Monday October 31 Free 7PM-9PM rock
“Best Open Mic in the DC area” — Washington Post
This Halloween, come on out to Jammin’ Java for our very first open-mic tribute to the king of glam-rockÔø?David Bowie! Open-mic regulars, Bowie fans, and a handful of local bands and musicians (Brainfang, Fannery, Anthony Fiacco) will be performing an eclectic assortment of Bowie’s music, drawn mostly from his early 70’s Ziggy Stardust era but including later tunes like “Golden Years” and “Let’s Dance.” Make sure you come in costume, and stick around for our costume contestÔø?best Bowies and glam rockers win 2 free tickets to any show at Jammin Java!
Rufus Wainwright w/ OKGO will be performing live at the 9:30 Club on Friday, October 28.
Sunday October 30 $10 7:30PM eclectic
The career of most bands follows a depressing, predictable course: the flame of initial promise; followed by great expectations; followed by swift decline and demise, brought about by internal and external pressures, arrogance, poor instinct, a loss of the naive charm that marked the band as special in the first place, or all of the above. You, the audience, have heard the story, read the best-selling biography, and seen the major motion picture ? time and time again. So it comes as no small surprise that The Clumsy Lovers ? ten years and over 1,500 live performances deep ? are only now poised to achieve the creative and popular breakthrough of their lives. Without ever having courted or discouraged success, the happy-go-lucky Vancouver quintet has made an album that expertly walks the tightrope between tradition-minded roots music (Ôø?Raging bluegrass Celtic rock,Ôø? a reviewer once said) and sparkling modern pop. In trying to please no one but themselves, The Clumsy Lovers have conceived a collection of songs that may prove to please damn near everyone.
James McMurtry w/ June Star will be performing live at the IOTA Club & Cafe on Sunday, Ocober 30 at 8:30pm.
Saturday October 29 $9 9:30PM!!! metal
TIMELORD is a technical power/thrash-metal band based in Northern Virginia USA. First and foremost musicians, each member has the talent and dedication to stand out on his own. More importantly, they are a powerful group effort composed of highly proficient musical visionaries. TIMELORD was formed in January 2005 by guitarist Aaron Richert and guitarist/vocalist Matt Aub. Drummer extraordinaire Rick Hodes and bass prodigy Joe Konczal stepped in commandingly to fill the unoccupied rhythm section. The band immediately began assembling the very best heavy-metal compositions they could create. Intros, outros, verses, etc. were revised to perfection. The resulting songs were recorded and compiled into an impressive debut album called Regeneration. TIMELORDÔø?s compositions are sonically dense, filled with dark minor keys and heavily orchestrated rhythm guitar work. The bandÔø?s multi-faceted etudes leave listeners entranced- never knowing what lies behind the next cymbal crash. The abundant use of melodic chorus sections adds a strong European elegance to TIMELORDÔø?s aggressive speed-metal sound. In addition- tempo and meter changes inflect progressive concepts into the ensembleÔø?s commanding aural assault. As expected- all instruments are performed with razor-sharp surgical precision. Intelligent composition and songwriting, soaring vocal melodies, intricate water-tight rhythms, blazing guitar solos, rock-solid bass work and highly precise drumming are the core elements that form the grandiose resonance emanating from the dark domain of Ôø?the TIMELORD.Ôø?
Saturday October 29 $10 7PM pop/rock
Born in New York, singer-songwriter David Mead’s family relocated to Nashville where he spent the majority of his formative years, honing his craft in pop bands such as Verdant Green, Blue Million and Joe, Marc’s Brother. Mead eventually ventured out on his own, collaborating on a demo of his songs with local keyboardist Jason Lehning. The recording subsequently landed him in the offices of RCA Records where he performed his tunes alone with a guitar. The label signed him shortly thereafter. With the aid of Lehning (credited as associate producer) and producer Peter Collins (Jewel, Brian Setzer), the 25-year old Mead was given a relatively free hand on his 1999 debut for RCA. The resulting album, The Luxury of Time, is a collection of well-crafted tunes that tap classic writers from George Gershwin and Cole Porter to Lennon and McCartney and Paul Simon for inspiration without ever coming across as contrived or less than fresh. Mead, who moved back to New York at the time of his first recording, cites his years in Nashville for his growth as a writer and for his appreciation of the proverbial three minute pop song. The follow up Mine and Yours was released in early 2001. Indiana surfaced three years later. ~ Brett Hartenbach, All Music Guide
Tim Blane is a Boston based guitarist, keyboardist and singer/songwrite r whose music has the melodic flow of mainstream pop, the harmonic nuance of jazz, and the lyrical honesty of country. His sound brings to mind artists like Jason Mraz, David Gray, Ryan Adams, Peter Gabriel and Lyle Lovett. His debut CD, In the Meantime, was released in May 2005 and hit #2 on Awarestore. The title track to his CD was chosen as the opening track for this year’s Awarestore compiliation. He is also getting airplay on XM Satellite.
The Clientele w/ Annie Hayden at IOTA will be performing live at the IOTA Club & Cafe on Saturday, Ocober 29 at 9:30pm.
Friday October 28 $20 8PM
Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.
VH1 Soul presents The Love & Music Tour featuring Jaguar Wright & Kindred the Family Soul w/ Keke Wyatt at the 9:30 Club on Friday, October 28. This is a late show. Doors at 10pm.