Rain contingency for Takoma Porch:
play on if your porch is covered and your instrument will be OK. Email if performing and hosting is not a possibility.
Takoma Porch 2019 Performers
2 PM & 4 PM at 7137 Maple Ave
Since 1980, Tom and Caroline Alderson have been singing traditional bluegrass and
country harmony, especially songs made famous by the great brother acts and boy-girl
duets of the 1950s and 60s. The band now includes their 22-year old son Johnny,
continuing the family tradition of boy-girl duets and retro harmony favorites.
4 PM at 7216 Spruce Ave
DC based singer/songwriter Flo Anito has graced some of the area's biggest stages including Wolf Trap, Strathmore, Blues Alley, and Merriweather Post Pavilion. She embarked on her first European solo tour in 2014 and branched out to South America in 2015. Classically trained in voice, piano, and cello, she pens jazzy/pop in the vein of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and Meghan Trainor. Her music has been featured on Sirius Radio and NPR and in the Washington Post and LA Examiner. A Grand Prize winner on OurStage.com, she has multiple Wammie nominations for Best Pop/Rock vocalist!
4 PM at 6713 Westmoreland Ave
The introspective, heartfelt songs of alternative folk rock artist Angela Drago present emotionally-charged images of the darkness of life’s shadows while still illuminating the sparkle of its brightest moments.
5 PM at 505 Tulip Ave
Facebook: The Rock Baker Human Tornado of Jukebox
Rock Baker has been been performing since 1995; from rowhouse bars on the Baltimore waterfront, coffeehouses by Army bases, roadhouses in Birmingham, to the private clubs, backyard parties, rumpus rooms and murder basements that make up the DIY mileu, with occasional and wholly uncharacteristic stops at fashionable clubs and bars for people who keep track of that sort of thing. All the while, Rockie Bee sings about cultural ephemera, extremely localized icons, animist rituals and celebrity impersonators on wheels, in idioms on loan from Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Dan Sartain and Jimmy Swope.
AJ & The Kids
2 PM at 268 Carroll St NW (The Electric Maid)
3 PM at 268 Carroll St NW (The Electric Maid)
Washington, DC pop balladeer Laurel Halsey (The North Country, Laurel Rose, Oust) has been making local audiences swoon with her mellow yet soulful piano tunes since 2014. In 2017, she founded Bal Boheme with bassist Mat Williams and drummer/producer Stephen Russ (The Fire Tonight). Williams’ and Russ’ energetic rhythm section—influenced by R&B, rock, and jazz— contrasts Halsey’s effortless delivery while accenting the drama and wry comedy in her lyrics. The band's self-titled debut EP, recorded over three days at Mike Reina's local studio, The Brink, showcases a band reveling in finding its voice as a creative unit.
3 PM at 6939 Laurel Ave (Republic)
Black Rhinoceros is an acoustic indie duo from Annapolis/DC featuring the talents of Ahren Field (guitar, vocals) and Erin Snedecor (cello, vocals). Their smart arrangements weave together a tapestry of intricate melodies that brings to life their self-deprecating nerd rock and covers of classic rock songs. Ahren and Erin both draw on their formal musical background as well as DIY ethos to bridge the gap between "legit music" and indie rock. The two musicians are also multi-instrumentalist freelancers and studio players with hundreds of credits to their names. Ahren and Erin also keep busy playing with the rock band, Pompeii Graffiti.
Black Rhinoceros has performed at venues ranging from national concert halls to sweaty teenage basement shows and have loved every moment.
2 PM at 6939 Laurel Ave (Republic)
We don't like him.....but he is a helluva good songwriter, singer and guitarist. Also, one half of The Darkest Timeline, so I guess we are stuck with him. (I think he may be godfather to my child as well....I'll have to check.)
3 PM & 4 PM at 7137 Maple Ave
The Crayfish Sisters, featuring Sarah Bonner, Caroline Alderson and Steve Devoney on vocals and guitar, recreate the emotive and unabashedly direct harmony sound of the Davis Sisters and other vocal groups of the 1950s and 60s. Along with their core repertoire of vintage country harmony, they revive swinging sister trios from the Fontane and Andrews Sisters, doo wop gems, and pop harmony hits from the Chordettes, Fleetwoods and Everlys.
