Scott Kurt grew up in America’s Rust Belt, and the grittiness of his roots is evident in every aspect of his music. From his debut album, “Ragged But Right,” recorded with his band Memphis 59, to his first solo effort “Down This Road,” he captures the essence of hard living, hard work and hard times in deeply personal lyrics delivered by a whiskey-tinged barroom voice wrapped up inside a whole lot of full-tilt country-rock guitar.
It’s a reverence for telling the stories of a small town way of life that drew Scott to country music. “Nashville turns out great songs, with catchy hooks, sure – but the best of them tell great stories. When you close your eyes, and listen to the lyrics and that movie reel in your head starts turning – that’s what I want my songs to do for people.”
His songs have earned Scott comparisons to legends like Steve Earle, Tom Petty and Gary Allan, as well as multiple Washington Area Music Association nominations, and opening slots for some of country’s biggest and brightest stars, including Cole Swindell, Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Easton Corbin, Frankie Ballard, Joe Nichols and personal idol Radney Foster. Scott currently resides in Sterling, Virginia, and fans can see him perform regionally at venues like Hill Country D.C., The Hamilton, The Fillmore and The State Theatre.
Led by charismatic showman and vocalist Jarreau Williams, JWX: The Jarreau Williams Xperience is one of the hottest bands in the Washington, DC area. They engage audiences with their favorite 70s-top 40 R&B, funk, pop, and hip-hop tunes as well as Jarreau’s originals (available on all music platforms). When you attend a show, it’s not just musicians playing songs, you are witnessing an experience!
An archaeologist by day, Joe brings a skilled energy to the Alternative and Neo-folk music scene by night. He takes inspiration from a mix of artists like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Muddy Waters, Jon Foreman, and Needtobreathe, just to name a few.
Joe got his start in Silvertongue, a hard rock band best known for winning Washington D.C.’s “Next Big Thing” Battle of the Bands in 2010. He’s since channeled his energy and passion into being a solo acoustic artist and contributing member of Signal Hill Band.
Along with performing original songs, Joe covers artists ranging from the Lumineers to Goo Goo Dolls to the Zac Brown Band. He is local to Northern VA.
Collin Athas is a musician from Baltimore, Maryland. His music spans the generations, from Classic Rock ‘N Roll to Contemporary Top Forty hits. He has fronted two bands as a lead singer, guitarist and songwriter; and, since 2016 has entertained audiences primarily as a solo act, performing in various venues in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.
Frank McCrearyhas been a singer/guitarist in the Maryland Virginia Washington DC area since the mid-1980s. His strong vocals and smooth guitar playing are the perfect combination for his music. Frank play songs from artists such as James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Eagles, Cat Stevens, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and many more. He has been the front man for several very popular bands in the Maryland area and has enjoyed success in many venues, including Orioles Park at Camden Yards, M&T BANK stadium, all the areas casinos, and all major Maryland and DC night clubs. Frank has even performed at the French Embassy. Frank and his bands have opened up for multiple musical stars over the years, and Frank is currently recording his own music where he lives in Westminster Maryland. Frank has had success recording with multiple other artists, and had a recording in the rotation for Grammy nomination in 2011.
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.
Whether you are looking to dance the night away at your wedding or sing along to the songs of your youth with your friends, The Excellent Drivers have got you covered. Based in the Washington DC area, The Excellent Drivers pride themselves on playing the songs everyone wants to hear without being predictable, whether it’s an iconic retro song from the 80s, and R&B classic or a modern Top 40 hit from today.
Timmie Metz is a rock & soul singer, guitar player and band leader hailing from the Washington D.C./Baltimore/Annapolis area. With a soulful, slightly gravely, voice that rings of Chris Stapleton, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Timmie loves to entertain. “My main goal is to get family & friends on their feet with their children, dancing. There is nothing better.”
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.
The New Romance cranks out an incredible nonstop high-energy show that will leave you breathless. You’ll know every song, dance for hours and sing at the top of your lungs. Think of it as your favorite mix tape of the 80s coming to life! Since their inception, their focus is only playing the songs you know and love with stunning accuracy. Together the band has a wealth of experience in the music industry and entertainment world. So, grab your friends and join The Ultimate 80’s Tribute Band “The New Romance”!