholarships. Last year, I think we had about 40% of our campers out of 60 were free tuition. We just fundraise like crazy. So, if you also want to donate, go to Girls Rock! ...

Brian:   That's amazing. Yeah, right? The donation. And actually, while we're talking about donations, there's another thing you can do because I've talked about the DC Music Rocks festival. A portion of the proceeds are going to Girls Rock! DC.

Frankie V:   Woo-hoo!

Brian:   We're supporting this too. So, you can come to that, and a portion of that will support them, and we'll be taking donations that night for sure. So, there's lots of ways to give to Girls Rock!, and I love that we get to be involved with you guys too and get to help support this cause because this is really cool.

Frankie V:   Yeah.

Brian:   So, now that's the applications. Now, two questions that I love to ask. One is, talk about you on the personal side, now outside of Girls Rock! DC, like your personal life. What are your hobbies? Are there certain shows you like to ... What's life outside of Girl Rock! for you?

Frankie V:   Oh my. Life outside of ... Is there life outside of Girls Rock!?

Brian:   Of course, there has to be something.

Frankie V:   There's got to be, right?

Brian:   You got to share something.

Frankie V:   Mostly, I'm a really avid outdoorsy person. I love camping, things like that. I love traveling. That's kind of my big thing. I just came back from Miami a couple days ago. That was pretty fun. I've never been to Miami. So, I really like stuff like that. I love teaching workshops. I never thought it, but I guess I'm just an educator by soul. I mostly do workshops that are gender-inclusivity workshops and things like that. Just going to lots of shows. The DC music scene is so amazing, and there's so much really good underground bands that you would never maybe run into, and then you go to a house show, or you go to a party, and boom, there's a band, and they're fantastic.

Brian:   Absolutely. So much of that. I mean, we share at ... The local music calendar that we have is all local shows.

Frankie V:   That's so great.

Brian:   But go to these local shows, and you go to places you didn't know had music, and then you'll see bands you didn't know that are awesome, and that's a lot of ... I mean, it's what I've discovered. It's what you've discovered. It's such a cool thing. I love it.  Now, my other favorite question. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Frankie V:   Oh my gosh. One piece of advice. Definitely trust yourself and organize. You know, if you don't like something, or if you think the problems of the world, let's say, are too big, and you can't do anything about it, definitely look to your neighbor. I'm sure they're feeling the same thing, and organize, and get things done.

Brian:   Nice. Is that something that you've experienced personally? Say more about where that comes from for you.

Frankie V:   Yeah. I try to do that in my everyday life. Back in Brooklyn, I was part of a ... You know, being a woman-fronted or female-dominated band back then, it was really hard for us to get shows. People wouldn't even talk to me, even though I was the singer, and one of the two guitar ... We were two guitars and a drummer. People wouldn't talk to me. They would go right up to my male counterpart, and be like, "Oh my God. You guys are so good. So, you write all the music, right? And she just kind of sings, huh?" And it was really devastating. I was just like, "Come on. I'm doing all this work here," you know? Got together with some friends who were also facing a similar kind of thing, and just said, "We need to create shows that are for us, and if other people want to come, cool. We welcome everybody. But we're not getting on any bills." So, really just kind of getting out there and doing what you have to do to get yourself out there, you know?

Brian:   Absolutely. Take it on. I love that. What a cool message. Now, one more time for those folks who want to find out more about Girls Rock! DC and all the things going on with you guys, where do they go?

Frankie V:   Yeah. So, to find out more about our after school program, our adult rock camp, or our summer camp, you can-

Brian:   There's an adult camp too?

Frankie V:   I know.

Brian:   So cool.

Frankie V:   Forgot to mention that.

Brian:   Okay. Is that one also a 9:30 Club show?

Frankie V:   No, so that one we do at, like, the Black Cat.

Brian:   Okay, I got you.

Frankie V:   Yeah, we always partner with other-

Brian:   There's still going to be a show at the end.

Frankie V:   Totally.

Brian:   It's a week-long music education, and then a show. That's so cool.

Frankie V:   Yeah, so that one's actually just a weekend.

Brian:   Oh, a weekend? That's even better. Dang, okay.

Frankie V:   So, 19 to 127, if you want to learn an instrument or DJ-

Brian:   Ages, ages 19?

Frankie V:   Yes.

Brian:   Yeah, okay. Gotcha.

Frankie V:   If you want to learn an instrument or learn how to be a DJ, we have an awesome DJ program, it's a weekend long, usually around Labor Day kind of thing. The show is usually on the Monday.

Brian:   Got it. There it is.

Frankie V:   So,


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5/8/18 - Special Guest: Curtis B of DC Reggae

Thanks to Curtis Bergesen of DC Reggae for hanging out with us in the studio this week!  We discovered he reports on all the reggae AND makes collages! #artsyguy  :-)

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  1. ***Low Spirit, by Distant Creatures (Indie, Dream Pop)

  2. Something, by Yellow Dubmarine (Reggae, Rock & Roll)

  3. Speak the Fire, by Christos DC [Ft. Zafayah & The Skankin' Monks] (Reggae, R&B)

  4. ***One Thirsty, by Synthador (Techno, Electronic)

  5. Drop Your Guns, by Thievery Corporation (World, Reggae)

***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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ANNOUNCING The annual DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club!
August 18, doors at 7pm, All ages welcome.   

This is our signature event.  We gather 5 of DC’s talented local bands for a celebration of local music at one of the nation’s top venues.  We’re also partnering with Girls Rock!DC this year, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to support their work in educating and empowering young women through music and performance.  

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

Fri May 11
--Bumper Jacksons & Elena & Los Fulanos @ The Hamilton for White Horse Release Party (Country, Latin; RIYL Nathaniel Rateliff, Shakira)
--Bottled Up @ DC9 Nightclub (Punk, RIYL B-52s)

Sat May 12
--Funk Parade & Takoma Porch Festival
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Mon May 14
--Oh He Dead @ Rock & Roll Hotel (Indie, RIYL Alabama Shakes)

Wed May 16
--Duskwhales @ Songbyrd Music House (Indie, RIYL The Beatles)

Thu May 17
--Fuzzqueen @ Gypsy Sally’s (Rock, RIYL PJ Harvey)
--The Radiographers @ DC9 (Rock, RIYL The Strokes)
--Caz Gardiner @ Songbyrd Music House (Pop, RIYL Hollie Cooke)


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DC Reggae

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DC Reggae's Bio:

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Curtis Bergesen aka DC Reggae was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Bethesda, MD. He is a collage artist, publicist, drummer, vegetarian, and man of many words. While attending the University of Delaware he got involved with radio, and created and hosted the show Mixed Vegetables. He played a wide variety of musical genres throughout his 100+ radio shows, including underground and independent artists. Curtis then started booking and promoting concerts; one of the first artists that he worked with was the reggae band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS). In 2007, Curtis moved to Brooklyn, NY, and founded Herbivore Publicity. He went on to work with Rootfire and Ineffable Music Group, handling publicity and social media for various bands, venues, and festivals, including GPGDS, The Movement, The Green, and John Brown's Body.

In 2009 Curtis created DC Reggae, to spread the word about upcoming reggae concerts in the DMV. DC Reggae shares information about international, national, and local acts, through their social media networks @dcreggae, and mailing list. Curtis' passion for the arts extends beyond music; he creates handmade collages under the alias Collage The World.



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Brian:   On DC music rocks we're shinning a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC regions music scene and Curtis Bergesen, aka DC Reggae, was born in Washington and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. He's a collage artist, a publicist, drummer, vegetarian, and a man of many words as we're finding out now. While attending the University of Delaware he got involved with radio and created and hosted a show called Mixed Vegetables while he was there and he played a wide variety of musical genres through his 100 plus radio shows including underground and independent artists. So Curtis then started booking and promoting concerts and one of the first artists that he ever worked with was Giant Panda Gorilla Dub Squad which he has now shared with you by name multiple times so clearly we know there's love there. And in 2009 Curtis created DC Reggae which is to spread the word about Reggae concerts coming in the DMV.

    So DC Reggae's whole purpose is they share information about all of the Reggae music whether it's international, national, local through their social media networks and their mailing lists and Curtis' passion for the arts extends beyond music. He also makes handmade collages under the alias Collage The World so he's got visual art and musical art and honestly I've been following you since I ran into you at, I think it was, we were at Gypsy Sally's when Giant Panda Dub Squad was there. Imagine that, I met you at a Giant Panda show.

Curtis B:   Me and [crosstalk 00:01:23].

Brian:   Sensing a theme.

Curtis B:   Yes we met at Giant Panda Gorilla Dub Squad in February we were introduced by the infamous, too tough, Andy [Serdi 00:01:30]. Hi Andy. Great person in the DC music scene.

Brian:   Yeah he's the guy from Fort Knox recordings we had him on the show a couple of times. He's heavily involved in the scene.

Curtis B:   Serious connector, good human.

Brian:   But it's, I've been a fan of yours and the work you're doing ever since so thanks for being here man.

Curtis B:   Thank you so much.

Brian:   How did you get into Reggae?

Curtis B:   Let me just say I totally forgot I sent you this bio and it's incredible how well you seemed to know me Brian. In fact I was telling you some of this varying information before this episode this show. I was trying to tell you about this stuff and I'm like, "Oh the bio that I wrote and sent to them. Whoops." So how did I get-

Brian:   Well we all ready know that stuff so now tell us more stuff man.

