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Time Loves a Hero and Elvis!

Hey Y’all,

Oh my, so many fun goings around here at Chez Janine this month – the winter weather is nipping at our noses and the holidays are nipping at our heels!  December is jammed full of opportunities to celebrate the season and support your local musicians!

Saturday, December 1, I’m following Phil Collins’ lead from Live Aid back in 1985!  How, you ask? Well, first I’m performing in Time Loves A Hero, A Tribute to Little Feat .  We did this show back in June at Bethesda Blues and Jazz, and it was such a success it was decided we’d cross the Potomac for a repeat at The Birchmere!

        

Then it’s haul ass to Baltimore for the 25th annual Night of 100 Elvises!  I’ve performed every single show and sure couldn’t miss the 25th year, now could I?  If only Phil’s helicopter that flew him to and from the airports in Philly and London was available – looks like my Honda Element will have to do!

Thursday, December 6, Max and I will be at the Downtown DC Holiday Market from 5-7 p.m.  Another holiday tradition that we love!  F Street, NW, between 7th and 8th Streets is filled with all sorts of great holiday shopping so browse while we serenade you.  My neighborhood fav coffee from Hyattsville, Vigilante Coffee, will be there to keep you warm, too.  I won’t tell if you have a little holiday cheer to add to your beverage – just make sure you share!

Friday, December 7, My pal, Domenic Cicala invited me to join him at The Brookville Beer Farm and get you in the mood for the holiday with some duets!  We recorded two holiday songs and you can get your hands on them here!   

The Townes Van Zandt/Guy Clark show was a wonderful evening, and if you missed it, you can catch a recap video here.

Stay tuned for more holiday celebratin’…

Happy Holidays and hug your loved ones.  Thank you for supporting me and live music!

Big Love,

 

 

Billy, Townes, and Guy. Oh my!

Hey Y’all,

I don’t know about y’all, but I am SO ready for the weekend! Getting over a thankfully brief cold and preparing for a fun musical weekend.  I sure do hope you’ll be able to come on out and celebrate the weekend seeing some fabulous musicians that I luckily get to perform with!  Here’s the scoop…

Friday, November 16, The Billy Coulter Band will appear at The New Deal Café in Greenbelt and Max, Arch and I will open the show.  New Deal is such a fun venue located in the heart of Greenbelt and they are big supporters of live music, oh, and the show is free!  More $$ for you to spend on your favorite libation and/or CDs (psssst…. Christmas is coming so you can get a jump on Black Friday!).  I know CDs seem to be going the way of the dinosaur these days but please remember that purchasing CDs, t-shirts and other band merchandise is one very important way we can still make money doing what we love.  Music royalties are not keeping up with the times/inflation and streaming pays just as poorly.  I’ll write more on this in the next post and why your support means so much.

Saturday, November 17, it’s Under the Influence – a tribute to Townes Van Zandt & Guy Clark.  A fabulous lineup so please join us to give thanks for Townes and Guy.  It’s been very fun for me to delve deeper into their music and find some gems to share with you.  They were both such wonderful storytellers.  Come on out and hear some new interpretations of some of their well known and not so well known music.  If you’re not familiar with them, this show is a perfect way to get to know them and big thanks to Domenic Cicala for wrangling all of us together and producing the show!  Domenic and I are performing a duet of the Emmylou Harris/Don Williams classic, “If I Needed You,” a Townes classic.  Can’t wait and hope to see you there…

Happy Thanksgiving and hug your loved ones.  Thank you for supporting me and live music!

Big Love,

 

 

Beer and Coffee

Hey Y’all,

I am soooo ready for Fall.  Really ready.  Here in the DC area our summer has been filled with so much rain, heat and humidity and finally a reprieve has been granted.  I know this does not compare whatsoever with what folks in Hurricane Florence’s path are experiencing and my heart goes out to all.  If you’d like to help in some way, please consider reaching out to The Red Cross either by donating or giving blood.

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BEER:  Tomorrow is the first day of Fall and I’m beyond excited that our performance at Hyattsville’s Arts and Ales Festival will be blessed with much cooler weather than the last two years.  There is fabulous music all day long, and we are on at 3 p.m.  Hope you’ll join us for a fun day of beer tasting, lots of art in different forms (beer) as well as music, and beer – a perfect way to kick off Fall!

COFFEE (and beer if you like!): Next Thursday, I’ll join Billy Coulter and Bill Williams during their fun monthly songwriter hang at Bump ‘N Grind in Silver Spring.  They have couches were you can curl up with a mug of whatever warms your heart and listen to some of the area’s best music and songwriting.  Lucky me, Arch Alcantara is playing with me, too!

