Blues & Roots Music in the DC Area
Soul Food Restaurant & Blues Bar
2461 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
(In the heart of Adams Morgan)
Phone (202) 667-5370 * Fax (202) 234-2826
(Intersection of Calvert, Columbia & 18th)
Universalist National Memorial Church
730 Doors Open/Meet and greet
800 1st Blues set
845 Presentation by kinderusa
915 2nd Blues set
$10-$25 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
refreshments available; wheelchair lift available
sponsored by UNMC Social Action; www.universalist.org
BLUES FROM THE BARBERSHOP
"Trance Blues Certified Jam Workshop"
Sunday, January 30th 2:00pm – 4:00pm
At the Archie's Blues Barbershop 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Maryland.
Otis Taylor (who has jammed with Muddy Waters, Hendrix and Springsteen) is holding this "acoustic blues" workshop on Sunday January 30th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Archie's Blues Barbershop. Cost for the workshop is $40.
To register for the workshop send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating will be limited.
All instruments, singers and songwriters are welcome to attend.
Come out to learn, have fun and jam.
Also go see Otis Taylor's Band at Blues Alley on Tuesday February 1st for two shows, 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $25 bucks.
With Otis Taylor, it’s best to expect the unexpected. While his music, an amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form, discusses heavyweight issues like murder, homelessness, tyranny, and injustice, his personal style is lighthearted. Part of Taylor’s appeal is his contrasting character traits. But it is precisely this element of surprise that makes him one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years. In fact, Guitar Player magazine writes, “Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time.” Whether it’s his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), or it’s the sudden sound of a female vocal, or a seemingly upbeat optimistic song takes a turn for the forlorn, what remains consistent is poignant storytelling based in truth and history.
Truth and history are at the heart of Recapturing the Banjo, Taylor’s fifth release on Telarc. Released in February 2008, the album explores the deepest roots of the banjo – an instrument that, despite its common associations with American folk and bluegrass, actually originated in Africa and made its way to the fledgling American colonies in the 1700s via the influx of African slaves. Entertaining and enlightening at the same time, Recapturing the Banjo includes performances by some of the most accomplished African-American banjo players on the current roots music scene: Guy Davis, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb Mo and Don Vappie.
Southwest Renaissance Development Corporation – Jazz Fridays & Blue Mondays @ Westminster Church
Uptown Concerts – Baldwin's Station
What do you think the future holds for DC Blues?