DC Music Rocks Festival
The Eli Lev Collective (w/ Special Guest, Jarreau Williams), More AM Than FM, Sub-Radio, Iza Flo, Los Empresarios
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:00 PM
DC Music Rocks Festival
The MusicianShip is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities. While our mission is not exclusive to any one particular group, we are focused on at-risk youth as they benefit most from positive outreach and music scholarship preparation. We are vetted and approved by the DC Public Schools as an official After-School service provider, allowing us to deliver free music instruction to students who may not otherwise have such opportunities.
DC Music Rocks is a website which has been covering the DC region’s music scene since 2016. The site features a DC Local Artist Database, a Local Music Calendar, and extensive playlists. DC Music Rocks’ mission is to “shine a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind, the DC region’s music scene.” The project is to start organizing the widely-available local music and make it accessible to the community to find, follow, and enjoy! Back for the 3rd year, the DC Music Rocks Festival at the historic 930 Club is a showcase of the amazing talent you can follow right here in the DC region! The team is confident you're gonna love the DC music scene!
With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive, and creative space for girls, non-binary, and trans youth of varying racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic backgrounds; abilities; identities; and experiences to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up, and rock out! Following in the footsteps of girls rock camps across the United States, Girls Rock! DC was founded in October 2007 by an all-volunteer collective of DC metro area musicians, teachers, artists and community organizers. We build upon our diverse experiences and musical backgrounds, connections to local youth, and approaches to grassroots organizing to create a week-long day camp, for Washington, D.C. area girls ages 8-18, as well as an after school program. During the week, campers receive small-group instruction on electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, turntables, digital music, or vocals; form bands, and collaborate to write an original song or DJ set, which they perform at a showcase at the end of the week. Campers also learn about the history of women in rock, gender and cultural identity, ways to dismantle systems of oppression, band merchandise and promotion, conflict resolution and other skills young folks need to take over the world of music!
DC Music Rocks is a syndicated FM radio show, a popular podcast, and an extensive website which also features a DC Local Artist Database, a Local Music Calendar, and extensive playlists. DC Music Rocks’ mission is to “shine a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind, the DC region’s local music scene.” The show’s mission is to start organizing the widely-available local music and make it accessible to the community to find, follow, and enjoy! With approaching 10,000 followers, all in the DC region, the community has shown its love in return! The team is confident you're gonna love the local music scene!
The Eli Lev Collective (w/ Special Guest, Jarreau Williams)
Global citizen and adventure folk singer Eli Lev is making the world a smaller place, one song at a time.
Eli pens hymns for everyday enlightenment— songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and offer wisdom culled from self-discovery.
Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Eli has been touring nationally and internationally after winning the 2019 WAMMIE Award for Best Country/America album for his latest release 'Way Out West.'
Eli is bringing a collective of star local musicians on stage with him to this very special 9:30 Club performance. He will be showcasing new songs and old favorites to a hometown crowd who have been supporting the indie artist's rapid rise from local songwriter to full-time international touring and recording artist in just the last two years.
“The most meaningful thing for me is being able to express through my music what I’ve always felt about humanity. I want to bring people in, make them feel special, and break down the walls that keep us apart.”
Jarreau Williams is a professional actor, singer, and entertainer working in the greater Washington, DC area. Jarreau's musical talents have led to him perform with 4-time Grammy award winner Michael Buble and sing for President Barack Obama and the First Family during an MLK church celebration.
Williams released his debut single, Show Me, in 2014. On August 22, 2016, Jarreau released his debut EP "The Golden Age" which has reached as high as #2 on the iTunes New Releases R&B/Soul Charts. You can find Jarreau's music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, Google Play, and other major music markets! Many have compared his style to the likes of Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and the iconic Michael Jackson.
More AM Than FM
Since 2012 More AM Than FM has brought fury and friendship, a lot of Rock & Roll swagger, and a little bit of Southern Maryland stomp to basements, DIY spaces, stages such as The Black Cat, Comet Ping Pong, and State Theatre, and festivals like WFSU and The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Fall Fest.