So I’ve been working on my guitar playing a bit more fiercely of late so that I am able to accompany myself, opening up a lot more performance opportunities.  Now, I’m no Max Evans but it’s a good goal!   I figured a safe first outing would be at a friend’s party in Accokeek and my good pal Wendy LeBeau (love her name) played upright bass.  Wendy slaps that bass silly in her super fun Rockabilly band, The Flea Bops.  Check them out when you get a chance…  We had a rain delay and then made it through our set without any major upset or me saying “shit” over the microphone – yay!  I survived so I decided to crash my pal, Domenic Cicala’s gig at a coffee shop out in Purcellville, Virginia, (I think this constitutes as a tour, yes?!) and play all the songs I know.  Thanks so much, Domenic!  I think I said “shit,” though.  Oops!

The following week the entire band performed at Hyattsville’s Community Forklift for their First Fridays hang.  The two hour downpour didn’t keep us from playing but lordy it was sweaty.  Fun, but sweaty.  There was local beer – you know Hyattsville loves beer – and all sorts of great art, and other fun stuff.  The Forklift is a huge warehouse full of reclaimed just about anything you could need for your house.  Reuse y’all!

I was prepared to play all by my lonesome (okay, I’m starting to get the hang of this solo business!) for the Hyattsville Porch Fest this past Saturday but much to my delight and probably the better enjoyment of the audience, my pal, Todd Baker, showed up with his fiddle!  What a sweet addition… and, yes, that was me sighing a giant sigh of relief!

Stay tuned for more solo outings where I may or may not say, um, “merde.”

Thanks for supporting live music!

 

 

All That You Dream…

Hey Y’all,

Hope your summer is swimming along fabulously!

When I was a young lady in Columbus, Ohio, I had one of the most fantastic jobs ever… an usher at Vet’s Memorial Auditorium.  The very first show I worked was Parliament-Funkadelic – wow!  It was crazy – no one sat in their correct seats, no one wanted to sit anyway, and the scent of weed was everywhere.  One could barely see in the downstairs lobby from all the pot and cigarette smoke!  The second show was Bread.  Polite, laid back and groovy people..  My best friend, Pat, and I saw everything from George Jones (I think it was that concert we found a bottle of Night Train under a seat!  Gawd, it tasted awful…) to Frank Zappa to The Grateful Dead (saw my French teacher at that one!)  and most importantly, Bruce Springsteen.   I remember being downstairs getting paid my five bucks and hearing the beginning of Candy’s Room and squealing with delight I ran up the stairs to go back into the theatre.  My fellow usher Melissa and were able to go up to the stage since we were ushers (well almost to the stage) and she snapped a few photos.  Bruce jumped off of the stage about six feet away from me and a guy standing next to me handed Bruce a can of beer which he promptly took onstage, shook up, and then sprayed the beer everywhere.  Barry Manilow who?!!  This auditorium (sadly gone now) only sat around 4000 people and was quite a wonderful musical education for me.

One other memorable show was Little Feat – such a fun concert!  Whiz ahead a lot of years and I found myself opening for Little Feat and meeting the band and telling my story to Paul Barrere!  Never in a million years would my 16 year-old self have believed it if someone told me that would happen..  Talk about your full circle!

On Friday, June 29th I am participating in a tribute to Little Feat at Bethesda Blues & Jazz!  I am so excited to be a part of this tribute and with a stellar lineup – hope you’ll join us to celebrate Little Feat’s mark on the musical map.

 

Thanks for supporting live music!

 

 

 

It’s Summer in the City!

Hey Y’all,

Summer has mostly arrived and hopefully leaving the rainy weather behind!  I don’t know about you but the endless rain was brutal – I dreamed of just lolling about in bed all day with good movies, kitties and chocolate.  This is not a bad thing unless it’s every day for a week…  Now that the weather is much nicer, I invite you to join Arch Alcantara and me Friday, June 15th at one of my favorite places, The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards in Hamilton, Virginia.  I adore the barn so much – I keep threatening to just move in though I’m not sure they’d go for it, dang it.  We’ll play right when you should start your happy hour, 5:45 and go until 7:45.

I’m so lucky to have Arch join me again the following week for one of my favorite local spots (and so close to my house), the Riverdale Park Farmers Market.  Perfect location for family-friendly local shopping on your way home from work.  5-7 p.m.

Thanks for supporting live music!

Big Love,

 

P.S.  Max and I had a fabulous time opening for Lee Roy Parnell last month at Pearl Street Warehouse (my fav new venue!).  I absolutely love his music – please check him out – a great mix of blues, soul, country and cool!

Pearl Street Warehouse!

Hey Y’all!

Hope the month of May has been going swell and y’all paid due homage to your Mommas!

John Rossman and I had a fabulous time opening for David Olney recently at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.  If you were unable to join us, please check out David’s music the next time you’re trolling around for something new to listen to.  He is such a wonderful storyteller!  And a big ol’ huginkiss to Domenic Cicala for inviting us to be a part of the concert series.  Keep an eye out for the next season starting around October, I believe.

