Wednesday 10/22
Washington West Film Festival Presents: Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden @ The Hamilton Live
$15 / $20
Sara Niemietz’s voice exudes joy as she sings, and Sara lights up a room with her smile. By the age of 21, Sara had already recorded and performed with B.J. Thomas, Richard Marx, Randy Kerber, Snuffy Walden, appeared on television programs ranging from “Glee” to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, acted in the feature film “Akeelah and the Bee”, and on Broadway as a young Carol Burnett in “Hollywood Arms” adapted from Burnett’s memoir “One More Time.” Often referred to as America’s Adele, Sara’s vocal talents and range span pop, rock, jazz and blues. Sara’s YouTube videos have attracted millions of fans, with her cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” viewed more than 8 million times and counting. W.G. Snuffy Walden is an award-winning musician and composer, best known for his work in television, scoring the music for shows that include The West Wing, Nashville, Friday Night Lights, Wonder Years, Rosanne, Ellen, Thirtysomething, Studio 60, Sports Night, I’ll Fly Away, George Lopez, My So-Called Life, Felicity, and dozens of others. Nominated for 12 Emmy awards, winning for the West Wing, and winner of 26 BMI awards for his music, Snuffy’s music has been the soundtrack of our lives for almost 30 years. In the 1970’s and ‘80’s, Snuffy was touring guitarist supporting Steve Wonder, Donna Summer, Chaka Chan, Stray Dog, and Eric Burdon. Robbie Schaefer is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and 1/4th of the Virginia-based folk-rock band “Eddie from Ohio” who have been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years. With their trademark acoustic sound, EFO has produced nine CDs, with sales exceeding 150,000, toured from Florida to Washington State, cultivated a massive following of fans nationwide, received air play from hundreds of radio stations, headlined at venues from Wolf Trap to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO) and Strawberry Music Festival (CA), and were awarded "Best Contemporary Folk Group" by the Washington Area Music Association six times since 1997. Robbie served for many years as the Music Director for Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live before forming the OneVoice Community which is a non-profit that unites children worldwide through music and creative expression, empowering children to build a just, peaceful and wonder-filled world.
Dave Barnes
Friday 10/24
Dave Barnes @ The Hamilton Live
$17 / $23
When Dave Barnes first showed up on the music scene 12 years ago, he was the guy hitting the college circuit with limitless energy and an equally unrestrained expectation for the future. There were songs to be penned, tours to be booked and a whole world of experiences to be seized. Since then, the singer-songwriter has written and released seven albums, played hundreds of cities each year, received Grammy and CMA nominations for Blake Shelton's cut of his song “God Gave Me You,” become a father and formed deeper relationships in the industry than his 23-year-old self could have dared hope. Turning 35 this year, Barnes is in a season of both nostalgia and reality about what it means to be a traveling musician, and those reflections have become the life and breath of his eighth full-length release, Golden Days. “It kind of tells a story of beginning something, where you are now and, as the season changes, the things you look back on,” he says. Having recorded his 2012 Razor & Tie Records release, Stories to Tell, in LA with renowned producer John Fields, Barnes is stepping closer to home for his new independently released project, co-producing with multi-Grammy nominated Ed Cash in Nashville and giving his thoughts time to simmer and take shape. “I’ve tried as I’ve gotten older to make records like they’re chapters in a book, to try to really capture what I’m thinking about in that season,” he explains. “This record, to me, is probably one of the most interesting subject-wise. It’s a bit of a retrospective.” Golden Days opens with the lively and optimistic “Twenty-Three,” a song that captures the essence of the early years when Barnes and musician friends like Matt Wertz and Andy Davis were “young and wild and free” and “dreaming about the possibilities” of their futures. Following a loose chronology, Golden Days closes on a note of raw reflection with “Hotel Keys,” a song Barnes originally wrote with and for David Nail but found himself connecting to personally. “‘Hotel Keys’ is really about when this dream turns into a job,” he says truthfully. “The fairy dust starts to wear off – it becomes more work than play. Basically, it’s wishing you could go back to when this dream was more than just a pocket of hotel keys.” Though he’s refreshingly candid about the realities of the road, when Barnes sits back to survey his career so far, the emotion that rises to the surface is one of immense gratitude, expressed on his favorite track and the first single from the new record, a song called “Good.” The piano-led ballad finds Barnes in his sweet spot, taking in the blessings of his everyday life – the sunrise, his wife laughing in the kitchen, little footsteps on the stairs and even the wrong turns and heartaches that have allowed him to recognize the gifts for what they are. Between those bookends, the 11-track record unfolds with vibrant and diverse tunes like the sultry Lucie Silvas duet, “Little Civil War,” which pushes and pulls with the beautiful tension of a Bonnie Raitt refrain, the danceable “Something More” and “Heartbroken Down,” an upbeat yet bluesy number about missing a love. When asked what times has taught him about songwriting, Barnes points to the value of a sentiment. He says he’s come to understand the amount of time and care it takes to truly unearth one and express it. “Maybe it’s like this,” he begins. “At the beginning of your career, it’s like you’ve been willed this huge plot of land full of songs sitting beneath the surface. Every time you dig your shovel in, you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, this cool little thing – I bet this is valuable.’ And 12 years into a career you’ve dug up so much of that ground, but every now and then, deeper and deeper below, you find something that’s significant – something that’s worth a lot more. You hit your shovel to it and realize, this is going to take me months to unearth. It’s worth it, but it’s going to be lots of work.” Having set himself to that work for more than a decade, Barnes has discovered many of these fragile and precious pieces, but unlike when he was first starting out, he’s more intentional now, careful to give these insights the time to develop before attempting to fully grasp them. “When you’re younger, you can sort of break those things in half in excitement,” he reflects. While inspiration often comes as the result of time and work, Barnes says nothing has opened him up to a new realm of creativity so much as being a father to his now two-year-old son. “It’s like God just takes a piece of your heart, pulls it out of your chest and puts legs on it,” he describes. “It’s affected everything. It’s been this really great introduction into this new part of myself that I didn’t know. It’s like a whole new array of colors that you get introduced to as you sort of paint these things … like here are 3,000 new colors.” And he isn’t keeping that inspiration to himself. An artist loved for his approachable and often hilarious nature, Barnes is actively involved in building into the Nashville community and using his experiences to help others however he can. From spearheading a monthly gathering of artists to mentoring younger musicians, he lives by the question, “What good is what you know unless you can share it with other people?” “Now that I’m here more, I’d love to feel like I’m still involved in people’s lives,” he says. Balancing the realities of his life, career, family and fans, he’s finding the harmony between writing and recording in Nashville and being out on the road playing shows. “It’s not like starting over, but it’s kind of like starting over,” he explains. “You’ve been through round one of what you do, and now you’re getting to where you’re not going to be out playing 200 shows anymore because you can’t.” In some ways, life has undeniably changed for Dave Barnes since those early years running the college circuit. He’s matured, grown up even. He’s not 23 anymore, but anyone who knows him will tell you this: 12 years into this thing, he’s still full of limitless energy and an unrestrained expectation about the future. “As much as it’s terrifying,” he concedes, “it’s kind of the land of promise, because who knows what’s gonna happen?”
FotoWeekDC 2014 Opening Party
Friday 11/07
FotoWeekDC 2014 Opening Party @ The Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence
$45 / $65
FotoDC & BYT Present: FotoWeek DC 2014 Opening Party Friday, November 7th, 2014 7:30pm-11pm FotoWeekCentral @ The Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence 2801 16th St NW Washington, DC 20009 Join us for an exciting evening of photography, exhibits, open bars, photobooths, music, and more as we launch the 7th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival! Be among the first to view this year's exhibits at FotoWeekCentral, including: THE SOCHI PROJECT: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2009 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated place before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention. Presented by Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation. NEW SPANISH PHOTOGRAPHY_Visions Beyond Borders SPAIN arts & culture presents a collective photo exhibition introducing fourteen Spanish artists that portray their vision on the urban and natural landscape across borders, captured from a critical or emotional perspective. Curated by Javier Moreno (SPAIN FRESH) and produced by King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, this exhibition affirms the presence of young spanish photography in a global framework. More info about the exhibition premiere in New York here. 2014 FotoWeek Contest Winners See the winners from this year's contest in all three categories: Fine Art, Photojournalism, and Photographer's Choice. Want to see your work on display? Enter the contest here: More details and exhibits to be announced soon! ~ Croosh Deets: Discount tickets on sale now for $45 Price goes up to $55 week of and $65 day of But we might sell out before then! This is a 21+ event There is no dress code ~ Stay informed: ~ With generous support of Spain Arts & Culture All proceeds benefit FotoWeekDC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Shakey Graves
Tuesday 10/21
Shakey Graves @ The Hamilton
$17 / $20
"Every few years [at SXSW], an Austin act picks up steam just in time to enjoy the home court advantage. This year it's a bluesman, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who makes the one-man band approach look effortless." - The New York Times Recently described as an "antifolk phenomenon" by NPR Music, Alejandro Rose-Garcia (aka Shakey Graves) is one of those rare artists whose music, after one listen, inspires the kind of obsessive devotion that compels someone to spend hours searching for more. Fans eagerly wait for the next track to surface online, erratically released from his closely-guarded collection of unheard bedroom recordings and live rarities. But as word of his haunting, at times bizarre, lo-fi recordings and contrastingly explosive live shows continues to spread, Shakey Graves is quickly rising from obscurity into the national spotlight. His debut full-length LP "Roll the Bones" consistently remains near the top of Bandcamp's digital "best-seller" charts more than two years after its release, relying on little more than word of mouth for promotion. New listeners around the world discover his music every day, often through a series of stunning live performance videos on YouTube, which have collectively racked up well over half a million hits. In his hometown of Austin, TX, Shakey's shows are the stuff of legend. Recently featured on the cover of Austin Monthly Magazine, the Mayor has even given him his own local holiday. February 9th is officially proclaimed "Shakey Graves Day" in Austin. His sophomore album "And The War Came" will be released on Dualtone Records Oct. 7th.