Curtis B:   Yes so basically I've worked in the music business for over a decade specifically with mostly nationally touring Reggae bands, none of whom are actually from the DC area. And as time went on I said, "Well I'm from the DC area I may as well start a Twitter @DC Reggae to tweet about shows that are coming up in DMV." And as time went on I then made DC Reggae on Facebook and then an Instagram profile and around December time I thought, "Man it's really time to make a mailing list and start sending out a monthly newsletter with a concert calendar ticket giveaways and other fun things. Information about Reggae music et cetera and so that's basically where we're at. I am taking a little bit more of an active role DC Reggae rather than passively, occasionally posting about upcoming shows.

     I'm trying to take it a little bit more seriously and do a more sort of across the board comprehensive job of promoting and, again, anyone who's out there give me a shout on socials or whatever. If you have a show coming up or you're excited about a show coming up that has anything to do with Reggae music in Washington D.C. in the surrounding areas please get in touch 'cause I'd love to spread the word about your show. And as we all know from DC Music Rocks it's all about connecting with people and spreading the word, I think more importantly than ever, verbal communication, text messages to your friends about cool shows or cool things going on it's not hard to stand out and make a little bit of a difference with some extra promotion outside of just sending an invite to a Facebook event or hoping that someone likes this Instagram page your friend runs that you mentioned to them one time.

Brian:   I must say you got that speil down. Clearly you've been doing this for a little while. You got, you're all ready arming them with don't, you know, send a text, not a Facebook invite, like boy you clearly. I love it man. You're definitely involved with this thing but it's also everything that you're saying is true which is that the little bit of personal touch and clearly you put a lot of personal touch into what you do too with creating this DC Reggae thing. So I love that man. What part of the city is home for you?

Curtis B:   So I grew up in Bethesda. I was born at Columbia Hospital for Women thanks to my mom for having me and giving birth to me. She's a special lady and I also learned, in preparing for this interview that Duke Ellington and Al Gore were also born at this hospital which is now been turned to condominiums, but anyway, yes I-

Brian:   That was the most random story and I love it. Like we went from you being born, thanks mom, Al Gore, Duke Ellington, condos. I don't know if we could've done it any better man.

Curtis B:   I'd like to thank my ... I'd like to thank my sponsor Wikipedia on that last information blast.

Brian:   Oh God I love it. Thank you Wikipedia. All right so ...

Curtis B:   I just moved in to a new apartment in, I think the neighborhoods called Cathedral Commons, but I don't know if that's-

Brian:   Up near the National Cathedral?

Curtis B:   It's near the National Cathedral-

Brian:   Nice.

Curtis B:   There's a lot a trees and forests nearby which is super crucial when you look out of a apartment window all day if you do that sort of thing. My girlfriend Crystal and I just moved in the past couple of days. It's been stressful as anybody who's ever moved [crosstalk 00:05:05]-

Brian:   Oh wow one of those. Congratulations on the new place man.

Curtis B:   Thank you so much.

Brian:   That's exciting.

Curtis B:   And also Crystal was a good sounding board for me yesterday prepping for this interview which I've been extremely nervous about and thanks to whoever's listening out there and sticking with me. I appreciate you listening because compared to Brian-

Brian:   Curtis you're doing great man.

Curtis B:   Compared to Brian-

Brian:   Just stop it. Just stop it you're doing great man. Don't do it. So what's the, tell us about your earliest memory with music man?

Curtis B:   So my earliest memory with music it's hard to say definitively but I remember my dad quizzing me about what song was on the radio. He'd say, "Okay who is this?" And I would say, "I have no idea." It was so hard to tell it was just like who knows. Led Zeppelin, The Police, I mean Doobie Brothers it could have been anyone and I got frustrated with him for it, but at some point this is the magic of communication and I don't know, potentially good parenting or music sharing. At some point I started remembering who it was and I could hear the song and I would say, "Oh this is so and so." Now I don't know how old I was or how long this took me, side note, again another girlfriend shout out, I now do this to my girlfriend Crystal. I say, "Oh what song is this?" And she's-

Brian:   Oh God. It's your parents taught you and now you're doing it there too. That's funny.

Curtis B:   She says, "I have no idea. I'm only interested in what Beyonce is doing with ..." Yeah. Her next world tour which I am also interested in. Beyonce is absolutely incredible.

Brian:   That's like the bae squad. She's one of the baes. Yeah.

Curtis B:   Yeah so early music experience I credit to my dad quizzing me on what song we were listening to and-

Brian:   And was that in the car or was that at home? Where was that normally?

Curtis B:   I would say probably the car. It could have been at home, again, I'm in my late 90's now so it's hard to say exactly what decade it was but-

Brian:   We did, we did see you if you look at the pictures on social media. We got the ... There's definitely long hair version of Curtis and a short hair version of Curtis and various lengths of beard Curtis. So it's been a lot of evolutions over a year. 90 plus years you're just talking about now [inaudible 00:07:00] that's, I like it.

Curtis B:   My hair farming came to an end after three plus years in this past fall and I've had a lot of work done. So all though I'm in my 90's I do appear to be more like my mid 30's.

Brian:   Oh incredible. Well whatever that plastic surgeon is we shouldn't plug 'em here.

Curtis B:   Yes.

Brian:   What's, now what about you on the personal side? Outside of this music thing what else do you do? Hobbies? What do you do?

Curtis B:   So one of my main things that I'm doing these days is handmade collage, or analog collage as you referred to in the scene.

Brian:   And if they don't know what that means?

Curtis B:   Yeah so cutting and pasting, sometimes ripping. Usually with scissors or an X-Acto blade and gluing or sometimes taping different pieces of magazine or brochure or pages out of a book or pretty much any random printed object. Taking pieces from different places and gluing them together into a new idea or concept or piece of art. And for visually getting to what I'm talking about you can check out my Instagram at Collage The World. It's basically the word college but with an A. Collage The World. My most recent piece I just finished a couple days ago is actually a collage featuring David Hinds who is the front man of the incredible Reggae band Steel Pulse. So-

Brian:   Nice.

Curtis B:   It's actually the first Reggae oriented collage I've done, but I'm spending quite a bit of time making him a collage, aka art, and that's something I've really been diving in hard on the past year or so and have gone down some serious rabbit holes on Instagram discovering and connecting with collage artists from all over the world. It's an amazing piece, style of art in that anyone can do it, even someone like Brian, who I don't know if he's artistic with paints or drawing or anything. He could take two pieces of paper, rip them or cut them and glue them into a new composition and I would by them for a lot.

Brian:   Oh but a [inaudible 00:08:48] somehow that, you know I love this, I love this conversation too because that's something that like the time and the patience that it must take to collage is just astronomical to find the right picture and then collage it together and that's ... And like I love creating. With the radio show and I'm the drummer in a rock band and so everybody has their art thing that they love and I love talking about this because that's like I personally wouldn't collage, but I've seen some collages that look absolutely incredible so I love that this is a cool little side thing you got going there.

Curtis B:   Well exciting side note, those of you who are familiar with Reggae music Chronixx, arguably, the biggest Reggae artist in the world right now who's in his 20's who's from Jamaica very talented. He also has an amazing band. Chronixx's most recent album Chronology which I think won, was Rolling Stone magazine in the top 50 albums of last year which Rolling Stone doesn't give too many nods to Reggae music so that's saying something. Chronixx's last album, the album cover and also the inner album artwork, if you have the vinyl or the CD, were done by a collage artist Dewey Saunders.

Brian:   Well look at that. Cool man.

Curtis B:   So album artwork which is always a very tricky thing as any band members or artist can attest to collage is any amazing way to go.

Brian:   That's cool. I do, now I want to ask you one piece, if my favorite question. If you could offer one piece of advice what would it be?

Curtis B:   Well you're going to hate this 'cause I know we're crunched on time, but I have a few things. First of all, go outside. Go outside five or ten minutes every afternoon, if you work at home this can be especially critical but also if you're at an office job at a cubicle take five to ten minutes, go outside in the afternoon, get some fresh air, even if it's nasty outside and if you're boss says, "Hey what's up?" You can be like, "Hey well what about Don who's smoking cigarettes all day long going outside? I don't need a cigarette to go take five minutes to feel a little bit better about myself and to get a breath of air and a recharge. My next advice and this is a critical one for music-

Brian:   Curtis you're such an overachiever. I asked for one man. You're such an overachiever.

Curtis B:   I know I'm sorry Brian but I'm going to tear through this. I work hard-

Brian:   How many do you have? Prepare me.

Curtis B:   I have three.

Brian:   Okay.

Curtis B:   So lesson number two if you're going to get a band tattoo don't just like let the tattoo artist pull an image off of the band's Myspace or something. Hit up the band and say, "Hey I want to get your logo or your recent album cover art tattooed. Can you send me the file?" You never know their manager-

Brian:   Is this a common thing?

Curtis B:   Band tattoos are very common and many bands I've worked with over the years occasionally will see a fan photo of, "Oh I got the Giant Panda logo." So hit up the band, get the original artwork before you get a tattoo that's going to change your life or ruin your life.

Brian:   Okay.

Curtis B:   And final piece of advice is, and this I, is something I'm trying to do more often. Acknowledge people and say thank you for things to people if it's a co-worker or whoever it is, even a routine thing, we all appreciate being acknowledged for hard work we do even if it's basic stuff or part of your job. You never know who can use a pick me up so saying thank you and appreciating people more is a good positive thing to do and we all like being appreciated.