I’m super excited for an appearance on May 22nd at Pearl Street Warehouse in SW Washington, DC! Max Evans and I will open for Texas native Lee Roy Parnell!   I sure do love me some Texas, especially the music and Mr. Parnell is no exception.  If you haven’t been down to the new waterfront yet, this will be a perfect time to do so… It’s a lively little area down there with so much fun going on.

Tickets are available here.

Thanks for supporting your area musicians!

Big Love,

 

 

Gaithersburg Arts Barn!

Hey Y’all,

Spring has been peeking out from behind Winter’s flannel sheets and now it seems to be here for good.  Summer concerts are on the horizon so grab your calendar and let’s get to scheduling!

I’m very excited for an upcoming performance on May 12th at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn!  John Rossman and I will open for the fabulous songwriter, David Olney.  If you’re unfamiliar with David, please check him out.  His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s Nashville and his songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien and Steve Young, among many others.  John and I have been working up some new renditions to some tunes and can’t wait to hear what you think!

Tickets are available here.  For all of you songwriters, David will host a songwriting workshop before the show and those tickets (which include the concert) are available here.

Thanks for supporting live music!

Big Love,

 

 

 

The Barns at Hamilton Station!

Hey Y’all,

This Friday, March 30th Arch Alcantara and I will perform two acoustic sets at the ever so charming Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards in Hamilton, Virginia.  Time 5:45-7:45.  I can’t tell you how much I love this venue.  I seriously want to live in the barn.  Wine and fireplace – what more do you need?  Well, maybe a few other things but anyway it is such a lovely setting and the perfect way to wind down your week.  See you there though if you miss this appearance we’ll be there again on June 15th!

Thanks for supporting live music

Big love,

 

 

Happy Almost New Year!

Hey Y’all,

Wow, can you believe there are only about two weeks left to the year?!  Weren’t we just whining about how hot it was in September?!  I know I was…

This Sunday the 17th is a very exciting show at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn with fellow artists Domenic Cicala, Karen Collins, Dudley and Sally Connell, Tony Denikos, David Kitchen, Patty Reese, Bob Berberich, Greg Hardin and Gantt Kushner.  Come and sing holiday tunes with us!!  You know you want to…

Thursday, December 21st you’ll find me at Billy Coulter’s monthly songwriter hang at Bump ‘n Grind – more holiday tunes!

I’ll be back at First Night Alexandria for New Year’s Eve, and guess what?  We’re sharing the evening with Ruthie and The Wranglers! This will be more fun than ever so hope you’ll ring in the New Year with us.

Oh, and if you missed the 24th Night of 100 Elvises, it was super fun as always.  Check out a video of “Walk A Mile in My Shoes” here.  Mark your calendars for the 25th year on Saturday, December 1, 2018, now!

Thank you so much for your support over the year – I know there is so much going on all the time so when I see you at our shows or you listen to us on your favorite streaming site or say hi on social media, it means the world to me.  I truly wish the most peaceful, fun and love filled holiday season to each and every one of you.  May 2018 be the best year ever!

Much love and hugs, y’all!

Now get up off of that couch, come on out and support your area musicians!

Big Love,

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Hey Y’all,

With Thanksgiving behind us the holidays are impatiently waiting in the wings – I’m still wondering how life became so jam packed with a million things to do, people to see and fun to indulge in…  I’m still working on 1999!

To aid and abet you in some of that indulgent fun, you can catch me all over the place this month.  December brings one of my favorite shows – The Night of 100 Elvises – and if you have vet to attend (where have you been the last 23 years?!) you are missing out on an evening of Elvis craziness, more Elvi than you can shake a stick at (what does that mean exactly?!) and this year the show will be presented at The Lord Baltimore Hotel which The Rubell family (Steve Rubell’s family of Studio 54 fame) restored to its former glory – Elvis would be proud indeed!  One of the songs I chose this year, Walk a Mile in My Shoes, was written by Joe South and covered by Elvis.  The song sends a message of empathy, listening and putting yourself in another’s shoes, leaving our egos aside, something that is very much needed in these times.  I know it’s late notice but if you’ve never attended this event and have nothing planned for the evening, please consider coming out to join us and celebrate Elvis and his love of music and fellow man and kick the holiday season off with a bang!

If you miss me at Elvis, you can catch me, Max Evans and John Rossman at the Downtown DC Holiday Market another annual tradition that we love participating in with a great lineup of area performers.  Check out the schedule here..

Happy Holidays and Big Love,

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Is it Fall Yet?!

Hey Y’all,

I hope everyone  has had a wonderful summer and that y’all are rested and relaxed and ready to party! It’s been a challenging month so far with all of the craziness in the world, and during these troubled times, we can always count on music to soothe our savage souls and bring us together.  Put on your favorite feel good music and dance like crazy…  and perhaps we’ll see you out this month.  Lots of music to share!

Anyone going to see Brad Paisley at Jiffy Lube Live tonight?!  Max and I will be in the Megaticket Holder’s club performing before the big show.  Yeehaw!

