Pleasure Train & Throwing Plates

Pleasure Train

Pleasure Train is a Washington DC area band that incorporates a fusion of styles rooted in groove, alternative, jam, jazz, pop, and house. The band formed after longtime friends and guitarists Ian Dandridge and Richard Fiegel had a conversation about the future of music and what genres would define their generation. After a long discussion of personal influences (ranging from 70’s giants such as Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead to modern acts including Tame Impala and Deadmau5) the two began envisioning the style of music they wanted to see develop in the future, and began to search for like-minded musicians. Keyboardist Mike Paquette was initially recruited, bringing wide-ranging influences to the table including jazz and electronica. Vocalist Valerie Vega was connected with the band seemingly by chance, after her rich, soulful voice caught the attention of Fiegel while he was browsing YouTube videos of local singers. The lineup was completed when drummer Andrew Gabor and bassist Will Berger were brought on board, rounding out the band with an upbeat funk and R&B-influenced rhythm section. Pleasure Train has been a staple in the local music scene since the summer of 2014, and the band has enjoyed making their own unique contribution to the soundscape of the greater Washington DC area.

On Thanksgiving 2016, Pleasure Train released the new single “Calabasas” off their forthcoming EP, set to be released Spring 2017. Available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Pandora, and more, the new single represents a substantial evolution in the band’s sound. The song feels like a runaway train from the first snare hit to the final note, blending retro funk-disco rhythms with shimmering synths, roaring lead guitars, and powerful, soul-influenced vocals.

Pleasure Train is constantly seeking new opportunities to perform for their fans as the band’s momentum continues to increase. The band is aiming to consistently branch out of their home ground and expand their musical presence. Each member of Pleasure Train has a passion for live music and the vibrant community that goes along with it. It is this pure satisfaction the band gets from experiencing live music that drives them to make each of their performances more energetic and memorable than the last. Pleasure Train’s number one goal is to turn each show they play into a once-in-a-lifetime event, taking their audience along on an emotional ride and spreading the energetic rush that only live music can provide.

Throwing Plates

Combining heartfelt singer/songwriter roots with folk-­rock grit, Throwing Plates is becoming a regular act among many venues in the Washington area. Created by three gifted musicians and songwriters, the DC­ based group aptly incorporates fresh musical thinking with memorable melodies.

Throwing Plates was founded by James Britton, Jamie Boyd, and Doug Imhoff; the three crossed paths while performing in DC showcases. Mutually impressed by their talents, they soon began writing songs together. Over the past three years Throwing Plates has independently booked and performed over 250 shows and have received awards from the Songwriters Association of Washington and Mid­-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. Recent venues Throwing Plates has been seen performing at include Washington DC's 9:30 Club, Pearl Street Warehouse, Jammin Java, Gypsy Sally's, IOTA Club, and Songbyrd Cafe.

Through their energetic and interactive stage presence, the trio is accumulating a loyal following. In 2015, well­-known songwriter and producer Mark Williams was impressed with Throwing Plates, leading to work on their recording debut. The self­-titled album was released on July 29th, 2016 and can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and other online retailers.

$10.00

Tickets

Pleasure Train: Groove, Indie, Soul

Throwing Plates: Alternative, Indie

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