600 14th St NW
Washington, DC, 20005
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Tab Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues and acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way, as well as 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He has recorded and/or performed with Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kenny Aronoff, Allen Toussaint, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Thackery, Charlie Musslewhite, Kenny Neal, Chris Layton, Ivan Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Anders Osborne, and Alvin Youngblood Hart to name a few. Tab's accomplishments as a musician are matched only by his devotion to the environmental health of his native Louisiana wetlands. Benoit is the founder and driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to preserve the coastal waters of his home state. In 2010, he received the Governor's Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina's effects and a call to protect and restore the wetlands.
Scotty Bratcher plays and sings like a man on a mission to save rock and roll. Whether he's easing into the bluesy "Livin' for the Moment" or rocking out for "Disappointing Ourselves," Bratcher's talents as a classic triple-threat are apparent. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Bratcher has mastered all three in his 27 years of music making.
Perhaps the most remarkable part of Bratcher's story is that he'll turn thirty--in 2017. Since not long after learning to walk, he's been a musician, a decision he credits to catching a few glimpses of Stevie Ray Vaughan on Austin City Limits when Bratcher was barely two. Soon after, his father began teaching him to play the guitar. Watching Bratcher play or listening to the songs he's created, it is easy to overlook youth and, instead, hear in this 1970s-style rocker one of the definitive contemporary voices in the reemerging classic rock genre.
"Some of the greatest music that ever happened was in the 60s and 70s," Bratcher says. "As a writer and a guitar player, that's what I pull from." Every song exudes the era of rock, but that's not to say Bratcher isn't innovative. Instead, his music contains a contemporary edge, recreating at once the raw power of Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, or Jimi Hendrix while capturing the explosive youth and vitality of a new generation of rock musicians. Wrapped in the musical influences of musicians such as rocker Warren Haynes and blues master Freddie King, Bratcher is one of a generation of artists forging new paths in rock and roll.
Bratcher credits the pantheon of rock as his source for inspiration, yet he doesn't just learn a song or copy a lick. Instead, the years of songwriting have seasoned him into a rare innovator. "I'm definitely one of those people who are constantly striving to find new things. I just go back in time to find those new things," Bratcher says.
Already more than 17 years into professional music, Bratcher's talents have placed him at the top of his game and on the stage with some of music's greatest artists. Among dozens of others, he's opened for or played with Ted Nugent, Little Texas, Blue Oyster Cult, Peter Frampton, Styx, and .38 Special. He's played with musical inspirations Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and with diverse bands ranging from Boston, Dickie Betts, and Charlie Daniels to genre-bending powerhouse Lynyrd Skynyrd. In addition to touring as a solo artist, Bratcher is one of the voices in the 420 Allstars featuring Noah Hunt, best known as the lead singer of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.
Transcending genre, Bratcher blends elements from funk, rock, the blues, and gospel into an alchemist's brew of pure rock power. His album, The Scotty Bratcher Band, left fans and critics alike begging for more. Bratcher continues to tour extensively with his band, to support his latest album, THAT ALBUM which was rated number eleven in the top 20 rock/blues albums of 2016, and features Wet Willie singer Jimmy Hall, Greg Martin from the Kentucky Headhunters and other guest artists. For more information, and a complete list of tour dates, visit www.scottybratcher.com.
$25.00 - $35.00
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Please note that the front row of tables and chairs will be cleared for this show to create a general admission Pit. Be advised that there may be some seated areas where vision of the stage is obstructed.