Coming up are two fun events in my neighborhood – the full band will appear at the Hyattsville Arts and Ales Festival on the 23rd and on the 16th is the first annual Hyattsville Porchfest!  Come on by and hang at my house and take a tour of other hosted porches in the neighborhood checking out all the diverse music available in our ‘hood.  I’ll be performing as well as Annette Wasilik, Michael Roth and Jorge Serafin.  Looking forward to seeing what sort of musical trouble we can get in to!

Get up off the couch and support your local musician and see you soon!

Big Love,

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Happy Rockin’ Holidays!

Hey Y’all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you’re gearing up for a musical holiday season.  We have a few of what have become traditional December performances coming up this month., one each in the DMV area!

Night of 100 Elvises (December 3), in it’s 23rd year in Baltimore – I’ve participated in this show since the beginning (I was about 10) and have loved every year of crazy, Elvis freak out fun.  Oh, the memories!  Getting busted coming out of the men’s bathroom (so…), shoving someone’s face in the Elvis cake (they asked for it) and finding two grown men in pink wigs and nighties behind me dancing to Viva Las Vegas, oh, and one year those same two men were supposed to be singing back up vocals on a tune for me, yet when I turned around at one point, there they were on the stage floor wrestling as if it were a wet t-shirt contest!  What’s your fav Elvis memory – hit me up on Facebook.

Up next is the Downtown DC Holiday Market (December 9) – Max and I will be at the stage at 8th and F Streets, NW, from 5-7 p.m.  Such a perfect way to end the week and wind down with some music and local holiday shopping!

Finally to say au revoir to 2016 and ring in 2017 (what?!!) you’ll find Max, Tommy and me at First Night Alexandria in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  We share the evening with Rorie.  If you haven’t attended First Night, it’s family friendly and you can find all sorts of music all over Old Town and fireworks at midnight!

Hope to see you out and about celebrating the season, and that Santa brings you health, happiness, good fun and good music in the New Year!

Big luv,

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I’m Dreaming of a white Christmas!

 

Hey Y’all,

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…  If you know me at all, you know I’m a cool weather girl, and I’m so ready to say so long to the heat and humidity.  The heat doesn’t stop me from performing outdoor concerts, however, and I hope you’ll join us this Wednesday as we perform with the full band at Mason District Park and then Saturday Max and I perform at the very sweet Howard Avenue Park in Kensington.

Later in the month, we are back at Jiffy Lube Live to perform in the MegaTicket Club before Keith Urban!   I admit, I have a big ass crush on that guy – I first saw him in concert back in 2006 in San Antonio at the rodeo on my birthday with one of my best pals, Cindy Cain, and he was fabulous – his energy contagious.  Not to mention he can make me kinda swoon.  Don’t you just love that word, “swoon?!”  And while Max is on vacation, I’ll be performing with the fabulous Greg Loman.  He and I met when we were both in a Black Crowes Tribute Band, Non-Fiction, (they are great, by the way!).  I’m also a guitar student of Greg’s and hope that some of his stellar playing is rubbing off on me!

Happy summer and hope to see you out and about so get on up and support your area musicians!

Big love,

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The Daily Bump ‘n Grind!

 

Hey Y’all,

The daily bump ‘n grind…  doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun than just “the daily grind?!”  Throwing a little hip into things can lead to all kinds of mischief.
We love mischief (the good kind) and highly recommend it!  And speaking of bump ‘n grind…

The 23rd you’ll find me with some of my favorite fellas for a SAW songwriter showcase at a new-to-me venue, The Bump ‘n Grind.  I will be surrounded by the good looking and talented Billy Coulter, Tony Denikos and Bill Williams!

We start the month off this Friday with an evening at The Barns at Hamilton Station Winery – laid back and easy!  We love it here and you will, too.

I am so excited about performing in the VIP Lounge before The Dixie Chicks on the 25th at Jiffy Lube Live.  I’ve loved them for years and Max and I are  looking forward to getting the party started!

Happy summer and hope to see you out and about so get on up and support your area musicians!

Big Love,

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Let’s Get Bawdy!

 

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Hey Y’all,

Are you still staying all snuggly in your bed with all this rainy and cool weather?  If so, it’s time to throw back the covers, put on your party pants and bring yourself to Iota in Arlington this Thursday, May 19th at 8 p.m.  My pals, Mary Shaver and Laura Baron are gonna rock you all night long singing some of our favorite brassy and bawdy tunes that will warm the cockles of your heart… and possibly other parts of your anatomy as well.  Oh my, I’m getting all warm just thinking about it!

We’ll be performing such gems as “It Ain’t the Meat it’s the Motion” and to pay tribute to the late Candye Kane , we’re including her song, “White Trash Girl” as well as many more fun tunes.  Your temperature will be raised, you can count on it!

Hope to see you out and about so get on up and support your area musicians!

