Washington D.C.-area singer, songwriter, and avid Beatles fan, George Katsos prepares to headline his first show in 25 years at the Hard Rock Cafe on August 18. The show will celebrate the release of Katsos’ third independent release, a five-song solo EP known as “EP3.”
Having released “Pickle Juice” earlier this year, and “Therapy” alongside “Secrets” as the EP release inches ever closer, George says, “The remainder of the EP ‘There’s Much More’ and ‘Outside Versailles’ can be found on SoundCloud but will hit Spotify in the next 30 days.”
“‘Secrets’ was a song generated by a requirement to play a local venue in Alexandria one night that included a song about a secret,” says George. “With that context, this evocative song explores personal truth and how it often remains hidden behind a façade.”
The song begins in an intimate setting before drums and upright bass fill the room. The chorus brings listeners back to center in tone and lyrics:
Secrets / Secrets / No one cares for them like we do / Secrets / Oh, Secrets / No one holds onto them like we do
George says, “‘Therapy'” describes how medicine doesn’t work as much as friendship to solve one’s problems.” The track is steeped in melancholy at the start, but then the band jumps into something decidedly celebratory that helps to convey that sense of support and community.
George Katsos’ experience extends as far back as the 1980s when he participated in the last night jam at the famous Cambridge Music Complex outside of Boston the night before it was demolished. His music and contributions to other projects has been acknowledged by MTV and Billboard Magazine, and he recently paid homage to The Beatles with a trip to Liverpool, England with his wife and daughter during Beatlemania.
You can expect to hear George performing an assortment of Beatles covers as well as original music from his three EPs at Hard Rock Cafe in Washington D.C. on August 18. Otherwise, keep your ears open for the chance to hear him at one of the region’s various open mics, colleges, and intimate venues.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
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My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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