Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Fairfax County Summer Entertainment Series Rocks

Major kudos to The Fairfax County Park Authority for scheduling the best free summer concert series we've seen in a while. There's a amalgamated stew of excellent music from different genres delivered by national, regional, and local acts. Some of the highlights - how about Anders Osborne. Or Tom Principato, Bill Kirchen, Andrew McKnight, Sierra Hull, Claire Lynch, or Tom Paxton. These artists are usually seen at the Birchmere, Wolf Trap, or the Rams Head - not at local amphitheaters. Add in rising artists like The Damwells, Scythian, Ted Garber, or Melodime and great local acts like Bruce Ewan, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Last Train Home, Little Red and The Renegades,Cathy Ponton King, the Janine Wilson Band and we might as well list everyone. This is a great series. And free. And family friendly. And possible dog friendly. And convenient. What else do you need? Here are the highlights from three venues, but there are plenty more so check the park authority website.

Newton W. Edwards Amphitheater at Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA 22003
7:30-8:30 p.m.

1 - Bruce Ewan (blues)
3 - Anders Osborne (blues/rock/soul/classic rhythm and blues)
5 - City of Fairfax Concert Band (big band)
8 - Ruthie and the Wranglers (roots/rock)
10 - Sierra Hull and Highway 111 (country)
12 - BG Y The Mojo Hands (swing/rockabilly)
15 - Veronneau (soft jazz)
17 - Celtibillies (Celtic)
19 - Washington Balalaika Orchestra (Russian)
22 - Carolyn Malachi (jazz/pop/rhythm and blues)
24 - Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (music for families)
26 - National Concert Band (big band)
29 - Squeeze Bayou (Cajun)

1 - Last Train Home (country)
3 - Kings Park Band (big band)
6 - Robbin Thompson (blues)
8 - Claire Lynch (bluegrass)
10 - The NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra (pops)
13 - Thrillbillies (rockbilly)
15 - John Eaton (jazz/blues/Broadway)
17 - The United States Army Band - Downrange (rock)
20 - The United States Navy Band - Sea Chanters (chorale)
22 - Alexandria Kleztet (jazz)
24 - The Capitol Steps (satirical revue)
27 - L’Tanya Mari (jazz)
29 - Little Red and The Renegades (zydeco)
31 - Falls Church Concert Band (big band)

3 - Tom Principato (blues)
5 - Tom Paxton (folk)
7 - Radio King Orchestra (big band)
10 - Hot Society Orchestra of Washington (jazz)
12 - Orquesta Tropikimba (Afro-Cuban orchestra)
14 - Cartoon Johnny (a cappella)
17 - The Joe Rathbone Band (indie rock)
19 - The Atomic Swing Club (swing)
20 - The United States Army Band - Blues Jazz Ensemble
24 - Ted Garber (blues/Americana/rock)
26 - The Aloha Boys (Hawaiian folk music and dance)
28 - Melodime (country rock)

Braddock Nights

5344 Gainsborough Drive, Fairfax 22032
Friday Evenings • 7:30-8:30 p.m.

3 - Natty Beaux (Jump Blues)
10 - Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders (Folk)
17 - Elvis Tribute Band, Jed Deuvall (Rock&Roll)
24 - Mariachi Los Amigos (Mariachi)

1 - Billy Woodward & The Senders (Rockabilly/Vintage R&B)
8 - The Damnwells (Roots/Blues)
15 - Janine Wilson Band (Roots/Rock)
22 - Cathy Ponton King (Blues)
29 - Washington Toho Koto Society (Japanese)

5 - Trio Caliente (Latin Gypsy Rhumba)
12 - 7: The Capital Focus Jazz Band (Jazz)
19 - Andrew Acosta String Band (Folk/Bluegrass)
26 - No Second Troy (Indie/Pop/Rock)

7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield 22152
Friday Evenings • 7:30-8:30 p.m.

