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ALBERT CUMMINGS
Saturday 03/28
ALBERT CUMMINGS @ The Hamilton Live
$25.00 / $15.00
Breaking every cliche associated with the blues while producing some of the most powerful music of the 21st century comes natural to Albert Cummings. The Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but then switched to playing banjo at age 12 and became a fan of bluegrass music. Before graduating he heard the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan, however, and was floored by the virtuosity. While in college he saw Vaughan perform and he returned to the guitar with a new outlook and resolve. Not until he was 27, an age when other musicians were either already established or had long ago put their dream aside for the realities of life, did Albert finally decide to go for it. An intense period of wood shedding resulted Albert sharing a bill with Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section. So taken with Albert's fire and passion were bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton that they volunteered to play on and produce his debut recording. In 2003 the aptly-titled From the Heart (Under the Radar), with the awesome power of a Nor'easter and the soul of a natural born artist. Tours and shows with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and others brought his music to an audience grateful for the opportunity to be rocked hard by a man possessed to play every song like his life depended on it. Albert Cummings is a man of his times and the man for the times. He has built his own musical edifice that expresses his thoughts and dreams. It is a vision that alternately excites and soothes while also clearly providing a glimpse of his unlimited future. The best is yet to come.
 BYT Presents: Spirited Republic - A National Archives Museum After Hours!
Saturday 04/18
BYT Presents: Spirited Republic - A National Archives Museum After Hours! @ The National Archives
$50 / $60
An exclusive tourist-free party-time all-access takeover! Featuring the new exhibit: Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History Plus open bars, including beer and specialty cocktails by: Jack Rose Dining Saloon / The Partisan / Mockingbird Hill Daikaya / PX / Founding Farmers / Bourbon Steak 2 birds 1 stone / barmini by José Andrés Tickets / More Info: https://spiritedrepublic.eventbrite.com/ ~~~ Featuring hot jamz from: DJ Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses / VBS.tv / The Make-Up / Sassiest Boy In America / Chain & The Gang) +PLUS+ The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights y'all! Jonny Grave (Washington DC / Kennedy Center) DJ Adrian Loving (Axel F / Obama's DJ) Daniel Knox (Chicago / "has a cult following that includes David Lynch and Jarvis Cocker" -Vanity Fair) Live comedy commentary of the awful National Treasure movie! Spirited Republic-themed TED-style talks curated by Derek Brown! Book Talk /Signing with Brian Abrams, Author of Party Like a President The Haiku Guys (NYC) More infotainment than you can shake a stick at (no sticks allowed in the building) We'll have some small bites too, including: Pork bao buns by Erik Bruner Yang of Maketto (while supplies last) Bites from Chef Barry Koslow of Pinea, the W Washington DC's Mediterranean-inspired restaurant (while supplies last) Mini muffins from Uprising Muffin Company (while supplies last) +PLUS+ Photobooths! Scavenger Hunt! 20% off at the gift shop all night! More surprises and details TBA! ~ Croosh Deets April 18th, 8pm - 12am The National Archives Museum Constitution Ave between 7th & 9th St NW Discount Advance Price $50 Day of $60 We expect to sell out No tickets will be sold at the door This is a 21+ event RSVP HERE: http://spiritedrepublic.eventbrite.com/ As always, there is no dress code, but we recommend staying on theme: Ben Franklin bifocals / Bill of So-Rights-Its-Wrongs / Founding Mothers / Nerdy Archivists Eliot Ness / Al Capone / Nucky Thompson / Jimmy Darmody / Chalky White Nicolas Cage Everything / Invisible-ink Map / Old Paper / Old Papyrus Tuxedo (unisex) / Ian Svenonius (unisex) / Jon Voight (unisex) ~ Our friends: Tanqueray / Budweiser / Heineken ~ Brought to you by: BYT Productions & National Archives Foundation ~ Stay informed: http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/ http://www.twitter.com/byt http://www.archivesfoundation.org/ https://twitter.com/archivesfdn ~ Part of the proceeds from this event will go to support the National Archives Foundation