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Stacy Brooks

Stacy Brooks is a powerful vocalist and exciting performer who is internationally known as DC’s Queen of the Blues. Stacy is a multi-award winner and has shared the stage with blues legends such as Kenny Neal, Billy Branch, Sugar Blue and many more. Stacy Brooks performs nationally and overseas with her own groups as well as a featured performer. Washington DC is not as well known as a Blues Town, but ask anyone in Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta and Europe when coming to DC, you must see Stacy Brooks. She has a musical residency at the world renowned venue Madams Organ. From 2013-2016 Stacy Brooks portraying some of her idols, Etta James and Koko Taylor, touring in the Broadway hit musical, "Ghost of The Blues"

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Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage18

A retro-soul sound, with whiskey-soaked vocals, Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage #18 deliver hard-driving blues rhythms. Vintage#18 has shared the stage with The Nighthawks, Billy Price Band, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Selwyn Birchwood, Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, Vanessa Collier, and more.

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Bees Deluxe

Bees Deluxe is an anything-but-basic blues band. They are hell-bent on a mission to drag the electric-analog blues of Chicago in the 60’s, the Blue Note catalog and the funk of New Orleans into the 21st century. The band has won audiences from Maine to the Mississippi with their arresting and highly danceable originals and their innovative interpretation of less-travelled tunes by artists like Etta James, Joe Zawinul, J.B. Lenoir, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Albert Collins and the three Kings. “...what might happen if Freddie King took a lot of acid then wrote a song with Pat Metheny and asked a strung-out Stevie Ray Vaughan to take a solo” — Blues Blast Magazine The four-piece band is spearheaded by the dual-frontline of British guitar monster Conrad Warre and Carol Band on keyboards, harmonica & vocals

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Conrad Warre

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Warre, was in a high-school band in London, with Paul Kossoff, of the band Free, toured Europe with the English Beat and the Joe Jackson Band. He migrated from London to New York where he became a regular performer at the legendary CBGB’s. In Boston, he assembled Bees Deluxe, to pay homage to the music he fell in love with while touring and playing legendary London clubs like the Rainbow Theatre, Ronnie Scott's, Dingwalls, The Music Machine and the Moonlight Club. The band define their genre of music as “acid blues” with a layer of modern ‘funked up’ jazz. Bees Deluxe tour from Maine to Miami and as far west as the Cleveland House of Blues

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Darcy Cooke

Jazz Lover Darcy Cooke is a classically trained jazz vocalist who has been performing nearly all her life. As a regular in DC area jazz bars, piano lounges, music venues, and private events, she has enjoyed performing with many of DMV’s great musicians such as Chris Grasso, Wayne Wilentz, David Jernigan, Harry Appelman, Keith Butler, Jr, Wade Beach, and more. Additionally, she has shared the stage with many of the area’s top vocalists. She studied music, voice, and theater while attending the Shenandoah Conservatory and has trained with multiple vocal coaches and top jazz singers in the DMV area. With a love of jazz and a background in theater and stage performance, Darcy’s repertoire is expansive, ranging from jazz standards of the Great American Songbook to blues, to show tunes to cabaret and pop

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Kenny Kirkwood

Kenny Kirkwood is a Juno award-winning Canadian musician who has toured internationally in a career spanning three decades. He has worked with Gord Downie, Kim Mitchell, Jacksoul, Kevin Breit, NOJO and Paul Reddick. Kenny has also opened for James Brown, Al Green and performed for Quincy Jones. Kenny spent his childhood in Zambia, experiencing traditional Bemba and Nyanja music, language and culture, and hearing local folk and pop groups and church choirs. These experiences deeply ingrained in him the value of the communal and spiritual aspects of music, song and dance in everyday life. Over the last decade Kenny has collaborated with Indigenous people on Turtle Island and worldwide in working towards reconciliation

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Blue Rainbow

The project was born in March 2020, during the lockdown period, from an idea of ​​three musicians from the Marche region: Pierfrancesco Ceregioli (piano and keyboards), Tonino Monachesi (guitars, bass and flute) and Roberto Bisello (drums). The trio's mission is to embark on a new artistic path where distance is not an obstacle to creativity, stimulated by the challenge of recreating interplay in an unnatural situation such as distance. Knowledge and conscious use of technology is therefore a fundamental professional requirement for the contemporary artist. The idea is to recreate, despite the objective difficulties, an open ensemble thanks to the communicative, technical and expressive potential that the new technological means make available. The name of the project comes from the mixture of all these uniqueness: the presence of several artists, the blue intended as a primary color of the rainbow that mixes with the others in infinite shades of styles and sensations, the blue of the variable pitch notes of the blues (blue note), the main theme of the record work, re-proposed in a kaleidoscope of colors.

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Larry Wolf

Veteran singer and character actor Lawrence (Larry) Wolf was born in New York City, studied acting with Stella Adler and is best known as an ensemble member of filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.’s legendary catalog of satirical films. The two most notable, Putney Swope and Pound, are avant-garde and shocking today, perhaps even more so than in the febrile artistic ground of the 1960s and 70s when they were created. In Pound, he was Robert Downey Jr.’s acting partner in the five-year-old’s first onscreen speaking role, Wolf’s anguished Mexican Hairless lamenting to Downey Jr.’s not-so-innocent puppy in a film in which clothed and unmasked humans play canines languishing in a dog lockup, waiting to be gassed that night

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Ryan Anselmi

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Ryan Anselmi is a saxophonist living and working in New York City. He was born in Paola, Kansas, close enough to Kansas City and its rich musical heritage that he couldn’t shake wanting music to be a part of his life.

At the age of twelve he began taking saxophone lessons from Charles Kessinger and working professionally with the Twin Rivers Jazz Band from Osawatomie, KS. Folks like Twin Rivers Jazz Band, David Basse & The City Light Orchestra, and vocalist/pianist Jay McShann heavily influenced and inspired Ryan during this time.

In 2000 Ryan moved to Wichita, KS to study music at Wichita State University where he was a student of Tom Fowler, Craig Owens, Jean Lansing, Dr


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