The Glimpses

The Glimpses

Aug 27, 2016 |  0 comments

The Glimpses are a folk rock/Americana duo based in Alexandria, Virginia. Drawing from traditional folk, blues, country, rock, and jazz, Mercedes Mill and Matthew Leonard create soulful tunes, steeped in haunting melodies and honeyed harmonies. Their paths converged one summer day at a recording studio and they’ve been making music together ever since, captivating audiences with their vibrant songs and dynamic performances. Their performances are lively and engaging, drawing comparisons to the legendary collaborations of Richard & Linda Thompson, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, and The Civil Wars. They’ve played at many notable venues and festivals, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Mountville Folk Festival, the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, Iota Club & Café, Singer Songwriter Cape May, DC9, the Black Potatoe Woodstock Living History Festival, First Night Alexandria, and the DC Green Festival.

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The South Carolina Broadcasters

The South Carolina Broadcasters

Aug 26, 2016 |  0 comments

Stars of the Lowe Vintage Radio Show, John Boy and Billy recording artists, and masters of primitive bluegrass, The South Carolina Broadcasters bring southern music at its finest to the stage. Their razor sharp harmonies, exceptional multi-instrumentation, and fabulous song selection will have listeners riveted to their seats. This unique trio has put their own spin on the music of the foothills. They’ve been members of The Smokey Valley Boys and Roan Mountain Hilltoppers yet they’re not looking backward. Between Andy Edmonds’ and David Sheppard’s ability to write a new song that sounds old and Ivy Sheppard’s prowess for digging up obscure field recordings, The Broadcasters most always have new songs in the works. Their recent critically acclaimed release “Tell Me Truly” features a broad and mature mix of sounds ranging from Surry County bluegrass to Carter Family country and even the Cajun sounds of Lafayette. Audiences wherever they go...

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Matt Blanton & The Sushi Boys

Matt Blanton & The Sushi Boys

Aug 25, 2016 |  0 comments

Join us for Local Music Night at Ashland Coffee & Tea and welcome back Matt Blanton to our venue! Born and raised in Ashland, Virginia, Matt is a singer/songwriter and classical musician. Highly influenced by his study of the classical guitar, Matt has cultivated a unique approach to playing and writing on the steel string acoustic guitar, which in turn has led to developing a sound of his own. With his distinguished guitar style, combined with his introspective lyrics and smooth vocals, Matt creates songs that differ drastically in sound and feel. Ranging from heavy hitting blues-rock to slow-pulsing melodic ballads, each song retains its own identity while lending itself to Matt’s original overall sound. Matt has studied music at the Shenandoah University Music Conservatory and currently continues his studies at VCU.

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Randy Johnston

Randy Johnston

Aug 24, 2016 |  0 comments

Randy Johnston is one of the most widely recorded and prolific guitarists of his generation. He has released 12 albums as a leader for the Muse, Highnote, J Curve, Mel Bay, and Random Act labels and has appeared on dozens of recordings with other top recording artists. In addition to his recording career, Randy has toured and played with some of the most acclaimed names in jazz, including Lionel Hampton, Houston Person and Etta Jones, Lonnie Smith, and has played for 17 years as a regular member of the Lou Donaldson Quartet. He has traveled the world concertizing, both as a bandleader and side musician, performing at the top clubs and festivals all over the United States, Europe, Japan, Thailand, and South America. Already recognized the world over for his guitaristic prowess, Randy’s live performances and last two recordings feature him as a vocalist as well, singing his original songs as well as standards and blues standards. His vocals have been favorably compared to those...

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Christie Lenée

Christie Lenée

Aug 23, 2016 |  0 comments

Christie Lenée’s unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews- fusing folky/funky playfulness with pop/rock inspired songs and virtuosic guitar compositions. She is, as Skope Magazine states, “a refreshing burst of unrestrained love and feeling… It’s simply a joy to listen to her spirit break free.” Christie has been seen many times on stage with Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and a stellar cast of musicians including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Jeff Coffin, and Stanley Jordan. Her compositions have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, plus various festivals and venue performances across the US, Canada and Taiwan. Christie’s most recent album “Live at Hideaway Cafe” was a Finalist for “Best CD of 2014” for the Indie Acoustic Project Awards and received raving reviews by music fans across the country. The album created a compelling...

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Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw

Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw

Aug 19, 2016 |  0 comments

Bluegrass ambassadors Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw join forces once again with their original and energetic new soulgrass band, Hank and Pattie. The newly formed Hank and Pattie take traditional bluegrass and infuse it with their own flair, drawing from a melting pot of styles including Latin and Jazz, which adds up to an authentic and unique reflection of American music. Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw have been playing together in various capacities for the last eight years in various ensembles including The Kickin Grass Band and Morning After Music. This is the first time the two will tour as a duo without the assistance of a larger ensemble. The music they create on and off stage sounds as though it came from one mind. The duo approach improvisation with lightning fast thought and reaction and compose intricate, as well as dulcet melody, vocal harmony and lockstep rhythm. For them, music is an endless playground of texture, tone and space that allows for pure joy in...

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