3 - The Roustabouts (Blues/Fiddle Band)
10 - City of Fairfax “Concert Band” (Big Band)
17 - The United States Army Band “Blues Jazz Ensemble” (Jazz)
24 - MAHALA (Township Jive)

1 - Hangover Royale (Rockabilly/Western Swing)
8 - The Taters (Country/Pop)
15 - Night Music (Vintage Rock)
22 - Celtic Marc (Irish/Scottish)
29 - Billy Coulter (Roots/Rock)

5 - The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet (Classic)
12 - The United States Navy Band “Commodores” (Jazz)
19 - Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition (Bluegrass)
26 - City of Fairfax Band “Alte Kameraden German Band” (German)
Hunter Mill Melodies Concert Series
FRYING PAN FARM PARK • 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171

2 - The Company Store (Old-time Fiddling & Country Humor)
9 - The Annandale Brass Ensemble (Light Classical & Popular Songs)
16 - Cravin’ Dogs (Rock)
23 - The United States Navy Band “Country Current” (Country)
30 - Scythian (Irish)

7 - The United States Army Band “Blues Jazz Ensemble” (Jazz)
14 - Slightly Something (Acoustic/Pop)
21 - Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie (Traditional Bluegrass)
28 - Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun (Rockabilly)

4 - CAISO Steel Band (Steel Drum Band)
11 - King Teddy (Swing)
18 - The Winstons (Motown)
25 - Mystic Warriors (Andean)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Three Days of Songwriters at IOTA Club & Cafe

From May 29th through May 31st, IOTA Club & Cafe is hosting three events dominated by singer-songwriters. All the shows are all ages and require a nominal cover charge ($10.00). On May 29th, Justin Trawick's The 9 Songwiter Series starts at 8:00pm. Trawick organized this series in order to give a forum to under appreciated local artists. We've seen many of these artists at area wineries, so we know this will be a good show.

The 9 Songwiter Series
Justin Trawick
Amanda Lee
Mike Bowers
Robert Higgs
Heather Lloyd
Adrian Krygowski
Dan Fisk
Amber Dutton
Jason Masi 

The following day, Memorial Day, the music starts early for a Concert to benefit The Red Cross
Flood and Tornado Disaster Relief Efforts. This show starts at 3:00pm almost two dozen local artists who have volunteered their time to raise funds for the disaster relief.
The Weathervanes
Taylor Carson
Tom McBride
Jelly Roll Mortals
Redline Addiction
Todd Daniel (of The Walkaways)
Margot MacDonald
Little Pink
Bethany and the Guitar
Victoria Vox
Kid goat
Meredith Bragg
Lissy Rosemont
Tom O'Connor
Cigarbox Planetarium
Wes Tucker and the Skillets
Rene Moffatt
Ace Elija
The Blue Transfer Band
Adrian Krygowski

And finally, the last day in May finds the venue hosting anther set of excellent local musicians for the Open Minds, Open Ears Showcase. We are sure open-minded about these musicians. They are talented. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Stars at The State - WAMU’s Bluegrass Country’s 10th anniversary concert

2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of WAMU’s Bluegrass Country as a dedicated a 24-hour bluegrass radio station. In celebration of this milestone, on Saturday June 11th they are hosting a night of music at The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA. The concert features The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Boxcars, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. Tickets are only $25 and limited in quantity, so purchase from the venue early. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Suzanna Choffel New Relase - Steady Eye Shaky Bow

For those still lamenting the breakup of The Belleville Outfit, here's a suggestion:
Suzanna Choffel and her new release Steady Eye Shaky Bow. Now, its not that the two acts are similar; its more that they both came out of Austin with a very unique sound. No old school jazz like the former, but Suzanna Choffel combines some jazzy rhythms with some funky to create her alt-pop sound. Honestly, it took a little warming up to this CD. I initially cycled it after a hard driving blues CD and it just didn't work. But I revisited it on a Sunday morning and in the evening after work, and its a very nice listen. The backing band is a set of solid Ausin musicians drummer Eldridge Goins, bassist Johnny Vogelsang, vibes/accordion/synth player Laura Scarborough, and saxophone/clarinet player Brad Houser. Combined with Choffel's beautiful, and I mean beautiful vocals - this is a soothing compilation. Jump to Animal, Hot Shot, or Come Clean to see what I mean. In fact, Animal is actually quite hypnotic - this song will lower any stress level. Love it. And Hot Shot is the catchy pop song that stays in your head for quite a while. The moral is don't throwout a CD after one listen - give it a second or third chance..... We learned that lesson.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ZepFest Cancelled?