Big Love,

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Baby, It’s Still Cold Outside!

Hey Y’all,

As I write this note to you, it’s pretty darn cold outside, but I know spring will be here before we know it, and we can kick that cabin fever to the curb.  I’m a bit behind this year – still working on January really – and another birthday behind me like a speeding train on a bender.  So here’s what I’m up to (other than trying to catch up to February!)  at the moment and a list of goals for the year…

This Friday, February 12th Max and I return to the absolutely charming Barns at Hamilton Station.  We performed at this quaint winery last year and loved it so if you’re looking for a place to stay warm, this is a great place to do so.  Wine, music and a little love is all you need!

Saturday morning Max and I are recording a podcast maDCap, and we are super excited about it – stay tuned for the air date!

The aforementioned goals can be seen here

Hope to see you out and about so get on up and support your area musicians!

Big Love,

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Wishing you a hunk of burning love in your stocking!

Hey Y’all,

Holy moly, it’s December already… Hope you had some good time with family over Thanksgiving and have worked off all that pie!  I hear enjoying music is a great way to do so…

Max and I will be out and about for some holiday gigs – one of our favs is the Downtown DC Holiday Market where you can shop locally (one for them, one for me!) and get in the spirit of Christmas!  We serenade you while you support your jewelry addiction.  A big ol’ shout out to my local Hyattsville yummy coffee shop, Vigilante, who will be selling their coffee elixirs at the market to keep you warm… No one will notice if you sneak some booze in it for medicinal purposes – We know, it’s cold!

You love BBQ and so do we!  Max and I perform at Smokehouse Live for a Sunday Brunch on December 13th, and, well brisket (haha, I typed “briskey.”  Hmmm, sounds good…) is good any time, any day.  Join us, won’t you?

We continue our New Year’s Eve tradition of First Night Alexandria this year and hope you will, too.  Love this gig – it’s so great seeing everyone and this year we will switch sets with Dave Nachmanoff and we can’t wait to ring in the New Year with you!

We truly wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season filled with love, prosperity, good health and lots of music.  We thank you for your support over the years and hope 2016 is your best year yet.

Big Love,

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Highway to Hell!

Hey Y’all,

Rocktober is already rockin’ down the highway and heading right to hell and the Halloween Howl October 30th at Bethesda Blues and Jazz! So many musicians, so much scary music. Whatever shall I wear?!  You’ll just have to come out and see…

Before I can scare the pants off of you on the 30th, why not come out to our virgin appearance at Smokehouse Live in Leesburg on the 24th?!  It’s a band performance and I hear this place rocks and has amazing food and drink… need I say more?  Oh yes, I do!  We have the fabulous drummer, Robbie Magruder, keepin’ the groove going.  We love Robbie and so will you!

Hope to see you out and about so get on up and support your area musicians!

Big Love,

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Herndon Festival!

Hey Y’all,

It’s just about summer and that means outdoor music festivals and plenty of them!  This year we’re back at the Herndon Festival this Sunday, May 31st.  You can catch us at 4 p.m. on the Cafe Stage and we’ll be in an electric acoustic format – even more fun!  I have fond memories of past performances here and look forward to it once again.  Please stop by and say hello – we’d love to see you!

Big love,

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April in Hyattsville

Hey Y’all,

If we can’t be in Paris, we’ll make the best of being in Hyattsville!  I hope the first quarter of your 2015 has been fabulous and music-filled!  We have many opportunities to fill your April calendar…  Tuesday, April 7th Max and I will be joining my pal, Ruthie Logsdon, for the Wranglers’ New Old Jamboree at the New Deal Café – 7 p.m. kick off.  Thursday, April 9th Max and I will perform a set at The TreeHouse Lounge in DC along with Adryelle and The Starlight Natives.

Saturday, April 11th I will perform with The Vi-Kings at Clyde’s Chevy Chase.  These guys are gonna rock you ’60s style – they are so much fun – and I’ll sit in on a few tunes.  Fun city!

April 25th, you’ll find me and Max at Taste of Vienna, an all day festival. We love local festivals and you will, too! Lots of family fun.

Hope to see you out and about so get on up and support your area musicians!

Big Love,

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Where’s the nearest mistletoe?!

 

Hey Y’all,

It’s December and that means lots of holiday music, fun and one of my favorite things, mistletoe!

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year when we celebrate our loved ones,  share the joy of the season and focus on all for which we are grateful.  I am grateful to all of you for your support by coming out to see us perform and spending your hard earned $$ on our music.  Not to mention Max, Tommy and Clark and all the other fabulous musicians I get to play with!  Thank you very much!

We hope to see you at one of our performances  – please come up and say hello – I would love to meet you!

This Friday, I am performing with Non-Fiction, a Black Crowes tribute band, and let me just say that these guys are pretty amazing.  I’m in backing vocals mode here and it’s looks to be one fun evening at Rams Head Live!

