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 and singing as a hobby, she wanted to dedicate her life to music. From that moment her journey began as an independent musician.
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.
Len 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 stopped by The Yarden on a hot day this Summer, played a few tunes and told a few stories.
If 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.
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.
Hailing 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.
Playing 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.
Musical 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.
To learn more about Dom Flemons and get your copy of Black Cowboys you can visit his website