BAMM Concert featuring Tommy Tutone

BAMM Concert featuring Tommy Tutone

BAMM (Beach Art Music and Mentoring) welcomes the return of Tommy “867-5309” Tutone as he and his band headline the 2019 Benefit Concert, Saturday, May 25, at the Colonial Beach Community Center. Beer/Wine, food trucks, kids activities, games, corn hole and more.

The Third Annual Benefit Concert is a FREE fun day, including a special silent-auction-style-raffle with locally donated high end items. Each item will be laid out with its own tip jar for ticket purchases. Purchasers of tickets can purchase as many raffle tickets as they like and place their tickets in various jars representing what they would like to win. Ticket purchasers can put all their tickets in one tip jar or distribute them among many jars.

BAMM is currently working with the art teacher in the high school on a project in which her students are going to paint mailboxes with various beach themes. The mailboxes are being purchased with the funds BAMM gave the school. When these mailboxes are finished, BAMM will auction them off at the benefit concert in May.

BAMM is a non profit group established in 2017. The groups sole mission is to enhance the learning experience of the youth of Colonial Beach. BAMM is a more specific group belonging to the Colonial Beach Community Foundation.

Tickets:
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Snipers of Babel, Myopic, Hellpie, Mosquito Drone at Dangerously Delicious Pies

Snipers of Babel, Myopic, Hellpie, Mosquito Drone at Dangerously Delicious Pies

Go see Snipers of Babel, Myopic, Hellpie, and Mosquito Drone at Pie Shop DC this Saturday.

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

Dangerously Delicious Pies
1339 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Snipers Of Babel
Drawing influences from all genres of metal and inspiration from all things beautiful and ugly, this is what it sounds like to have no boundaries.

Myopic
“MYOPIC was founded in DC in 2010. Originating as a four-piece, they self-released a straightforward death metal demo in 2011, followed by the Vacuous record in 2013, which showcased a new, darker, slower, and more introspective direction for the band. After parting ways with their death metal-style vocalist that year, the bassist and guitarist took on vocal responsibilities, recorded and released their first EP with Grimoire Records, Beyond The Mirror’s Edge. Brooklyn Vegan called it, ‘stern but thoroughly un-kvlt American black metal,’ and praised the production and unconventional songwriting.

Hellpie
HELLPIE is a delicious blend of musical spices with savory chunks of rock, metal and punk in a bitter red sauce baked within an earthy herbal crust. Goes well with red, white or thunderbird wine. In fact most ales, spirits and frames of mind go well with HELLPIE. Above all, HELLPIE is about good times and delivering great tunes to our craving fans.

Mosquito Drone

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Roxplosion Presents Natural Velvet, Park Snakes, Heavy Breathing at Dangerously Delicious Pies

Roxplosion Presents Natural Velvet, Park Snakes, Heavy Breathing at Dangerously Delicious Pies

Go see Roxplosion present Natural Velvet, Park Snakes, and Heavy Breathing this Friday at Pie Shop DC.

Natural Velvet is an up and coming post punk / noise rock band from Baltimore, MD. They are known for a distinct sound that is both aggressive and catchy, playing with elements of art rock, noise, post punk and shoegaze. Conceptually, their music discusses ideas of aggression, violence, femininity, and identity, using personal narratives and dark conceptual themes found in literary and film tropes. At times confrontational, at times seductive, the music guides the listener through dark rolling narratives of identity, existence and femininity. Their new album “Mirror To Make You” moves between aggressive noise rock anti-anthems and heavy, brooding gaze/pop.

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

Pie Shop DC
1339 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

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The JOB live at Castleburg Brewery

The JOB live at Castleburg Brewery

Go see The J.O.B. live at Castleburg Brewery this Friday.

Fueled by the sheer power of human connection, The J.O.B. from Richmond, Virginia is a band on a mission: to touch the lives of everyday people with their music.

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Castleburg Brewery and Taproom
1626 Ownby Ln
Richmond, Virginia 23220

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District Jazz This Week

District Jazz This Week

by Michael J. West

Wednesday, May 22
The two tentpole jazz jam sessions in this town are (a) Sunday nights at the Brixton on U Street, and (b) Wednesday nights at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill. They’re both remarkable—and they’re remarkably different. The latter is one of the primary programs of the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, and it’s tightly organized—with the singing and crowd-working talents of Aaron Myers II as its backbone. Myers is a master of ceremonies with an emphasis on the word “master,” a man who gets the (usually packed) house in Mr. Henry’s upstairs room eating out of the palm of his hand. But then, of course, there’s the music. It’s a jam session, which generally suggests players of all levels come in for a (competitive) workout. This one, though, gets an awful lot of serious comers. This writer has discovered at least three formidable musicians that have since made deep inroads into the scene: saxophonists Lionel Lyles and Jordon Dixon, and French hornist (you read that right) Abram Wolfe Mamet. There’s a good chance that you can see the next big name there, too. The Capitol Hill Jazz Jam begins at 8 p.m. at Mr. Henry’s, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Free. (But order something!)

