Benefit for Music 4 More with Matt Duke
3762A Howard Avenue
Kensington, MD, 20895
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
Watch & Listen
Music 4 More
Music 4 More is a 501(c)3 charity organization providing resources to sustain and foster under-funded
music programs in schools and communities across the United States. We strive to make music education
available to all with the belief that through music, individuals become more, emotionally and intellectually
well rounded. By maintaining a support system for these programs, Music 4 More helps to contribute to a
brighter future for our society.
Music 4 More was launched in March of 2009 with fundraising events taking place in Baltimore, Philadelphia,
Charlotte, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. 2011 brought the first Music 4 More Road Trip. Featuring The
Alternate Routes, the tour stopped in 14 cities and proceeds raised were used to purchase instruments,
supplies or repairs for local music classrooms. In November 2012, Music 4 More embarked on the
Music 4 Vets tour, a 14 city event sponsored by Firefly Vodka to raise awareness for veterans’ music therapy
programs featuring Truth & Salvage Co and Tim Brantley. Over 100 instruments were donated to various
programs across the country. In January 2013, Music 4 More partnered with Sixthman to raise funds aboard
their Cayamo concert cruise. To date, Music 4 More has donated over 400 instruments across the country.
Corporate partners (past & present) include Toyota, Maxwell House, Sixthman, Firefly Vodka, Comcast,
Comcast SportsNet, Music & Arts, Live Nation, CBS Radio, PRS Guitars, Disc Revolt, Broadway Across
America, Baltimore Office of Promotions & Arts, Gramophone, Wines Til Sold Out.com, Orange Hat D
Matt Duke is a South Jersey-bred singer/songwriter currently signed to Drexel University's student-run record label, MAD Dragon Records, and Rykodisc. Duke began playing piano at the age of seven, and by ten he developed a deep love for the arts. Inspired by artists such as Van Morrison, The Band, and Pearl Jam, he taught himself how to play his mother's vintage guitar. Duke spent his high school years at Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Prep, where he was exposed to Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper, Tool, and Damien Rice. Impressed by their poignant lyrics and musical ambition, Duke started writing and performing at coffee houses in Philadelphia area. By the winter of 2004, Duke recorded his first demo, which landed him placement in MAD Dragon Records compilation CD XYX.
Soon after, XM Satellite Radio's "The Loft" (Channel 50) added Duke's songs from XYX into its rotation. Duke's songs were among the most requested at The Loft, joining Bruce Springsteen and Ben Harper for six weeks at the top spot. These placements helped MAD Dragon Records secure national distribution through Rykodisc. In late 2005, Duke entered the studio to record his debut LP, Winter Child for MAD Dragon Records. He released this LP in September 2006. Winter Child was co-produced by Stewart Lerman (Loudon Wainwright, Dar Williams) and Steuart Smith (The Eagles, Shawn Colvin) at The Shinebox Studios in New York City.
Zia Hassan is a storytelling singer-songwriter who tries to capture earthly moments from a cosmic vantage point. He writes songs about reality, surrogate motherhood, space, time travel, and solar particles. He's also been referred to as "DC's #1 Love Song writer," and he has often been hired to write love songs for anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays. He sings with soulful passion and a soaring falsetto. His on-stage stories open small universes, beckoning new listeners to enter his strange and loveable world.
Zia released his first solo album, Grow Slow, in 2009. The album was received extremely well, especially on the internet -- every single song from the record was up-voted to the front page of TheSixtyOne.com, a popular music ranking service. Songs like "A Love Like That" received the most praise, spawning a fan-made video on YouTube. "Carry My Love," a song about a surrogate mother carrying a baby for her sister, a cancer survivor, touches the heart of anyone who hears it. To promote the album, Zia performed through an online broadcast so that international fans could hear his live act.
Zia's love of sound goes beyond traditional music. In addition to writing solid pop folk tunes, he produces experimental work as well, working as a â€œsound sculptorâ€ in the tradition of Brian Eno, John Cage, and Steve Reich. In 2010, he released the innovative The Flop, The Turn, The River; an album of field recordings and interviews from the smokey mountains set to instrumental and spacey music. In 2012, he released the album Lines with collaborator Scott Colman, which used processed field recordings of the DC Metro. Zia is currently working on integrating neuroscience into his live show using a brainwave-sensing headband to create music using nothing but his mind.
Zia's sound has been compared to Duncan Sheik, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, John Mayer, Ellis Paul, Joni Mitchell, Ben Gibbard and others. He's played at a lot of great DC venues like IOTA, Velvet Lounge, Ebenezer's, The Atlas Theater, and The Hamilton, where he had the opportunity to share the stage with his musical hero Teitur. Zia is currently in the studio working on an extremely ambitious supermassive project called Sports, Weather, Time and Space - a two disc album (one contains folk songs, and the other contains a 60-minute ambient sonic tour of the solar system), a DVD of short films about reality, and a book of short stories and poems.