The Band Concord, Phillip Noss, Zia Hassan, G.B. Parker

The Band Concord

An americana band based out of Blacksburg, VA.

Phillip Noss

Phillip Noss is a singer-songwriter and a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music. During his time at Berklee, Phillip toured extensively throughout east coast, released an EP entitled Through the Wind and Rain and spent many long hours honing his craft. Phillip is currently recording his debut full length album 'Lover on the Run' with Berklee Professor Ted Paduck (Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Duran Duran) and Producer Adrien Godat. Lover on the Run is due for release in spring 2013.

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, 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 "sound sculptor" 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.

G.B. Parker

G.B. Parker was born in Leslie County, Kentucky, and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee.

From 2002 through 2009 he was based in Nashville, where he performed under the name Greg Parker. His debut 2004 EP, On The Break, called to mind the sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield in the 1950s and 1960s. It won rave reviews in The Big Takeover, the Nashville City Paper, Roctober, and other media outlets.

He toured the region and played regularly in Nashville during this period, headlining shows at the 5 Spot (Nashville), the Down Home (Johnson City, Tenn.), Preservation Pub (Knoxville, Tenn.), and The Garage (Winston-Salem, N.C.), and sharing bills with the likes of Of Montreal, Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers), Elizabeth Cook, Nikki Sudden, the Farewell Drifters, the everybodyfields, and many others.

Parker relocated to Washington, D.C., in 2009. His new material is informed by the challenges his country and his Appalachian homeland face in the post-recession era. The sound draws roughly equally from traditional country, Appalachian folk, and blues.

Parker recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville in January 2013 with Dave Roe on upright bass; Chris Scruggs on steel guitar; Micah Hulscher on piano and organ; and Matt Combs on fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. Andrija Tokic, who engineered the Alabama Shakes' debut album at this studio, recorded these live sessions to tape. Ten of these songs now compose the More album, to be released later in 2013.


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