Brian:   I love it. So be appreciative, go outside, and tattoos. That was an amazing collection of advice man. All right. So let's just back into some music. Oh and by the way if they want to find out more about you it's @ DC Reggae. Everything's @ DC Reggae.

Curtis B:   @ DC Reggae on all socials.

Brian:   Awesome.

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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  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!

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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.

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.

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

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.


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

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)


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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.


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Brian:   Now, let me give you a proper introduction here. So, on, 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.


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.

4/24/18 - Special Guest: Hayley Fahey

Thanks to Hayley Fahey for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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  1. Fellowcraft - Stonehearted (Hard Rock, Grunge)

  2. Mine, by Hayley Fahey (Indie Rock, Alternative)

  3. Angeline, by The Sidleys (Blues, Funk)

  4. ***Emily, by Ara Casey (Indie, Folk)

  5. Welcome To My Day, by Eric Scott (Pop, Folk Acoustic)

***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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Brian’s band, Fellowcraft, released their new single, Stonehearted, on all platforms.  Brian’s humble request...would you stream it twice? All the links to access it everywhere are at the link below.  It’s been 2 years in the making, the upcoming full album, “Three”, is due out later this summer.


  • Sub-Radio - Headfirst (5 Song Indie EP, RIYL Walk The Moon)

  • Flasher - Pressure (Rock Single, RIYL a-ha)

  • Nitemoves - Don’t Ask! (11 Song Album, RIYL EDM/Techno)

  • Names - Pink House (9 Song Rock Album, RIYL Radiohead)

  • Thievery Corporation - Treasures From The Temple (12 Song World Album, RIYL Boozoo Bajou)

  • Fellowcraft - Stonehearted (Hard Rock Single, RIYL Soundgarden)

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:


Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:


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!

Fri Apr 27
--Sub-Radio (EP Release) & Throwing Plates @ Jammin Java (Indie Rock, RIYL Norah Jones, Walk The Moon)
--Queue @ Slash Run (Indie, RIYL The Cranberries)

Sat Apr 28
--Hayley Fahey (Album Release) @ Villian & Saint (Rock, RIYL Eva Cassidy, Zac Brown Band)
--G.U.M.P. @ Black Cat (Hip Hop, RIYL N.E.R.D.)
--Time Is Fire @ Rock and Roll Hotel (Rock, RIYL Public Image Ltd)

Wed May 2
--Jonny Grave @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Blues, RIYL Junior Kimbrough)

Thurs May 3
--Beanstalk Library @ Kennedy Center Millenium Stage (Rock, RIYL The Replacements
--Two Ton Twig @ State Theatre (Bluegrass, RIYL The Hackenshaw Boys)
--Den-Mate @ Black Cat (Electronic Indie, RIYL Portishead)


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!

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Hayley Fahey

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Hayley Fahey is a singer-songwriter who captivates audiences with her sparkling range and originality. What sets her apart, in addition to her writing and voice, are her live stage performances and the presence she has, exuding energy, confidence and love for the music. When Hayley is on stage, she’s home.

Fahey draws from the many influences of her Washington, D.C. area home. The soulful sound of R&B translates into her passionate vocal performances. Her writing and sound are versatile and inspiring, from her indie-folk vibe to catchy pop hooks that get stuck in your head. She performs both solo and with her band of seasoned professionals on impressive stages like the 9:30 Club, State Theatre, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, Rams Head Live, and many more. She has recorded two full length albums, the second of which to be released April 28th, 2018. 

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Brian:    On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC regions local music scene. Hayley Fahey is singer song writer from Washington DC and you said Rockville specifically, right?

Hayley Fahey:    Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:    And what sets her apart, in addition to her writing and voice, are her live stage performances and the presence she has. Exuding energy, confidence, and love for the music. When Hayley is on stage she's home. I've actually seen this in action several times including when she performed at last years DC Music Rocks festival at the nine thirty club, which was incredible and she was right at home, its really true, when she was up there. Her writing and sound are versatile and inspiring. From her indie folk vibe, to the catchy, pop hooks like “mine” that you just heard, that get stuck in your head. Which happened to me this week, definitely stuck in my head. She performs both solo and with her band and she's recorded two full length albums and this is the second one that's coming out Saturday, April 28th called “Out There”

 Hayley, thanks for being here.

Hayley Fahey:    Thanks for having me.

Brian:    Such a treat to have you here and get to share cause I, selfishly I know all about you because I've been a fan for a while and you performed at the festival but for those folks listening who don't know you, it's a treat to actually get to share you with them now, because this is such a treat. So, describe yourself. What would you say is, well what's special about this album coming out? What is it for you?

Hayley Fahey:    Its different because its, it shows a different side of my music. Shows me with the full band and the songs have a lot of variation in them and emotion. There's some songs like “Mine” that are super fun, super upbeat and really happy, and then there's other songs on the album like "Dry Ice" or "Your Name” or “From Dusk till Dawn” that are a little bit darker and it kinda shows a different side of the music.

Brian:    There it is. Where do you, where does it come from, these things? Are these personal experiences, do you read it in books and get inspired? Where do the songs come from on this album?

Hayley Fahey:    On this album I'd say a lot of it is personal experience and also just experiences of even people around me that are close to me that I've seen having life experiences and I write things about them.

Brian:    Wow. Its kind of cool to hear that to because that's, I feel like that where a lot of artists get their inspiration and at the same time its really fun to then hear that transformed into the songs like you've done this album. Its such a treat.

 Now talk about your earliest memory with music. What comes to mind?

Hayley Fahey:    Earliest memory with music. I remember I would sing and have little performances for my family at family gatherings. Whenever there was a chance I would be up there singing my heart away.

Brian:    And how old were you? How old are we talking when you say that?

Hayley Fahey:    I remember being four years old, gathering my cousins to listen.

Brian:    What were you singing? Was it certain songs that you knew the words to, or what was it?

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah, my dad was a big music lover. Both of my parents were big music lovers, but he taught me one of the songs that was one of my favorites he would sing to me was “My Girl.” I loved to sing that.

Brian:    Oh my god, that's so cliché and so good at the same time. Shout out to your dad, I love it.

Hayley Fahey:    Hey dad!

Brian:    I love it. I love it. And so, now what about your first memory performing? Is it that same thing, at family gatherings? Or what's actually performing for someone other than your family, what's the first memory that comes to mind?

Hayley Fahey:    I remember singing in church choir. I was always in choir growing up.

Brian:    Now this is also, its been Rockville the whole time?

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah. Rockville, Derwood, pretty much my whole life. I went to University of Maryland so I lived in College Park for a while.

Brian:    Oh wow, so it really has been Maryland pretty much the whole time.

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah its been Maryland. Maryland girl.

Brian:    Oh I love it. God, that's amazing. So outside of music then, what are your hobbies? Or on the personal side how do you also spend your time, besides music?

Hayley Fahey:    I love spending time with my friends.

Brian:    Which by the way if you follow her on Instagram, she generally has at least a couple of adorable photos with friends at some point, absolutely.

Hayley Fahey:    Generally yes, I do post them. We like to go for walks, go out to see other live DC music. I like to go to the gym, like to spend time with my boyfriend, shout out Daniel.

Brian:    Yup, alright got it. Friends and gym.

Hayley Fahey:    All that kind of good stuff.

Brian:    And as far as the arts go is music kind of your main thing? Sometimes other artists also like paint or write poetry, or some other things. Is music your main, or are there other arts for you?

Hayley Fahey:    That's a good question. Music is my main art, but I do have another side passion, artistic passion, and that's video.

Brian:    Really?

Hayley Fahey:    Yes.

Brian:    Talk about that a little bit.

Hayley Fahey:    I shoot my own music videos, and edit my music videos usually. Or sometimes I get other people to shoot them cause its hard to take videos of myself.

Brian:    Obviously, selfie videos are just not quite as flattering somehow.

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah, I'll have my friends hold the camera or hire pretty good, a local videographer too. I also do videos for other artists, I have a company called DC music and video and I do video for different artists.

Brian:    That's cool. Now, music’s full time, and how long ago did that come along, with the video editing? Cause music’s been the whole time, so how long has the music video thing been happening?

Hayley Fahey:    I've been editing videos since middle school. I went to a middle school for media production at the same time that I was really finding out that I loved music so, so much, this is kind of what I wanted to do. I was also finding out wow I love video too, so kind of at the same time.

Brian:    Wow, okay. So its been video too. That said then you certainly should check out Hayley’s YouTube channel and checkout some of her music videos because they are, I remember sharing the news about, I think it was called “Fire”, did you have a single called “Fire?”

Hayley Fahey:    I did have a single called “Fire”, yes.

Brian:    There's a music video that came out with that one that was a lot of fun, sort of out in the woods, playing around with the wood friends.

Hayley Fahey:    And fire

Brian:    And fire, of course, lots of fire. Oh I love it. So what about, talk about your funniest moment that comes to mind on stage, performing?

Hayley Fahey:    Oh my gosh. Well there have been a lot of great moments with the band, I have to say.

Brian:    Oh do share. When you say a lot of great moments, that's like such a tease. Don't tease us now, come on.

