A Maryland native, Shane Gamble embodies what it means to be a working musician. Shane attacks his guitar with passion and sings jangly songs about the good times with a distinctly American feel. Close your eyes and imagine if Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen were to emerge now on Country radio, then added a modern twist…that’s Shane.
Justin Trawick is a Virginia native born in Leesburg, VA and now residing in Arlington, VA close to Washington DC. His music ranges in styles from folk/bluegrass all the way to funk/hip hop. Justin’s lineup varies for each show and with instrumentation that includes: upright bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, saxophone, trumpet, cello, piano, harmonica, drums, and hand percussion.
Cathy is a DC-based singer-songwriter who has been singing from a young age and performing regularly around the DMV for almost 10 years. She is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar primarily, but also piano and percussion.
She sings with local 80s favorites, The Legwarmers, and also fronts the high-energy, 6-piece ska band, Party Like It’s. She has her own original music project and will be releasing her first album in 2018.
She has played numerous venues, theaters, festivals, and sporting events, including a Japan tour in 2015.
An avid advocate for the DC music scene, Cathy started a nonprofit in 2017 called ProjectHERA. Its mission is to support, connect and empower women and girls in the music industry. Each year, she hosts the HERA music festival, a female-fueled, all ages, celebration of women in music.
She also works as a booking agent for bands and solo artists in and around DC.
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.
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.
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.
Most Savage Gentlemen is a band based out of Alexandria, VA/ Washington, DC that plays both cover music and original writing. They are the combination of four multi-instrumental musicians with a variety of musical stylings and backgrounds. Together they create a harmonious blend of Rock, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, R&B, Folk, Go Go and Country. With four part harmony and the incorporation of a wide variety of different instruments and sounds, MSG is able to bring a unique flare to their music whether its covers or originals.
Most Savage Gentlemen have played all over the DC area as well as Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. The Gents have performed on stage next to the Lincoln Memorial for the DC Rock and Roll Marathon, played for over 3000 people at the Washington Nationals Bullpen, traveled to the shores of Dewey Beach to keep the waves rolling in and made the floors shake at Baltimore’s Tin Roof Music Hall.
Dr. Fu is a dynamic rock cover band known for its energetic stage shows and rock versions of hits from the 80’s through today. Dr. Fu features a collection of experienced musicians who have shared the stage with a variety of national acts such as Cheap Trick, Third Eye Blind, Pat Benatar, Bootsy Collins etc.
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.”