It’s Night of 100 Elvises weekend this Saturday and if you haven’t been to this clambake before, now is the time to get your hunk of burnin’ love and head north to Baltimore.  It’s in a new location for the first time in 21 years (say what?!) and should be the most electrifyin’ Elvis freak flag flyin’ ever!!  We go on at 8:20 y’all and Saturday night only this year.  See you with big bouffant on…

Max and I will perform at the Downtown DC Holiday Market on December 16.  Lots of local shopping to take care of your gift list and we’ll have some great merch available as well.  Our Christmas tune, Let’s Get Busy is on iTunes, and it’s a good one to snuggle up to your sweetie with and enjoy.

What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?  First Night Alexandria?  So are we! I’m looking forward to being back at the American Legion Post 24 with Rose Between Thorns. So much music all over the city – it’s a great way to ring in the New Year.  Just don’t try to go to the Krispy Kreme on Route 1 after midnight.  My good pal, Ruthie Logsdon, her band and I jammed into one car and spent a good 40 minutes or so in the drive thru but I suppose the hot donuts were worth it!

We wish you and yours all the magic and love of this time of the year and that your 2015 is filled with all you desire and beaucoup de music.

Get on up and support your area musicians!

Big Love,

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It’s Rocktober!

 

Hey Y’all,

It’s Rocktober!  Time to celebrate cooler weather, Jameson and lots of music…

We are appearing at one of our favorite places in DC, Hill Country, this coming Tuesday, October 7th.   They are experimenting with earlier start times during the week, and we think that’s a swell idea.  Show starts at 7 p.m. and it’s free!  Oh, and did I mention the super yummy BBQ?  You know you want it…  We may have some special guests, too, you never know!

My good pal, Lisa Engelken, has released a new jazz album, Little Warrior, and will perform some East Coast dates. I’m doubly excited for these shows as I will be singing back up and will be a blast.  Venues include the swank Bethesda Jazz and Blues Club and Germano’s in Baltimore.  Her music is fabulous and her energy off the charts so hope you can make one of these shows.

Get on up and support your area musicians!

Big Love,

Summer’s Last Giddy up!

Hey Y’all,

Lots of fun news for you!  I sure hope you’ve had a wonderful summer full of fun times and lots of music!  We have on last outdoor hurrah before things get cozy and move indoors, so if you’re in the Baltimore area this Friday at lunchtime, we’ll have the full band for the First Friday Lunchtime Concert series at Hopkins Plaza.

Max and I had a swell time at Jiffy Lube Live performing in the VIP Lounge before Sheryl Crow and Rascal Flatts.  The show was really great – Sheryl sang her song, “Redemption Day” along with some video of Johnny Cash and then a verse from his recording – very cool…

Some of you may know that I am a big Black Crowes fan – well, I have joined a really kick ass tribute band as one of two backing vocalists – and everyone in this group is a fabulous musician.  We are called Non-Fiction and having a rock-n-roll good time!

So get on up and support your area musicians!

Big Love,

 

 

 

It’s Paris, Texas, Y’all!

Hey Y’all,

Paris, Texas, you ask?  Yes, and here’s my reasoning:  Friday, July 11th the band along with special guest Billy Coulter will perform at one of our fav spots, Hill Country DC!  (That’s the Texas part…)

Monday, July 14th Billy Coulter and I will perform at Brewer’s Alley in Frederick, Maryland, as part of the SAW songwriter’s showcase (and you’ll see me play a bit of guitar!).  The 14th is Quatorze Juillet or more familiarly known as Bastille Day.  (That’s the Paris part!)  Everyone knows I love showing my French roots so Vive La France, Texas and Billy Coulter!

Hope to see you soon and enjoy a music-filled summer!

Big Love,

June is bustin’ out all over!

Hey Y’all,

Summer is upon us and that means outdoor gigs which we always love to do.  We had a blast performing at Viva Vienna in May and the School of Rock kids were great!

This month you’ll find the me and Max duo at one of our fav spots, the Jiffy Lube Live VIP Lounge before Don Felder, Styx and Foreigner.  So if you’re at the show, stop by and say hi…

This June 16th is my grandmother, Dorothy’s 99th birthday so we’ll party like it’s 1999 just for her this weekend when I visit my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. My good pal and blues guitarist extraordinaire, Sean Carney, will perform a set for the party, too.  Go Grandma!

Hope to see you soon and enjoy a music-filled summer!

Big Love,

 

Spring…. finally!

 

Hey Y’all,

Hope your 2014 is treating you well so far and you’re gearing up for a fun summer full of music!

Many of you know my fellow musician and pal, Billy Coulter.  Well, Billy has just released his latest CD, Back and Fourth, and one of the tracks, Almost Lucky Me, we wrote together.  I hope you’ll take a minute to check out the CD here!