3 PM at 7035 Carroll Ave (Gazebo)
DeSanguashington, is a Colombian American band from Washington, D.C. The band plays a variety of Colombian rhythms including vallenato, cumbia (popular folk music from Colombia’s Caribbean region), and tropi-pop (a blend of traditional musical forms with foreign Latin genres, such as salsa and merengue). Gaiteros de Sanguashington has emerged as one of the premier Colombian bands in the Washington, D.C. area, recognized and beloved by the Colombian and Latino community and those who enjoy international music.
DC Gypsy Jazz Jam
2 PM - 6 PM at 7203 Holly Ave
Meetup: Gypsy Jazz DC Area
This group is for lovers and players of Gypsy Jazz. We meet every Monday night, alternating between the Takoma Park VFW and the Brookmont Church in Bethesda.
"Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz music often said to have been started by guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because its origins are in France it is often called by the French name, "jazz manouche", or alternatively, "manouche jazz", even in English language sources. The term is now commonly used for this style of music."
2 PM at 25 Holt Place
“This lovable husband and wife duet never skipped a beat as they sang and played everything from fiddles to baritone ukes with an astounding array of unique covers, which they incorporate into a kind of skit along the lines of "men are from Mars, women are from Venus!" or "yes, dear......" - Jason Bulkeley of Orchard Market Café in Baltimore.
4 PM at 7212 Cedar Ave
Dreamsville is a jazz combo based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The band was formed after several successful off-the-cuff performances at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA. Dreamsville is Joe Lerner on bass, Pat Mackin on guitar, and Jacqueline Francis on vocals.
2 PM at 7216 Spruce Ave
Fire In The River is a folk-rock-pop collaboration of Washington, DC musicians, Dahna Goldstein, Sumner McRae, and Abby Martin. Fire In The River's music features original songwriting and plenty of three-part vocal harmony.
2 PM at 7212 Cedar Ave
Amazing songwriter, singer and keyboardist out of Baltimore, MD.
4 PM at 5 Montgomery Ave
Based in Northern Virginia, singer songwriter JAHNEL DALIYA brings her unique blend of soul, folk, and rock complete with catchy melodies and lyrics you can relate to.
5 PM at 7300 Maple Ave
Kiwi singer/songwriter Emma G moved to DC in late November to pursue a career in music. With a sound reminiscent of a combination between Pink, Adele and Tracy Chapman, Emma G is currently working on her solo EP, and busking around the DMV.
3 PM at 5 Montgomery Ave
5 PM at 7311 Maple Ave
Honest, sincere and often humorous, Steven Gellman has performed his slice-of-life lyrics to audiences across the United States since the mid-90s. Described by Billboard Magazine as "intensely sensitive and impressively intelligent,” Steven’s songs tell stories of everyday life wrapped in notes that will have you humming along – long after the song is over. Steven has traveled near and far to perform at renowned acoustic music venues throughout the United States and Canada including the Birchmere in Alexandria, the Ark in Ann Arbor, the Blue Bird Café in Nashville, the Tin Angel in Philadelphia and Club Passim in Boston. Steven has had the honor to open shows for Dar Williams, Cheryl Wheeler, Richie Havens, Richard Shindell and Al Stewart among others. The Steven Gellman Trio is Steven on vocals & guitar, Margaret Wolfe on harmony vocals, percussion & harmonica and Doug Poplin on cello.
Sara G's String Band Caravan
5 PM at 6939 Laurel Ave (Republic)
"Music from those who journeyed across the sea, vital as the food we eat." Band consists of Sara Ghebremichael, Jake Blount, Said Kamalidiin, Leonard Brown.
Gracious Me & The Ingrates
2 PM at 7311 Maple Ave
Gracious Me writes and sings literary, sometimes humorous Americana from a female perspective. An Americana singer-songwriter, Gracious Me brings Southern flair and powerful vocals to her songs about the connection points in life. She released a debut EP, Introducing ... Gracious Me in 2015, and released a jazzy original Christmas song, "The Naughty List" in 2016.
