If the Hotel’s a Rockin’…
If you love DC music as much as we do at District of Sound (and I’m guessing you do because you’re reading this) and you attended last Saturday’s show at the Rock and Roll Hotel featuring Junior League Band, Once Okay Twice and DeVille, we’re sure you’ll agree that our shared love isn’t all for nothing. District of Sound hosted its spring 2009 show on May 2 at the Rock and Roll Hotel to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH and to highlight three exceptional DC bands. The concert proved to be a memorable evening complete with great music, fun giveaways, $1 Pabst Blue Ribbons, and a chance to get close and personal with each band.
The evening began with a stand out performance by DeVille. They performed a number of up-tempo songs including “Cheated”, “I Do What I Want”, and “Screaming”, which are quickly becoming their signature and left the crowd wanting more. DeVille’s lead singer, GiGi proved that size really doesn’t matter as the petite songstress belted out voluminous lyrics with a control and finesse, leaving the audience in awe. For DeVille fans who can’t get enough, you won’t have to wait much longer to get your fix. They are working fast and furious on their first album, and currently have a demo CD available.
Once Okay Twice followed up with their own style of rock-infused pop music that featured a range of harmonies and beats for which they are so well know. They started their set by treating the crowd to “Making Babies in the 80s”, “I Have an Illness”, and “Cigarette”. Lauded by many in the DC music community as a solid band with unlimited potential, they reminded listeners of their musical prowess on stage and funky personas that come through in their music. They distinguish themselves from the mainstream music that dominates the airwaves these days with a fresh sound that catches you attention. A new album is scheduled to be released later this summer and we can’t wait to hear what this band has in store for us.
The Junior League Band took the stage at the Rock and Roll Hotel with an ease and assuredness that only comes with the experience and knowledge that you’re about to give the audience a great show. The headliners delivered in full as they filled the room with their bluegrass rock, much to the delight of the audience. The lead singer, Lissy, enthralled the crowd with her smooth voice and sweet lyrics that take the everyday and ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary. Before too long the audience began to dance and sing with the band to songs including, “South Carolina Blues”, “Kiss You in the Morning”, and “Folding Cash”, and reveled for a moment in the Junior League Band’s world. They are currently on tour and have a handful of local shows coming up so be sure to catch them and see why so many DCers are devoted fans.
Each of these very talented bands, the enthusiastic audience, and the cool atmosphere of the Rock and Roll Hotel all made the show a great success, and District of Sound couldn’t be happier. We would like to thank everyone who came out to rock and help raise buko bucks for a good cause. If you mussed the show, don’t worry! District of Sound has plenty of events planned for the months ahead, which means even more chances to spread the DC music love!