Category Archives: 2016-2017 season

Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart

November 11, 2016

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.

U-Liners Sweet Loraine CD Release Concert

October 14, 2016
Sweet Lorain CD Release Concert

U-Liners with Rickie SimpkinsSweet Lorain is an Americana concept album featuring a collection of new original songs that have something to say about the world around us.

The U-Liners play a wide variety of music in the roots-rock and Americana genres including country, rock, folk, bluegrass, rock’n roll, swing, folk-rock, country-rock, blues, rhythm & blues, soul, and more. The U-Liners have a deep and eclectic repertoire ideal for dancing or listening. The U-Liners have performed at the Rock and Roll hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Knitting Factory and the Mercury Ballroom in NYC, Bally’s in Las Vegas, at the AFL-CIO, SEIU, and all of DC’s finest venues, including The Birchmere with Pete Seeger, The Black Cat, the Silver Theater, and Jammin’ Java with Tom Morello and Boots Riley, The IOTA Club, Madams Organ, the State theater, the Mansion on O St., the Millennium Arts Center (w/ Lester Chambers), the old Half Moon BBQ, and many others. A rare specialty of this group includes songs of hope, peace, justice, the environment, and worker’s rights; and come from the band’s belief that we can make the world a better place. The U-Liners are Avril Smith , Electric Guitar and Vocals; Joe Uehlein, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals; Larry Ferguson, Drums and Percussion; Jessica Lake, Vocals; Barry Warsaw, Bass; and Tom Espinola, Mandolin.

We are excited that Rickie Simpkins, Virginia Folk Music Hall of Fame inductee and multiple award winning fiddle player, will be joining Joe and the U-liners for this special show.  Rickie is a member of the Seldom Scene, and has toured extensively with Emmylou Harris and Her Red Dirt Boys.

Whether with his band, The U-Liners, or as a solo artist, Joe’s concerts always include a wide and deep presentation of Americana and roots-Rock music, including folk, rock’n roll, bluegrass, country, soul, and more. But his solo shows take on a more intimate feel, talking more about music, politics, and the human spirit.

From his early days growing up along the banks of the great Lake Erie, and working in an aluminum mill in Central Pennsylvania, Joe developed a keen interest in Rock & Roll and the Folk and Country sounds of working class music, protest music, and environmentally-themed songs and has become a well-known performer of songs of work, hope, freedom, and environmental action and labor rights.

Joe has performed with Pete Seeger, Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers, Dave Alvin, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Boots Riley, Jill Sobule, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Emma’s Revolution, John Kadlecik, Billy Bragg, and with the punk band, the Dropkick Murphys. Joe has also performed at all of Washington, DC’s finest venues, including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, The Birchmere, Strathmore Music Hall, IOTA Club, Jammin’ Java, the Hamilton, Howard Theater, the Black Cat, and more. Joe has also played NYC’s Knitting Factory, Starlight Ballroom, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Bally’s in Las Vegas, among other fine venues. Joe has played all across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Venezuela.