DC9 Nightclub Presents
States & Capitals
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
The Jersey boys of the pop-rock outfit The Stolen have come a long way since they were ripping covers of classic rock anthems and Motown tunes at their elementary school’s Fifth Grade Fun Night. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Dominick Cuce, guitarist Rob Chiarappa, bassist Kevin Smart, and drummer Mike Chiarappa. Before they honed their songwriting skills to craft inviting pop hooks and kinetic guitar melodies, they started off as a group of friends exploring their love of music by learning and performing AC/DC songs together.
States & Capitals
States & Capitals is an American rock band from Wyckoff, New Jersey, formed in 2015. The band was founded by 22-year old frontman, singer/songwriter Richie Arthur (Richard Arthur Schaafsma).
States & Capitals released their debut 4-track EP, “Vacant - EP”, on April 21, 2015. While the EP was written entirely by the then 18-year-old, it was produced alongside New Jersey-based producer, Jake Antelis. The two would later reconnect to create the sophomore release, “For Your Own Good - EP”, released July 17, 2015.
In support of the releases, the group toured throughout the east coast for all of 2015 and 2016, including slots on The Stories For Monday Tour, Camplified Tour, SXSW, and several opening and festival appearances. On September 15, 2015, the band released a cover of Parachute’s, “Kiss Me Slowly”, along with a music video the same day. The cover gained a great amount of attention via Spotify, which now has more than 2 million streams. The band released two follow-up singles in spring 2016, “Crawling Right Back To You” and “20.08”.
After taking a year and a half hiatus, the group released the single, “Drive”, on August 4, 2017. The song premiered in Spotify’s “It’s Alt Good” and “The Scene” playlists, attracting a fresh audience to the single. The band would later release singles, “Jumping In Front Of These Cars” and “Take Me Back For The Night”, leading up to the release of the EP, “CREATIONS&MEMORIES” on June 15, 2018. The EP was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer, Jonathan Roye (Owl City, Kelsea Ballerini, Forever The Sickest Kids).
The band set out on the two-leg “CREATIONS&MEMORIES Tour”, beginning in Los Angeles, CA on March 7, 2018. The tour went all throughout the USA, including slots with He Is We, With Confidence, Vans Warped Tour, and Southwest Invasion, which ended on August 12, 2018, at House of Blues Anaheim. In December 2018, Arthur embarked on “the west coast acoustic tour”, covering all of California, parts of Arizona and Nevada.
On February 20, 2019, the band announced via social media that they will embark on “The East Coast Tour” in March of 2019. In addition to the tour, Arthur is self-producing the band’s debut full-length album, set to release in May 2019.