Off and on a misty rain fell on the day Cristian Perez and his band were scheduled to play in The Yarden. We were set up and ready to shoot a few times and then we would break it down when the rain fell. So we ate what was on the grill and discussed the possibilities of a re-shoot. Their drummer Marty was leaving for Cuba the next day so it was shoot that day or wait til next season. While the weather radar said big storms a gentle mist was what fell so we were able to get a few songs in for the show.
Cristian had seen the show on Facebook and I first met him when he emailed me inquiring about being on the show. I want this show to be about all levels of diversity in the DC area music scene so I booked him immediately thinking I was getting a Classic Latin ensemble. When they hit the first song my mind was blown. I was so pleasantly surprised. My inner hippy came screaming out. I had to dance behind the camera! They’ve got a little bit of so much of everything in their music and I loved every moment they were here playing to beat the rain. These folks LOVE TO PLAY MUSIC! Check them out below!
I met this singer songwriter duo locally here in Silver Spring playing at The Bump ‘N Grind and Zed’s Cafe two coffee shops that I frequent. Juels Bland and Zachary Ryan Parkman make up this duo and sometimes full band. On this hot day in The Yarden they played mostly original music but mixed originals into cover songs and back to originals again. (or maybe the other way around??) BeBop truly enjoys their music and you can see that here. Check em out here and find out where they came up with this unique name. (It wasn’t on SnapChat)
You can catch them playing frequently around the DC area.
I met Singer/Songwriter/Beat Boxer Dylan Gavin on Facebook. I had been watching some of his videos when at the same time he inboxed me about being on the show. We recorded this a few weeks back between rainstorms.
From his website:
“I’m so passionate about music, I don’t really do anything else. I want to move people, change people, inspire people. I want them to walk away from my performance with new ideas and the uncontrollable urge to do something they’ve always wanted to do but simply haven’t yet. I love human connection and real heart to heart conversation and there is hardly a better medium than music.
My goal as a musician is to re-invigorate people love for the story of a song, the way it was in the 60’s and 70’s (the golden age of songwriting) without sounding like I got my bell-bottoms and my bowl cut in the same groovy shopping mall plaza. I also hope to meet you and chat with you about music, life, death, existence, art and anything that antithetical of small talk. ”
I heard of this band from folks talking on Facebook, met them at The Wammies and I am so glad when I asked they play in The Yarden they said “Sure’ It was such a cool day in The Yarden. This band just loves to make music.
This band is hard to describe so I will steal something from their website: “ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You) is a percussive acoustic rock animal. Mixing genres from rock to folk to soul to bluegrass; flavours as varied as jazz and hip hop curl through what is undoubtedly one of the most exciting sounds in today’s folk(ish) music scene. Recently hailed as an audience-voted “Most-Wanted Artist” at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, ilyAIMY combines award-winning songwriting, tight male/female harmonies, signature intricate slap-style guitar work, ukulele, djembe and an eclectically humorous stage show into an exquisite package.”
I love that they have an electric cello in their band. I love the fact that most of the band members work at House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park. And how can you not love the fact that Rob and Kristen became engaged just a few days ago!
This week’s guest in The Yarden is Outlaw Country Band Ty Braddock and The Loyal Inmates. You can see this band on the first Friday of every month at Brand 72 in Rockville. On this episode Ty and his band are joined by Go-Go Star Mz Laydee for some Hank Williams and later some Allman Brothers Southern Rock!