The tightknit trio of Selena Benally, Mel Mast, and Anjalee Sharma revels in a locked in loyalty, chemistry, and a melding of minds. The bass and drums drive hard leaving the songs teetering on the edge of annihilation. Powerful hooks give way to complex and clever arrangements tinged with something a little darker and well worn, something that nods to the early days of American punk rock, worships at the altar of the crossroads, and nurtures a love of classic guitar rock.
More AM Than FM’s catchy riffs are bubbling with pain and ferocity just below the surface. Benally weaves dexterous guitar patterns through fiery rhythms. And her forceful, acrobatic, sometimes vulnerable vocals are reminiscent of a husky and urgent Chrissie Hynde for the new millennium.
The personal is political and punk is poetry. “I’m all set to take the dive, my number’s finally up and I admit I ain’t done much. Just a couple chords and a battle cry,” Benally wails, introspective in the eye of the musical storm raging around her.
The band released its debut EP, Off the Ground in 2015 followed by 2017’s Oh, The Places I Have Been…, which Glory In Sound called, “My favorite thing I have listened to in years.”
Attending a More AM Than FM live show is akin to awaking having accidentally hitched a ride on the back of one of the Valkyrie’s steeds just as they’re riding into battle. Just hang on and enjoy.
Charging forth on a wave of chaos, distortion, and throaty belted vocals, More AM Than FM picks up where prior decades of raw unfiltered rock have left off. But unlike hoards of previous punk and hard rock bands, these songs aren’t dead set on destruction and obliteration. This music leans toward something even more revolutionary - a hopeful horizon, the promise of new perspectives, life after destruction.
“When I’m not hell bent on destroying myself I’m trying to find another way out of this cage called my head where my thoughts of discontent are steadily burying me”
Look for a new More AM Than FM single this summer. Catch the band live July 27th at Roxplosion Dangerous Sessions at Dangerously Delicious Pies DC.
Sub-Radio makes indie pop that grooves, stabs, winks, punches, inspires. Founded by six childhood friends, they built a following in their hometown of Washington, D.C. on the strength of ecstatic live shows and a stream of releases. Their 2019 EP, produced by Dylan Bauld (flor, Halsey, LIGHTS) and mixed by Andrew Maury (Shawn Mendes, COIN), bursts with joyful energy and creativity.
Sub-Radio is Adam Bradley (vocals), Matt Prodanovich (guitar, vocals), Michael Pereira (drums), John Fengya (keys, guitar, vocals), Barry Siford (bass), and Kyle Cochran (guitar, keys).
Iza Flo is a supergroup of DMV artists blending funk/disco and hip-hop to make you dance. While dynamic rhythms are at the forefront of Iza Flo, held down by bandleader and drummer Isabelle De Leon, and percussionist Rikayyah Wilson, its unique fusion of sounds results from the funky low-end lines by bassist Tiffany Lloyd, heavy Rock shreds by guitarist Alena Budd, and nostalgic synth sounds by Natalie Ahearn. Top it off with the angelic voice of Jillian Willis and soulful spitfire by Dior Ashley Brown, and you get a performance that is emotional and energetic at the same time. Though newly formed, Iza Flo has already made its mark in the DMV with appearances on WUSA9 TV and at the Apple Carnegie Library block party hosted by No Kings Collective. Stay tuned to catch Iza Flo at a dance floor near you!
The Empresarios sound is best described as “Tropicaliente”, and that is the vibe that the band brings to the stage as well. Mixing together the warm sounds of the Caribbean comes with ease for this group of talented musicians. Band leader Javier Miranda and lead singers Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez all hail from Puerto Rico, which comes through in the band’s unique blend of salsa, reggae, cumbia, dub and house. The Empresarios' debut album title track “Sabor Tropical” was placed prominently on EA Sports’ FIFA 2012 video game. The Empresarios aim to have fun and bring a good vibe, so grab a mojito, hit the dance floor and let their sun drenched sounds warm up your body and soul...