Thursday 03/26
$23.00 / $15.00
Some quick true/false facts about the band Horse Feathers and their new album, So It Is With Us: 1. The record was partially recorded in a barn in a beautiful pastoral setting in rural Oregon (true, but hasn’t everybody done this now?) 2. The band lives in Portland, OR (also true, and they are consciously and unconsciously living breathing stereotypes just like the ones portrayed in Portlandia) 3. Horse Feathers last album charted on Billboard by selling fewer records than they had in the past (true, but maybe more a comment on the music industry as a whole?) 4. For this album, the band was influenced by the following: Pentangle, Talk Talk, Paul Simon, The Band, Van Morrison, John Wesley Harding era Bob Dylan, Desire era Bob Dylan, and Abner Jay (not what you would have guessed, right?) Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band: “I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – "Cynic's New Year" – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn't touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record “helped them through their divorce”. I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them “have a great weekend”. If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from “divorce” band to “weekend” band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn’t say we’ve become a “party band” overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit. I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show – which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don't own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That's the way it was, and so it is with us.”
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: ~~~ Featuring hot jamz from: DJ Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses / / 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: 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: ~ Part of the proceeds from this event will go to support the National Archives Foundation