East of Monroe

East of Monroe

Feb 17, 2018 |  0 comments

East of Monroe is an Americana/bluegrass group based in Virginia and Maryland. Their music is mostly original tunes along with tasteful covers of diverse songs. The band members all have different influences and backgrounds and that accounts for the many different styles of music the group plays. It all comes together in a unique, entertaining way- and with their new release, By the River’s Edge, they will surely become a force on the acoustic scene.

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Gene and Gayla and the Fireflies

Gene and Gayla and the Fireflies

Jan 26, 2018 |  0 comments

Gene and Gayla and the Fireflies play new roots music—modern folk tinged with bluegrass and country. Gene Mills has won over 20 country, folk, and instrumental songwriting awards and is an accomplished flatpicking guitarist. Gayla Mills’ bass playing—solid, rhythmic, and melodic—is accompanied by her tender harmonies. Mandolinist Barry Lawson, with a decade of experience in the Richmond acoustic music scene, appears on both of Gene and Gayla’s albums. Multi-instrumentalist Kent Ippolito has performed and recorded with numerous artists since the 1980s and plays dobro and clawhammer banjo with the Fireflies. The band is known for both its musicianship and its humor.

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Julius Pittman and the Revival

Julius Pittman and the Revival

Jan 25, 2018 |  0 comments

The Julius Pittman and the Revival band is the vision of Julius “Ray” Pittman to form a band dedicated to revitalizing ‘Old School’ Rock & Soul sounds of the Memphis Stax Volt era. Julius Pittman has been the leading force for several popular bands over the years, including the Kingpins (1980’s and 90’s) and The Ray Pittman Project, which lead to the evolution of the Julius Pittman and the Revival in February 2009. The music of the “Revival” presents a trip back to funky southern soul. “My overall concept to get into a rock and soul revival, without forgetting our blues and jazz roots,” said Pittman. “Al Green is one of my all-time favorites, and the first time I heard Jack Mack’s first album, ‘Cardiac Party,’ I literally jumped out of my seat. I knew that’s the kind of band I wanted to be in.” Julius Pittman and the Revival brings to the audience, sounds and dynamics reminiscent of Otis Redding, Al Green, Jack Mack & The Heart Attack and Tower...

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Clay Mottley

Clay Mottley

Jan 20, 2018 |  0 comments

Whether a full band with horn section, a backyard three-piece band or a coffee-house environment, what makes Clay Mottley stand out are the songs themselves.  While they sound both contemporary and accessible, they just as easily fit in a playlist of singer/songwriter era of Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Born and raised in Virginia and living now in Richmond, Clay’s musical roots run deep from touring choirs and pit band in high school and college musicals to open-mic nights and local and regional concerts.  The two albums released under Clay Mottley Band each garnered glowing reviews in Billboard, citing Clay as a “clever, catchy and ever-inventive songwriter who delivers originals that sparkle like sunlight on gemstones” and as having “a master craftsman’s touch for melody and words that are unfailingly substantive and intriguing.” “Music is as much about the song itself as it is the performance.  I think the song has to be strong on all three levels: the...

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Sons of Pitches

Sons of Pitches

Dec 29, 2017 |  0 comments

Always challenging their collective internal status quo with fresh ideas and new perspectives, Sons of Pitches bring their own brand of improvisation to the stage for a thrilling live event.  Their instrumental country jazz originals, and unique arrangements of standards affectionately called “Cowboy Jazz,” provide a musical landscape for staking their claim and pushing on to new frontiers. They swing, they rip, they dip, they dive, they fly…they melt hearts & faces. It was backstage after New Year’s Eve 2015 performances at the legendary Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA when (The Hello Strangers) band-mates, guitarist/songwriter Spencer Pheil and bassist Tommy Hoy, met Dave Hadley, pedal steel extraordinaire.  That night, with a mutual yearning for a musical milieu where the sky was the limit and the emphasis was improvisation, the idea took shape to make a bold statement musically.  Drummer Jim Aguzzi, who had performed in many ensembles with Pheil & Hoy,...

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Jubilant Bridge

Jubilant Bridge

Dec 21, 2017 |  0 comments

A pure-voiced poet and a dulcimer wizard weave their voices and instruments into a rich, harmony-driven sound that is fresh and innovative.  Intricate arrangements, harmonies “so tight, they pulse” (Mary Cliff—WAMU-FM), comic repartee, a repertoire ranging from critically-acclaimed originals and contemporary songs, to finger-dancing instrumentals and unexpected covers—these are the hallmarks of every Jubilant Bridge performance.  Two-time finalist for Best Group/Duo in the International Acoustic Music Awards, Jubilant Bridge comes from a rich aural tradition, but surprises audiences with counter melodies, changing time signatures, and well-chosen dissonance.  The duo’s instruments go beyond simple accompaniment; the arrangements and the songs themselves are meshed.  They use the vocabulary, but step outside of the conventions, of folk, rock, and pop—not simply stitching together genres, but folding the seams under.  Every song becomes their own. Carol and...

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