Nelly’s Echo at Rye Street Tavern

Nelly’s Echo at Rye Street Tavern

Nelly’s Echo at Rye Street Tavern July 6, 2pm.

Nelly’s Echo is neither a band nor a solo musician, but a concept of the musical experience associated with its creator, Nelson. He has self-released five successful albums, performed at well over 500 different establishments since 2012, entertained the troops in Cuba, and even participated in Season 3 of The Voice as a member of Team Christina.

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TripleMFest2019 Lineup

FJE Entertainment Presents: Maryland Music Madness

With performances by Bombenkinder, Devil In Disguise, If Not Tonight, Big Handsome, The Supertones, Sweet Sister Misery, Milton J., Third Era, Brackish Tide, Space Lumberjacks, Once Revealed, Reluctant Zero and more coming to Fishhead Cantina in Halethorp, MD on July 6, 2019. Advance discounted tickets are available at https://www.mt.cm/triple-m-festival

Secret Society at Echo Stage

Secret Society at Echo Stage

Secret Society at Echo Stage, July 3, 9 PM

The “Society” is that breath of fresh air that most aficionados have been searching for. The repertoire is deep and full of history, tradition, and diversity. The combination of talent, experience and a host of influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James and a host of others gives this band their own unique sound and identity. To assign a genre-style to this group would be difficult considering the intermixture of music displayed. This group likes to use the simplistic description “Feel Good Music” to define exactly what it is that they offer.

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Bottled Up, Versing and Froth at Comet Ping Pong

Bottled Up, Versing and Froth at Comet Ping Pong

Bottled Up and Froth Play Comet Ping Pong July 2.

Bottled Up is a DC rock and roll quintet growing its roots from new-wave, 70’s rock, and punk ethos. Founded in Oakland, CA by Nikhil Rao (former Kid Quazar, Seasick!, Soft Fuxx, and Shari La La’s), he restarted the project with a new line-up of local DC musicians. They just put out their energetic lo-fi punk EP on cassette with Chicago garage/experimental label Maximum Pelt Records, and were christened by Ian MacKaye himself at Fort Reno Festival 2017. Next release titled “BU2” releasing July 2018.

Froth are a band specializing in dream-like, psychedelic pop with indie rock guitar figures, though at one point they were briefly planning on making silence their game. Joo Joo Ashworth and Jeff Fribourg were two friends from El Segundo, California with a passion for music and a sense of humor, and they dreamed up Froth as a fake band, planning to send out publicity photos and tales of their adventures on the road without actually performing a note.

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Philip Michael Parsons and Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 play Friday Night Live

Philip Michael Parsons and Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 play Friday Night Live

Friday July 5 come get your Country music fix for FREE at Friday Night Live In Herndon, VA,  featuring Philip Michael Parsons and Scott Kurt & Memphis 59.

Phillip Michael Parsons is an up and coming country rock artist from Southern Maryland. Phillip’s Fam Club boasts members from 34 states and 4 countries and his current single, “Breakin’ My Own Rules” has nearly 125k organic spins since its release late last year. His national tour in 2019 from coast to coast will give him the opportunity to fulfill his dream of taking over the world, one radio at a time.

Southern by way of the Rust Belt, Scott Kurt’s unique brand of country music blends the old school outlaw grit with elements of guitar-driven rock. Influenced by artists like Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Luke Combs, and Tom Petty, Kurt strives for authenticity over perfection, vocally and melodically. The skillful storytelling behind his lyrics powered Kurt’s single “American Man” to the iTunes Country Top 40.

His hard work & talent have earned Scott opening slots for some of country’s biggest and brightest stars, including Cole Swindell, Montgomery Gentry, Jimmie Allen, Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Easton Corbin, & many more.

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Chris Urquiaga Performing at DC 9

Chris Urquiaga Performing at DC 9

by Logan Deiner

On Sunday, June 30th, Chris Urquiaga will be performing at the DC 9. Chris is a singer/songwriter with a very bold and unique take on music, with influences from all over the world. He has a very flamboyant and theatrical persona on stage, taking many cues from artists like Elton John in that regard. Chris takes these influences and Frankensteins a concoction that is super profound, yet easily accessible to anyone. Equally diverse is what he chooses to sing and write about. From deep and complex political issues, to uplifting and enjoyable love songs that are perfect for thinking about that special someone. Chris is the main singer and songwriter, with an ever changing cast of equally talented instrumental musicians. Currently, aside from Chris Urquiaga, there is Alexander Gallows on guitar, Andrew Musslmen on bass, and Joey Antico on drums. Chris is assuring concert goers that they can expect “a pretty high energy set” from him and the band, with lots of catchy pop songs and smooth romantic ballads, with perhaps even some commentary to enrich your mind.

