Washington D.C. is chiefly considered for its political climate. It’s easy to forget that this city has spawned some of the most diverse, fiery sounds in modern music. It’s a cornerstone in a region that’s integrated rock, hardcore punk, reggae and more through the likes of Bad Brains, Fugazi and Clutch, and where Latin and funk fused to form the vibrant sound of go-go music. And in its suburbs, four guys – aka Lionize – have been stirring up this heavy, colorful cocktail with a profoundly creative approach, an arsenal of tasty, bluesy hooks and a tone of sci-fi-infused lyrics
Local favorites Kelly Bell Band rewrote lyrics to their classic track “Homegrown”. The reworked song now features lyrics inspired by the flood in Ellicott City and was recently recorded at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore. Formed as a backup band for Bo Diddley, the Kelly Bell Band is now closing in on its 21 year of playing, recording, and entertaining fans. They were voted the Best Blues Band in the Mid Atlantic Region 12 years in a row.
The emergence of the dynamic band, RÊVE, is not only a dream realized, but the ultimate multi-sensory experience that signals a new era of imagination-laced storytelling through its fusion of classical, indie rock, and avant-garde sound and its visceral approach to performance.
If The Henchmen were a gentlemen's cocktail, they'd be two parts Riffy Booty Shakin' Groove Rock, one part Sing Along Hooks, one part Light Up Piano, stirred with a large dash of Suited Up Flare. Formed in 2016, the band came out of the gate with several Sold Out shows, and the headlining slot on the Station North Stage at Artscape. Their Self Titled EP is available now, with new music on the way. We're excited to welcome these dapper gents back to Main Street! Suit up.
With a unique sound diverse enough to guarantee a little something for everyone, VOE is a tight-knit group featuring Dylan Schwacke (guitars,vocals), Dave Stella (drums), Steve Boughan (bass), and Jon-Michael Bittman (sax, keys, vocals) fronted by powerhouse vocalist Kristin Lagana (lead vocals, keys). Having opened for Joan Jett, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Living Colour, The B-52's, Charm City Devils, and more, VOE's favorite shows have always been the festivals like MSMF that highlight the many talents, and many friends, of our great Maryland music scene.
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