Los Angeles-based artist Sharif has been performing throughout the world for more than twenty years. Taking popular songs of all styles and running them through his live music machine, Sharif creates a unique and dynamic show each and every night. Covering an array of artists, from Madonna to Nirvana, Sharif can truly transform any song into his own profound piece. Join us for an evening of acoustic guitars, warm vocals, and all your favorite songs. For the latest info, visit www.sharifmusic.com
Originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, the small-town dreamer’s stadium-sized personality naturally placed him in the spotlight; as a teenager in musical theatre, a regular performer at the award winning theme park Busch Gardens, and eventually to Nashville, Tenn. as one of Music City’s top rising entertainers.
Although Southern rooted, Lucas is Rock n Roll grown and highly influenced by blue-collar rockers like Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams paired with the rich storytelling of Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Lucas travels with his band across much of the Midwest and East Coast to perform his high-energy set. He’s been fortunate enough to open for 1,000 Horses, play lead guitar for Levi Hummon, and play famous venues and festivals such as the Bluebird Cafe, AT&T Stadium, and Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam.
Alt rocker Courtney King does not want to be easily classified, so she is covering all bases. She describes her style as rock, punk and blues merging with classical, avant-garde and progressive rock. What’s certain is that this singer, songwriter, guitarist and flutist with the siren-like voice has an unforgettable sound that harks back to a classic rock vibe while placing herself distinctly in today’s milieu of empowered women artists.
Chris Darlington was born in Winchester va. He discovered a passion for music at a young age playing in a band with his father and brother. While playing with various bands and playing at downtown Nashville he knew he wanted to keep pushing his passion for music. While juggling his carrer as a Police Officer, he has managed to write and record his first two singles in Nashville 2020. Some of his music influences are Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Chris Stapleton, and many more to list.
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.
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.
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.
The Parker/Barrow Project is a Country Grunge Band based out of the City of Music – Nashville Tennessee. It is the latest project to be produced by Drummer/Song Writer Dylan Turner and features the powerfully raw vocal dominance of Lead Singer and Front Woman extraordinaire Megan Kane. This project is what Turner and Kane consider to be an essential rebranding of their previous endeavor together known as The 81 Run. The couples background in Rock, Blues, Soul and Funk make for an eclectic mix of raw emotion that makes their brand of music unmistakably and distinctively their own.
Ryan Paladino is part of the band Irresponsible. Irresponsible is an Alt-Rock band based out of Washington, DC, whose hard work has landed them headlining shows at such nationally-renowned venues as the 9:30 Club and Jammin’ Java. The quality and consistency of Irresponsible’s studio releases and live shows have established the band as favorites in the DC music community. With the release of one EP and two LPs over four short years, Irresponsible has received consistent airplay on the Local Lix hours of DC’s premier rock station, DC101. Five of their songs have been featured on the station, including the most recent single, “Burn With Me.” Irresponsible’s blend of lighthearted fun and serious musicianship sets this group apart from the rest!
In 2019, Drew decided to conduct a little experiment for himself. He was playing music several nights a week in restaurants and breweries all around Richmond, VA just trying to pay the bills and was growing weary of playing the same old cover songs the same old ways to get a few nods from the bar every once in a while if he played the “right tune.” So he wrote a song with the may-I-please-have-your-attention opening line…
“I’m usually a pretty good guy, but I usually don’t get treated this bad…”
And heads started turning. Drew had discovered something powerful that somehow in over a decade of performing other peoples’ music he had never considered: he could write his own music. So after beginning to throw the fun pop song, USUALLY in the mix, he started writing other songs. Some boasted the same tongue-in-cheek-what-did-he-just-say flair and some hit on much more intimate themes that would become the MIGHT AS WELL EP. The southern rock fueled title track of that EP speaks of growing up in West Virginia and then taking another look at the state after having been gone for several years lamenting…
…it’s just like I remember but I don’t see how I used to see…”
This collection of songs that draw you in with compelling lyrics and carefully crafted melodies features UNAMERICAN JESUS which tackles the complicated relationship between violence and religion in America…
“Preacher, can I get a gun? Well, who do you wanna shoot?”
And the aggressive THE ONE YOU SHOULD FEAR which dares (and warns) the oppressors of the world to underestimate the marginalized…
“I don’t know what you think you see when you turn your head and stare at me but you couldn’t be right…”
Drew is only beginning this journey of song-creation and we’re sure the best is yet to come.