Chris Urquiaga was born a first generation American immigrant, with ancestry from Spain and with a mother born in Brazil and a father born in Peru. Chris’s mother, who he takes a great deal of influence from, always listened to a lot of different types of music, including traditional music from countries like Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba, with styles such as bossa nova and Mexican salsa. Alongside this, he also grew up with a lot of classic American music, such as Motown legends like Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson, and even more contemporary singer/songwriters from the 70s like Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. This, naturally, allowed Chris to form a unique mix of several genres, allowing him stand out among the crowd.

So far, Chris has only released one album and a handful of singles. His debut album, 2018’s I’m Here contains a wide variety of different musical styles and lyrical topics. One moment you could be listening to a pleasant sounding love song, and the next a powerful anthem to protest a change in the geo-political world. Either way, his music is highly accessible and doesn’t alienate anyone who believes differently than him. The messages he strives for are more or less universal, and can bridge the gap of things like political party or culture. Even if you are somehow turned off by Chris’s political message, the rest of the album is definitely tough to top and offers a refreshing new and exotic sound. Even though he only has one album currently, Chris is actively working on new material, and plans on releasing his next album in late 2020 or early 2021. He says it will be more autobiographical, with a more clean production and a style leaning more towards traditional Latin American.

Speaking of politics, Chris is very intelligent in his opinions on many political issues. He is very much left leaning, and proudly brands himself with the label of “progressive.” He is also a major advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, and always plays for pride events whenever he can. He even recently came out as bisexual himself. He said “I started out dating women up until college, and I liked it, but I started to feel like I wasn’t tapping into something inside of me. I felt the desire, sexually speaking, for men. I was exposed to many people as a child that told me that homosexuality is wrong and a defect, which I now know is false. I have worked with many gay musicians that have said that if they could choose to be straight, or take some kind of pill to cure them, they would, but that is not possible.” He said regarding his own coming to terms, “I was lying to myself, telling myself I was a straight man when that just was not true. Lying is a sin. Homosexuality is not.” On the subject of the trans community, he said that “It is hard to put yourself in the shoes of somebody who is marginalized like the trans community, who have suffered for expressing the sexuality that comes naturally to them. It is a tragedy that there is so much violence against them in my hometown. It needs to stop. If you disagree with people around you, you should embark on a meaningful debate and you will become wiser.” Finally, he left with a note to the fellow progresives, urging them to “do your research, stay open minded, stay factual, and always be respectful.” Chris plans to touch on some of these topics later on in his upcoming album and throughout his career.

As an artist, singer, and songwriter, Chris Urquiaga is not afraid to push boundaries. From a vocal style that is sweet and smooth as honey, to his distinct ability to be able to speak his mind, yet still have near universal appeal, to an instrumental style that takes influence from Latin America, Brazilian bossa nova, and 70s pop icons like Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder, but still sounds wholly original, Chris is a visionary that will be difficult to disappoint. Be sure to see him next Sunday, June 30th, at the DC 9. He will surely put on a show that is hard to forget.

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Logan Deiner

Logan Deiner is a writer and journalists who enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to music in his spare time. He enjoys most genres of music, and has a vinyl collection of over 500 records.

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Summer Nightmare at Sparta Inn

Summer Nightmare at Sparta Inn

From A Nightmare at Sparta Inn

Special Guests: Space Lumberjacks, Coast is Clear, Antica, and Once Drowned are performing at Sparta Inn on Saturday June 29, 2019 in Sparrows Point, MD for only ten bucks!

The perfect mix of heavy and dulcet is how you can describe the perplexing sound of Coast is Clear. With the bone crunching guitar work of Joe Darmofalski; the mesmerizing groove guitar of Bryon Ciotti; the thunderous booms of Kody Vaughn on bass; the chaos of Glen Darmofalski behind the drumset; and topped off with the charismatic vocals of Chris Granville; Coast is Clear will blow your mind with their original, malicious, yet poetic sound. Not recommended for children.