3 PM at 505 Tulip Ave
Clara Delfina is a Washington, DC based Old-Time and Country music multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Her energy and creativity provide a unique dynamic- giving her the flexibility to dig into archaic tunes as well as experiment with contemporary fiddle. Clara recently released her first solo album of traditional and original old-time tunes and songs featuring old Missouri ballads she collected from her own Grandmother.
5 PM at 7018 Cedar Ave
The Greentop Ramblers are a group of friends who have been making music together for many years. We found Irish music when we were asked to play for a square dance at our church retreat at Camp Greentop in the Catoctin mountains. We had so much fun doing it that we just kept going for more than 20 years now. Although we have had some personnel changes over the years, the band consists mostly of nine Takoma Park/Silver Spring/University Park folks who love the sound and the camaraderie of Celtic Music.
2 PM at 7212 Cedar Ave
Whether swinging a Sinatra standard or crooning a heartfelt ballad, Tony Gudell's powerful baritone brings the American Songbook to life in glorious Technicolor. A longtime favorite in the Washington, D.C. theatre scene, Tony has appeared in leading roles at many of the area's top playhouses, including Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Washington Stage Guild, and Studio Theatre. In New York, Tony has performed as a caberet artist at such iconic clubs as Don't Tell Momma and The Duplex. Tony now performs at the iconic jazz club, Columbia Station in Adams Morgan every Saturday night, and brings his unique vocal styling and lighthearted wit to restaurants and private events throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Join Tony and his classic jazz quartet as they swing the Great American Songbook. The’ll have you dancing On The Sunny Side Of The Street!
2 PM at 5 Montgomery Ave
Louisa Hall has been enamored of music and silliness for as long as she can remember. Described as aggressively joyful or Ella Fitzgerald with a comic edge, she encourages audiences to take life a little less seriously. Louisa has brought her brand of lighthearted (and occasionally creepy) music to stages including the Kennedy Center Millenium stage, The Hamilton Live, the 9:30 Club, and even a Junk boat on Halong Bay, Vietnam. She is a frequent contributor to The Circus Life podcast, The Capital City Showcase, and a regular guest of the Nine Songwriter Series. In addition to playing ukulele, she is also a music educator specialized in teaching novice "ukers" (which is a term for ukulele players she just made up, unless "uker" is really a thing - she does not need credit). She is a regular teacher/performer at ukulele festivals and has taken part in the Strathmore Uke and Guitar Summit, as well as the Charm City Ukulele Festival. She is currently recording an album with Mark Williams of Sucker Punch Recording Co for release in 2018.
2 PM at 505 Tulip Ave
Zia Hassan is a storytelling singer-songwriter who has been performing for over 15 years. He writes songs about reality, surrogate motherhood, space, time travel, and solar particles. 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's sound has been compared to Duncan Sheik, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, John Mayer, Ellis Paul, Joni Mitchell, Ben Gibbard and others.
Greta Ehrig & Friends
4 PM at 7300 Maple Ave
Greta Ehrig is a singer-songwriter, poet, mixed-media artist, and teaching artist. She holds an MFA from American University, where she was a Poetry Fellow and studied songwriting with folk icon Tom Paxton. She is a former editor of Folio literary journal and has appeared in numerous publications, including: Beltway Quarterly; Southern Poetry Review; Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith, and Louisiana Literature, which named Greta a semi-finalist in their poetry contest. Greta has performed on stages from the DC Cherry Blossom Festival to the Boulder Museum of Art. Her poetry and song-writing has received support from: the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD; the Maryland State Arts Council; the National League of American Pen Women; and the Lannan Foundation. In addition, Greta loves giving holistic piano lessons and songwriting workshops to students of all ages!
5 PM at 7137 Maple Ave
Esther Haynes is an early jazz and American roots singer and rhythm guitarist based in the Washington, DC area. Her third album, Moon Country (2013), featuring Keith Grimes on guitar and other noted DC-area musicians, received a Washington Area Music Award (Wammie) in 2013. Her debut CD entitled Esther Haynes (2001), received a Wammie nomination, and her second release entitled Approach Note (2004) garnered favorable online reviews. She has also received 12 Wammie awards for big band/swing and jazz vocals.
