“Events like this one are important because they are a very clear example of the ties between communities and their artists,” said John Lawton, vocalist and guitarist for Chevre. “The songs being performed on stage were born on the same streets that the audience members walk every day,” he added.
Talk about common ground – both figuratively and literally.
The 5×5 Songwriters Showcase starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18, at Public Bar Live, 1214 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Admission is free (yes, this is one of those rare times when you get much more than you pay for!) The event will be filmed professionally with plans to debut a spring airing on Amazon Prime. Register here and get ready for your big screen appearance. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Learn more about the featured artists below.
“Dave and his band are awesome performers and people! Their music is effortless and that is why their audience is always at ease listening and humming along. Love it!” – Fan, 2018
Dave Phenicie has been in bands since the early 80s as either the bassist or lead vocalist. In 2006, he made a solo album called “Long Lonely Time,” but joined the band Stonehoney several months later and put his solo career on hold – until now. Phenicie is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his latest full-length album. To learn more about Dave Phenicie, visit Facebook.com/DavePhenicieMusic.
“Honesty in the lyricism of hip-hop should have always been a cornerstone of the genre, but sadly, we’ve lost the way a little bit since the N.W.A. days. Thankfully, up-and-coming hip-hop artist Ya Minko made no bones about laying his soul bare with their latest single “Tired.” – A&R Factory, 2019
Ya Minko was born in the French-speaking former French colony Gabon. Though predominantly focused on Hip-Hop/Rap, his genre bending music is influenced by his cultural background and the many genres he was exposed to during his musical journey. Ya Minko was introduced to songwriting and record production in 2011. He immediately fell in love with the process and dedicated his energy to it full-time. After he moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2012 for his studies, Ya Minko focused his entire attention on his music career, specifically, the art of making records while sacrificing his academic career in the process. To learn more about Ya Minko, visit Yaminko.com.
“You may recognize Deau Eyes from WhateverHoney and local cover band Trunk Show, but if she hasn’t been on your radar, she should be, because the girl has some serious pipes.” – RVA Mag, 2018