Tickets: mt.cm

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Jazz in the District This Week

Jazz in the District This Week

by Michael J. West

Wednesday, June 26
Bill Heid is a legend. There are places around this country (and perhaps even outside of it) where his concerts sell out immediately, and where his name is spoken in startled, reverent tones when he’s not in town. It’s not easy for us to remember here in D.C., where we have a lot of pianists and a pretty hefty amount of Bill Heid (who also plays organ). But it’s not something to take lightly: This man and his talent have engendered extraordinary respect and admiration in the realm of the jazz fan. His music is exactly the reason why: Full of soul, warm, happy to mix up lyricism and the blues in rich, expressive, just-plain-happy ways. When he talks in between songs, perhaps switching from Yamaha baby grand to Hammond B-3, it’s as though you were just speaking to the guy in the next stool at your local bar. Which—except that it doesn’t sell alcohol—is just the kind of ambiance that thrives at Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society. Bill Heid performs at 6 p.m. at AJACS, 2813 Franklin Street NE. $10.

Friday, June 28
You may remember that Lionel Lyles, whom I called “a swaggering, straightahead tenor saxophonist, deep in the pocket and steeped in the blues” and “quite harmonically daring,” was in these pages last week as the Friday night headliner at Mr. Henry’s. This column tries very hard not to be repetitive with its picks; Washington has multitudes of great jazz musicians, and you need not go hunting the same people down every week to stay plugged in. Sometimes, though, you get something special. In this case, it’s a tribute to Lee Morgan, the majestic Philadelphia trumpeter who next month would have turned 81 years old. Morgan’s music, as both an improviser and a composer, only seems more vital as time goes on. It’s fitting to have a straightahead (if yes, harmonically daring) group like the Lyles quintet paying tribute to him. That said, there is a special guest on hand for this celebration: tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, a legendary figure who was in Morgan’s last band (and witnessed his murder). They haven’t played a note and already this concert is pregnant with meaning. The Lionel Lyles Quintet with Billy Harper performs at 6 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW. $5.

Saturday, June 29
You know, it might just be best to let Hope Udobi himself describe the sound he’s working with on his new album, In the Wild. “It’s jazz fusion,” he explained to me, “with elements of classical, soul, hip hop. Think ‘70s Herbie, Flying Lotus, Hiatus Kaiyote, Return To Forever, with a handful of synths and odd time meters a sprinkle of Hans Zimmer.” I’ve listened to In the Wild and there’s not much better description handy than that. Ten musicians strong, it’s heavy on atmosphere and is a textural playground of sorts, rich and kaleidoscopic in its emotional effect. If there’s anything of greater import than that, it’s the beautiful, sure, virtuosic touch of Hope Udobi, who’s a brilliant DC musician from whom we’ve long waited for a full-length recording that introduces him to the world at large. Well, it’s here at last—and it’s as wonderful as we D.C. jazz observers had all hoped. Hope Udobi plays with a quintet (trumpeter Theljon Allen, tenor saxophonist Elijah Easton, bassist Mikel Combs, drummer Charles Wilson) in a CD release party at 7:30 p.m. at Sotto, 1610 Fourteenth Street NW (downstairs). $25.

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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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The Woggles at City Winery DC

The Woggles at City Winery DC

Fusing pure rock and soul from vintage sources into their own singular sound, The Woggles lay it down hard and loud but with more majesty than recklessness. Their beats and riffs are as strident as Manfred’s swagger and strut onstage. Having played in the past with Johnny Cash, Link Wray, The Zombies and nearly every garage rock group worth its salt, they’re celebrating both Tally Ho! and 30 years as a group on tour in the U.S. throughout 2017, with dates in Europe and Japan planned for 2018. As Meredith Ochs wisely advised on NPR All Songs Considered: “Go see a Woggles show. It will change your life.”

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

City Winery Washington DC
1350 OKIE ST NE
Washington, DC 20002

Tickets: citywinery.com

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Flippin’ Eyelids at Port Tobacco Marina

Flippin’ Eyelids at Port Tobacco Marina

New time! We play 12-4. Sam Grow plays after us. Flippin’ Eyelids play outside at PTM Marina. Always a great time. Come grab some good eats and hear some awesome tunes!

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Port Tobacco Marina and Restaurant
7536 Shirley Blvd
Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677

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