James Britton is the Singer and Guitarist for the group Throwing Plates. Combining heartfelt singer/songwriter roots with folk-rock grit, Throwing Plates is becoming a regular act among many venues in the Washington area. Created by three gifted musicians and songwriters, the DC based group aptly incorporates fresh musical thinking with memorable melodies.
Throwing Plates was founded by James Britton, Jamie Boyd, and Doug Imhoff; the three crossed paths while performing in DC showcases. Mutually impressed by their talents, they soon began writing songs together. Over the past three years Throwing Plates has independently booked and performed over 250 shows and have received awards from the Songwriters Association of Washington and Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.
Through their energetic and interactive stage presence, the trio is accumulating a loyal following. In 2015, well-known songwriter and producer Mark Williams was impressed with Throwing Plates, leading to work on their recording debut.
Phil Rossi has had the pleasure of performing throughout the Washington DC Metro area for the last 16 years at Jammin Java, the Black Cat, IOTA, Parallel Wine Bistro, DNV Rooftop Lounge, 868 Estates Vineyards, Hidden Brook Winery, Fabioli Cellars, 1836 Taproom, Ragtime Restaurant, the Ashburn Pub, Monks BBQ, 930 Club Back Bar, Battlestreet Live, and Whitlow’s on Wilson to name just a few. He performs solo acoustic (your favorite music from the 60s through today, featuring loops, percussion, and tasty grooves) as well as some DJ/Electronica/fun noises.
He writes, records, produces, and subsequently performs a lot of different flavors. He blames an eclectic musical background growing up, from Otis Redding, to the Doors, to Bauhaus, Erasure, Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Waits and everything in between. He has played acoustic for years, solo and in groups
Spencer Joyce is an Annapolis, MD based Indie Rock Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist with origins in both North Carolina and Northern Virginia. Spencer combines the singer/songwriter sensibilities of Ed Sheeran with the beautiful weirdness of Coldplay, the punk edge of Green Day, and the hot licks of John Mayer to create a unique sound to lift his tell-it-like-it-is lyrics up.
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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 bar room voice wrapped up inside a whole lot of full-tilt country-rock guitar.
Jon Cresswell is an indie pop singer-songwriter/ producer from Manassas, Virginia currently living in Los Angeles. This inspirational self-taught musician boasts catchy pop melodies, strong Hip-Hop/Pop style beats, and extraordinary instrumentation to achieve passion filled compositions.
“My music is about sharing my Joy… to reach out and touch someone’s heart with my music that leaves a lasting impression of love.”
His first official EP entitled “Gift Wrapped” will be available worldwide featuring his much anticipated single “For Myself”
Shag is a band like you’ve never heard before nor will you forget! British vocal powerhouse and guitarist Laurence Mckenna fronts the band, with an insane vocal range that can flatter any melody. Laurence also performs many solo gigs with a wide variety of covers. Musical mates, Derek Bond (Bass Guitar-Backing Vocals), Mark Rogers (Drums), and Don Ruzek (Lead Guitar) complete the feel good vibes that will drive you to the dance floor. Blurring inspirations of U.K. spun rock, pop and techno, they have developed their own unique style. It is head music for your feet! Shag has performed at such venues as RFK Stadium for D.C. United, The State Theater, 9:30 Club,The Black Cat, Warner Theater, Jiffy Lube Live (Formerly Nissan Pavilion), Gypsy Sally’s, The Fillmore, The Old Town Theater, Jammin’ Java, Iota and The Capital Center. Shag performs at major festivals, Weddings, Private Events and bar / club venues every year. They have performed on the Jiffy Lube Live (Formerly Nissan Pavilion) VIP stage at the following concerts: Chicago, Jackson Brown, Depeche Mode, Train, Green Day, Sting, Creed, Aerosmith, Earth Wind And Fire, Van Halen! So to all you sensation seekers…come out and shake your bum!
Jake Mimikos is a singer/songwriter from Southern California. Currently, he is living in Virginia and performing solo and in his band The Frontier. After over a decade of writing, recording, and touring he is currently working with his producer Austin Bello (Forever the Sickest Kids) to perfect his sound and continue releasing new music. You can catch him performing at venues large and small in Northern VA and listen to original recordings of his work where ever you stream or download music. Follow his band The Frontier on social media for updates.
After years of performance being a bass sideman, and co-fronting popular Loudoun County, Virginia band, One Horse Town, Julia Kasdorf gives us her solo album, “Motel”. The 11 (8 original, 3 covers) acoustic guitar-driven songs show how deep and wide Julia’s musical experience has been. Solidly Americana, with gleams of Motown, “Motel” shows us what its like to grow up loving rock ‘n roll in a bluegrass household.
Recorded over the course of a year at studio in the woods, “Motel” pulls together everything that Julia loves about music – flat top guitar, driving rhythm, a little soul, and visceral songwriting. Julia produced her own album and invited local legends Jon Carroll, Lynn Kasdorf on pedal steel, Mike Ault, Buddy Dunlap, and Gary Ferguson to help bring her sound to the acetate. “Somethings didn’t quite work out, and I painted myself into a couple of corners. There were times when I absolutely didn’t know what to do and wished like heck I had a producer to tell me!” she acknowledges “but I picked the right musicians and “Motel” kicks *ss, just like I wanted it to.”
Julia feared that the weak point of the album might be her singing. With the help of Les “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band” Thompson, she got away from the kind of pushy delivery she’d developed playing live shows, and found a way to just let the words slip out like honey. Julia was surprised and gratified by the results, having unexpectedly discovered a new gentle subtlety in her voice. “I knew that in the process of making “Motel” I’d learn a lot about myself, about what I wanted to say, about how I wanted to say it. After all the music I’ve learned and absorbed over the years, I thought something pretty cool might happen.”
For over 20 years, Fran Scuderi has been entertaining crowds from as far north as Denmark, to the tropical breezes of the Caribbean. Having regular engagements in Copenhagen, Bermuda, The Cayman Islands, The Virgin Islands, Colorado and Washington, D.C., Scuderi has been continually refining his unique ability to please a crowd no matter how big or small. Fran Scuderi “It’s not the size of the crowd that makes the gig,” he states, “it’s their willingness to become involved.
Having opened for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Johnathan Edwards and Hootie and the Blowfish, Scuderi is eager to climb the ladder of success. He is currently recording his new CD titled “It’s About Time”.
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.
The Reagan Years recreates the sounds of the 1980s; Five talented musicians with five diverse vocal abilities enables this group to replicate uncanny versions of the Pop, Rock, New Wave and Heavy Metal hits of the M-TV Era. Bon Jovi , Madonna, Devo, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, Human League, Madonna, Guns ‘N Roses, A-Ha and ZZ-Top, the band covers all the mega-artists! You will sing along to every song! Since 1996, The Reagan Years has been delighting sold out crowds throughout the East Coast and entertaining 80’s events as far away as Hawaii and country of Panama. In 2015, The Reagan Years took their Baltimore 80’s party band to Europe and played Spain and Germany. This band pioneered the 80’s tribute concept and like any great idea, many have imitated it however none have replicated the magic of The Reagan Years.
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.