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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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