Calling all Country Music fans! Make your plans early to attend the COUNTRY FEST @ Farm Brew LIVE! Get out your boots and hats and join us for 9 amazing country bands performing on The YARD Stage throughout the weekend! Ride the bull! Hold on tight and give it a go! How long can you stay on? Stay tuned for announcements on the full line-up! Read more
Virginia native Lauren Calve is a Washington, D.C. area singer-songwriter, guitar and lap steel player who has brought a vital new energy to the Americana scene. Starting with her days attending the open mic nights at the well-loved, but now defunct Arlington, VA live music haven Iota Club and Cafe, Calve became known for her strong, soulful vocal style and skillful playing. Seeing her perform, one thinks of Patty Griffin’s dynamic voice, Bonnie Raitt’s smoky aura, and Ben Harper’s unique slide style. She released her debut EP, “Between the Creek and the Tracks” in 2014, for which she earned a Washington Area Music Association nomination for Best Roots Rock Vocalist. Her musical compositions find their ground in the tried and true sounds of Americana, but their strength lies in how they go beyond tradition into innovative melodies, structures and arrangements that define their originality. Lyrically, Calve’s concerns also go into interesting, personal territory, as she uses memorable imagery and meter to write about complex issues too little found in popular music, such as the contemplation of nature and its connection to spirituality, feminist responses to traditional conceptions of gender roles, and the importance of political consciousness in a democracy. She has become a mainstay at prominent local and regional venues, and is honored to have opened for artists like Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies, Charlie Worsham and Wade Bowen. In addition to her solo material, which she performs intimately by herself, with an accompanying guitarist, or with a rocking full band, she is also a member of D.C.’s exciting new Americana “super group” Run Come See. On the basis of her collaboration on original songs with the two other founding members of that band, Run Come See released their debut album in March 2017 to the praise of the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Listen Local First and Brightest Young Things. Building on the vibrant blend of blues, country and rock that continues to shape Calve’s musical vision, she is back in the studio finishing “Light Dark”, her sophomore solo record to be released on March 9, 2018 at the Black Cat in Washington, DC.
This South Florida native always had music instilled in his blood. They say it takes only one moment for someone to become hooked and know that making music is their dream, and for Mark, it was watching the 1994 television special featuring Garth Brooks. Motivated by his passion for music and his love of performing, he was influenced by many different styles of music – the pop hits of the day through his mother, 70’s singer/songwriters via his father and the rock-n-roll hits of the 80s and 90s that he first heard being sung by his siblings. With an eclectic range of musical influences ranging from Garth Brooks to Billy Joel, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffet, he describes his style of music as 90s country with a modern feel. “There’s nothing better when I’m on stage performing and seeing how the crowd is reacting. It’s a matter of me being happy with my performance, but I want that one person who has never seen me before come up and say ‘Man, you’re the guy.’ If one person does that, then I’ve done my job.” With Bray’s creative soul, compelling charm and driven work ethic that won’t let him slow down, it looks like he is on the right path to becoming a household name.
The core of 7 Mile Ford; Christy Bowles, David Bowles, David Breeden and David Wirtanen are closing in on nearly two decades together. Driven by the need to evolve, this group of world class musicians have been consistently working to keep up with the times. The stage is where “THE FORD” truly comes to life. Regionally renowned for blending Country, Pop, Rock and Rap into a driving, energized evening. 7 Mile Ford has earned their stripes on the road and with the addition of their newest member, Jeremy Berberette, the sky is the limit!
The Ford has had the privilege of working with some of Nashville’s greatest artists: Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Sugarland, Marty Stuart, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan and many others.
Levon Biography “You have no idea who we are, but we’re about to be great friends.”And with that inviting proclamation, Levon’s Michael David Hall has opened many a performance. Making friends through the music is part of what it’s all about for this soulful country/rock trio, whose cross-generational sonic appeal draws from past and present, with a harmony-driven style built around compelling lyrics and memorable melodies: music with a timeless quality.
And, they are impacting country radio now with their debut single, “Ms. Marianne,” from their recently-release debut self-titled EP. “Ms. Marianne” was co-written by lead singer Hall, James Dean Hicks and Jamie Houston.
Levon consists of three best friends: Northbrook, Illinois, native Michael David Hall (on guitar and lead vocals, with a soaring five-octave range); Sumter, South Carolina’s Jake Singleton (on harmonies, bass, and percussion); and Camden, Tennessee, native Ryan Holladay (on guitar, mandolin and harmonies).
A few of the trio’s musical roots are suggested by their name, an homage to the talents of The Band’s Levon Helm, as well as Elton John and his song, “Levon.”All in their twenties, Levon’s members nonetheless share a collective musical passion for the 1970s and the artist/songwriter generation whose lyrics and melodies have remained relevant long after their time on the charts.“We wanted people to hear our name and kind of know where we were coming from,” Hall says.