3 PM at 7311 Maple Ave
Know1Else is an original American group that features songs you haven’t heard about things you have already lived. Jay Keating (who was a touring stand-up comedian and then a singer-songwriter in the 1980’s) and Kelly Diamond are joined by Jay’s teenage kids John and Mae to create a sound that is rich in harmony and humanity while never taking itself too seriously. Their Third Wave music is a mix of styles…folk, jazz, rock, bluegrass, reggae…and is for where you are now…or where you are headed. Both Jay and Kelly are active in supporting the local music scene, run showcases for SAW and Focus Music, and resist with a smile with #ResistanceKaraoke.
5 PM at 7131 Maple Ave
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised by the world, Eli Lev is a traveler, self-proclaimed folk hero, and a passionate musician.
Eli performs as a solo artist and with his new band, The Fortunes Found - featuring the powerful rhythms of all-star D.C. drummer Michael Miraglia, the big bass tones of wunderkind Bojan Novevski from Macedonia, and the folk melodies of Baltimore-based mandolin player Corey Thuro. With the new addition of lead guitar wizard Dante Frisiello - their full, neo-folk sound is truly something to behold on stage.
Eli’s infectious musicality, commitment to deep grooves, and soulful charisma foster an immersive experience for his audience that moves bodies and hearts. With the full-band-sound of Fortunes Found, his live shows are becoming one of the hottest ticket on the local DMV music scene.
“When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community,” marvels the Washington, D.C.-based artist.
Miss, Understand Me
3 PM at 7131 Maple Ave
Miss, Understand Me is the DC-based project of Zarine Kharazian.
Jazz inflections with punk sensibilities.
2 PM at 7010 Westmoreland Ave (HMT)
Singer-songwriter David Curtin aka Lost Fox has been writing and producing his own projects since 2006. On his latest record, The Path, David teamed up with friend and producer Chaim Rubenstein to bring together an array of local musicians. David has drawn inspiration from artists such as Damion Jurado and Jose Gonzales. Performing a very honest and raw acoustic set on the porch.
4 PM at 9 Sherman Ave
Dawn Manning writes songs that are deeply emotionally and thoughtful, with a focus on themes of mental health, loss, grief, and growing up. a talented multi-instrumentalist, her live shows employ guitar, accordion, and vocal loops to craft a sound that has been described as "hauntingly beautiful" and "ethereal, yet sincere."
5 PM at 7216 Spruce Ave
Cynthia Marie’s distinctive songs dance through multi-genres with ease, and emotion. Evocative, with strong harmonies, and groove - each song is its own flavor to enjoy. A seasoned pianist with a love for improv, Marie is passionate to create. Marie has been featured in Her Roots, 9 Songwriters’, & Arts Soiree concerts, and performed at favorite DC, Maryland & NoVA venues such as: IOTA Club, Jammin’ Java, the Athenauem, Villain and Saint, Ebenezers, and the Black Cat DC. She has also performed her music extensively in Seattle, and played in New York, Philadelphia, North Carolina, and Breschia, Italy.
5 PM at 9 Sherman Ave
Frank Martin writes original songs that are authentic, introspective and a bit mysterious. Frank has performed showcases at the Folk Alliance International Conference, NERFA, Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival and throughout the DC metro area. Playing acoustic guitar and harmonica, he has performed locally at the Outta the Way Café and the Acoustic Café in Arlington, VA. Frank recently performed his folk acoustic songs “Stage Coach Mary” and “Doctor Drew” for the Columbia Pike Library’s Black History Month Celebration. He is a winner of the 2016-2017 Artist and Scholars Project Grant, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Maryland, and has been featured on Voices from the DMV on WERA-FM.
