the five FEATURED BANDS!
Genre: Alternative Latin Music with Hip-hop/Reggae/House/Cumbia/Dub/Salsa
Recommended if you like: Calle 13, Bomba Estereo, Bad Bunny, Ozuna
The Empresarios sound is best described as “Tropicaliente”, and that is the vibe that the band brings to the stage as well. Mixing together the warm sounds of the Caribbean comes with ease for this group of talented musicians. Band leader Javier Miranda and lead singers Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez all hail from Puerto Rico, which comes through in the band’s unique blend of salsa, reggae, cumbia, dub and house. The Empresarios' debut album title track “Sabor Tropical” was placed prominently on EA Sports’ FIFA 2012 video game. The Empresarios aim to have fun and bring a good vibe, so grab a mojito, hit the dance floor and let their sun drenched sounds warm up your body and soul.
Genre: Dance, Funk/Disco, Hip-Hop
Recommended if you like: Daft Punk, N.E.R.D, Beyonce/Jay-Z, Calvin Harris
Iza Flo is a supergroup of DMV artists blending funk/disco and hip-hop to make you dance. While dynamic rhythms are at the forefront of Iza Flo, held down by bandleader and drummer Isabelle De Leon, and percussionist Rikayyah Wilson, its unique fusion of sounds results from the funky low-end lines by bassist Tiffany Lloyd, heavy Rock shreds by guitarist Alena Budd, and nostalgic synth sounds by Natalie Ahearn. Top it off with the angelic voice of Jillian Willis and soulful spitfire by Dior Ashley Brown, and you get a performance that is emotional and energetic at the same time. Though newly formed, Iza Flo has already made its mark in the DMV with appearances on WUSA9 TV and at the Apple Carnegie Library block party hosted by No Kings Collective. Stay tuned to catch Iza Flo at a dance floor near you!
Recommended if you like: Walk The Moon, Maroon 5, Young The Giant
Sub-Radio makes indie pop that grooves, stabs, winks, punches, inspires. Founded by six childhood friends, they built a following in their hometown of Washington, D.C. on the strength of ecstatic live shows and a stream of releases. Their 2019 EP, produced by Dylan Bauld (flor, Halsey, LIGHTS) and mixed by Andrew Maury (Shawn Mendes, COIN), bursts with joyful energy and creativity.
More am than fm
Genre: Punk/Punk Rock
Recommended if you like: The Clash, The Foo Fighters, The Ramones, Joan Jett
The tightknit trio of Selena Benally, Mel Mast, and Anjalee Sharma revels in a locked in loyalty, chemistry, and a melding of minds. The bass and drums drive hard leaving the songs teetering on the edge of annihilation. Powerful hooks give way to complex and clever arrangements tinged with something a little darker and well worn, something that nods to the early days of American punk rock, worships at the altar of the crossroads, and nurtures a love of classic guitar rock.
The band released its debut EP, Off the Ground in 2015 followed by 2017’s Oh, The Places I Have Been…, which Glory In Sound called, “My favorite thing I have listened to in years.”
Attending a More AM Than FM live show is akin to awaking having accidentally hitched a ride on the back of one of the Valkyrie’s steeds just as they’re riding into battle. Just hang on and enjoy.
eli lev collective
Recommended if you like: Mumford, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper
Global citizen and adventure folk singer Eli Lev is making the world a smaller place, one song at a time.
Eli pens hymns for everyday enlightenment— songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and offer wisdom culled from self-discovery.
Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Eli has been touring nationally and internationally after winning the 2019 WAMMIE Award for Best Country/America album for his latest release 'Way Out West.'
Eli is bringing a collective of star local musicians on stage with him to this very special 9:30 Club performance. He will be showcasing new songs and old favorites to a hometown crowd who have been supporting the indie artist's rapid rise from local songwriter to full-time international touring and recording artist in just the last two years.
“The most meaningful thing for me is being able to express through my music what I’ve always felt about humanity. I want to bring people in, make them feel special, and break down the walls that keep us apart.”
