Brian is a multi-instrumentalist who studied at Howard University under jazz bassist Steve Novosel, Howard University Jazz band leader Fred Irby, and saxophonist Charlie Young. He has played in the DMV area with such groups/acts/artist as The Delafield String Band, yU of Diamond District, Prince George’s Philharmonic, Sitali, Nila Kay, Justin Trawick, Tara Trinity, Rana Mansour, Wanees Zarour, Huda Asfour and has had the opportunity to perform before President Barrack Obama. He has toured with Jonny Grave, Paperhaus, The Hackensaw Boys, Letitia Van Sant, and currently Grammy award winning artist Dom Flemons the American Songster.
Brian’s musical journey has taken him to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, The Hamilton in DC, the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, the Red Butte Garden Ampitheater in Salt Lake City, the Chatauqua Amphitheater in Boulder, the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, the Gillioz in Springfield, the Bijou Theater in Knoxville, City Winery in Nashville and Chicago, Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, the Paradiso in Amsterdam, before President Barack Obama, The Ryman Theater in Nashville, and on the Grand Ole Opry.
You can hear Brian as a member of the Clara Barton Sessions, a recording of DC folk tradition musicians that released an album commemorating the revitalization of the Clara Barton Museum, Elena y Los Fulanos forthcoming album, or on Dom Flemon’s forthcoming black cowboy album under Smithsonian’s Folkways label.
Farrow is currently working on program to provide therapeutic musical aid to refugees currently stuck in Greece’s refugees camps. You can learn more and support the cause here:
Emma G hails from New Zealand and is currently based in Washington DC. She can been seen busking around DC on busy street corners and farmer’s markets as well as playing many of DC’s clubs and venues.
Working full time as a singer, songwriter, musician, street performer, vocal teacher, and actor; she plays in various clubs, bars and community events throughout the city – and often far beyond. 2015 included The Whitehouse, The Kennedy Center, The National Cherry Blossom-, and Smithsonian Folklife festivals, and The Atlas Performing Arts Theater. 2016 has included two California tours, the release of her studio singles “SOLD (take a shot)” featuring DMV rapper Tony B, which now has airplay on the West Coast and is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Music, Spotify and SoundCloud; and “King for a Day”: official video is HERE!!
Prior to heading to the States in late 2014, Emma G, 28, had established a profile back in New Zealand as vocalist for the hard rock band Static Era. She was also a New Zealander of the Year Local Hero award recipient, honoured in 2012 for inspiring others through her music.
She has fast become an established and much-loved personality on DC’s busking circuit, where she is known as the Kiwi girl who plays great songs and gives great hugs.
“It’s great, because the spirit of the city is incredible,” she said in a 2016 interview. “The DC community are super nice, and really supportive of what I do.”
But with her career blossoming and fame surely beckoning, who knows what is around the corner.
“Life is an adventure. The best adventures have unknown outcomes.”
This week on Locally Grown DC Legend Mark Noone discusses his past present and musical accomplishments in bands The Slickee Boys, The Wanktones, Out Behind the Barn and more with his number one fan and President of The Slickee Boys Fan Club Robbie White then performs some of classics songs solo acoustic which he hasn’t done since the sixties.
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.