Hayley Fahey:    Oh man. The one that I can think of was one time, there's always talk about you know, band drama, there's band relationships, this and that, but Isaac and I, Isaac is my bass player, have gotten teased so much. He's my good friend, I just remember one time we were playing a gig out in Fredrick at The Blue Side and this woman was like shouting from off the stage, like "Why don't you just make a move already" and all this stuff. We couldn't even get through the song, everyone on stage, we were all laughing so much.

Brian:    Oh my god. And there is nothing between you and the bass player then?

Hayley Fahey:    No, no I have another relationship, you know, he has other relationship and this and that but it was just..

Brian:    Wow. Actually while were talking about that, how did the band come together then? Has it always been this group, or how long has it been the group that it is now that recorded this?

Hayley Fahey:    This group was my first band.

Brian:    Awesome. So like ever since you started in I guess, high school, or college too?

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah. I started, I gathered the band two years ago at the end of college was when I started playing with the full band.

Brian:    Wow, and its been two years, still together?

Hayley Fahey:    Still together. And we came together, we actually all are from Derwood, or live in Derwood.

Brian:    No way! Now if they don't know where Derwood is, where is Derwood? And the proper pronunciation, is Derwood?

Hayley Fahey:    It is Derwood, it's a little town that people generally say is Rockville, but its actually Derwood.

Brian:    Got it, okay.

Hayley Fahey:    And its kind of near Gaithersburg, or Rockville in Maryland, but it is its own place.

Brian:    its own place that's in between Rockville

Hayley Fahey:    In between the better known cities, its agriculturally zoned, it is its own little place.

Brian:    Oh so like farming?

Hayley Fahey:    I guess so, and its known for the Out of the Way Café.

Brian:    Right. Oh I've seen you play shows there sometimes. Yeah, absolutely. Did I read somewhere, you might have shared that at some point that that was one of your first gigs, was at the Out of the Way Café?

Hayley Fahey:    It was, it absolutely was, yeah.

Brian:    Do you remember what you performed at that first gig?

Hayley Fahey:    Yes, I do. I remember my uncle Pat was here, he's actually gonna be a special guest at the c.d. release party. You heard it here first.

Brian:    Uncle Pat, shout out. There he is, alright.

Hayley Fahey:    He's a mandolin player and he's coming in from California to be a little surprise guest, but I remember playing "Georgia"

Brian:    Oh my goodness, going to the classics, love it. Alright now, what's one thing in your music collection that might surprise us?

Hayley Fahey:    I have several Stevie Wonder albums.

Brian:    Really?

Hayley Fahey:    Yes, I also loved the Dixie Chicks growing up. Listened to a lot of Dixie Chicks, and a lot of Otis Redding.

Brian:    Really?

Hayley Fahey:    I remember singing a lot of Otis Redding and a lot of Stevie Wonder. At musical theater camp everyone would do a talent and they would usually all sing Broadway songs and I would go up there and sing an Otis Redding or a Stevie Wonder song,

Brian:    Oh my god, that's amazing. What song are you thinking of when you say that? Was there one that was like, if I'm gonna do it, this is my default?

Hayley Fahey:    I definitely remember “try a little tenderness”

Brian:    Alright, so if you're listening and you don't know what that is, go on YouTube or whatever your music setting is and check out "try a little tenderness" and see what she's talking about. That's funny, and if there's video somewhere and I ever find it I promise to share it with you. But there isn't that I'm aware of so we won't call her out on that just yet. Now tell a story about one time you tried and failed.

Hayley Fahey:    Okay, I will.

Brian:    Okay, tell us. I'm sitting, I'm ready. Sock it to me.

Hayley Fahey:    There's been many times that I auditioned for things, didn't get in kind of thing. Tried and failed. I assume you're talking about music, tried and failed thing.

Brian:    In general, I mean obviously that would be the one that seems relevant to you, so yeah talk about that.

Hayley Fahey:    This is true. So several times I have auditioned for American Idol, or the Voice a couple of times and I just remember one time specially I went in, I got a call back, like one of those executive producer call backs. They found me somewhere and they said “can you come in for a private audition?” And I came in for the audition and I sang twenty seconds of my song and they were like "thank you sweetie, but it's a no from us.” And then I left, and I drove back home. I was out in, I think I was in Philadelphia for that.

Brian:    Wow, and what were you saying to yourself when you were on the way home after that?

Hayley Fahey:    I was so upset. I was like “there's nothing more for me in music.”

Brian:    Oh it was one of those questioning your whole life stories

Hayley Fahey:    Nineteen year old me

Brian:    "What am I doing? Why am I doing this?” Oh god, and then what happened? You picked yourself up or you, what happened after that? Cause you're still here, and you're still singing.

Hayley Fahey:    I'm trying, I'm still going

Brian:    Well there's a lot of people that think that you're doing a lot more than trying, they think you're succeeding.

Hayley Fahey:    Well thank you

Brian:    For sure, and if that song that just played is any indication, I think you're succeeding too. So I'm glad that the American Idol judges didn't knock you off your track here. So now my favorite question to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Hayley Fahey:    Biggest piece of advice is, follow your heart. I know that's so cliché, but..

Brian:    Yeah, say more about what that means.

Hayley Fahey:    I'm a music teacher, and I teach all sorts of kids

Brian:    What kind of music teacher, when you say that?

Hayley Fahey:    I teach piano, guitar, voice lessons

Brian:    So like, private lessons and stuff?

Hayley Fahey:    Private lessons generally, private lessons and I'll go to peoples houses. I've taught at studios before and one of the biggest things I try to teach my students is confidence in yourself, and I think that's something we all work on and that were all constantly learning and were all constantly evolving. But just confidence in yourself and following your dreams to the best of your ability. That's what I would say.

Brian:    Absolutely, great advice. Especially with music and with your passions outside of work. I feel like a lot of people listening might have those nine to five, Monday to Friday jobs, I mean gosh knows I do too, but at the same time you kind of gotta follow your heart and do the things that make you feel alive. I love that advice. Now and one last thing for those people who wanna find out more, follow you, find out what you're doing, where do they go?

Hayley Fahey:    They can go to Hayley with two y's. H-a-y-l-e-y.

Brian:    Yes, the spelling. Let's reiterate that. Its H-a-y-l-e-y. And Fahey is..

Hayley Fahey:    F as in frank,

Brian:    So there's a lot of a's and y's, but its hayleyfahey. And its F-a-h-e-y.

 And is there a social media you tend to gravitate toward more than the others? Or you use them all, I'm assuming?

Hayley Fahey:    I use them all. I love Instagram, @hayleynotes

Brian:    Got it.

4/17/18 - Special Guest: Chip Py of Locally Grown DC

Thanks to Chip Py, creator of video series and official photographer for Chuck Brown, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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  1. ***This Time, by Zen Warship (Funk, Funk Rock)

  2. Cups to the Floor, by Rare Essence (R&B, GoGo)

  3. Forgiveness, by Sol Roots (Blues, Funk)

  4. ***Falling, by Kia Bennett (R&B, Soul)

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

***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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--Congrats to the winners from the Washington City Paper’s “Best Of” reader’s poll, here’s some of the local music scene highlights:

  • Best Go-go band: Rare Essence

  • Best Jazz/Blues Venue: Blues Alley

  • Best Arts & Culture Festival: Funk Parade

  • Best Local Original Band: Stone Driver,

    • Runner’s Up: Batala Washington, Aztec Sun Band

  • Best Music Festival: Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

  • Best Music Venue: 9:30 Club

  • Best Place To Experience Local Music: Black Cat

  • Best Recording Studio: Blue Room Productions

--Thanks to District Karaoke for allowing me the honor of being a #judge of the #citywide championships this week!  Caught Night Train 357 there and so many local artists we cover on this show have come through #DK. My bassist in Fellowcraft, Brandon Williams, and so many other people I love have spent time with this group.  I had a blast!


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

Fri Apr 20
--Albino Rhino & Surprise Attack @ Jammin Java in Vienna (Funk, RIYL Phish)
--FeelFree @ Union Stage (Reggae, RIYL SOJA)
--Staycation @ 9:30 Club (Funk, RIYL Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Sat Apr 21
--Soundproof Genie & QOK Music @ Savor Bowie (MD) Music Festival (Pop/R&B, RIYL The Fugees, No Doubt)
--Jonny Grave @ DC9 (Blues, RIYL Burnside)
--See-I @ National Cannabis Festival at RFK Stadium (Reggae, RIYL Thievery Corporation)
--Skribe @ Takoma Park Earth Day (Folk, RIYL Pearl Jam)

Sun Apr 22
--Laura Tsaggaris @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Rock, RIYL Aimee Mann)

Mon Apr 23
--Mystery Friends @ DC9 Nightclub (Indie, RIYL LCD Soundsystem)

Tues Apr 24
--Thaylobleu @ Black Cat (Hard Rock, RIYL Bad Brains)

Wed Apr 25
--Broke Royals & Eli Lev @ Rock N Roll Hotel (Rock, RIYL Bastille, The Lumineers)

Thu Apr 26
--Veronneau @ Blues Alley Brazil Week (Jazz/World, RIYL Pink Martini)


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Chip Py

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Chip Py DC Music Rocks

Chip Py is a local DC Photographer who has been photo documenting the DC Music Scene for the 15 years. He has worked in a wide genre of music scenes including Punk, Roots Rock, Rockabilly and Go-Go.

He is best known for his work in Go-Go as one of Chuck Brown's Official Photographers and his work with Chuck Brown can be seen on Chuck's final album cover and at The Chuck Brown Park.