Thursday, May 23
Even if it’s only there once a month, the Twins Jazz Orchestra fulfills that need we all feel for a resident big band. As it happens, they also happen to be a deceptively adventurous one. You’ll show up to the upstairs club on U Street and it will seem at first a little shambolic and disorganized. And perhaps it is, but that’s what they make art out of. It places them instantly on an edge, playing entirely in the moment and thereby taking real risks with everything they do. More than that, though, the band experiments. I have seen trumpeter/leader Thad Wilson lead them in standards, in free improvisations, in the avant-garde “conduction” style of the late Butch Morris, and in original tunes and arrangements that members of the band bring in. He also has a soft spot for the microphone, meaning that Wilson will (seemingly) almost always sing at least a tune or two. Ultimately, though, we have no idea what will happen at any given performance. The Twins Jazz Orchestra performs at 8 and 10 p.m. at Twins, 1344 U Street NW. $10.

Saturday, May 25
Disclosure: I wrote the liner notes for Full Circle, the forthcoming fifth CD by Washington jazz vocalist Lori Williams. This does not alter the fact that Williams is an extraordinary artist and a brilliant vocal technician whom you should go see as many times as possible. That goes double for this performance. Not only is it promoting the release of the new album, but it is a farewell for Williams, who is moving in the summer to Georgia. There are new worlds for the singer to conquer, even if the new album finds her making a return to the traditional jazz that was her first musical infatuation. She is high in the running for the single best singer that the District of Columbia has to offer—please don’t wait until it’s gone to treasure her art as it deserves to be treasured. Lori Williams performs at 8 and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW. $30.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a freelance writer, editor, and jazz journalist who has been covering the Washington, D.C. jazz scene since 2009. He spends most days either hunkered down in the clubs or in his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.

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One Way Out, Elizabeth II, and Krobopl at MilkBoy Arthouse

One Way Out, Elizabeth II, and Krobopl at MilkBoy Arthouse

Go see One Way Out, Elizabeth II, and Krobopl at MilkBoy Arthouse this Saturday.

One Way Out is a rock band from Washington D.C. They write their own songs, and play a variety of covers ranging from the 1960’s to today. The band formed in 2012 with Josh Gaba (Lead Vocals), Jake Schaefer (Lead Guitar), and Giulio Iacoviello (Bass Guitar) being the three remaining original members. After a year, Geist Topping took over as drummer, and in 2015, Ari Rubenstein (Keyboard) joined the group. On January 5th, 2018, One Way Out released their first EP, “Black & White”, which consists of four songs which were recorded at Mystery Ton Studios in September 2017. One Way Out has played at Villain and Saint, Nando’s Spicy Saturday Night at RIO Washingtonian, and more. One Way Out’s main inspirations are Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Guns N’ Roses, The Eagles, and The Beatles.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM EDT

MilkBoy ArtHouse
7416 Baltimore Ave
College Park, Maryland 20740

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Braddock Station Garrison at Rhodeside Grill

Braddock Station Garrison at Rhodeside Grill

Go see Braddock Station Garrison at the Rhodeside Grill this Friday.

Braddock Station Garrison is a band based out of Washington, DC. Steve Schillinger does lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Tom Soha plays lead guitar; Jed Prentice is on drums and backing vocals; and Mike “Pink” Pinkerton plays bass. Braddock Station Garrison is part power pop, part Americana, and all classic rocknroll. They have release three albums since 2013: High Water, A Hint of Recognition, and the most recent record Saint Stephanie and the Stones. Each band member brings his unique voice and style to the band, creating rock music that is both timeless and modern.

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM EDT

Rhodeside Grill
1836 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, Virginia 22201

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Mojo Bozo’s, Robot Jurassic, Concrete City, The Minus Drag at Metropolitan Kitchen

Mojo Bozo’s, Robot Jurassic, Concrete City, The Minus Drag at Metropolitan Kitchen

Go see Mojo Bozo’s, Robot Jurassic, Concrete City, and The Minus Drag this Friday at the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge.

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM – 11:55 PM EDT

Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge
169 West St
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

WEBSITE: mt.cm

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The 9 Songwriter Series returns to Hill Country DC

The 9 Songwriter Series returns to Hill Country DC

Go see the 9 Songwriter Series at Hill Country DC this Thursday.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8:30 PM EDT

Hill Country Barbecue Market (Washington, D.C.)
410 7th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004

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Open Mic w/Feature – The Watch

Open Mic w/Feature – The Watch

Open Mic featuring The Watch at the Songbyrd this Thursday.

Alex The Red Parez aka El Rojo has been bringing acoustic rock and old-time country to the Washington DC Metro Area since 2006. Whether performing original music or classic material, Alex’s voice is “reminiscent of Johnny Cash, though often sung with Jello Biafra’s inflection” (Matthew Stabley, NBCWashington.com) and “sounds like Nick Cave reinterpreting the early songbook of Bill Callahan” (The Big Easy – MetroMusicScence.com). “El Rojo” to his friends, Parez takes inspiration from epic troubadours Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and local balladeer John Bustine amongst various other artists. In trio mode, Alex is flanked by accomplished harmonica sideman Terry Boes and prolific bassist Derek Evry who is also a fantastic songwriter, singer, guitarist and band leader. Alex has also performed with several other local musicians for various tribute shows.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
2477-2475 18th St NW, Washington
District of Columbia 20009

alexparez.com

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