Owen Danoff, Joy Ike, Ryan Harris Brown
201 F St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is all ages
An up-and-coming Washington, D.C. area performer and songwriter, Owen has song in his blood. Born into a musical family (his father, Bill, wrote such hit songs as Country Roads and Afternoon Delight, the latter earning him two Grammy awards in 1976), he has grown up surrounded by accomplished musicians. At age 16 he wrote his first song, but it was not until he was 20 years old, and soon to be a senior at Berklee College of Music (Class of 2011), that he began performing. He began the summer of 2010 with his first hometown performance at coffeehouse and venue Jammin' Java in Vienna, Virginia, and closed it out with a performance at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
Owen's music has been described as a marriage of Jakob Dylan (& the Wallflowers) and Taylor Swift - lots of lyrical consideration, but with a healthy appreciation of pop and rock music. His other influences are many: Warren Zevon to John Mayer, Johnny Cash to Green Day. In live performance, his lyrical variety is obvious, a tongue-in-cheek number followed easily by a soulful ballad. On a solo show, Owen plays guitar, but prefers the bass and plays that when he is with a band. His ability to perform, combined with his comfortable, inviting stage presence form a talent that is not to be missed.
Born to Nigerian immigrants, independent artist Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has since played hundreds of shows across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Denison Whitmer, Deas Vail, Butterfly Boucher, Dwele, Chrisette Michele, Tyrone Wells, Najee, Allen Toussaint, and Ken Whitely & The Levy Sisters to name a few.In her 3rd full-length album, All or Nothing, Joy Ike offers her most realized work yet - 10 songs about giving up everything you have in exchange for everything you need. An album of love songs. Not yet a veteran, but more than a newcomer, Ike is and always has been an anomaly. As a singer/songwriter who purposefully refuses to be pigeon-holed into any one specific genre, Ike’s path has consistently taken an “anywhere for anyone” approach playing for intimate audiences in coffeehouse, Universities, house concerts, churches, and small theater settings. A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small." A recent segment on NPR's World Cafe (December 2013) featured Ike as one of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's up-and-coming artists.
Ryan Harris Brown
Ryan Harris Brown is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter/guitarist raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For the last few years, he has been crafting his unique take on the modern singer-songwriter with a sharp guitar sound that complements thoughtful, provoking lyrics, all of which paint a picture of this American life.
Over the last four years alone while attending the Berklee College of Music, his music has been featured at the Berklee Performance Center, Boston's Hard Rock Cafe and New York's Rockwood Music Hall. His shows, interactive and intimate, pay homage to his idols Ben Folds, James Taylor and John Mayer, and were refined through the smallest pubs in the old coal mining town where he was given his first guitar, at age 12.
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