Billy and I are also going to team up for a couple of songwriter showcases and one is coming up fast – this Wednesday, April 30th (yes, that’s tomorrow!) at Epicure Cafe as part of Ron Goad’s SAW Showcase (Details under upcoming performances).

On May 25th the full band performs two sets at Viva Vienna – festivals are always super fun and this one will be no exception.  Our pals Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are performing later in the evening and they are super fun, kick ass Bluegrass.  If you haven’t seen them, they are the real deal!

My other guy musician friend, Kevin Dudley, and I will be performing here and there this summer as well so stay tuned. Kevin writes amazing songs and you need to hear ’em.

Hope to see you soon enjoying a rockin’ summer!

Big Love,

Let’s Get Busy!

 

It’s been a while, and lots of catching up to do so let’s get busy!

Just in time for the Holidays and now available on iTunes (and just about anywhere else you purchase music) is  Let’s Get Busy (Under the Mistletoe).  My pal, David Sobel, and I wrote this a few years back in his Adams  Morgan apartment (he’s now in San Francisco).  We had such fun composing this song.  It’s so easy to write naughty lyrics for some reason.  I think I actually made David blush.

Pucker up with your sweetie, and purchase it here!

Very fun performances are coming up this month and we’ve got your New Year’s Eve covered, too, as we are back at First Night Alexandria.  Check out our upcoming performances here and hope to see you soon.

We wish you and yours a fabulous, peaceful and music-filled Holiday season.  See you in 2014!

Big Love,

The Dog Days of Summer’s concerts!

 

Today, August 9th we are performing at Hill Country’s Backyard BBQ on the west lawn of the National Building Museum.  There is a chance of rain, and if that happens, we’ll be back in the Boot Bar.  It’s our first happy hour gig there and you don’t even need to go home first since we start up at 5:30!

August 9th is also a very special day as it’s my mom’s birthday.  Happy Birthday and big love to you, Mom!  Y’all can call her Mom or Rita and you can wish her a happy birthday on my Facebook page if you like.  Do that here…

August 20th you’ll find us in Rosslyn for our last outdoor lunchtime concert in Freedom Park – this is a new rooftop venue and we can’t wait to try it out.

Then I’m off to France.  Ooo la la…  See you in September!

You are free to rock on!

 

Happy Independence Day, Y’all.

Well June blew on by and is a mere sweaty, fun memory.  Thanks for coming out to our shows last month – we especially had a blast performing in the VIP Lounge at Jiffy Lube Live before the Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and Heart and then at The Quarry House sharing the bill with The Billy Coulter Band.  We need to do that more often…

Keep celebrating the USA’s birthday through the weekend (as any good American should) and scoot on down to Hill Country’s Boot Bar this Saturday.  We have special guest El Torro Gamble on drums and the fun commences at 9:30 p.m.  This is the only band opportunity for the month, by the way.

Max and I will do our acoustic duo thing while on a world tour of Maryland.  First up is S.N.A.F.U. (Sunday Night All Folked Up) in Ellicott City, Kensington Train Station and then Boordy Vineyards in Hades (Baltimore).

Stay cool and rock on,

June (and Janine) is Bustin’ Out All Over the Place!

 

Hey Y’all,

June is indeed bustin’ out all over with fun and music.  How, you ask?  Here’s your clue:  What do Annandale, Bethesda, Heart, Black Fox Lounge, Winchester, Billy Coulter, tater tots  and The Quarry House all have in common?  Well, the answer is…. me!

June finds me and the boys in Annandale June 12th for the Mason District Summer Concert Series; June 25th Max and I perform in the VIP Lounge at Jiffy Lube Live Max before Heart; the 26th the full band performs during the lunch hour at Bethesda Willow Park; the 27th Janine performs with Acoustic Sauce and Kid Goat at The Black Fox Lounge; June 29th the band hits The Quarry House Tavern sharing the bill with the Billy Coulter Band (PBR and tater tots…), and finally June 30th Kevin Dudley and I visit Winchester, VA, for a songwriter’s circle – Live at 320.

Rock on and a big message of love,

 

Bethesda Rocks!

Hey Y’all,

Hope all the April showers are over and you’re ready to kick May wide open and have some fun!

New music venues seem to be cropping up all over the DC area which is just plain fabulous.    The Bethesda Jazz and Blues Club is a swank new club and our virgin appearance is Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. I’m always up for a sacrifice so please consider joining us.

Rock on and a big message of love,

 

Bandhouse Gigs Tribute to The Pretenders!

Saturday, March 16th is the next installment of tribute shows by the folks at Bandhouse Gigs featuring The Pretenders!  I am so thrilled to be a part of this show at The Barns at Wolf Trap giving homage to another Ohio girl, Chrissie Hynde, and her band.  I was fortunate enough to see the original lineup and she’s been a huge influence of mine.

Other artists participating are Naked Blue, The Sidleys, Margot MacDonald, Patty Reese and a host of others.  This is gonna be Precious, y’all!

 

Happy Holidays Y’all!