Four the last three years Chip Py has been producing a Video Podcast from his overgrown 100% organic back yard garden, which he calls The Yarden.  Each week in the late Spring and early Summer Chip invites a different local musical act over to Grill and Groove in The Yarden.

Which he records into a 30 minute video program that includes musician interview and live performance. Often guests from different genres are brought together for the show. 

In the last three "Seasons" he has produced 27 episodes and had 71 musicians perform in The Yarden.

The shows past and present can be seen here

Funk Parade attire Chip Py


Brian:   I appreciate Go-Go because a lot of bands are like, "Oh, you can dance to this", or, "Let me see some dancing." They're like, "No, let's just make a song and tell you what to do. Everybody with a cup to the floor right now." I really appreciate that, it's so good. I love it.  Chip, congratulations on your win and thanks for coming and being a guest as a result of all that car dancing man.

Chip Py:   All right, I'm excited to be here.

Brian:   This is such a treat. Now, let me give you a proper introduction here. On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene.

     Chip Py is a local DC photographer who has been photo documenting the DC music scene for 15 years across a wide genre of music scenes including punk, roots rock, rockabilly, and Go-Go. He's best known for his work in Go-Go as one of Chuck Brown's official photographers. His work with Chuck Brown can be seen on Chuck's final album cover and the Chuck Brown Park.

      For the last three years, Chip has been producing a video podcast from his overgrown 100% organic backyard garden, which he calls the Yarden. Each week in the late spring and early summer, Chip invites different local musical acts from all over to grill and groove in The Yarden, which he records into 30 minute video programs that includes interviews and the live performance.

     Often the guests from different genres are brought together for the shows. In the last three seasons he's produced 27 episodes and has 71 musicians that have now performed in The Yarden.

     That video of course, I'm not going to hold it out on you. I'm going to have the link to his winning car dance video, will be included with this episode so you can check him out doing his thing in his car too.

Chip Py:   It's one of my finest moments.

Brian:   Chip, I appreciate you. I've heard about you for so long in the scene now with the different things you're doing and being involved in the different genres, and what you do in it. Basically for me, it's an honor to have you here. Thanks for being here.

Chip Py:   Thank you.

Brian:   What is it do you feel that makes the Locally Grown DC thing that you're doing, what makes it special?

Chip Py:   What does make it special? I don't know that there's anything else like it. I'm certain there's other little, people have music shows and stuff like that, but nobody has the backdrop of The Yarden.

      I'm not really a videographer, I'm a photographer. I'm also a gardener, everything except for the tree in the corner in that garden, in that Yarden, was planted by me. What I actually enjoy doing about it creatively photographic wise is working the bands and the artists into the growth that I have in the garden in The Yarden.

     Each morning before the show, "Hey, I put the chicken on", because I do feed them and then walk around The Yarden and figure out how I'm going to compose each band and get the angles and the shots going so that it has a different kind of look every year.

    Some people have walked in and gone, "Oh, I didn't know it was so small." It's just an average sized yard in Silver Spring, but they've seen multi different angles from it. That's what I as a photographer bring.

     As a DC music person, I have relationships with many bands that I've worked with so that I can feel comfortable asking them to come perform in The Yarden. Getting this things off the ground was a crazy idea, and I'm fortunate that the first five people said, "Yeah, that's a great idea."

Brian:   Absolutely, getting them in there. Talk a little bit too about the photography stuff. You were mentioning at one point about the multiple genres, we brought up the different genres. Talk about photography and multiple genres.

Chip Py:   First of all, my video skills are nil compared to a lot of videographers out there. Most of my shows I've shot with just simply a one camera mic. I'm adding a second camera this year, so that's going to be fun. That'll increase my video skills.

    I tell people I'm a photographer, I'm a still photographer. That's what I enjoy and I'm a huge music fan. If I can catch your groove, I can capture your groove. If I can catch your groove, I can capture your groove in almost any lighting situation.

    Most of the bands that I shoot, when I walk into the venue, when any photographer walks in there, we'll walk in and go, "I can't shoot in this venue, there's no lights." There's nothing coming in. One of the places I've been shooting rockabilly is Hank Dietle's Tavern, which recently burnt down. Hank Dietle's Tavern has been there for 100 years.

Brian:   Oh no. What part of the city is that?

Chip Py:   Rockville, Maryland. Right across from White Flint Mall, where White Flint Mall used to be is where Hank Dietle's used to be. There is a movement to save Hank Dietle's. We have raised money and Hank Dietle's will rise again.

    The only light in there is the lights off the pinball machines, pinball machines and a Miller Light sign. They've pushed the pool table out of the way, so that's the light that I have to work with in there.

    I don't throw a strobe on and simply let it simply blast the whole light. When I do use a strobe, and I often use a strobe, I'm bouncing it off of something and using it as a fill flash. If you're a photographer and understand it, you have to utilize part of the light in the room, it's just a little bit of what you give it.

    When I was photographing Go-Go, because most of the Go-Gos were played in venues where there were absolutely no stage lighting. I was able to bounce light off using fill flash, I actually used pieces of plastic from a milk carton that I strapped to the top of my strobe. Meter the light in the room, back off, close the aperture a bit, bring it down for a little bit of light in there.

Brian:   Now there's different genres too. What made you jump from the different genres? How'd that come about?

Chip Py:   I had been shooting a lot of the roots rock and the punk rock bands in DC because that was the music scene that I was into.

Brian:   When was that?

Chip Py:   I went digital '03. In college I was shooting, I remember I was shooting the [inaudible 00:06:36] bands that came around East Carolina University where I was. The Bad Checks, and I'll remember the name in a minute.

Brian:   That's all right.

Chip Py:   What I started doing probably about seven or eight years ago, I started wondering why I was doing this. I came to the conclusion that I was creating a collection of what the DC music scene is, what it is at the time in which I'm shooting.

    I knew that of the whole DC scene, there was this thing called Go-Go. As a white guy from DC, I didn't know anything about Go-Go other than Chuck Brown. In order to have my collection complete, I wanted to have some pictures of Chuck Brown.


    What I didn't know was how lively, because Rare Essence is not the only band, there are hundreds of people who play Go-Go in this city. They're not in front of you, you can't go and open the city paper and see where to go see them. It's an underground scene, which the fact that people who know Go-Go know where Go-Go is.

     It's not played at music venues, oftentimes it's played in restaurants and bars where the promoters come in and rent the place out for the evening.

Brian:   If it's your first time going to a Go-Go show, you've got any tips or advice on somebody who's never been to a Go-Go show?

Chip Py:   Yeah, my advice is go.

Brian:   That was so profound. While they're at it, when they go, dancing? Is it feel welcome, is it a welcoming environment? What makes people stay away?

Chip Py:   I had friends tell me that as a white guy I shouldn't go to Go-Gos. Literally, I just walked into the La Fontaine Bleue on night with my camera and said I was there because the Bela Dona band was playing.

     I knew that Sweet Cherie was Chuck Brown's keyboard player. In order to get to Chuck Brown I had to show him something. Showing him pictures of the Nighthawks and the Slickee Boys wasn't going to mean anything, so I had to develop some Go-Go cred.

     I went and shot the bands that Chuck Brown band members had, so that I could bring something relevant to Chuck and his manager Tom Goldfogle. I did that and within several months I was one of Chuck's official photographers and photographed the last year of his life.

     Tom Goldfogle, when I've told that story before, has told me that they weren't looking at my photographic skills. I was like, "Oh, you weren't?" He told me they were trying to figure out if I was cool enough to hang out with them. At first I was disappointed, but then I thought, "Is that a better compliment?" It's a compliment nonetheless, but I like to think that it was my photo skills. Now I also like to think that it was cool.

    One of the things about the Chuck Brown scene, the people around Chuck Brown, is that everybody's cool. It's a very family scene back there. Chuck, when he was alive, there was a large number of people on the guest list. Those folks are the Go-Go family.

Brian:   Got it, that family vibe. You've talked a lot about photography and some of the stuff you're doing, what do you do in your personal time outside of Locally Grown, and the music stuff, and the job thing? Do you have other hobbies too?

Chip Py:   Yeah. I'm a fisherman, I'm a picker.

Brian:   A picker, what does that mean?

Chip Py:   Ever see the show American Pickers?

Brian:   If I haven't, what does that mean?

Chip Py:   It's a show on History Channel where two guys drive around in a truck through the countryside buying antiques out of barns and sell them and flip them for cash.

Brian:   Okay, I'm following you.

Chip Py:   My father was a picker. Part of the way in which I make my living is I do work for Harmony Rocket Estate Sales where we, when somebody passes away, we go in the house and sell dead's peoples stuff real quick for cheap.

     I have a dog. I love my dog, go to the dog park. Thrift store, I go to the thrift store, I love thrifting.

Brian:   What's your dog's name? What kind of dog is it?

Chip Py:   My dog's name is Bebop.

Brian:   Awesome. Imagine that, you're a music guy and you named your dog Bebop.

Chip Py:   When I first found out that the definition of bebop was when people started soloing when they wanted to, how they wanted to, and all the time. I said, "I have to have a dog named Bebop."

     When I went to the pound after my dog Pepper had died and saw Bebop, which is the dog that has every different type of breed inside that dog depending on how you look at it.

Brian:   A good mutt, huh?

Chip Py:   That is Bebop.

Brian:   That is Bebop, that's amazing. One favorite question that I love to ask; if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Chip Py:   One piece of advice for photographers?

