Are You Familiar with the Bitter Dose Combo?

Bitter Dose ComboWhile walking down the 700 block of Park Road, you may have heard the sounds of the Bitter Dose Combo jamming out in front of one of the rowhouses. Recently, I had the opportunity to learn more about this ensemble when I encountered Matt Henry who is a member of the group, plays guitar, and performs the vocals. Henry also resides locally on Park Road.

According to the Bitter Dose Combo’s Web site, they describe themselves as “DC’s premiere gypsy jazz band, playing gypsy jazz and swing standards at social dances, bistros, supper clubs, weddings, and special events in and around the District. The BDC’s sound combines the improvisation and swinging guitar made famous by Django Reinhardt with spirited jazz vocals, Paris musette accordion, and upright bass.”

I find their music reminds me a lot of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, but you can decide for yourself. You can listen to two of their recordings below (and a few more here):

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