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Karen Jonas is an Americana singer/songwriter from Fredericksburg, Va. Her intensely personal songwriting first grabbed national attention with the release of her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album Oklahoma Lottery, and international praise with her second album, Country Songs. She was recently named “Best Country/Americana Artist” by the Washington (DC) Area Music Awards. Her fourth studio album, “Lucky, Revisited” released on July 19, 2019.
Virginia native Lauren Calve is a Washington, D.C. area singer-songwriter, guitar and lap steel player who has brought a vital new energy to the Americana scene. She has become a mainstay at prominent local and regional venues, and is honored to have opened for artists like Justin Townes Earle, Rhett Miller, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, and Charlie Worsham. Building on the vibrant blend of blues, country and rock that continues to shape her musical vision, Calve’s third album, co-produced by Jim Ebert, is set to be released late 2019 to great anticipation.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and motivational speaker best known as the front man for DC area Alt-Rock band: YellowTieGuy, and owner and publisher of DC area music news and entertainment platform: Alchemical Records.
A darling of the Arlington, VA singer-songwriter scene, Jasmine Gillison has been wowing audiences with her heartfelt lyrics and intimate songs for the past 9 years in the DC area and beyond. Arlington Magazine describes her as "earnest in both her music and in person". In September 2018, Jasmine released her debut album "Little Light" with arrangements spanning the spectrum from lighter solo acoustic to full-band, dark and moody tunes, highlighting the depth and width of Gillison's aptitude for storytelling.
Gabrielle Zwi’s songs about friendship, breaking barriers, and identity bring the listener through her teen years (which are not over yet). With her signature ukulele, and guitarist Anthony Del Grosso alongside her, Gabrielle compliments her thoughtful lyrics with energetic and captivating music.
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Here's the deets
This is our favorite annual event, bringing five of DC's incredible local bands from various genres together for one night of amazing music -- in one of the area's best music venues!
Five Bands Ready to Rock You - No matter the music style, these bands are going to make you true believers!
It's Local - Just like the bands, the people you meet at this show will all be local, and you'll definitely see them again at other shows around town or at these bands' shows. Come meet your neighbors, make new friends, and celebrate local music!
Supports "The Musicianship" - A portion of the proceeds will go to support this local music education organization which helps educate underprivileged youth with music through after school and summer programs. Do you know about this incredible organization?
There's a Hashtag, a Photobooth and Giveaways! - We have a photo booth! We love seeing and sharing your photos on the big screen at the event and online, so we'll have a slideshow going to share these great photos all night. Favorite photos get free giveaways!
And Even More Surprises! - Did you know The Musicianship has a drumline program? We’re planning to have them perform! Be the first to say you’ve seen a drumline at 9:30 Club!
our event Sponsors
Bias Studios is one of the premier recording facilities in the DC area, serving the music community for over 40 years. It’s hard to beat our track record: in business since 1973; dozens of Grammy-winning and nominated projects; Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum sellers. Our greatest pride is hearing musicians tell us how thrilled they are with their project, having them come back time and again to create with us.
Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center is celebrating its 60th Anniversary as DC’s only full line musical instrument and equipment store. Started in 1958 and still family owned and operated, “Chuck’s” strives to be more than a store, but a resource for the DC music community.
Petworth News is a DC blog that shares news and information about Petworth and the surrounding neighborhoods in Washington DC, supporting local music and artists, encouraging pride of place and helping to keep readers informed and engaged.
Alchemical Records is an indie Washington DC area record label specializing in artist development, branding, and marketing.
7DrumCity is DC's hub for musicians to learn, rehearse, and perform: Offering drum, guitar, and voice lessons for adults and children, band rehearsal space equipped with full backline, and solo practice rooms.
we're proud to support The Musicianship
The MusicianShip is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities. While our mission is not exclusive to any one particular group, we are focused on at-risk youth as they benefit most from positive outreach and music scholarship preparation. We are an official After-School service provider, allowing us to deliver free music instruction to students who may not otherwise have such opportunities.