We have many reasons to believe that ZepFest, originally scheduled for May 27th-29th at National Harbor Maryland, has been canceled. Our first notice was after receiving a press release (see below) from Leighton Media announcing that The Yardbirds hadn't received their international airline tickets.That lead us to the ZepFest website where the large Canceled image is displayed. We send our regrets to all involved.

Media Contact: Anne Leighton

ZepFest info:


The Yardbirds: guitarist Chris Dreja, drummer Jim McCarty, bassist David Smale, singer Andy Mitchell, and guitarist Ben King have joined together to state, "We have heard numerous rumors that ZepFest, which is scheduled to be held at National Harbor, the weekend of May 27, 28, and 29, has been canceled.  However, despite our repeated requests, the promoters have failed to confirm or deny the rumors.
"The band is ready and eager to perform under the terms of our fully-executed contract.  All that is needed for our performance to go forward is, among other things, receipt of our international flight tickets -- which we were supposed to receive on May 15, 2011.  They were not received.
"We await word from the ZepFest promoters.  Only they can confirm or deny whether the rumours of ZepFest's demise are true or untrue.  We have been looking forward to playing the Festival and remain ready to do son.  We call upon the ZepFest promoters to set the record straight, for performers and fans alike."  


Jiffy Lube Live bans tailgating

Sorry Parrotheads; there will be no tailgating when Jimmy Buffett plays at Jiffy Lube Live this summer. In fact, there will be no tailgating allow,  period.According to the Washington Post, the venue’s general manager, Matt Rogers, the new policy is an effort to stem drunken driving. Now, this new policy isn't out of the ordinary. Rival venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion, has a similar policy and that could be one reason that I've been to one concert at that venue for the past ten years. I like to tailgate. A like to meet neighboring tailgaters and discuss music. I don't like paying $8 for a mass produced draft beer. That's why I usually have a few beers in the parking lot and then drink water during the show. Although its also painful paying $3-$4 for a bottled water.

Now, like many politicians, I feel that the Jiffy Lube management is exploiting tragedy for their own personal benefit. Yes, its horrible that four people have perished driving home from Jiffy Lube concerts. yet, if the venue really cared about drunk driving then you'd think they'd change their alcohol policies within the venue. Nope. They will serve as much of their overpriced crap beer as customers will buy. Just don't bring any competing beverages into the parking lot. I'll be spending my summer at Wolf Trap.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ACL's 10th Anniversary Line-Up Announced

With the announcement of the 10th Anniversary (Sept 16-18) of the ACL Festival, it is clear that the promoters of the Austin City Limits Festival have moved full swing from the early years where alt-country bands were highlighted to a more broad-based popular culture sound. That's not too say the musicians are not highly skilled, just its no longer a place to hear Guy Forsyth, Bob Schneider, Kelly Willis, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Randy Rogers Band, Jack Ingram.. Oops Ingram is scheduled and besides Ryan Bingham and Hayes Carll, that's about it for the Texas crowd. And where are the classic headliners like Tom Petty or Van Morrison. Now there is Stevie Wonder, plus Randy Newman, and several solid other acts. But this just isn't lineup that entices a trip to Austin. So check out the lineup and let me know if I'm making a big mistake.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Rocks the 930 Club

