Performer (vocals and oud), composer, and engineer Huda Asfour has worked, studied, and collaborated with artists in Tunisia, Gaza, Ramallah, Egypt, Lebanon, and the United States. Her most recent release, Mars: Back and Forth, is a progressive experimentation and reinterpretation of familiar arabic styles alongside a compelling push for the interstellar home, self, and futurism. Mars, Asfour writes, “was my search for home and for identity. A trip to a world without borders. Undefined by labels and boundaries. The god of war, that shaped my early years, from the mountains of Lebanon where I was born during the Israeli invasion, to the early years of the second intifada (uprising) in Ramallah.”
Huda is joined by Asha Santee on an array of percussion instruments. Asha plays with six groups in the D.C. area, including The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat, CooLots, THC (Thee House Collective), lowercase letters, and Be Steadwell. She also empowers the minds of music lovers through drum lessons. When Asha is not behind the canvas painting or playing instruments, she can be seen (if you catch her) running her clothing line Note 2 Self LLC.
Derek B. Bond, on electric bass, completes the trio. Born in Brooklyn and raised in southern Virginia, Derek started playing bass in high schoo and has played in blues, rock, reggae, jazz, fusion, and East African pop bands. He has shared the stage with Victor Wooton, Carter Beauford, Leroy Moore, Ziggy Marley, Tim Reynolds, Yellow Man, the Wu Tang Clan, Soul Coughing, Jamal Milner, Bio Ritmo, and others. Rounding out his musical experience, Derek played tuba in the University of Notre Dame marching band and drums and keyboards in various rock bands.
The Huda Asfour Trio will be joined by other special guests.
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.
We invite you to enjoy delicious refreshments from the Cafe at Carroll Cafe 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.
She’s a songwriter who was almost a doctor. He’s a guitar aficionado who owns and operates his own guitar instruction company. Together they form the duo Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart, a soulful combination of acoustic pop and blues that hits the heart with their blended talents.
Hailed as “a captivating singer in a truly soulful duo,” by Emmy Award winning-songwriter Trey Bruce, Holmes initially started as a solo artist, her songs playing on Sirius XM’s Coffee House station and on 150 radio stations nationwide. Her belief is that a well-written song can embody all emotions of human existence, and she articulates that beautifully with her slightly raspy yet gentle voice and truthful lyrics.
Jeb Hart can tell a story with six strings. “I’ve seen some of the best guitarists that rock, blues and country have to offer.” says Entertainment reporter Jim Renke. “Jeb Hart can hold his own with any of them. His heart and passion are matched only by his technical skills.” The multi-faceted Hart began playing music at the age of 9. His 16-year career of guitar instruction includes opening his own company, Six Month Guitar. Performing with various bands, ranging in genres from blues to rock, country to big band, Jeb found the partner he was looking for in Danika.
Danika and Jeb are taking stages by storm, having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar and others. Their soulful and intoxicating sound lures in new fans daily.
Victoria Vox is a ukulele-playing award winning songwriter with an infectious pop-folk-jazz style. Vox also has received praise for her ‘invisible’ instrument: The Mouth Trumpet, blowing her own horn on the Jay Leno Show. She has been artist in residence at Strathmore hall and tours in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and across the U.S. Her 9th album, “When the Night Unravels” was released in January 2015.
We’re delighted that for this appearance at Carroll Café, Victoria will be joined by the UNIFIED JAZZ ENSEMBLE, featuring vibraphonistMike Noonan, bassist John Pineda, trumpeter Tim Stanley, and Dominic Smith on drums.
An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make her unique folk/pop music impossible to resist. – Vintage Guitar Magazine
Vox’s soulful-ukulele shatters all preconceived (and ill-informed) notions about ukuleles and their underrated capabilities as an instrument. – WhatWeekly
Thanks for a great show, Brother Sun and thanks, Ellen Bukstel, for a great opening set
May 8, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
National touring artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter’s round. The trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.
From three major points on the map–Boston, New York, and Chicago–Greg, Pat, and Joe have blended themselves into Brother Sun: a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the music of Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them, but rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience, three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki.
Ellen Bukstel, co-author of the award-winning song “By My Silence,” provided the opening set.
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From the U.S. to the U.K., from Canada to Australia, fans at folk festivals around the world have discovered Genticorum. Leaders of a new generation of Quebec traditional music groups, the three members of Genticorum bring an irrepressible joie de vivre to the hallmarks of the Quebec repertoire: non-stop dance rhythms, hearty call-and-response singing, traditional- style foot percussion, and intense and impassioned playing that leaves audiences in a frenzy. The band also performs original compositions so true to tradition that it’s difficult to tell the difference between the old and the new. The huge sound emanating from this trio features intricate fiddle and flute melodies, backed by guitar, electric bass and rich resonant vocals that blend in stirring three-part harmonies – and a humorous stage show that ties the music and the audience together.
The band was founded by musicians with an unparalleled passion for their musical heritage. Both Pascal Gemme and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand were literally raised on traditional music. Alex grew up in the midst of living room jam sessions hosted by his father, traditional musician and Quebec culture promoter Gilles Garand. Pascal spent his childhood summers in Huntingdon, Quebec, where his grandfather was the village fiddler. Yann Falquet grew up playing guitar in rock bands but soon discovered traditional music and is now an in-demand rhythm player.
The members of Music Pilgrim Trio bring diverse musical perspectives to a collaboration that showcases their improvisational spirit and true virtuosity. The three musicians demonstrate their skill and passion for jazz, klezmer, Russian, classical and Latin-American music styles as they blend influences from around the world.
Vladimir Fridman was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, with music a major part of his life. In Moscow Vladimir received his education in music and engineering. Despite the promising career as a civil engineer, Vladimir decided to pursue his real passion guitar.
SethKibel is the leader, clarinetist, and composer for The Alexandria Kleztet, a genre-bending klezmer band he founded in the Baltimore/Washington area.
Bob Abbott has been a freelance bass player, arranger, and composer. His performance experiences range from local community festivals to performing at national political and social events.
The Dovetail Ensemble is a flexible company of stellar performers. Each concert is fresh and surprising, inviting audiences into the process of collaboration as well as its thrilling results. A Dovetail Ensemble performance is playful, deep, intricate, and straight to the heart.
Blues harmonica master and songster Phil Wiggins joins Grammy-nominated fiddler Andrea Hoag and cellist Jodi Beder, who has been Princeton Symphony’s principal cellist and played in the rock cabaret band Zen for Primates and as a Jewish liturgical musician. For this show they’re joined by percussive dancer and Hungarian native Agi Kovacs (pronounced AH-ghee KO-vosh) and versatile guitarist Mark Puryear, for an evening that ranges from traditional Swedish music to Latin jazz, from Romanian nigun to Irish jigs, from Purcell to Mississippi John Hurt . . . and does it all with the conviction of artists who have devoted themselves to their traditions over many years, and who LOVE exploring together!
The Dovetail Ensemble arose from the Old Doors/New Worlds project, which from 2009 to 2012 brought together musicians and dancers from different traditions, generations, and parts of the country to create new music. The project was unique among collaborations in its focus on process as well as product: How do we make what we make? What do we learn about our own art, and about communication, when we collaborate? What do traditional arts mean to us in a world of instant information?
The Dovetail Ensemble is a piece of a larger organization called Freydas Hands, whose mission is to provide opportunities for traditional folk musicians and other performing artists to collaborate across genres, and to educate the public about traditional performing folk arts and the collaborative process.
The vision of Freydas Hands is to give young people first-hand knowledge that making music and creating art by hand is an everyday part of life. Experienced artists enjoy opportunities to develop their collaborative skills and to pass on their knowledge, in depth to budding artists, and in breadth to the general public. This exceptional organization values tradition and innovation, intergenerational sharing, open participation, and striving for excellence.
The Sligo Creek Stompers — Sarah Ford, Adrian Erlanger, Jess Eliot Myhre, and Chris Ousley — play a raucous but refined blend of traditional roots music: Appalachian and Midwestern old time and bluegrass; New Orleans-style traditional jazz; haunted Irish fiddle tunes; honky tonk and classic country; Texas and gypsy swing. Inspired by scratchy 78 rpm records, contra dancing and a good bottle of whiskey, the Stompers are keeping the flame of American stringband music alive in the Washington, D.C., area.
“Hearing the [Sligo Creek Stompers] is like stepping into a time machine.” —WTOP
Lulu’s Fate performs a mix of music from the Appalachian, southern string band and country blues traditions, as well as original tunes and covers ranging from Hank Williams to Tom Waits. With Tom Espinola on mandolin and guitar, Kristen Jones on cello, and singer Kara Falck, the trio blends virtuosic instrumentals with lush three-part vocal harmonies to create new interpretations of traditional tunes. Lulu’s Fate is based in the Washington, D.C., metro area and has performed at the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Washington Folk Festival, Institute of Musical Traditions and numerous house concerts throughout the area.