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.
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.
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!