We wish you all the best for a fabulous Holiday season and 2013!  Thanks very much for coming out to our shows, buying stuff and supporting the band.  We love you super big!

Holiday celebrations are in full force now and to aid in your partying, Max and I want to help you get started tomorrow evening, December 14, when we appear at the Downtown DC Holiday Market from 5-7 p.m.  It’s happy hour, too.  One word for you…. Flask.

We serenade while you shop locally for that special sumpthin’ for your special someone!  Don’t forget to stop at our table for special holiday deals – music makes a great gift and you’re supporting your local musicians.

We’ve got your New Year’s Eve all wrapped up in an easy big, red bow.  Did someone say easy?!  First Night Alexandria is where you’ll find the band this year.  We are splitting sets with The Junkyard Saints – we love them and you will, too.

Hope to see y’all in 2013 (what?!) and get out there and see some live music!

Much love, and rock yer holly days,

 

 

Sandy can kiss my grits…

I used to think “Sandy” was just the girl in the Bruce Springsteen song “4th of July, Asbury Park,” but now the name has taken on another meaning not so endearing.  I’m sending all my thoughts and prayers to those affected by this latest hurricane.  I was stunned when I saw the devastation on the Jersey shore.  My heart goes out to you.

I know from experience how these storms can really shake your core and change our lives.  When I was a kid, I was in a very unexpected tornado on Sandusky Bay. Huddled with my sister under the table of pop up trailer with my grandparents and mom, I was borderline hysterical as a stream of water found its way inside and got too close to me.  My mom and grandpa pushed at the canvas sides to keep the top up.  Fortunately, our neighbors in the mobile home next to our tiny trailer brought us in with them while we rode the storm out (sans REO Speedwagon).  I will never forget that terrifying time and how grateful we were to people we didn’t know who gave us better shelter!  Stay safe and warm, y’all!

BBQ and wine!

November has all but kicked October outta the way and finds us at Hill Country DC this Friday night.  You can drink PBR and boot-scoot til you fall face down in BBQ and Mac ‘n Cheese!  I can’t wait… We kick your weekend off at 9:30 pm.  Be there, Saturday morning is just waiting for you to sleep in.

A week later Max and I hit Quattro Goomba’s winery to start off another TGIF at 6 pm.  This winery is in a wonderful location and there is great wine and pizza to boot (lots of boots in this newsletter…).  It’s THE hotspot in Aldie, Virginia.

Elvis is coming November 29 for the 19th annual Night of 100 Elvises so start planning accordingly!

Get up off of the couch and go out and witness some live music,

 

 

Half of Rocktober gone already?! What?!!

Hey Y’all,

I can’t believe we are halfway through October – time is flying!

This Friday evening, Kevin Dudley and I will appear at Quatro Goomba, a sweet little winery in Aldie, Virginia, from 6-9 p.m. It’s Kevin’s birthday so celebrating will definitely be in order. Kevin is a one of my fav songwriters, and, if you’re in the area and lookin’ for a good way to start your weekend, I think this could be the ticket!

If you missed the Takoma Park Street Festival this year because of a little bit of rain, you missed a lot of fun! It rained softly once or twice and held off until after our set in the Gazebo. Thank you, Mother Nature. The band performed an acoustic electric set which is so much fun for me. Max is a stellar electric guitarist, but he is just as excellent on acoustic. Clark and Tommy are such a kick ass rhythm section and Mookie Siegel joined us on accordion. Mookie splits his time between the East and West Coasts so we get lucky (and we love gettin’ lucky!) once in a while, especially when he gets the accordian out. It puts such a different spin on our songs – I love it!

I also had a fabulous time emceeing the Columbia Avenue Stage – the music was varied and fun and the musicianship pretty dang fine. If you aren’t familar with these performers, please check out their sites when you have the opportunity: ilyAimy (I love you and I miss you- LOVE that!), Glyn Collinson and Andrew Marcus, Paddy Kilrain, The WeatherVanes, Alma Tropicalia and Chopteeth. The only thing missing from this festival is a little PBR.  Just sayin…

And afterward, we skipped across the street to Roscoe’s for yummy pizza and yummy beer.

See you in a couple of weeks so in the meantime git up off the couch and go see some live music – it’s so much better than TV crammed with those political ads.

Much peace, love and rock,

Hey Y’all,

It’s Rocktober!  Time to celebrate cooler weather, Jameson and lots of music…

We are appearing at one of our favorite places in DC, Hill Country, this coming Tuesday, October 7th.   They are experimenting with earlier start times during the week, and we think that’s a swell idea.  Show starts at 7 p.m. and it’s free!

My good pal, Lisa Engelken, has released a new jazz album, Little Warrior, and will perform some East Coast dates. I’m doubly excited for these shows as I will be singing back up and will be a blast.  Venues include the swank Bethesda Jazz and Blues Club and…. read more.

Get on up and support your area musicians!

Big Love,