4 PM at 6939 Laurel Ave (Republic)
EMay is a soulful singer, exceptional fingerpicking guitarist and eclectic songwriter frequently compared to Alanis Morisette, Grace Potter, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin. After growing up in Boston and Pittsburgh, EMay now lives at Healthberry Farm in the mountains of West Virginia, where she is a beekeeper and homesteader. She sings of the wildness of nature – both the great outdoors and the vast wilderness in a human heart. She writes about human potential, overcoming great struggles and our fragile but indelible connection to the web of life.
EMay’s most recent album, Let Out Your Ghosts, is an acclaimed 10-tracks of alternative folk-rock. The album, recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Grammy-award winner Jimmy Hoyson, features guitarist Marc Ford (The Black Crowes) keyboardist Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers), percussionist Michael Jerome (Better Than Ezra, Richard Thompson) and bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams).
4 PM at 7131 Maple Ave
Zoë Ravenwood became a being of pure sound after being bit by a radioactive David Bowie LP in her youth. Since her first release, the alt-folk/nu-folk album 'The Problem Might Be Me', she has connected with thousands of new listeners and fans throughout the Eastern and Southwestern US and beyond, has performed as one of the 'On The Rise' series of artists at the FloydFest 16 music festival, been featured on Washington, DC's NPR affiliate WAMU's Bandwidth Capital Soundtrack series, had songs used in a short documentary about the annual Burning Man festival, and had radio play in the US and in Australia. She lives in Washington, DC, where she is currently working on her second album.
Mark H Rooney (Taiko!)
4 PM at 7035 Carroll Ave (The Gazebo)
Mark H Rooney – “the world’s most dangerous half-Japanese/half-Scottish solo improvisational taiko artist” – has been studying, performing, and teaching taiko for the past 17 years in the US, Japan and Europe. He was the Artistic Director of Odaiko New England, the founding instructor for Wesleyan University’s taiko program, and a touring member of Taikoza. Mark has collaborated with a wide variety of artists and groups including Tiger Okoshi, Opera unMET, UpRooted Dance, and Lumina Studio Theatre. He is now in the Washington DC area continuing with his mission: “taiko for all people at all levels.”
4 PM at 7311 Maple Ave
Round About is an original Washington, DC rock band whose music combines perceptive, clever lyrics with upbeat, catchy melodies to create a unique yet accessible sound. Part rock and part groove, with hints of jazz, twang and more, their brand of melodic pop blends the styles and skills of its members to create a sound that's definitely a sum greater than its parts.
3 PM at 7216 Cedar Ave
Mike P. Ryan is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Central Oklahoma. Mike currently lives with his wife and son in Northern Virginia. Mike performs in a number of venues and festivals throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and all points in between. Mike's songs explore the lives, experiences, and emotions of everyday people. Mike has been playing guitar for over 30 years and has performed virtually every kind of music imaginable. A gifted lyricist and a talented musician Mike is an award-winning songwriter who carries on the classic American singer-songwriter tradition of storytelling through music. Mike's songs have been described as "captivating portraits of real people set against a canvas of beautiful music." Mike is the founder of the Northern Virginia Singer-Songwriter Group which has grown to over 90 members. He is also the Artist in Residence at the Virginia Musician's workshop.
Evan Alexander Moore
2 PM at 7131 Maple Ave
Born in Houston
Moved to Denton Texas
Discovered the genius of Bob Dylan and has never been the same.
Moved to New York in 2017 to pursue his dreams of therapy and writing music for the masses
3 PM at 9 Sherman Ave
Chris TItchner is a songwriter from Raleigh, NC. After moving down south from Burlington, VT in 2000, Titchner has been performing regularly up and down the East Coast. Drawing comparisons to Noah Gundersen and Josh Ritter, Titchner also incorporates the pop sensibilities of groups like Del Amitri, Counting Crows, and Barenaked Ladies.
4 PM at 7108 Cedar Ave
Facebook: Stealing Liberty
An acoustic-electric trio recreating music of the Grateful Dead and related repertoire in and around Washington, DC.
