Now 6 albums into an eclectic and powerful career that has included 5 top 40 Americana releases, singer/songwriter Randy Thompson continues to make his home in small town Clifton, Virginia. His music lovingly embraces the past even as it pulls it kicking, picking, singing, rocking – its way into the 21st Century. Since the release of his album ‘Further On’ in 2008, he has also toured extensively in Europe, performing as well as headlining festivals in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Norway and the UK. He has had a total of 12 singles reach the top 10 on the International Hotdisc chart and 3 Top 20 appearances on the ‘Euro Americana’ album chart.
His 2012 release ‘Collected’ was on many ‘Top 10 album of the year’ lists including ‘Outlaw Magazine’ and ‘Country Music People’. Renowned Texas music critic Dave Pilot named ‘Collected’ as one of his ‘Top 10 All Time Albums’.
Randy Thompson Band will be on the road in 2018 both in US and in Europe with a brand new release, ‘War,Peace,Love,Fear’. Forged on the road and carved from hard-lived experience. This collection finds the artist in confident, reflective, peak career form.
After years of performance being a bass sideman, and co-fronting popular Loudoun County, Virginia band, One Horse Town, Julia Kasdorf gives us her solo album, “Motel”. The 11 (8 original, 3 covers) acoustic guitar-driven songs show how deep and wide Julia’s musical experience has been. Solidly Americana, with gleams of Motown, “Motel” shows us what its like to grow up loving rock ‘n roll in a bluegrass household.
Recorded over the course of a year at studio in the woods, “Motel” pulls together everything that Julia loves about music – flat top guitar, driving rhythm, a little soul, and visceral songwriting. Julia produced her own album and invited local legends Jon Carroll, Lynn Kasdorf on pedal steel, Mike Ault, Buddy Dunlap, and Gary Ferguson to help bring her sound to the acetate. “Somethings didn’t quite work out, and I painted myself into a couple of corners. There were times when I absolutely didn’t know what to do and wished like heck I had a producer to tell me!” she acknowledges “but I picked the right musicians and “Motel” kicks *ss, just like I wanted it to.”
Julia feared that the weak point of the album might be her singing. With the help of Les “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band” Thompson, she got away from the kind of pushy delivery she’d developed playing live shows, and found a way to just let the words slip out like honey. Julia was surprised and gratified by the results, having unexpectedly discovered a new gentle subtlety in her voice. “I knew that in the process of making “Motel” I’d learn a lot about myself, about what I wanted to say, about how I wanted to say it. After all the music I’ve learned and absorbed over the years, I thought something pretty cool might happen.”
Join us at beautiful Burke Lake Park for the inaugural summer season of Springfeld Nights! Bring a picnic dinner, blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy music such as bluegrass, pop, rock and R&B music. Each concert begins with a performance from our talented Fairfax County high school musicians! 2 Silos Brewery will be pouring beers!
July 11: Randy Thompson Band (Americana/Country/Roots Rock)
July 18: The David Kitchen Band (Pop/Rock)
July 25: The Johnny Artis Band (R&B)
August 1: Ruthie & the Wranglers (American Roots)
August 8: The Colin Thompson Band (Blues/Rock)
August 15: Dr. FU (Rock/Cover Band)
Schedule subject to change. Check website for latest schedule: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances/springfield-nights
Inclement weather: For last minute performance cancellations due to inclement weather, call the HOTLINE at 703-324-SHOW (7469) one hour prior to the program start time.
This acoustic alternative rock soloist, Mike Richards released his first live self-titled, 5-track EP back in August of 2015.
Based in Washington D.C., he has toured the country playing from coast to coast. Mike has been performing in rock bands and acoustically since the age of 14. His roots stem from a heavy influence of 90’s alternative mixed with some acoustic rock. His influences through the years have been the likes of Incubus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Third Eye Blind, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Prince, and The Beatles. He began this project after the split of The Offset, a former Washington DC based rock band that opened for the likes of The Wailers and Frankie Munoz’s band “You Hang Up”.
Since starting A Note Two Self, Mike has been signed to a small label based in Phoenix Arizona and has been performing around the nation for local clubs and festivals such as the Atlantic City Beer Festival with names such as the Dropkick Murphy’s and Streetlight Manifesto. He also performed in the 2017 Chicago IL and Columbia MD legs of Vans Warped Tour. His tour route for 2018 will include the final run of Vans Warped Tour, the Prescott Valley Fair in Phoenix AZ, and various other locations around the East Coast TBA.
Sharif – who is currently earning his Masters at the Berklee College of Music – has made quite a name for himself on the touring front, vacillating from playing intimate solo acoustic shows of his original material to belting out cover tunes (from Rihanna’s “Disturbia” to Maroon 5’s “Won’t Go Home Without You” to Beastie Boys “Girls”) at biker bars to playing one of his favorite genres of music, oldies, at retirement centers (because he wants to, not because he has to) to corporate gigs for Gap and Amstel Light to opening for the likes of Jason Mraz, Kenny Loggins, Rhett Miller, Rusted Root, and Blake Shelton.
“Music consumes me,” explains Sharif, who has approximately 2,000 shows around the world under his belt. “I just love playing music, teaching music, learning more about music, and doing whatever I can to get there.”
Jason Masi got his start with Richmond, VA based group, Jubeus, opening for acts like Blind Melon, Everclear, and SOJA and releasing two well received albums, “Two Tone Circles” 2004 and “Natural Mood” 2007, respectively. He stepped out as a solo artist in 2010, trading in the band’s roots-jam driven rock for a more acoustic soul/R&B songwriter approach.
David is seasoned musician and has been performing since he was 9 years old. His versatility in the local music scene has made him a house hold name in the DC area with influential styles of pop, rock, reggae, hip-hop, and indie. Though first and foremost a vocalist and rhythm guitar player, he also has performed drums, bass, and keys with various bands.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised by the world, Eli Lev is a traveler, self-proclaimed folk hero, and a passionate musician. He translates his experiences from the road directly to the audience in his live performances, which feature a strong, soulful voice supported by beatboxing, harmonica, flute, and acoustic guitar loops. As an audience member, you can’t help but want to travel the world and hear him sing through the next adventure.
Keeping it simple and soulful, Brent & Co. combines rock, country, reggae and pop with improvisation to create memorable and refreshing music with heart and soul. Performing over 250 shows a year, this is a sound crafted on the road and in front of audiences nationwide. After touring on the 2012 release Not How We Dream EP, Brent & Co. are eager to unleash their new music on the world and continue bringing their live show to fans far and wide.