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Sitting on a porch with a cold glass of lemonade at sunset, one could hardly imagine it getting any better. However, with the classic bluegrass twang of Baltimore-based The Manly Deeds, perfect somehow manages to get better. Capturing the old-timey vibes of backwater jug bands, The Manly Deeds is polished yet authentic and invokes woodsy feelings of being at home. They have mandolins, banjos, kazoos, harmonicas, and sheer talent at keeping their music fresh. You’ll find this fantastic folk foursome at Baltimore Folk Fest, 10/24, at Ottobar. The festival is driven by community support and needs your help! Check out their Indiegogo for some awesome sponsorship opportunities. -Jonathan Goodwin


September 23, 2015

This autumn was kicked off perfectly as the incredibly popular, early-morning sensation Daybreaker made a triumphant return to DC on Wednesday, 9/16, bringing DC nu disco DJ Eau Claire to the turntable to treat the early risers to some great jams while they got their yoga and dance on. This sunrise shindig was full of happy people looking to have a party before work and it couldn’t have been better. Eau Claire’s mixes are fresh and make you wanna dance until you drop. Hosting at the Flash nightclub, this DJ of DC brought great energy to Daybreaker and you can catch her next performance at the H Street Festival in the Rock & Roll Hotel, 9/19. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Daybreaker event, as it’s sure to create more fun than you can imagine having at 7 in the morning. -Jonathan Goodwin

September 17, 2015

Seven siblings with names that all start with J and radio-ready musical talent is what you’ll find when you listen to The Hunts. Hailing from Chesapeake, VA, this septet masterfully dots their Americana-folk sound with elements of pop, indie, and alt, creating a textured and harmonic mosaic for your ears. Overlapping vocals and cheerfully plucked strings give way to drumbeats and quick violining. Catch an old hit of theirs below and check out their new LP Those Younger Days. They’ll be sharing their heartwarming set on 9/26 at the Landmark Music Festival in DC. -Jonathan Goodwin

September 16, 2015

When looking for a new jam with high energy and trippy vocals, apply California Death directly to the eardrums. This quartet out of Richmond makes a great addition to a road trip playlist or a good beach party jam with their masterful use of vamping, pedal switches, and using the vocals as an instrument. Give them a listen and get lost in the hypnotic flow of their music; their self-titled EP out last March is over before you know it. They’re playing the underground haven known as Strange Matter on 9/26, so don’t miss it! -Jonathan Goodwin


September 13, 2015

Long established in the Washington music scene, Celtic-Gypsy-folk rockers Scythian have turned a vision into a reality, organizing, hosting, and playing a festival of their own design. For many families in the Shenandoah Valley area and for many from across the country, this Labor Day weekend was made much sweeter by attending Appaloosa, a roots music festival that met its mission statement with great success: "Music Among Friends." Featured on NPR and The Washington Post, the experience was nothing to simply drive past. It was small in scale, but the energy and enthusiasm of the audience, the performers, the volunteers and vendors was one of welcoming and family. A family-friendly festival set in a scenic ranch resort just outside of Front Royal, VA, Appaloosa was something to behold.

Dan Fedoryka, Scythian's own rhythm guitarist-vocalist-accordionist, related his experiences organizing the festival and playing full-time in the band for a decade. As has been the focus of their Kickstarter-fueled albums, the band's focus is on their fans, giving them memorable experiences through their shows, music, and now Appaloosa. When planning a concert, Fedoryka's priority is to spare no expense and give people the party of a lifetime, a philosophy that has inspired several weddings between Scythian fans and developed a widespread, dedicated following. A tenth of Appaloosa's profits are being given to charities, mostly local to Front Royal, the hometown of the Fedoryka brothers and gracious hosts to the festival. The whole affair was lively and exciting, featuring local, small business vendors and acts from all over the country and musical spectrum, which were purposefully chosen to reflect Scythian's breadth of sound. While the festival may be over, the spirit it brought will surely last the listeners until next year, which all are urged to attend. With a year to plan, Fedoryka is excited and optimistic about growing the festival and expanding its role in the community.

To top off the work behind Appaloosa, Scythian is also touring to support their new album, Old Tin Can, and will play some unannounced shows later this fall in DC at the Howard Theatre and the 9:30. Check out their music and mark Labor Day weekend 2016 as booked for Appaloosa! -Jonathan Goodwin


September 07, 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of The Deli NYC is up in the clouds!


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September 03, 2015


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