JON FRITZ has been performing live since he was 16 years old in Barrington, New Jersey. His musical journey has taken him from New York to Los Angeles & Key West to Austin. Jon also lived and played music in South America for 10 years and in the early 2000s had the lead role in both “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” at West Virginia University. He has recorded six albums of original music and has charted three songs on the radio. A veteran of the Washington DC area music scene since 1996, Jon plays a variety of popular music covering great tunes from Elvis Presley to Incubus and everything in between.
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.
FIREKITE IS a high-energy party rock band that delivers your favorite modern songs at shows throughout the mid-Atlantic area. They deliver with passionate vocals, driving rhythms, and on-stage chemistry that draws you in til the very end. Performing live is what they do and seeing you smile is what they love. So come out and meet Pamela (vocals), Rich (bass guitar), Morton (guitar), John (drums) and CP (keys) and see what the fun is all about!
Tejas Singh, a singer/songwriter based out of Northern Virginia, has been recording and performing for over a decade now. Tejas spent some years in the Big Apple, recording and playing with some great musicians. Since coming back to Virginia, Tejas has been playing the acoustic circuit and writing songs for his next album. He has three records under his belt and we can’t wait for the next one!
Now 6 albums into an eclectic and powerful career that has included 5 top 40 Americana releases, singer/songwriter Randy Thompson continues to make his home in small town Clifton, Virginia. His music lovingly embraces the past even as it pulls it kicking, picking, singing, rocking – its way into the 21st Century. Since the release of his album ‘Further On’ in 2008, he has also toured extensively in Europe, performing as well as headlining festivals in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Norway and the UK. He has had a total of 12 singles reach the top 10 on the International Hotdisc chart and 3 Top 20 appearances on the ‘Euro Americana’ album chart.
His 2012 release ‘Collected’ was on many ‘Top 10 album of the year’ lists including ‘Outlaw Magazine’ and ‘Country Music People’. Renowned Texas music critic Dave Pilot named ‘Collected’ as one of his ‘Top 10 All Time Albums’.
Randy Thompson Band will be on the road in 2018 both in US and in Europe with a brand new release, ‘War,Peace,Love,Fear’. Forged on the road and carved from hard-lived experience. This collection finds the artist in confident, reflective, peak career form.
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.
Low Low Chariot Singer-songwriter JD Sutphin started right out of high school touring with a hard-rock band, working to gain thousands of fans and even radio support. But even with their success, his maternal grandmother would tell him repeatedly “You don’t know it yet but country music is gonna find you.” And one fateful Christmas it did, in a decades old stack of songs unearthed by his family, written by his own grandfather who died on July 4th, 1974, before he could record them.
He stood in front of the Ryman with tears and saw a path he needed to take and soon began to write his own songs on his grandfather’s prized Martin guitar. Within the first week he had ten songs unlike anything he had ever written. It was honest. It was simple. It was country.
John Trupp wears a lot of hats, and not just on stage. He is a musician, songwriter, producer, graphic artist, web designer, videographer, impresario, and an all around family man. John is a native of Washington, DC and has been very active in its music scene. Early on, he joined New Potato Caboose, a nationally touring group that got signed to Rykodisc Records and did extensive touring, playing the finest 600 to 1000 seat halls of the east coast. He was a prominent songwriter on their release that sold tens of thousands of CDs (and albums) and performed over 200 shows per year up and down the coast. NPC still performs today, though a bit less frequently.
John is a new member of the Recording Academy (The Grammys), is a board member of the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW), and does community service through affiliations with Rotary International (where he recently won their Paul Harris award) and as a board member with Time to Rally USA. He also does a significant amount of studio work as a musician and producer, and hosts and promotes concerts including Derwoodstock (in its 13th year) and A Derwood Christmas (in its 8th year). He hosts the area’s longest running Songwriter Showcase each month and promotes and develops new talent in the region.
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
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”
RIght out of Alexandria, VA, Chris was inspired to pursue music in his early years of high school. Beginning with drums as his primary instrument, He has since added guitar, vocal, and producing skills to assist in his passion for writing and creating music.
He was previously the drummer and primary songwriter for Pictures in Pieces (2006-2009), followed by performing as the drummer for The Friday Night Boys (2007-2010).
Since beginning his journey as a solo artist, Chris has enjoyed exploring full creativity with his music. Blending pop hooks, synths sounds, and R&B influence, he released “The Vision” in 2011. With his record The “Zone EP” released in early 2017 and a refreshing new take on music, Chris looks to open the spectrum of music wide open and inspire the new generation of musicians to come.
A dichotomous journey from singing drummer in a punk band – to frontman for the country & western powerhouse Wil Gravatt Band.
A new EP project in 2018 had Wil working with Grammy winner Ray Kennedy (producer of such stellar artists as Lucinda Williams, John Mellencamp, & Taylor Swift) and Wil’s
longtime producer Paul Royce Koch. The results are simply the best work Wil has done to date. One listen to the fiddle-laden, rollicking “Carnival Girl” gives you a sense of the talent behind the songwriting, performance, and production of the entire album.
LIVE music has been rescheduled due to the forecasted extreme weather conditions.
Keeping it simple and soulful, Brent & Co. combines rock, country, reggae and pop with improvisation to create memorable and refreshing music with heart and soul. Performing over 250 shows a year, this is a sound crafted on the road and in front of audiences nationwide. After touring on the 2012 release Not How We Dream EP, Brent & Co. are eager to unleash their new music on the world and continue bringing their live show to fans far and wide.
Larry Thomas, the band leader of PANIC FOR THE VIBE, also performs as an acoustic artist, bringing a soulful, bluesy sound to a personal level. Larry is available to perform as an acoustic solo artist or as an acoustic duo or trio. Performing a bluesy style of music, his song list includes a selection of Top 40 pop, R&B/Motown, rock and a few originals. The music is highlighted by feel-good grooves, rhythmic improvisations, and soulful cadences.