Jason Ager is a dedicated father, a passionate college professor, and a hyper-literate original songwriter. Balancing a PhD in German Literature with a few days a week as a stay-at-home dad, Jason still plays more than 100 shows a year in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. On his third album, Porchlight, Ager’s talent as a storyteller shines as he weaves together the academic and the arcane into clever lyrics that reward the careful listener. Nestled comfortably atop classic soul, R&B, and rock influences, songs like “Overload” and “Everybody Needs Love” epitomize Jason’s ability to rouse hearts and minds in the same breath.
Swamp Candy is an internationally touring, primitive blues influenced Americana duo. Ruben Dobbs’ aggressive finger-picking and rhythmic style (which often adds up to sounding like more than one guitar) combined with Joey Mitchell’s bass playing, pounding kick drum and percussive bass throttling (representing the presence of a full drum kit) easily fill up the sonic space normally created by a trio or even a four-piece. Dobbs’ soulful, passionate vocals are the glue that holds it all together and makes the band tick.
The Bodine Brothers offer a bodacious blend of high energy classic rock, hard drivin’ outlaw country, blistering blues and smokin’ southern rock. The Bodine Brothers perform an assortment of songs by ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Santana, Poison, Bob Seger, Dwight Yoakam, Waylon Jennings, John Cougar Mellencamp, Steppenwolf, Bad Company and many more.
“Freddie Long is starting down a sunny road paved with talent, devotion, and a sense of how to make music both fun and meaningful. I hope that this road is a long one…” -Nathan Olson, Indie-Music.com
The little girl grows up and buys her first record albums. Janis Joplin is a favorite. Later she sees Stevie Nicks in concert and is mesmerized by her sultry vocal delivery. These are the sounds that inspire a teenager’s passion for blues and R&B – music with grit and soul.
Mary Shaver has been singing all her life. She is first and foremost a blues artist influenced by the likes of Slim Harpo and Big Mama Thornton. She labels her own style as “Texas, Louisiana and Chicago Blues meets Memphis Soul,” and local critics and musicians have likened her powerful voice to all her idols. But her path as an artist has not been a particularly straight or smooth one.
Blues rock band out of Poolesville, Maryland. Influenced by Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Bill Withers and Red Hot Chili Peppers, they deliver a sound that gets people moving and keeps them rockin’ all night long!
June 12 is Tapping Tuesday
White IPA with Papaya / 16 oz / 6.5% ABV / 35 IBU
Bright and tropical white IPA is loaded with papaya and banana flavors
and aroma with a hoppy effervescence and dry finish.
A lot of complex flavors for an otherwise simple beer.
Perfect for a hot summer day. Get your crowlers!
And don’t forget, Mug Clubbers – Bubbles will buy your first beer!
Contemporary and Classic Rock, Country and Blues Acoustic Duo
Adam Trice and his band, Red Sammy, play simple, down-to-earth Americana folk rock music. Songs about work, hard work, love & loss are all entwined in the songs. “If you like your singing gritty, your tunes roughly hewn from country blues and your poetry sharp and to the point, this is just waiting for you.” ~ Americana UK
“Red Sammy’s Adam Trice crafts shambling roots rock on a foundation of hushed melancholia. Although his gravely voice suggests a Dylan influence, his slow-burn delivery points to something more measured.” ~Baltimore Magazine
“The Hazards are bringing a new excitement to an old style of music… they somehow seem to channel the spirit and drive of the great early bluegrass bands, while adding a bit of their own unique personalities to the musical brew”.
The group began as a duo, featuring Matt Geiger on guitar and Eric Knowles on banjo, playing and singing the music they loved: traditional bluegrass and mountain music from the Appalachians. They soon attracted not only an enthusiastic following of fans, but also other like-minded and very talented musicians: Gregg Bowers came in on mandolin and vocals, followed shortly by Dave Repass on bass, and lastly, Mark Baker on dobro and vocals. Some of it was fate, but each new member possessed the same rare rhythmic “feel” and drive. The magic was astonishing to experience… an irresistable force that appeals to your heart and soul!
Ragged Company is a 4-piece, roots music group that has performed in various venues in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. All members are professional, caring musicians who are in it for the joy of playing music and sharing their music with others. They currently cover a wide range of performers including, Patti Griffin, John Prine, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, The Grateful Dead, Over The Rhine, Grace Potter and many others. They also include original music written by 3 of their 4 members.
Murphy’s Shambles delivers Ireland’s well-loved traditional and contemporary tunes with a raw and gritty style. The quartet takes an unorthodox approach to pay homage to classic melodies and ballads. They weave old and new genres into seamless pieces that go beyond cultural and historical boundaries, united by a reverence for the human spirit from which rugged courage and bittersweet tenderness are born. Murphy’s Shambles carry their audience to a time of muskets, prison ships and penal colonies, and a place where a man may have nothing left in the world but a woman’s devotion.