3 PM at 24 Montgomery Ave
Annie Stokes is a dark Americana songstress from Virginia. Raised on bluegrass and musical theater, her lyrics recall moments you thought you forgot. She and her band have released an EP and two albums and are currently working on their third full-length project. They've had the pleasure of playing Merriweather Post Pavilion, The Sylvan Theater, Jammin Java, Gypsy Sally's, Moon Valley Music Festival, DOAH Fest, Untitled Music Festival, Richmond Music Hall, and every little dive bar in between.
5 PM at 7035 Carroll Ave (Gazebo)
Among the bluegrass faithful, our kind of music is known by a term most folks don’t use in polite company. Plenty of fans will tell you that “Bluegrass music is ---kickin’ music.” We figured the term described our music pretty well, so we decided to put a “social gloss” on the traditional description and call ourselves The Shedkickers!
4 PM at 7010 Westmoreland Ave (HMT)
Wanderlight bridges ethereal and immediate sounds, writing neo-folk songs of sorrow and joy with guitar, cello, and bass. This group takes their traditional and classical instruments and tries to approach them from new perspectives, bringing a fresh set of harmonies and rhythms from beyond the usual bounds of acoustic music.
Annette Wasilik Trio
3 PM 7108 Cedar Ave
Annette Wasilik is a massage therapist and multi-award-winning songwriter. Brian Evans is a quantitative ecologist who studies migratory birds and writes startlingly vivid songs. Recently, they've started playing together, filling out each others' work with harmonies, banjo, harmonica and guitar. They love playing together and hope you enjoy what you hear.
As if that wasn't enough:
5 PM at 64 Walnut Ave
DECOSTER is music influenced classic artists as Phil Collins and Squeeze with contemporary influences like Pink, The Shins, Paramour. Indie rock with soul!
Mistochord (Bill Crandall)
4 PM at 24 Montgomery Ave
DC native Bill Crandall (who records and performs as Místochord) released his solo debut New World Voyage last year, an impressionistic concept album imagining the story of the first humans to leave Earth for another planet. Produced by Mike Fanuele at Lavabed Recording in Mt Rainier with musical collaborator Sean Winters, NWV is a layered mix of melodic indie folk, guitar pop, and electronica. Bill will be playing stripped-down acoustic sets of selections from NWV and new material, which he calls ‘meanwhile back on Earth’ songs.
DJ Reets / DJ Quatermaine
2 - 6 PM at 7109 Holly Ave
Bella & Waylon
2 PM at 6713 Westmoreland Ave
Bella & Waylon is a lonesome bluegrass band named after two North Carolina rescue hounds. Playing in the band are Rebecca Krafft, banjo; Liz Merkofer, fiddle; John Sargent, mandolin; Phil Zubaly, doghouse bass; and special guest Mike Riedman on guitar. Bella & Waylon also stretches into lonesome country, lonesome Americana, and lonesome folk music.
The Bold Deceivers
2 PM & 4 PM at 110 Elm Ave
3 PM at 7300 Maple Ave
Caroline Ferrante studied theater and voice at Northwestern University, grew up on the south side of Chicago, and spent summers on family farms in Kansas. She worked with the legendary Goodman Theater, Sundance Theater and Film Institutes, and recently played the leading role in "Rain Follows the Plow: A Dust Opera" at DC's Atlas Performing Arts Center, to critical acclaim:
Jennifer Perry of Broadway World noted "(Caroline's) crystal clear voice and no kidding lyric interpretation skills made "Impossible Sky" and "Can It Be?" two of the highlights for me."
Caroline’s original song “Brighter Day” was featured in playwright Carol Lee Campbell’s “Goddess Diaries” at George Mason University Fall 2016. The single, produced by Marco Delmar, was released November 2016.
Frederick, MD label Cabbage Run Records produced Caroline’s first CD, "Live from the Belfry", in June 2014. DC Concerts wrote "Caroline’s stunning vocals, three-octave range, signature 12-string guitar, and crossover songwriting pack a powerhouse punch on the DC live music scene!"
In April 2015 Caroline began her Americana Radio Jam Show at DC's famous Mansion on O Street, featured on the Travel Channel's "Mega-Mansions". This recorded jam features frequent guest spots for some famous travelers through the colorful Georgetown artist haven, and broadcasts on West Norfolk Radio, UK. She often shares the stage with Grammy and Academy Award winners like Paul Williams, Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish, Tom Constanten of the Grateful Dead, & Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin.
