The Colonies

From playing their first show in the basement of Thurston hall, their freshman dorm, The Colonies have progressed to becoming a one of a kind act performing and opening at the 9:30 club, Black Cat, and Songbyrd. This 4 piece Washington DC band comprising of Pete Stevens on guitar and vocals, Joey Mamlin on drums, Jordan Mullaney on bass and Dylan Trupiano on guitar have been inspired by indie rock from the early 2000s and wear their influences on their sleeve. Their songs have been described as “hooky indie rock with contagious charm” from blogs like Obscure Sound. With two albums out and a third on the way, this is a band to keep your eye on.

Standard Issue

The Standard Issue is a Soul/Funk/Pop band based in Washington D.C. The group formed in 2017, and has since been playing shows around the DMV area. The group met in a large jazz ensemble at the George Washington University and uses their love of jazz to write flavorful original music (which they will be releasing this spring) and reharmonize their favorite popular tunes. The group is made up of guitarist and exotic hat wearer, Zach Blankstein, Eric Boulter on the fretless Fender Jazz Bass, and drummer Jeff Armstrong (as seen on Family Feud). For this show, however, The Standard Issue’s set will be graced by the presence of several up-and-coming D.C. musical artists of several genres.

The 5:55 (pronounced THE-FIVE-FIFTY-FIVE) is an indie rock band from Washington D.C. The band is comprised of musicians Collin Steves (Vocalist/Guitarist), Kevin Goldman (Lead Guitarist), Max Biskup (Bassist), and Ryan Steves (Drummer/Vocalist). The musicians formed The 5:55 while attending college at Radford University and Virginia Tech. Due to the lack of local music venues the band looked to fraternities and sororities for performance opportunities. The overwhelmingly positive response to the band’s high energy “rocked up pop” sets helped them expand to other universities. They have shared the stage with Jesse McCartney, Black Eyed Peas, Buckcherry, and performed at an Imagine Dragons concert. They now call Washington D.C. home while performing up and down the East Coast.



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