Brian:   In general, you only get time for one.

Chip Py:   I'll tell you what I've got. What I like about my show is that it crosses genres. If you're a rockabilly guy, go to a Go-Go show. If you're a Go-Go person, go to a punk show. We have so many different music scenes in DC and nobody seems to cross through the genres.

    What I like about where my camera and where my show takes me is that every time I get to go find out about something new that we have right here in DC, right inside the Beltway, there's so much here and there's so much to explore.

    A lot of the people stay right within their genres and have their five, six, seven, maybe ten bands that they listen to. Jump out of your genre, that's what I say.

Brian:   I love it, and it's so true. On DC Music Rocks we've got the local music calendar, which is all the genres. On the show we cover a swath of all across the genres, so I hope you do check out. We've tried to put it in one place so you can find it, but I hope you check out more genres. That's such a good point.

Chip Py:   You want to see some genres that are outside of your genre, go to

Brian:   There it is. You lead me right into my final question, you're brilliant sir. If they want to find out more about you and the cool stuff you're doing,

Chip Py:

Brian:   Anywhere else that you tend to do a lot? Are you social media or other things?

Chip Py:   Do we have time to talk about, inside Locally Grown I did an episode called Funk Up the Grass. Can we talk about that now or should we?

Brian:   If we've got a minute, we got to jump back into some music here. Talk quickly about it if you can.

Chip Py:   One of the episodes I did, I put together an episode called Funk Up The Grass where I brought in four bluegrass musicians and three funk musicians. They arrived at my house and had to create five bluegrass songs with a funky beat to them. Not only did they have to create them, then we had to perform them in The Yarden.

     The city paper did an article about it. It's interesting because everybody thinks they're different, but you put people in the room with music involved and it really brings people together. It's how you can really celebrate your differences and create something unique.

Brian:   That's it. That's Look at the episodes and the name of the episode again is?

Chip Py:   Funk Up The Grass.

Brian:   Funk Up The Grass.

Chip Py:   I also had an alt-country band, Ty Braddock's alt-country band and I brought in the Go-Go singer Mz Laydee. They hit some old country songs with a soulful flavor to it.

4/10/18 - Special Guest: Justin Trawick

Thanks to Justin Trawick for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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  1. ***G.U.N (Give up on the now), by Radar (Rock, Dance-Rock)

  2. The Bright Side, by Justin Trawick and the Common Good (Bluegrass, Rock)

  3. ***Barista Boyfriend, by Louisa Hall (Folk, Indie Pop)

  4. ***City, Sing to Me, by Blue Plains (Indie, Alternative)

  5. My Father's Gun, by Justin Jones (Rock, Folk)

***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 love Go-go and now have a page in our DC Artist Database dedicated exclusively to the Go-go.  We have Rare Essence and The Chuck Brown Band on there, and we’ve heard from the JOGO Project. We’re trying to connect with EU, Trouble Funk, Junk Yard Band and the other ones we're missing to get them added.  We’ve emailed and messaged them but they haven’t responded. If you’re connected to any actual members of those bands, would you email introduce us to them or forward this!? It’s a Go-go town, we’d love to add them to our site!  We just need them to click on the "musicians click here" button on our home page and fill out the form on our site one time and we’ll be all set going forward! Thanks for your help connecting us with our love!


Round About - Coming Into Focus (11 Song Rock Album, RIYL Barenaked Ladies)


Aaron Abernathy - Generation (R&B, RIYL Prince)

Lesson Zero - Not That Bad (Rock, RIYL The Eagles)


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!

Sat Apr 14
--Emancipation Day Concert @ Freedom Plaza by Metro Center featuring Rare Essence and more! (Go-Go, RIYL Chuck Brown)
--Melodime @ Milkboy Arthouse in College Park, MD (Rock, RIYL Zac Brown Band)

Sun Apr 15
--Dior Ashley Brown and Band @ Anacostia Arts Center as part of Flower Power Event (Hip Hop, RIYL Queen Latifah)

Tues Apr 17
--Olivia Mancini & The Mates @ Jammin Java (Pop, RIYL Jenny Lewis)

Wed Apr 18
--Aztec Sun @ Wolf Trap (Funk, RIYL Earth Wind & Fire)
--Eli Lev & Emma G @ Milkboy Arthouse (Indie/Pop, RIYL Mumford & Sons, Adele)


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

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Justin Trawick

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Justin's Bio:


Justin Trawick and The Common Good’s debut record, “The Riverwash EP”, exemplifies the raw emotional live sound Trawick and the band have cultivated over the years playing in clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast. With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel, the band’s live performance plays fast and loose with the “Americana” genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip hop verses. Written by DC based songwriter Justin Trawick, “The Riverwash EP” introduces the listener to Trawick’s unique brand storytelling with five original songs about love, loss, longing, resilience, and time pulling heartstrings of listeners young and old. Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman) guest performs on guitar during “All the Places That I’ve Been”, a song inspired by Trawick’s ninety-seven year old grandmother and her stories of the World War II generation. Finally, the album closes with the band’s unique take on “Wonderwall” by Oasis, a track sure to trick the audience into thinking they’re listening to another Trawick original. 

Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC area and along the East Coast since 2006, citing musical influences like Bob Schneider, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single, “Goodbye”, under the band name "Justin Trawick and the Common Good”; written about the search for direction and belonging in a world that constantly feels one step ahead of you. Trawick has performed for TedxEast in NYC at the City Winery, TedxPennsylvaniaAvenue in DC at the Newseum, and has opened for over 30 national acts including Suzanne Vega, Wyclef Jean, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Enter The Haggis, Bob Schneider, and Edwin McCain, and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers. In February of 2014, Trawick won “Song of the Year” at the Washington Area Music Awards for his song “All the Places That I’ve Been," which can be downloaded on iTunes as a single along with his five other solo records and EPs. Founder of the nationally touring show “The 9 Songwriter Series” and co-founder of “The Circus Life Podcast" with guests such as Kevin Eubanks, Chris Thomas King, Ernie Halter, Yarn, and Snuffy Walden, Trawick has built a brand that extends far beyond his home base in DC. For more information, please visit

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Brian:     I'm DC music rocks we are shining a spotlight on the great songs, and the incredible people behind the DC regions local music scene. Justin Trawick has been a staple in the scene for as long as I have been in DC and probably more. I will never forget the moment where, my bad was starting out and yours was one of the ones that get tossed around with DC music quite a lot. Your one of those names that I have known for a while. So, working with you, and gotten advice and guidance from you and your thoughts on different things. The local music world connects with Justin. So, I have been a fan for a while, and its truly an honor and I am excited. Thanks for being with us here today man.

Justin Trawick:     Was it you and me that had a 45 minute conversation in my parent's parking lot on the phone, years ago before you started doing this show.

Brian:     I am laughing so hard because I definitely, if it was in your parent's parking lot I wouldn't have known because it was on the phone. It could have been, we were talking about the business. This was even before this, it think that was a Fellowcraft conversation.

Justin Trawick:     But I told you that you had a good broadcast voice. Do you remember that.

Brian:     I do, now that you bring that up.

Justin Trawick:     And here you are, successful, you own multiple beach homes.

Brian:     Oh stop it, this is not about me and my beach homes. Thanks though.   Alright so lets talk about you. Now first and foremost the name Justin Trawick and the common good. And the common good what is that.

Justin Trawick:     I am from Virginia, I grew up in Louisburg and went to college in Fayetteville, Virginia at Longwood University and I live in Arlington now. I am a Virginian probably more technically a northern Virginian but I am a Virginian. So when i was looking for a band name, I really wanted to somehow involve Virginia in the band name. The common wealth was already taken, Justin Trawick and the Common wealth. So looked up Common Wealth in Wikipedia and on Wikipedia the definition of common Wealth, I would have to look at it again but the definition of common wealth in Wikipedia has doing something for the common good. So Justin Trawick and the common Good is a subtle reference to Virginia.

Brian:     Oh my god, a little tribute to Virginia. I love it. You said you were in Louisburg, when did you, you’re in Arlington now?

Justin Trawick:     I live in Arlington, just down the street from here. We can get drunk and stumble home to my place and watch Netflix.

Brian:     It sounds like such a fun evening I got to be honest. It really does. How long has it been since you came to Arlington.

Justin Trawick:     I been in Arlington since 2006, I was commuting back and forth from my parents house to regular day jobs for two years after graduating college in 04. Then I moved into an apartment building down the street, of which is in about 45 days is going to ceased to exist. I got a letter from my landlord that says that your building is going to be demolished. It is no longer going to be there. So i have to figure out my life now.

Brian:     Okay. You got some figuring to do. My god. In regards to figuring your life out, I wanted to ask you when did you decide to make the decision to do music full time. This is a full-time thing for you.

Justin Trawick:     Yes, my last job ended in 2008.

Brian:     What was it that pushed you to the edge that made you say okay I am just going to commit to this.

Justin Trawick:     I got laid off.

Brian:     Okay. I was like I could find another job or this music thing could work if I give it ago.