Currently Caroline is collaborating on an EP with Producer Austin Bello of Forever the Sickest Kids, to be released May 2017.
4 PM at 505 Tulip Ave
Chip Flappybat writes songs about well-meaning dopes, hard luck heroes, failure as a means of overcoming adversity, people who have felt the rain on their face and persevered, and the therapeutic value of listening to music really loud. His influences are Peter Case, Paul Westerberg and Greg Polling, He is sometimes a cartoon character. At other times, the cartoonist. Chip will be joined by friend Doogie Flappybat (no relation). Together, they will be playing songs about some of the aforementioned topics.
Kentlands Acoustic Jam
4 PM at 25 Holt Place
Facebook: Kentlands Jam
Kentlands Acoustic Jam is a local favorite from Gaithersburg, Maryland and is pleased to return to Takoma Porch. KAJ is structured under the Kentlands Community Foundation and supports local events, businesses, and the National Park Service. KAJ has played at Wolf Trap, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Montpelier Mansion, the Montgomery County Fair, Fort Hunt Summer Concert Series, and more. Our music features family-friendly covers from classic Americana acoustic rock, as well as specialty concerts including Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Oktoberfest, Halloween, and others. You'll recognize the music. Please stop by 25 Holt Place, and sing your favorites along with us.
2 PM at 9 Sherman Ave
Mary Ann didn't cry when high school ended but she blubbered her way through her final high school chorus concert. Such is her love of singing. She has performed in musicals and in Irish music fests and put on her own recitals. For Takoma Porch, she'll be singing songs of some of the female performers whose voices mean the most to her: Patsy Cline, Norah Jones and, most especially, kd lang, whom she considers her vocal sister. Come and enjoy!!
Sisters Uke & Friends
3 PM at 25 Holt Place
“Fun ukulele music for everyone”
2 PM at 7300 Maple Ave
Maya Rogers is a singer and songwriter whose sound can be described as soulful, otherworldly folk music, aka "Alien Folk Meditation Music." Maya frequently performs as a duo with her partner and upright bass player, Tyler Sherman. She's currently in the process of recording her second album, The Gathering, which is a collection of love songs to herself and humanity, inspired by her journey of healing from cancer this past summer.
David Meredith & Friends
5 PM at 25 Holt Place
David loves to sing. He has sung in a wide variety of styles and settings since his teen years, most frequently accompanied by his acoustic guitar playing. His performances range from solos to leading large musical troupes in concerts. David’s musical style blends rock, pop, jazz, folk, blues, and more. David believes strongly in encouraging musical expression. He was nominated for a Montgomery County Arts and Humanities award for community building through musical participation. He has hosted over 400 open jam sessions and dozens of community coffeehouses in Garrett Park, MD. In 2016, he made his musical theatre debut with the Washington Revels. In 2017, he made his opera debut as the villain “Jim Crow” in the initial staging of Steve Jones’ jazz/blues opera entitled ‘Love Songs from the Liberation Wars’. David is delighted to perform for the second time at a Takoma Park event!
Peter Maybarduk('s New Band)
3 PM at 64 Walnut Ave
2 PM at 64 Walnut Ave
Original music and eclectic covers spanning 6 decades, centered around college rock of the mid-1980s.
5 PM at 6713 Westmoreland Ave
The Sillyheads formed in November 1991. First physical release was a single run five song EP on December 25, 2004. (iTunes corrects that metadata to December 31, 2004, shoutout and love to anyone who had meta data sharing turned on in 2004.) A deluxe reissue of that record was rereleased in 2019 by local boutique label Sound Waves Goodbye Records. The soundslike game with The Sillyheads in 2004 was NIN and Cat Power. In 2019 we say split the difference between Wyld Stallyuns, Johnny Marr, Lazy K, Taylor Swift, Rockmaster General, Pussy Riot, Charli XCX, Cardi B, Marty McFly, Infant Sorrow.
