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.”
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.
As a recent college graduate, Britton pursues his dreams of writing, playing, teaching, recording, and producing music. He continues to write songs on his guitar, he plays weekly in the Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland area; he teaches at a music school for kids called Bach to Rock, he records music at his home studio as well as his great friend Andrew Dunbar’s home studio, and produces his music there as well. Britton writes about relationships with his loved ones, nature (especially the weather), and his hardships. He’s hoping to write songs that relate to many people and impact them in a positive way.
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.
Holly Montgomery is a singer-songwriter and bass player originally from Louisville, KY, transplanted to L.A. and then again to Washington DC. She has recorded two albums and wrote the theme songs for lots of major charities. Montgomery’s vocals are a real high point. Her voice has a deep, gritty tone that pours through the speakers like sonic honey.
PANIC FOR THE VIBE (PFTV) is an American Pop, Soul, Rock, Reggae and Blues band from Bristow, Virginia, formed in 2013. The band’s line-up includes Larry Thomas (vocals and guitar), John Graves (lead guitar and vocals), Briane Russell (bass), Jana Patterson (vocals and keyboard) and Charles Smith (drums).
PFTV’s music is highlighted by bass-driven grooves, reggae rhythms, and soulful cadences, sometimes alternating between funk, pop, blues and reggae within the same song.Their music often contains mood-altering, harmonic minor-based or bluesy vocals and guitar solos, and rhythmically-improvised heavy bass lines.
PFTV’s performance experience includes a Mid-Atlantic tour for three years, performing at concerts for as many as 6,000. The band currently performs locally in the DC Metro area at bars, clubs, wineries, corporate events and private parties. Larry Thomas, the band’s frontman, also performs as an acoustic solo artist, bringing the same soulful, bluesy sound to a personal level.
Brian Franke is an independent award-winning singer/songwriter residing in the Washington, DC area. He is known as both a frequently booked cover song musician as well as an original songwriter. His cover songs range from classic rock songs, to 90s alternative rock, to Top 40 songs currently on the radio.