Justin Trawick:     My parents defiantly wanted your first option, they wanted me to get a job. Come on, my parents were the people who, my dad had two jobs for his entire adulthood, my mother had one. That's our greatest generation, that a baby boomer generation thing. I always wanted to do music full time, I think I am actually happy that I was laid off. If I had not been laid off, I don't think that I would have had the guts to quit a job that was giving me money to show up somewhere. It's everyone's dream, it's really hard to just say I don't want money just handed to me anymore, I am going to go do my own thing. So when that choice is made for me, I kind of in about a week or two of some thinking had realized without really knowing it. I amassed enough of business of bars that I was playing, and a little bit of notoriety already that I actually could afford to pay my rent, my health insurance, my car insurance, even going on terrible dates and stuff like that on music and DC is a really great place to do that, there is a lot of money to be made as an artist as opposed to anywhere else in the country.

     The government is not going out of business, there is a lot of organizations that are spending money on events. I am a working musician here and I go to places like New York and I try to get seen.

Brian:     You are involved in a lot of things, not just Justin Trawick and the Common Good. You play show, and I heard people talk about the nine. Talk about the other stuff that you are doing.

Justin Trawick:     The nine was right before my job ended, I was attempting to come up with a way for me and my friends to get in better venues and to get in front of more people. Some sort of collective, at the time there were two different national tours happening. There was one called the Hotel Café tour, which is Hotel café is a really famous [inaudible 00:05:49] venue in Hollywood, California. Of people that become famous from playing there. The same way people are becoming famous for playing at Rockwood, or the living room in New York. There is also something called ten out of Tenn. Which is ten people out of Tennessee, national specifically. These two tours are doing things that the Hotel Café tour were touring as all these people hanging out at Hotel Café, all friend were like why don't we just tour together. Ten out of Tenn was all these friends, big artists from Nashville touring as a big collective group. One of the best shows I seen happening was at Iota, which again if your listening we are in Arlington, Virginia. Iota is now a club that is defunked just down the street from us, it is where I got started. Very sad that is gone, one of the best shows I saw was a Ten out of Tenn. So with the Nine, I pitched the town of buyer Steve Lambert the DC Nine which is on the corner of u street and ninth street.


 You know the DC9. Hey I'm looking to do a collective kind of shows, a unique kind of show structure. What if we call it the Nine at DC9. Sometimes I wish the place was called DC six, Dc Seven cause nine is a lot. But now it's like I've committed to the branding at this point, this year is my tenth year. This year we are actually planning a very big tenth anniversary show, I am talking to some of the bigger venues but I am really excited about it but the Nine has been great. Rachel Planton, which everyone knows is on the radio now has done it, Jimmy Haha from Jimmy's Chicken track has done it. I mean Adam Levy who is the guitar player for Nora Jones. The guy who plays the sweet guitar licks. Give me one reason by Tracy Chapman which you always here when you are shopping for pasta or any kind of grocery store. We have had some big people on it, and I am attempting to try and expand it.

Brian:     That's amazing. When you are not doing all this stuff what are you hobbies, or interests. You mention Netflix earlier, does that mean you’re a Netflix nut, what do you do in your free time.

Justin Trawick:     I play racquetball, do you play racquetball Brian because I am looking for racquetball partners.

Brian:     I totally used to play racquetball.

Justin Trawick:     Like used to in college?

Brian:     Like meaning in college, or when I was growing up. Meaning I totally know the rules of racquetball and can play.

Justin Trawick:     Were you good?

Brian:     No but...

Justin Trawick:     What did you call yourself a sportsman?

Brian:     No, I am a recreational person. I don't think I would call it sports with the level that I played at. That's to say. For you, so there's racquetball and what else.

Justin Trawick:     I mean I do like my stories. Which is kind of like what women say about their soap operas but I do like watching Netflix. I really do.

Brian:     When you say I like your stories, what stories are you referring to. Like certain shows.

Justin Trawick:     Well no , like did you never watch All My Children when you came home from kindergarten with your parents or with your mom specifically. Unless your dad really liked soap operas.

Brian:     No, I can’t say that I did.

Justin Trawick:     No, me either.

Brian:     I escaped that apparently. Sadly I missed that from my childhood. I have been deprived.

Justin Trawick:     So I love a good dramatic television show and I think that is because the fact that I am also an emotional songwriter. I say that as a joke like my stories, because I heard people talk about watching soap operas and they call them their stories. Truthfully, I love a good story. I really do. This is sad, but this is true. I can figure out a way to cry during a commercial. If they told the commercial really well.

Brian:     That's amazing. Alright. In some time in your life I want you to watch television with Justin Trawick, because that sounds like maybe a Superbowl, with what they do with the commercials. It would be good. Tears would be involved it would be like an Emmy winning performance I'm sure.

Justin Trawick:     We will just put mute when the game happens.

Brian:     My favorite question to ask though, and I definitely want to ask you this is if you can offer one piece of advice what would it be.

Justin Trawick:     In terms of what.

Brian:     However you want to answer it. I am purposely leaving it open for you, it's a blank canvas, what advice.

Justin Trawick:     I would probably say see the sunlight.

Brian:     Say more.

Justin Trawick:     I mean get out, it is extremely easy especially when you work for yourself. It is extremely easy to live in your cave, to live in your own world and to just forget that anything else exists. It's very easy to not socialize yourself if no one else is doing it for you. When my last day job ended, i kind of really had to learn that. I didn't learn it the hard way but I kind of started off with a handicap of really not understanding it. So again, I very often at times Brian do not see the sunlight. I can be at home, I can be working or something like that and suddenly it's six o'clock and I'm like okay I am going to play a gig.

Brian:     You didn't leave the house until after it already had gone down.

Justin Trawick:     No you have got to have hobbies, so I play racquetball because I meet up with my friends, I get to hear what's going on in their lives. Then I get to go back in my own world.

Brian:     Alright get out and see the sun I like that. That's good advice. Okay one more time for those folks that want to find out more about you and all the stuff you have going on where do they go?

Justin Trawick:     My brand new website, There is videos, there is t-shirts and all kinds of music.

4/3/18 - Special Guest: Lindsay, Talent Buyer for Black Cat

Thanks to Lindsay from the Black Cat for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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  1. ***Stronger, by Juxt (Hard Rock)

  2. Stand Up, by Heather Mae (Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

  3. The Imagineers, by Crys Matthews (Folk, Americana)

  4. ***Snitch Jacket, by Two Inch Astronaut (Rock)

  5. Skim Milk, by Flasher (Rock)

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

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DC’s Emancipation Day celebration is Sat Apt 14, Free music and entertainment all day, plus parade and fireworks, downtown at freedom plaza.  Hope you check it out!

DCMR is looking for help.  
Social Media and Website Content Specialist - 100% virtual/remote position.  5-10 hours/week.
    Must be interested in music, local music knowledge a plus but not required.  Experience with simple web design such as Squarespace, Mailchimp, Social Media, and Hootsuite are a plus.  Motivated to take on more also a plus. This isn’t a high paying position but if you’re looking for a fun side regular side hustle that you can do from home, this may be a great fit.  Must be available to complete a few hours of work sometime Friday-Sun, and Wednesday Morning-Midday.
     Interested? Know someone who would be? Send an email to and include a paragraph or two outlining how you/they relate to the above.


  • Bencoolen - In The End (Funk Single, RIYL Dave Matthews Band)

  • Kenny Sway - Kissing On The Moon (R&B Single, RIYL Pharrell or D’Angelo)

  • Da Flame - God Answers Prayers (Gospel Single, RIYL Gospel)

  • Oh He Dead - Blood In The Water (Indie, 3 Song EP, RIYL Alabama Shakes)


Two Dragons & A Cheetah - Five By Five

Our ‘DC Artists 2018 Tiny Desk Videos’ Youtube Playlist:

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:


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!

Fri Apr 6
--Christos DC @ Tropicalia on U St (Reggae, RIYL Bob Marley)
--Two Dragons and a Cheetah & Allthebestkids @ Red Panda House (Pop/Rock/HipHop, RIYL Alanis Morrisette/Notorious B.I.G.)
--Beanstalk Library & Throwing Plates @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Rock, RIYL Neil Young/Norah Jones)
--Backbeat Underground & Aaron Abernathy @ RNR Hotel (Funk/R&B, RIYL The Funk Ark/Prince/Marvin Gaye)

Sat Apr 7
--Petalpalooza, All Day Festival @ The Wharf
--VA listeners, Brian’s drumming with Fellowcraft @ World of Beer in Ashburn.  Come enjoy some originals and covers, grab a drink, and take a selfie! (Rock, RIYL Jet/The Pixies)

Sun Apr 8
--Broke Royals @ Union Stage (Rock, RIYL The Killers)

Wed Apr 11
--Chris Cassaday Concoction @ Gypsy Sally’s (Pop/Funk/Rock, RIYL Dave Matthews/Sublime)


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

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Lindsay - Talent Buyer for Black Cat

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Lindsay's Bio:

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Lindsay is the talent buyer at Black Cat. She got her start booking benefit shows in high school for the American Cancer Society. This sparked a lifelong interest in booking shows that have a positive social impact. Black Cat has been an independent bastion in the Washington DC nightlife scene for 25 years. Lindsay has had a major role in the office of Black Cat during the most recent five years in the club’s storied history. Lindsay is a headstrong individual who values ethics and principles over monetary gain when it comes to booking. You can also find her in the garden, at a pottery wheel, or rolling for initiative with her D&D party all while daydreaming about her next major crafting or work project.