In addition to John and Helm, Levon’s influences include a range of artists whose careers have become synonymous with stellar songwriting, musicianship, and/or harmonies: The Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, CSNY, Keith Urban, Pure Prairie League, and others.
The genesis of Levon sparked with a chance meeting one night in early 2014, when Hall and Singleton performed in separate bands at a Franklin, Tennessee, restaurant where Hall had also been working as a server. Each liked what they heard, with drummer Singleton learning to play bass in order to join Hall’s then-band. Thus began a musical partnership that would crystallize with the September 2015 addition of Ryan Holladay. A vocalist and mandolin player since the age of 3, Holladay had years of experience on the bluegrass circuit and became the perfect third to complete Levon’s three-part-harmony sound.Now dually signed to Sony Music Nashville’s storied Columbia Nashville imprint as well as New York-based powerhouse Epic Records, Levon is a band committed to country music, but with a style and sound that transcend genre or format: killer songcraft that simultaneously won over both Sony Music label teams. And while their music clearly has the potential to break through to a massive audience, Hall makes no bones about the fact that Levon is – and will remain – a country band.
Jobe Fortner is a singer/songwriter from Monroe, Georgia, living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has opened for artists such as Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Frankie Ballard, Riley Green, Keith Anderson, The Steel Woods, Muscadine Bloodline and The SteelDrivers. Raised on southern rock and country roots, you get a heart-wrenching performance along with a powerful voice.
Six-piece band Delta Rae hails from Durham, NC with Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes fronting the robust group with sultry harmonies rounded out by Holljes’ brothers Eric (vocals, piano) and Ian (vocals, guitar) as well as Mike McKee (drums) and Grant Emerson (bass). The band chose their moniker from a mythical story the Holljes siblings’ mother wrote about a Southern girl of the same name who summons the Greek gods to earth.
Headlining over 100 shows each year and a regular on the festival circuit since forming in 2009, Delta Rae’s larger-than-life performances have earned coveted spots at Bonnaroo, Tortuga Music Festival, Austin City Limits, Firefly, Bumbershoot, Summerfest, Hangout Fest, Kaaboo, Basilica, VOODOO, and Lollapalooza. They have received national attention with features in NPR, Washington Post, and New York Times, in addition to late night television performances and inclusion in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Delta Rae were recently named One to Watch in 2018 by Billboard, CMT & Rolling Stone.
Now signed to Big Machine Label Group’s imprint The Valory Music Co., Delta Rae are on tour in support of their latest release, A Long And Happy Life, and their latest radio single “No Peace in Quiet.”
When fate, family and music become one, you find the Low Low Chariot.
Singer-songwriter JD Sutphin toured for years with his rock outfit, Madrone, gaining thousands of fans and even radio support. But even with their success, his maternal grandmother told him repeatedly “Country music is gonna find you.” And one fateful Christmas it did, in a decades old stack of songs unearthed by his family, written by his own grandfather who died on July 4th, 1974, before he could record them.
JD’s grandfather, Jim Freeman, an incredibly accomplished musician in his own right, toured with bluegrass greats Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe.
JD learned these once forgotten songs. He discovered a storytelling style of music that engulfed him to the point of making a pilgrimage to Nashville.
He stood in front of the Ryman with tears and saw a path he needed to take. JD began to write his own songs on his grandfather’s prized Martin guitar. Within the first week he had ten songs unlike anything he had ever written. It was honest. It was simple. It was country.
This new band “The Low Low Chariot” alongside lifelong friends Blaine Davis and Joshua Mason named Low Low Chariot, after his grandfather’s single “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”.
Bryan Frates is a diverse singer/songwriter, music teacher, Songwriters Showcase host, and sports coach out of Southern MD. Bryan’s unique style stems from his love for folk, country, R&B, hip-hop, pop, and jazz music. With an admiration of artists like Martin Sexton, Amos Lee, Zac Brown, Lisa Hillary, Vance Gilbert, and Brandi Carlile, his tremendous vocals weave effortlessly throughout genres. Tying together elements of country and folk along with hip-hop and R&B, he has created a style that is truly his own. With his passion for music and song writing, he hopes to make a full time career out of something that he loves to do. Bryan’s original songs evoke images of family, friends, and the experiences of moving through the various stages of life.
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.
FREE BEER! (in exchange for helping to save species).
It couldn’t be more fun to support the species-saving efforts of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute—all you have to do is buy tickets to Brew at the Zoo. That’s it! Sample craft beers, enjoy live music, meet animals up close, dance all night to music by The Reflex, and feel fine in the morning, knowing you supported a good cause. Drink beer. Save wildlife. FONZ Members get early access to discounted tickets on June 7. This is a 21+ rain or shine event. Outside food will not be permitted (unless you’re wearing it on a necklace). Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo.