Carroll Café hosts fabulous local, national, and
international performers, mostly in the roots and folk
traditions, on the second Friday of each month,
September through June.

It all happens at Seekers Church in Takoma DC.


APRIL 21, 2017

Rob Flax is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator from Evanston, IL with a playful heart and an open mind. He has performed nationally and internationally with groups of many different styles, including opening for B.B. King and Tower of Power; collaborating with dancers and filmmakers (including work on the soundtrack of James Franco’s film As I Lay Dying); and working on several original projects. Rob is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory (M.M. 2012 – Contemporary Improvisation, Music In Education) and a dance accompanist at the Boston Conservatory. He teaches both group and private lessons in the greater Boston area. Visit Rob’s website for mailing list signup, sounds, video, and more.

“He’s a master of bringing people together and making art out of nothing in a short amount of time.”
—Katy Boc,
South Shore Living


Round About is an original Washington, D.C.-area pop/rock band that has been performing locally since 2010. Their melodic pop combines quirky, perceptive lyrics with catchy, upbeat melodies to create a unique and accessible sound. Both of their albums feature songs that earned awards from the Songwriters Association of Washington.

While Round About is typically a four-piece rock band, Patrick Garrity (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Aaron Lowenberger (lead guitar and vocals) are delighted to bring an acoustic duo format to Carroll Café. They are joined on piano, organ, and vocals by Mark Bower, a member of popular local acts The Walkaways and Wes Tucker & the Skillets.

Advance reservations close at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the show, or when the show sells out. Reservations will be held until 20 minutes after the start of the show; after that time seating may be limited and is not guaranteed. We are unable to refund advance reservations. All payments for advance reservations are processed through PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal account to pay for your reservation.

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We invite you to enjoy delicious refreshments from the Café
at Carroll Café available before the show and at the intermission.
A changing choice of savories enough for a light meal, topped off with fabulous desserts and beverages, will add to the happiness of the concert experience! Always vegetarian, with some vegan and gluten-free options most months, all lovingly made by Sandra.

Thank you for your support of Carroll Café.

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