Inaugural Benefit Concert December 8, 2022
The Experience Band – https://www.thexbandshow.com
The Experience Band & Show was founded in the fall of 2017. The TromboneKing created and leads this feel-good funk, pop, r&b, jazz, go-go, and sometimes rock infused band. Their genre bending and unique styles that pay homage to their culture and local infusions has become the group without a genre or traditional standards of music. They began performing on the streets of DC, at the Metro Stations (Gallery Place, Farragut, L’enfant Plaza, Dupont Circle, etc.). They soon found themselves on the forefront of the #DontMuteDc fight. As a band that began on the streets, they were often confronted with issues of changing neighborhoods and non-direct ways to stop their free outdoor performances. They’re now one of the top performing bands in the Washington D.C. area and bring together all types of people to promote love and unity.
Marc 2Ray featuring JusPaul, Allison Balanc, and DJ Q – https://marc2ray.com/
Marc 2Ray, who hails from the suburbs of Washington, DC, creates what he calls “hip hop with a message”. He has a unique vision of how hip-hop can be used as a tool to educate and empower. Building off his background in the educational field (working as a therapist for children on the autism spectrum), Marc’s music is used in curricula at multiple schools such as St. Petersburg College, Montgomery College, and more. With Armenian Genocide survivors and Holocaust rescuers as grandparents on either side of his family tree, Marc was inspired to create songs such as “1915,” which led to world-wide renown and live performances in Times Square, outside The White House, and at The March For Justice in front of thousands of supporters in Los Angeles. His viral music has crossed geo-political lines and has reached across oceans to connect with hip hop fans internationally, including those in his ancestral home.
Perra Sombra – https://www.perrosombra.com
Hailing from the Washington, D.C area, Perro Sombra is a rock band with honesty and substance. As self-described “children of the 90s,” one can find hints of the legendary “Seattle Sound” in their often moody and emotional lyrics and compositions. Like the great bands of the “Grunge” era, Perro Sombra has been inspired by the many groundbreaking rock outfits of the 60s, and 70s. With this as their foundation, they continue to evolve by infusing modern rock techniques and sensibilities from the 21st century into their music to create a new and refreshing sound, all their own.
BRASSIE – https://www.instagram.com/
BRASSIE is an alternative singer-songwriter based out of Washington, DC with a sound that draws on folk, pop, and rock influences. She’s been singing and writing songs her whole life but began pursuing a career in music about 4 years ago. Since then, she’s performed at venues all over the DMV, released music online, and been featured on songs by other artists like Mothica and We Are Fury. Most recently this fall, she made her debut performances at the legendary 9:30 Club and Lincoln Theater, supporting Daði Freyr and Barns Courtney respectively. In September, she also went on a label-funded artist retreat outside of Vancouver where she began several projects with other artists from all over the US and Canada.
HOSTED BY: Valerie Paschall
Valerie Paschall cut her chops as a writer and comedian in Washington, DC. After interning at Paste Magazine in 2007, she wrote for nine years for DCist, focusing especially on covering local artists. This led to programming the DC Does Texas day party of many of those beloved artists during SXSW from 2008-2015 and serving as DCist’s Music Editor from 2010-2013. Her writing has also appeared in Thrillist, NPR Music, Washington City Paper, and WAMU. Valerie started performing at DMV comedy open mics in 2009 and has since appeared at the Burbank Comedy Festival and the Omaha Comedy Festival among others. She also started booking independent comedy shows in 2011 and has used the name Lousy Humans to brand those shows as her productions since 2015.
The DMV Music Alliance is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people and resources together to help all musicians and industry professionals – from all facets of the local music ecosystem, all genres, and all backgrounds – across Suburban Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia. The DMV Music Benefits All event series highlights and celebrates the diversity of artists and genres of the DMV alongside the rich local history of the venue, their dedicated staff, and all those who contribute to making live events happen.
The Alliance is working towards developing educational, networking, financial, and other resources needed to help foster inspiration and growth for our regional music makers and scene. Proceeds from the event will fund project-based grants benefiting regional musicians and industry professionals as well as DMV Music Alliance’s free services. The first grant will be awarded at its inaugural benefit concert at Songbyrd Music House on December 8, 2022.