Welcome to Locally Grown

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Locally Grown Logo 5Locally Grown is local web series (or podcast) in which DC Photographer Chip Py invites Washington DC’s best musicians over to his garden, The Yarden, to perform each week during the Summer months. Screen Shot 2018-06-02 at 8.36.48 PM

 

We recently wrapped up our fourth season by producing seven shows in The Yarden this Summer. To date we have produced 34 shows featuring 85 DC area musicians. We will begin shooting our fifth season in May of 2019. If you are interested in performing in The Yarden contact Chip Py via Facebook.

Enjoy some of the shows.

Season One:

Tom Clifford,  Wendy Rai, Pebble to Pearl , Elijah Balbed and Mark Meadows, Snakehead Run , Scooby and “O”, Claudia “Kool Keys” Rogers, Esther Haynes and Hokum Jazz, Genny Jam, Marcus Young

Season Two

Funk Up the Grass, Skyline Hotel, Annette Wasilik and John Previti, Mark Noone,Cristian Perez, The Darkest Timeline, Dylan Gavin, ilyAimy , Ty Bradock and the Loyal Inmates with Mz LayDee

Season Three

Crys Matthews, Wicked Sycamore, Brian Farrow, Mansutus Jones AKA Beatnik Flies, Sol Roots, Emma G, The Conrads

Season Four

CecilyLen JaffeDante PopeCol Josh and The Honkey Tonk Heros, Experience Band and ShowAra Casey and Juliette Bell, Dom Flemons

Locally Grown is featured on News Plus with Mark Segraves

Locally Grown’s Funk Up The Grass is featured in The Washington City Paper

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Season Four, Episode Seven Cecily

Cecily for web_As a Washington, DC native, growing up immersed in a city synonymous with politics, it seemed like an obvious choice to pursue a career in public service. But at the age of 21, Cecily walked out of her International Relations classroom knowing that following a life of politics would leave her feeling hollow. She called her mother and told her that after 10 years of voice lessons aCecily for web 2nd singing as a hobby, she wanted to dedicate her life to music. From that moment her journey began as an independent musician.

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Cecily released her first full album, entitled Songs of Love and Freedom on May 4th. On this project, she has collaborated with several DC-based producers and musicians, including Aaron “Ab” Abernathy, Diggs Duke, Drew Kid, and Columbia Nights members Jason “Brother Spanky” Edwards and John Daise.

http://www.CecilyMusic.com

and Twitter and Instagram @cecilyalexa

 

Cecily, along with DC Guitarist Zac Cutler stopped by The Yarden for a performance.

 

Season Four Episode Six Len Jaffe

Len Jaffe for web 3Len Jaffe knows DC music. A native of the DC Area Len came of age at a time in which DC was the creative center for singer song writers. Georgetown was the heart of that scene and Len played and performed in many of the clubs and coffee houses there.  A Co founder of the Songwriters Association of Washington Len Jaffe for web 4Len stopped by The Yarden on a hot day this Summer, played a few tunes and told a few stories.

Click on the YouTube link below to see the show!

 

 

 

Season Four, Episode Five Dante Pope

Dante for WebsiteIf you have seen music around DC or around the country for that matter you have probably seen Dante Pope. A drummer/Percussionist, Dante has toured locally and nationally with such acts as Wes Felton, Raheem DeVaughn and Dom Flemons. Dante can play a mean bones.

Recently Dante has been selected to be an Artist in Residence at Strathmore where he will explore and expand his repertoire to include singing and songwriting. Dante stopped by The Yarden to show us some of that.

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Dante released his single One Summers Eve coming this past Summer.

Download “One Summer’s Eve” on all streaming platforms. Visit dantepope.com for more.

Season Four Episode Four Col. Josh and The HonkyTonk Heros

Col josh for siteHailing from Bethesda Col Josh has been playing in bands in the DC area for over thirty years. A few years ago Josh put together this ensemble known as Col Josh and The HonkyTonk Heros who play DC’s Bars and Beer joints regularly.

Colonel Josh and The HonkyTonk Heros stopped by The Yarden one fine day to warn us ofa mysterious danger on The C&O Canal and to help shake off the blues from the loss of Montgomery County’s oldest drinking establishments.