It was all ages at the Nightclub 9:30 Saturday May 14th as the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band rocked the venue opening for the Reverend Horton Heat. The little man was so excited to see his second concert with the RPBDB, perhaps the most unique and entertaining trios touring today. Unique in that the Cuz plays a drum kit that includes a 5-gallon bucket; Ms. Breezy keeps the rhythm on the washboard, and the Reverend holds down the bass and lead guitars on the same acoustic guitar. Very quickly into the evening the Rev tutored those unfamiliar with the band on his unique playing style by playing Yankee Doodle with the top two bass chords and Dixie on the bottom chords - simultaneously. Now that's talent. Besides this showing off, the band played mostly from The Wages and The Whole Fam Damnily. The former is their latest and is a great CD; we heard Clap Your Hands; Sure Feels Like Rain, Two Bottles Of Wine, Lick Creek Road, & Everything's Raising. From the latter we heard Mama's Fried Potatoes and Your Cousin's On Cops. The next chance we will get to see the band is at FloydFest, July 28-31st where they will be performing two days. A video of Mama's Fried Potatoes is available at MyJoogTV. We will get better video at that festival, for certain.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FloydFest's 10th Anniversary Festival: Two Months Out and Closing

Our favorite music festival, Floydfest, is fast approaching - almost two months out: July 28-31 2011. This year's lineup is extraordinary with Taj Mahal as the main headliner. We saw the legend a few months back and he's still going string. Then there's Robert Randolph, Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter, Del McCoury, Railroad Earth, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Hot Tuna, North Mississippi Allstars, Donna the Buffalo, Reverend Peyton, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Trampled by Turtles, Larry Keel, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, New Monsoon, Phil Wiggins, American Aquarium, William Walter, and of course, Big Daddy Love. Plus many, many more artists. including those in the Under the Radar contest. Tickets are just $125 for three days or $135 for four after July 1st.  Still not committing... check out our previous overage here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Elizabeth Cook Announces New Tour Dates and Changes to Apron Springs

Elizabeth Cook is one of the hardest working ladies show business. She’s on her never-ending tour supporting Welder and the fine folks over at Sirius XM are cutting her a break and letting her sleep in a little later by moving her popular radio show “Apron Strings” to 10 am – 2 pm eastern time.
Cook says, “I feel like I'm abandoning an old lover, leaving my early birds. But it is my sincerest wishes that with the 10-2 show, “Apron Strings” fans will find new ways to sneak and listen, and having more sleep, I will sneeze less on air.”
Beginning on Wednesday, May 4, the Sirius XM Outlaw Country channel will move to channel 60 on both Sirius and XM radios, and Elizabeth Cook and her “Apron Strings” show will now be heard from 10 am to 2 pm ET, Monday through Friday. For more information about additional channel changes go to
Elizabeth has some new items in her store for her Beautiful Outlaw listeners. Check out Moonshine (aka her Dad) telling you about the store Then head on over to and help ol’ Moonshine get to Disneyland.
May 24                  Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theatre
May 25                  Santa Barbara, CA Soho Resturant & Music Hall
May 26                  Felton, CA Don Quixote’s Int. Music Hall
May 27                  Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
May 29                  Groveland, CA Strawberry Festival
June 8                    St. Louis, MO Twangfest/The Pageant
June 9                    Newport, KY The Southgate House*
June 10                  Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom*
June 11                  Buffalo, NY The Sportsmen’s Tavern*
June 14                  Rochester, NY Rochester Int’l Jazz Fest
June 15                  Albany, NY The Linda*
June 16                  Piemont, NY The Turning Point*
June 17                  Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall*
June 18                  Woodstock, NY Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble
June 19                  Norfolk, CT Infinity Music Hall & Bistro*
June 22                  Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel*
June 23                  Harrisburg, PA The Abbey Bar*
June 25                  Alexandria, VA The Birchmere*
June 26                  Annapolis, MD Rams Head Tavern*
July 8                     Chicago, IL Schuba’s Tavern
July 9                     Springfield, IL Downtown Springfield Festival
Sept 16-17             Bristol, TN/VA Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival
Sept 24                  Waycross, GA Gram Parson’s Guitar Pull
Sept 30-Oct 1         Van Buren, MO The River Center
*Leslie Stevens (of Leslie and the Badgers) opens.
For more information contact: Traci Thomas / Thirty Tigers / 615-664-1167.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