Now Hear This
2 PM at 7108 Cedar Ave
Since 2006, David Arkush (guitar), Eli Cohn (bass), Julie James (vocals), Brian Petruska (drums), Mark Sabath (keyboards, vocals), and Melinda St. Louis (vocals) have played over 100 shows up and down the eastern seaboard as Northeast Corridor, a cover band renowned for its live band karaoke. But in 2018, the group began writing its own music, and its alter ego emerged: Now HearThis. With originals ranging from guitar-driven rock to New Orleans shuffle, from haunting Appalachian melodies to Latin protest songs, Now Hear This puts a new spin on the group’s sweet harmonies and infectious energy.
5 PM at 24 Montgomery Ave (TBD)
Brian Weber is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has been performing in and around the Washington, D.C. area for 25 years. His shows have also taken him up and down the east coast and as far west as California. Brian generally plays a good mix of original songs and covers and enjoys engaging the audience for a delightful experience every time he takes the stage. He is regularly joined by guest musicians on all sorts of instruments which really adds to the sound and fun! Brian says “Come and check out the music, make a request, sit and enjoy or get up and dance and...stay awhile! Thanks for listening and see you at a show soon!”
And last but not least:
4 PM at 64 Walnut Ave
Apollo 66 play original, yet primitive, garage rock 'n' roll made to help you forget about the coming Apocalypse, and stomp your feet, clap your hands, and shout "Wooo!"
Their first porch fest appearance will be a one off, one-of-a-kind, never before seen, iteration of Apollo 66 akin to their infamous "Yardsaleca" performances of past (impromptu three chord songs serenading and encouraging yardsalers to purchase items Apollo 66 had discarded and no longer found valuable). Catch Apollo 66 in a rare scantily clad moment as they strip away the loud and infectious rock they are known for, showing a gentler, vulnerable side in an intimate, yet for all to see, setting. Basically, they’re going to turn it down and do Apollo 66 tunes unplugged. Don't miss it! Bring your dancing shoes and tambourine!
DC Highlife Stars
3 PM & 5 PM at 7336 Carroll Ave
Eme & Michael have both been active in the area for over a decade as bandleaders, producers, composers and organizers, and they each currently front separate African bands (Eme & Heteru and Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band), and perform together with a choice crew from the DMV's deep African music talent as DC Highlife Stars. They launched the Jolly Papa radio program and blog as a way to foster collaboration and a sense of community among their peers, and to shed light on the depth and breadth of African musical talent in this city.
Eme & Michael will soon be presenting a new Television show in partnership with Takoma TV. The Jolly Papa TV show will also feature local artist performances from the African music scene and beyond. Learn more at JollyPapa.com
5 PM at 7212 Cedar Ave
3 PM at 6713 Westmoreland Ave
Peggy Brennan has been playing folk rock since it was top forty! Her guitar and voice have since been influenced by spirituals and jazz. Since she is practically pathologically creative, improvising while considering that to be prayer makes for some lovely always-new explorations. There is also improvisational concert flute, and sometimes frame drum, and Peggy almost always includes a non-instrumental form of art like poetry or storytelling.
3 PM at 7010 Westmoreland Ave (House of Musical Traditions)
The Toccata Players are a budding string ensemble based in Takoma Park MD. Founded initially as an ensemble focused on tango music, they draw inspiration from a range of influences from Astor Piazzola to Radiohead. Each member has a commitment to their instrument, and weaving beautiful melodies and harmonies as an ensemble. Founder and guitarist Justin Heath holds the rythm and adds textural accompaniment as Manu Osorio’s violin and Rachel Cannon’s Viola dance and converse. With a repertoire that includes up beat tangos, brooding milongas, Latin American folk songs, pop tunes, and jazz standards, the Toccata Players are great for weddings, dinner parties, dances and more.
Hickory Shed Band
2 PM at 24 Montgomery Ave
5 PM at 7010 Westmoreland Ave. (HMT)
Lauren Stansbury is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Takoma Park MD. The driving rhythm of her Clawhammer banjo coupled with soft alto voice gives her music a timeless, antebellum mountain sound. With a set including traditional and original music she is guaranteed to delight listeners.