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Tessa Elaina Celebrates New EP Both of Us —  August 5th Show

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Following the release of her debut EP, The Both of Us, Tessa Elaina gets ready to perform at Arts Herndon on August 5th. Tessa Elaina – Aug 5 EP Release Show Poster On July 26th, Tessa Elaina released her debut EP The Both of Us for the public to hear. However, the tracks themselves were […]

Alena Ciera Starts Her Next Chapter With New EP

Alena Ciera "All In My Head" Album Art featuring the artist's face from the side, enraptured in a glow.

More to Watch DMV-based pop musician, guitarist, and actress Alena Ciera has just released her long anticipated debut EP, “All In My Head.” Alena Ciera “All In My Head” Album Art “All In My Head” is an exciting and catchy EP that will make you want to dance. It has ear-pleasing vocals, loud drums, electric […]

This Florida Man Has Turned the Punchline into Blues Gold

Selwyn Birchwood performs live on stage

Oh, those wacky headlines that invariably begin: “Florida Man…” And fill in the rest.

Selwyn Birchwood, a native of the Sunshine State, has set this unfortunate, longtime punchline to the blues in “Florida Man.” Indeed, his recent song features such lyrics as “Florida Man is drunk and shoots guns at hurricanes. Florida Man is high on bath salts and eats your face.”

There are headlines—and footage—to back up all of these anecdotes, which Birchwood includes in his music video for the song.

“I thought it was an interesting idea for a song. And I saw it as kind of a challenge to see if I could actually make the lyrics reflect those actual stories,” Birchwood said from the road in between tour stops. “The whole idea was [there was this] mythical creature, that could be down there, that has many forms in many headlines.”

Indeed, Birchwood combed the internet for the outlandish news stories, which he also shares in the video. Choose your favorite: “Florida couple ‘trapped’ in unlocked closet for two days”; “Bath salts blamed for face-eating attack”; “Florida man tells deputies he drank at stop signs, signals only.”

All tragically—hilariously—real.

Taking ‘Five,’ but Giving Back So Much More

John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting performs on piano

John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting discusses performing an original song for Ukraine in front of the wreckage of Mriya and the band’s upcoming show at the Anthem with Barenaked Ladies with contributing writer Eric Althoff.
John Ondrasik would just as soon chat sports. In fact, even his stage name, Five for Fighting, comes from the world of hockey. When his face pops up on a Zoom screen, behind the singer-songwriter in his Los Angeles-area home resides not just his piano but jerseys of Pat Tillman and Luc Robitaille—the latter given to Ondrasik following the Kings vs. Ducks hockey game played at Dodger Stadium on a decidedly un-snowy California day in January of 2017.

“Not to rub it in, but I was at the final game when the Kings beat the Devils,” Ondrasik smirked of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. (I am from New Jersey.) When I shared that I am also a USC alum, Ondrasik, who attended cross-town rival UCLA, waxed about the dynasty of his alma mater’s basketball program under legendary coach John Wooden. Our conversation then turned naturally to both of our schools decamping from the Pac-12 in 2024 to join the Big 10.

NIVA Conference Unites Independent Live Entertainment Industry

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The National Independent Venue Association Conference 2023 (July 10-12) will bring together the independent live entertainment industry for panels, workshops, networking, and performances from across the country.
As the leading conference for independent music and comedy venues, festivals, and the promoter industry, NIVA ‘23 will support, educate, and connect industry leaders across the U.S. “Important topics discussed this year will include industry diversity, mental health, safety, insurance, economic impact of live entertainment, booking, artist development, ticketing, and the role of live entertainment in policymaking.”

Keynote panels will feature prominent industry leaders, members of the media, recording artists, and NIVA members. NIVA ‘23 will also give members the opportunity to engage with NIVA’s federal and national partners on Capitol Hill, in the Administration, and throughout the Capitol region.

DMV Jazz Artist Sharon Rae North Headlining Blues Alley May 3

Sharon Rae North at Blues Alley in Washington D.C. on May 3, 2023

Recent Articles DMV jazz singer Sharon Rae North is making her headlining debut at D.C.’s Blues Alley on May 3. Sharon Rae North at Blues Alley in Washington D.C. on May 3, 2023 National Billboard-charting, Northern Virginia-based jazz singer Sharon Rae North is making her headlining debut at D.C.’s own Blues Alley on May 3, […]

Y La Bamba Comes to Songbyrd on May 16

Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba poses in a car

Y La Bamba recently announced the April 28 release of their new album Lucha with the new single, “Dibujos De Mi Alma.” The new album is aptly time for a tour that passes through Washington D.C. with a stop at Songbyrd on May 16. NPR Music said, “[‘Dibujos de Mi Alma’] captures how it feels to yearn for someone while trying to avoid the pitfalls of toxic love.”

Pitchfork acclaimed, “Part wistful indie pop, part psychedelic folk, the lead single from the group’s seventh album, Lucha, makes peace with ambivalence.” Alchemical Records says, “‘Dibujos de Mi Alma’ is Latin psychedelia, juxtaposing sweetly delivered vocals amidst an always engaging ambience and swaying rhythms.”

León Larregui Visiting The Fillmore Silver Spring May 27 on His “PRISMARAMA” U.S. Tour

León Larregui 2023 PRISMARAMA Tour

Recent Articles Award-winning Mexican singer León Larregui will perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 27 on his PRISMARAMA U.S. Tour. Award-winning Mexican singer, composer, and producer León Larregui is one of Iberian America’s most influential rock personalities who will be making his return to the U.S. this May, performing at The Fillmore Silver […]