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Brian:     On D.C. Music Rocks, we're shinning a spotlight on the great songs, artists and incredible people to keep you informed about your local music community. Lindsay is the talent buyer at Black Cat. She got her start booking benefit shows in high school for the American Cancer Society and this sparked a lifelong interest in booking shows that have a positive social impact. Black Cat has been an independent bastion in the Washington, D.C. nightlife scene for 25 years. Lindsay has had a major role in the office at the Black Cat during most of the recent 5 years and in the clubs storied history. So Lindsay, as a headstrong individual who values ethics and principles over monetary gain when it comes to booking, which is an amazing phrase to hear to come out about you.

    I first came across Lindsay because Fellow Craft has played shows at Black Cat and I certainly have heard of her for so long. I've been a fan of the work that you're doing and the club for so long, so it is a treat to have you sitting here with me. Thanks for being here.

Lindsay:     Thank you. Thank you for inviting me.

Brian:     Now, tell us about Black Cat. It's the story ... Why is it called the Black Cat? Or is there a story there? Talk about the history.

Lindsay:     I could tell you probably a better story of why the ... You can write a check to the Black Cat or to Circle One Productions.

Brian:     Oh that's the proper business name?

Lindsay:     Right.

Brian:     Yeah, where does that come from?

Lindsay:     Circle One Productions is a joke that Dante [Frondo 00:01:25] our owner has ... Dante's inferno, the first circle of hell, is really where that comes from, so the Black Cat itself is probably more of just that same ... I don't think there's a specific black cat. I do know that the name has been in his family for years. There was a restaurant in the '20's that was called the Black Cat that has been carried down, so the original story for the name, I'm not sure how far back you'd actually have to go to get it.

Brian:     Interesting. So if you're ever at the Black Cat and Dante is there, ask him. Maybe he might know.

Lindsay:     Or yeah, his ancestors might, yeah.

Brian:     Or his ancestors, right. It's buried in the history books somewhere.

Lindsay:     It's been for a very, very long time.

Brian:     And you mentioned the club has a hundred year history, so where does it- ...

Lindsay:     The building.

Brian:     The building does? Tell us more about that history part. You said it's been a part of the culture in D.C., can you share a little bit more about that in terms of how it's connected to the scene? Or some of that specialness, in your opinion.

Lindsay:     The Black Cat? Sure. When Dante opened the place, he was in his early 20's. It's been around for a long time and a lot of his reason for opening it was to create a space for the community for the music that he wanted to play and wanted to share, to be there. So his perspective has always been really great for us in having him still be around. That's kind of one of the things that makes the mom-and-pop business so special, I guess, to the community is that it does focus on things like, "Hey, is this something we want to do? Is this something that would benefit our community? People that we care about." Definitely want to keep the lights on, but that's also a reason why we do want to get smaller, we do want to not kind of fall into the hype machine if you will and kind of stick to our guns and actually try to benefit that community and keep things on the lower side.

Brian:     Wow, I love that. I'm such a fan of the Black Cat, and if you've ever been to the Black Cat, where is the Black Cat?

Lindsay:     It's on 14th street, between S and T. It's actually on the same block, if you remember the old Black Cat, it's the same block, it's just a couple doors down. So I joke, this upcoming renovation is our next iteration, our next Cat life, right.

Brian:     There's nine lives that a cat has and we're getting through some of 'em.

Lindsay:     Yeah, yeah.

Brian:     Oh I like that. Now, for you then, how did you get hooked in with the Black Cat?

Lindsay:     Oh, man I remember going as a young-un. Their only age venue and then kind of entering that community then, but working there when I was 21, I moved back to D.C. to help my sister out who was going through a hard time and ended up staying and I had a good friend named Alex who played a lot of the shows we mentioned earlier back when we were a teenagers together and he was like, "Oh yeah, I started working door almost 8 years ago at this point now." And started working the kitchen and then started working for Vicki who taught me ... Her and Dante taught me everything I know and yeah, that's I guess how that happened.

Brian:     Holy.

Lindsay:     The good ole fashion way.

Brian:     Right, so you got connected in. And that was how long ago now? You've been ... We said five years?

Lindsay:     Eight with the club.

Brian:     Holy smokes.

Lindsay:     Yeah.

Brian:     That's amazing. And especially these days, people don't tend to keep jobs for eight years so it's kind of amazing that you're ... Goes to credit the great family vibe and the love that the Black Cat creates.

Lindsay:     It is. It's really special for me. As someone who moved around every two years growing up, I think the idea of community is something that is a beautiful thing in this world, it's cool.

Brian:     Yeah. And you moved every two years because dad was military?

Lindsay:     Yeah, my dad was military, which brought us to ... He worked at the Pentagon when I was 15 to 18, which is when you can reference those, we call them "die cancer die fest" at Cancer Fest and those would be back in that day from 15 to 18 in Northern Virginia would have been the area for that.

Brian:     That's so cool. And you know what? I have the same story, my dad was military and he was stationed at the Pentagon and I was here as a kid too.

Lindsay:     We're many of us around the area.

Brian:     Right. Absolutely, it's that connection. Now talk about you on the personal side, so outside of the Black Cat, hobbies? What do you do in your free time? Free time, what is that?

Lindsay:     But I have it. So many things, depending on how I'm feeling that free time. One of the things right now that I'm so excited for is April 15th is our last day of frost. I'm a big gardener so I have been germinating since January and I have ... I was joking, I think I have about 85 plants and only room for 28 of them, so if anyone needs any plants, hey let me know. I'm trying to get rid of some. It's a good news when everything germinates but that and I'm building a pottery studio in the garden this year to hopefully bring some pottery skills back into the backyard. And I'm a big hand ... Crochet, knitting, sewing.

Brian:     Wow.

Lindsay:     I like to create my own things.

Brian:     Total artsy side.

Lindsay:     Yeah I guess so.

Brian:     So you got the creative side that's not necessarily making music but it's making other art pieces and stuff like that.

Lindsay:     Making clothes or fill in the blanks. I have a nephew on the way so making a lot of baby booties right now.

Brian:     There you go. Excellent. Oh god, love those nephews. Absolutely. Now, talk about the funniest moment in the history of Black cat. What comes to mind?

Lindsay:     I mean, this one was hard for me because I find myself dealing with either things that are tragically hilarious or things that are coincidentally what? Oh my gosh how funny. There's nothing really that's, "Oh ha, ha, ha that happened. That's hilarious." So, one story that came to mind is just this funny moment, we had The Wallflowers play and man it was not the right year for them. They had come back and we were pushing the show, it was a great show in the end. It worked out fine, most things do, that's why ... Everything's fine in the end, it's just all the stress leading up to it.

    And I remember, we typically don't have many runners, we're not that big and so I had to pick up Jacob Dillon that night and as we're driving back to the club he's getting ready, we're just chatting about whatever in the car on the way to the club, it's about a five minute drive and I just chuckled and will never forget the moment I looked down and realized that there was only one headlight and it just stuck with me really hard. It was a good moment.

Brian:     Oh my god. And if you didn't catch that, think about it, do a little googling and see if you catch what she just did there 'cause oh it was so good. I love it. Now, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Lindsay:     To be honest, I feel like a lot in the industry you have people that are trying to either convince you of something or to explain something in a way of seeming very big if it comes to ego or pride, or whatever it is. But the best thing I can find in this industry to deal with is being honest and having people ... Will respect you a lot more if you are upfront about what you can deliver or where you're- ...

Brian:     Does that have to do with when a band says how many people they can bring? Or what else are you referring to there?

Lindsay:     I guess most of the time dealing with, "Hey can I bring fire inside?" Like no, "Oh, oh please?" Or do it anyway, or things like that. It's just ... or "Why?" 'Cause of this thing, it's just easier I feel like when you're honest with people and even when it comes to shows that maybe don't do as well or shows that do way above what you would think, everyone can get their high and low points and I guess about being honest with yourself and honest with what you're doing is always gonna kinda come out on top on the end in my opinion.

Brian:     Yeah. Got it. That makes perfect sense. And actually, while we're talking about that, I was just curious, when a band emails you and says, "Hey, we want to play at the Black Cat." What do you look at? What are you thinking about?

Lindsay:     Oh man. So many things. Well, the first thing right, is hey does this fit? Does this fit our genre?

Brian:     What is that genre?

Lindsay:     Variations of alternative rock basically.

Brian:     Okay.

Lindsay:     Right? So that's where ... And now genres are so ... They just bled into each other so much that it's really hard to kinda ... It's one of the tough games that I play constantly.

Brian:     Sure.

Lindsay:     And local is a little different 'cause we want to maintain that community. I want to mention Heather May and Chris, are more singer, song writer types, which you won't typically find, those kinds of artists on the more national scale come through, but locally of course we would want to cater to that more. So, if it fits the genre, if we have the date right? 'Cause coordinating that calendar with two rooms, it's a lot to try to figure out a lot of, "Hey how long can you wait? What do you need to do?" And a lot of back and forth happens before you come to a conclusion.

Brian:     Got it. So the genre and the date, and the potentially how many people they can bring.

Lindsay:     And it's like hey how many are in your band? Do you have a 15 person band? 'Cause the back stage ...

Brian:     Right it's not big enough for five people.

Lindsay:     There's just so many question that go into it, so a lot of the hoping we can do with the new room on the third floor is a real simple setup. Hey, plug in, play and cut down on the expenses to go back into the local community, which we'll do hopefully. That's the plan.

Brian:     That's awesome. I love it. And one more time, if they want to find out more about what's happening at Black Cat, where do they go?


Brian:     That's the place.