33 Pearl Street Southwest
Start your July 4 celebration with The Grandsons second line and party at Pearl Street Warehouse!
Across two decades in the performing arts, The Grandsons have embraced the music of America as their inspiration, and the Nation’s capital as their home. This year, the city has returned the gesture. The Washington Area Music Association named The Grandsons Artist of the Year and dubbed their latest recording Live at the Barns: The Legendary Wolf Trap Recordings, Volume Two roots rock Album of the Year. As their energy and notoriety increases, the band’s geographic reach extends further than ever. Recent years have found them in France and Germany representing America in cultural exchanges with the historic cities of Reims and Aachen. Previously, they spent a month in Taiwan after being chosen by the US government as ideal representatives of America’s celebrated musical style. The Grandsons most recently returned from a second trip to the US and British Virgin Islands where their popularity continues to grow. They marked their 20th anniversary with a sold-out concert at Wolf Trap in Virginia.
A fan aptly described The Grandsons’ exuberant sound as “American music in a blender with the lid off.” This bunch finds inspiration in New Orleans street parades, high-haired rockabillies, low down blues shouters, uptown swing, downtown jazz and outskirts-of-town honky tonk country. On this foundation The Grandsons build their sometimes poignant, often hilarious songs about hitch hiking and heartbreak, mob bosses’
daughters, finding happiness on a tight budget, overly aggressive young ladies, civil engineering and
A Grandsons performance is always a lively exchange of humor, fun, musical riffs and moving feet between band members and audience. Vocalist-guitarist Alan MacEwen charms audiences with his sly wit and
hummable melodies. Washington, DC blues veteran Matthew Sedgley locks in a solid groove on drums and percussion. The band’s secret weapon, saxophonist Chris Watling puts out a sound so meaty and memorable that he is in demand all over as a guest artist and session player. Did we mention he plays accordion too? Multi-instrumentalism is a virtue on The Grandsons bandstand where a few extra horns or a set of claves may suddenly appear out of nowhere.
Howdy from The Grandsons, the group’s 1991 debut produced by Washington music icon Mark Noone was hailed by the Washington Post as “so free-spirited and so subversively anti-sophisticate that it’s practically new territory.” The Grandsons followed up with the release of Wammie winning CDs It’s Hip to Flip, Pan-American Shindig, Live at the Barns, Volume One, and Party with the Rich, which have received accolades in both the local and national press.
In addition to their sold-out shows at the Barns of Wolf Trap, the Grandsons have appeared at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival, the Fete Jeanne d’Arc in Reims, France, the Bethlehem, PA Musikfest, the Kennedy Center, and Florida’s Tropical Heatwave. The band made its US television debut on the PBS
program Frontline. They’ve had the honor to work as back-up band for R&B legends Ruth Brown, Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers, and Howard Tate. With the schedule they keep it’s no wonder the Washington Post dubbed The Grandsons “the hardest working band in DC.”
Hard-driving blues rhythms and soul grooves fuel the blistering performance of DC-based
Soul Blues band Vintage#18. After attending a performance,John Porter, WCVE declares,
“Vintage#18 is a band you have to see live in order to appreciate their level of
April 2017, Vintage#18 released their debut albumGrit which reflects the band’s love of
retro Soul and Blues, featuring a mix of originals and two covers (ZZ Top and Bob Dylan).
The band received their first industry nod in early 2017 – aBlues Blast Music
Award Nomination for New Artist Album Debut.
The band’s live performances have generated quite the buzz throughout Washington, DC
and surrounding areas and the tight-knit group soon found themselves sharing stages with
the Nighthawks, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Albert Cummings, Selwyn Birchwood, Coco
Montoya and Roomful of Blues.
Vintage#18 features the vocals of Robbin Kapsalis, the unique sound of Bill Holter/#18 on
guitar, Alex Kuldell/drums and Mark Chandler/bass.
Blues In the South hit it on the head…” Although this outfit is undoubtedly a blues band,
they have a distinctively individual sound.”
THE JOGO PROJECECT
In May of 2012, almost exactly a year after Elijah Balbed’s first time playing with Chuck Brown, the legendary Godfather of Go-Go had passed away. The devastation spread through the city, and nobody was ready to lose DC’s native son and unofficial mayor. After this occurrence, Elijah knew that he had to do something to continue Chuck’s legacy. After a couple years of planning and brainstorming, Elijah debuted The JoGo Project as a part of an artist residency at Strathmore. The concert was a success, so Elijah continued working on the JoGo concept, and now the band has become a common name in DC, having performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, H Street Festival, Funk Parade, Art All Night, The Lincoln Theatre, and more