One Week Countdown to Reverend Peyton & Reverend Horton Heat

The long expected Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band & Reverend Horton Heat concerts in the Baltimore\Washington DC area is just one week away. On Saturday May 14th the two bands play in DC at the Nightclub 9:30 and the following night they shift slightly north to play the Rams Head Live in Baltimore. Its been way too long since we've seen the Reverend Peyton, two years, and since that time, The Wages has been released. Can't wait to hear live versions of Born Bred Corn Fed, What Go Around Come Around, and Everything's Raising (this song is more relevant than ever).And I've been getting ready for the Reverend Horton Heat by listening to some old school records: Lucky 7 and It's Martini Time. This is one set of shows that not only shouldn't you miss; but there is no excuse for not attending both. See you there.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Our May 2011 MyJoog Music Calendar

Send Event to Friends    The White Buffalo - IOTA Club Arlington, VA: Thursday, May 05, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Ari Hest - New Hope Winery New Hope, PA: Saturday, May 07, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Steve Forbert - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Saturday, May 07, 2011
Send Event to Friends    The Infamous Stringdusters plus The Two Man Gentlemen Band - The State Theatre Falls Church, VA: Saturday, May 07, 2011
Send Event to Friends    2nd Annual Loudoun County Bluegrass Festival - Loudoun County 4-H Fairgrounds Leesburg, VA: Saturday, May 07, 2011
Send Event to Friends    An Evening with Charlie Hunter - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Sunday, May 08, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Crooked Still - The Birchmere Alexandria, VA: Sunday, May 08, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Monday, May 09, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Tommy Emmanuel - The Birchmere Alexandria, VA: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Send Event to Friends    An Evening with Johnny A - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Send Event to Friends    David Mayfield Parade + Kalob Griffin Band - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Send Event to Friends    The Nighthawks - Rockville Town Center Rockville, MD: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Hoots and Hellmouth - IOTA Club Arlington, VA: Friday, May 13, 2011 
Send Event to Friends    The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band & Reverend Horton Heat - Nightclub 9:30 Washington, DC: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Reverend Horton Heat - Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Send Event to Friends    The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band & Reverend Horton Heat - Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Elizabeth and The Catapult + Rene Breton - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Todd Snider w/ Marshall Chapman - The Birchmere Alexandria, VA: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Send Event to Friends    The Blind Boys Of Alabama - The Birchmere Alexandria, VA: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Teddy Thompson - IOTA Club Arlington, VA: Thursday, May 19, 2011 
Send Event to Friends    Bill Kirchen - Rockville Town Center Rockville, MD: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Fools & Horses + Schiavone - Town Green Herndon, VA: Friday, May 20, 2011
Send Event to Friends    An Evening with Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Friday, May 20, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit - Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC: Friday, May 20, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Bill Emerson - The Vienna Town Green Vienna, VA: Friday, May 20, 2011
Send Event to Friends    William Walter & Co. - Whitlow's On Wilson Arlington, VA: Saturday, May 21, 2011
Send Event to Friends    The Last Roundup: The Radiators Farewell Tour plus The Roy Jay Band - The State Theatre Falls Church, VA: Saturday, May 21, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Tommy Lepson Band - The Vienna Town Green Vienna, VA: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Sarah Jarosz - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Cheick Hamala Diabate - Veteran's Park Bethesda, MD: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Nanci Griffith w. The Kennedys - Rams Head Onstage Annapolis, MD: Friday, May 27, 2011
Send Event to Friends    The Dreamscapes Project - Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC: Friday, May 27, 2011
Send Event to Friends    Patty Reese - Sunset Hills Vineyard & Winery Purcellville, VA: Monday, May 30, 2011