Archive for the ‘Music’ category

NSO at Colony Club This Saturday, January 12th

January 8, 2019

In 2019 NSO in Your Neighborhood returns to Georgia Avenue.

For 2019, NSO In Your Neighborhood returns to the neighborhoods of Ward 1. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the capacity of each venue and available on a first-come, first served basis unless otherwise noted. A full listing of venues and more information is available here.

Of particular interest, NSO will be at our very own Colony Club on Saturday, January 12th in their Community Concert format. Additional details are below:

1–2 PM & 2–3 PM • Colony Club • 3118 Georgia Ave., NW

Sip a beverage as NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne (violin) and Rachel Young (cello) perform solos and duets from 1-2 pm. Beginning at 2pm, join bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green upstairs for a family-friendly performance as they introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written. You’ll never hear a word out of them during the concert, but with instruments in hand and a trunk full of gags, this “silent” comedic tag-team presents a hilarious program of music and mayhem.


Ward 1 Holiday Concert Scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th

December 13, 2016

Yesterday, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau’s office sent out an announcement that they will be hosting a Holiday Concert tomorrow, Wednesday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre on U Street. The event is free, and while it was created for Ward 1 seniors, it is also open to anyone who is able to attend.

See the flyer below for details:

New Murals Headed for Neighborhood as Part of District Walls

September 26, 2016
New Park View mural on Georgia Avenue between Lamont and Kenyon.

New Park View mural on Georgia Avenue between Lamont and Kenyon.

The Georgia Avenue corridor is about to get more colorful in the coming days. I’m sure many have already noticed the new Park View mural on the west side of Georgia midway between Lamont and Kenyon (see inset), but there are two more that I am aware of that will be in progress starting today — one on the side of 829 Rock Creek Church Road (west of Georgia) and one on the side of 649 Kenyon Street (just east of Georgia Avenue).

The new murals on Kenyon and Rock Creek Church Road are part of Art Whino’s District Walls project. Art Whino will be curating 10 world renowned abstract muralists who will be painting murals through Washington, DC.  Numerous local artists will assist these muralists, allowing for an exchange of artistic knowledge.  DISTRICT WALLS is supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Muralist began painting the week of September 19th and will finish their murals by September 30th.

Below is a photo of the mural on Rock Creek Church Road in progress.

img_1560(Mural in progress at 829 Rock Creek Church Road, by Waone of Interesni Kazki)

… and below is the design created by artist Remi Rough for the side of Kenyon Place.

remirough-mural(Design by Remi Rough for 649 Kenyon Street)

New Park View Mural Greets Georgia Avenue Visitors

April 4, 2016

A new mural was recently painted on the south side of the old Murray’s grocery store which is simple and to the point — directly stating “Park View.” I was able to learn that the mural was painted by local Park View artist Anthony Dihle and his company, Victory Dance Creative. If you haven’t heard of Victory Dance Creative before, I’m confident that you’ve seen their work — especially the posters for their DC Neighborhood Project which are available at Walls of Books.

Murray's mural(New mural at 3400 Georgia Avenue at the intersection with Morton Street.)

Are You Familiar with the Bitter Dose Combo?

May 5, 2015

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):

Checking Out Mt. Pleasant Music Showcase and Jam at Haydee’s

February 11, 2015

On Saturday, I checked out the Mt. Pleasant Music Showcase and Jam Session held at Haydee’s on Mt. Pleasant Street. The event began at 4 p.m. and was scheduled to run until 7 p.m. While I was unable to stay for the full event, I really liked it and will be going back. The Music Showcase is hosted by Frank Agbro, who in addition to being a musician known a Franko is also one of the Mt. Pleasant Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. You can learn more about Franko and hear some of his music at or clicking the image below.


The event is open mic, which allows local musicians to sign up and perform along with anyone else interested in sharing their art with those in the house. Another of the groups that performed on February 7th was Hellfire and the Brimtones, whose genre is described as Country/Americana, though I think it also had a bit of a folk flavor to it too. You can hear three of their songs by clicking on the image below.

Hellfire and the Brimtones

I understand that the Jam Session in Mt. Pleasant is a monthly event, and will be on the look out for the next event for those interested in checking it out in person.

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