Josh Arnson                             Guitar & Vocals

Bobby Belfiore                        Bass and Harp

Tow Path Joe (Joe Hage)       Drums

 

Season Four Episode Three The Experience Band and Show

Ex Band for WebsitePlaying music on the streets or “Busking”  is a cultural tradition in Washington DC. When you’re downtown near 7th and F Street most days of the week you will run into Travisty Gardender and his Experience Band and Show. The Force of their funk is fierce. A high energy funk band, The Experience Band and Show will grab a hold of you and suck into their groove. There will be no turning back. From the Streets to The Stage The Experience Band and Show also plays several clubs around town in the evenings including The Big Chief in Ivy City and The Mix Bar and Grill here in Silver Spring. I encourage you to listed to this at full volume and I challenge you to stand still.

Season Four Episode One Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons LFMusical Scholar, Historian, Multi-Instrumentalist and Two Time Grammy Award Winner Dom Flemons stopped by The Yarden for our Season Four opener and  spoke with myself and Cultural Historian Dr. Jocelyn Imani about his past work with The Carolina Chocolate Drops and his new project “Black Cowboys” which tells the true story about the origination of many famous cowboy songs setting the historical record strait about what life was really like out on the range.

 

Black CowboyTo learn more about Dom Flemons and get your copy of Black Cowboys you can visit his website

http://www.TheAmericanSongster.com

or at Smithsonian Folkways

http://www.Folkways.si.edu

Welcome To Locally Grown

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On Locally Grown DC Music Photographer Chip Py invites local musicians over each week to grill and groove in his garden. The Yarden

We just wrapped up the Third Season and to date we have produced 26 episodes featuring 71 musicians in The Yarden

Season One                                 Season Two                           Season Three

Tom Clifford                             Funk Up the Grass               Crys Matthews

Wendy Rai                                 Skyline Hotel                        The Outskirts

Pebble to Pearl                          Annete Wasilik                     Brian Farrow

Elijah Balbed                             Mark Noone                          Mansutus Jones

Snakehead Run                        Cristian Perez                       Sol Roots

Frank Serius                            Darkest Timeline                 Emma G

Claudia Rogers                        Dylan Gavin                         The Conrads

Esther Haynes                        ilyAimy

Genny Jam

Marcus Young

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Season Three, Episode Seven, Crys Matthews

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Crys Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her honorable mentions at the 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from Woman of Substance radio to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland.

Equally at home in an acoustic listening room as she is on stage at large music festivals, Matthews has quickly gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as The Birchmere, Jammin’ Java, The Hamilton, and Busboys and Poets. Matthews’ festival and showcase roster has included SXSW, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters Festival, Island Hopper Music Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and many more.

When her song The Imagineers was referred to as “the unofficial anthem of the Tiny Desk Contest” in 2016, Crys Matthews said it was a distinction that made her almost as proud as she would have been had she won. Imagineers_Cover“Who better to relate to a song about walking the thin line between your daydreams and your day jobs than indie artists,” Matthews asked. “The ones who still believe in magic, the ones who rise above our fears” — that’s not just a lyric from the title track of Crys Matthews’ new release, it’s the common thread woven through most of the songs on The Imagineers. From breakups and makeups to mental illness and addiction, Matthews offers up perspective on some of the most universal elements of the human experience. “We’ve all been there in one way or another,” said Matthews. “We get so bogged down in adulting and everything that it entails that sometimes we don’t do it very well, but then other times we totally nail it.” The Imagineers ushers in Matthews’ tenth year as a singer-songwriter, her first full-length release since 2014, and her first time working with producer Mark Williams (Sucker Punch Recording Co.). Matthew is simultaneously releasing an EP of social justice songs called Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers, which was also produced by Williams.

 

Nelson Mandela said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Battle Hymn_coverThat sentiment is at the heart of Crys Matthews’ EP of social justice songs called Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers. From the title track to We Must Be Free (an adaptation of Roberta Slavit’s Freedom is a Constant Struggle) Matthews offers an insightful soundtrack to the modern-day resistance. “The songs on this EP are intended to be a small offering of hope and encouragement during these unsettling times,” Matthews said. “I hope that they will remind us of our collective resilience and inspire all of us the way my mom, Nelson Mandela, Michelle Obama, Rita Mae Brown, Julia Ward Howe, and Eva Cassidy (via Curtis Mayfield) inspired the title track.”

A prolific lyricist and composer, thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.

www.crysmatthews.com