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BanjerDan's DangerBand

Due to a rapid increase in COVID's spread in Montgomery County, IMT and BanjerDan have decided that it would be safer to make this an ALL VIRTUAL SHOW. There will be NO in-person audience, but the performance will be webcast Live from Allyworld in Takoma Park, MD by the Grammy award-winning engineer Charlie Pilzer. Showtime will be 8pm ET, tickets are $20 and the show will be viewable for at least 48 hours after the Live performance at the emailed link.

BanjerDan returns from the west coast with a band : and BanjerDan's DangerBand has a plan to celebrate The Country Gentlemen! The BDDB (absolutely no-one calls them that) consists of Banjer Dan on banjo, Tom Gray on bass, Stefan Custodi on guitar, David Probst on mandolin and Tom Lyons on fiddle!

BanjerDan (Dan Mazer) is a “banjo-centric” acoustic musician and entertainer based in Santa Cruz County, CA. His music is an Americana mix, rooted in straight-ahead bluegrass and branching out to include folk, country, blues, oldies, and other styles.

Dan was raised in the Washington, DC area, and started playing Scruggs-style banjo as a teenager in 1974. He learned his craft during the DC area’s heyday as “the Bluegrass Capital of the World,” and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from George Washington University. He was heavily influenced by Earl Scruggs, Eddie and Martha Adcock, the Country Gentlemen, and in particular the Seldom Scene.

Dan’s primary instrument is the 5-string banjo, but he also plays guitar, mandolin, and dobro.He has performed all over the U.S. and internationally, as a solo artist, in theatrical productions and symphony orchestras, and as a member of several bands, most notably “J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters.” He has performed in venues ranging from street corner busking to bar/coffeehouse gigs, children's shows, private parties and corporate events. Some of the more notable venues include Opryland, USA, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

More about BanjerDan and his DangerBand at banjerdan.net and facebook.com/BanjerDan/

Tom Gray (former member of The Country Gentlemen): bass, vocals
"A two-time inductee into IBMA’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Tom Gray was voted the best bassist in bluegrass eight times by the readers of three magazines.  He is best known for his years as the bassist with two groundbreaking bands, The Country Gentlemen in the 1960s and The Seldom Scene in the 1970s and 1980s.  In the 1990s and 2000s, Tom played with Hazel Dickens, John Starling, and Emmylou Harris, among others, appearing on over 140 recordings with numerous artists.  He is currently performing with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike."

Lisa Kay Howard (Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike): mandolin, vocals
"Lisa Kay Howard-Hughes's voice is a favorite of her fans -- whether it's singing a sweet bluegrass ballad or DJ'ing her own radio show.  Lisa Kay started singing and playing mandolin in central Virginia in the late '80s with her family band, Crooked Run. Later she founded the DC-based group Badly Bent, and in 2007, she began fronting The Lisa Kay Band. She has been a bluegrass disc jockey and show emcee since 1993. After nearly 20 years hosting her radio show on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, she now hosts The Old Home Place on internet station Bell Buckle Radio. Lisa Kay also performs with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Level Best, and East Of Monroe."

Stef Custodi (freelance musician): guitar, vocals

Tom Lyons (freelance musician): fiddle
"A Hyattsville resident, Tom has fiddled in the DC and Baltimore bluegrass scene for the last 20 odd years with such bands as Dee Gunter and The Dukes of Bluegrass, John O'Dell and Windy Ridge, Only Lonesome and countless others."

Open Mic at the SPRING w Jeff Miller

Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD

DETAILS for pre-registration are still coming together and will be posted shortly!

Beginning Tuesday September 7th – join us for THE SPRING open mic at Sandy Spring Museum!

Institute of Musical Traditions presents THE SPRING Open Mic at Sandy Spring Museum, hosted by rob Hinkal and Rowan Corbett! Join us for a weekly celebration of one of the SOURCES of creativity and performance for any local scene, a new open mic night! Every Tuesday night we invite beginners and pros and everyone in between to come share their talents in the courtyard of the beautiful Sandy Spring Museum – or just come listen! Performances will be from 7-9:30pm with a featured artist tucked somewhere in the middle. We’ll be webcasting the night to Facebook, YouTube and Twitch if you can’t be there in person (and to spread your talents to the world)! A suggested donation of $10 goes to defray the costs of the event and can be paid at the museum, or when you register at [link’s on it’s way soon]. Pay what you can – ALL ARE WELCOME.

2 pieces / 10 minutes whichever’s shorter – family-friendly content (this ain’t censorship, this is respecting our host, the Sandy Spring Museum!) – PA provided – we’ll also provide mic covers and wipe down gear regularly, but you are welcome to BYOMic! – because we’ll be webcasting, you MUST hold the copyright to any pre-recorded material! – hosts rob Hinkal (rob’s Open Mics, ilyAIMY) and Rowan Corbett (ilyAIMY, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tinsmith) have kept their open mic community running for the last year and a half VIRTUALLY and are very excited to partner with Institute of Musical Traditions and Sandy Spring Museum to step back into the “real world” – but plan to do so cautiously!

The Spring will be held OUTDOORS unless weather makes this impossible and pre-registration at : sandyspringmuseum.org is REQUIRED. In the event of weather-related changes, attendance will be LIMITED to the first 25 registrants and any local COVID restrictions will be in force. Any changes in program due to weather or COVID-related restrictions will be publicized on our website and social media channels (links) by at least 1pm day-of as well as emailed to all registrants.

Food and drink are NOT available for sale at the museum, however you’re welcome to bring dinner and snacks and there’s plenty of local restaurants! Call in an order and bring it with you! BYOB is acceptable, but smoking on the grounds is NOT. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Institute of Musical Traditions (IMT) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which preserves and promotes American and international folk music traditions and nurtures new styles evolving from these cultural roots by presenting concerts, workshops, and educational programs.

Sandy Spring Museum is a non-profit arts organization that supports community-driven cultural arts and educational programs. The Museum gathers community to build a sense of place and belonging.

Polyphony Marimba

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Old Town Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

“I think what makes Polyphony Marimba music addictive, beautiful and unique is the care, the love and time that was invested in making the music. But, the most important ingredient that they added is innovation!”
— Ignatius Mabasa, Zimbabwe Herald

Appearing LIVE and in-person at the Takoma Park Gazebo - this will be a free show, but donations are certainly encouraged!

Peter & Karyna Swing formed Polyphony Marimba in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2010, in the spirit of the original format transmitted to Peter from Zimbabwean master musician Dumi Maraire. Peter studied with Dumi in the late 1980's and has worked full time since then teaching marimba ensembles, building marimbas, and founding several bands playing this joyous and deep music from Zimbabwe. Polyphony Marimba is the apex and fulfillment of that experience.

Polyphony Marimba recruits the finest marimba players in the nation; young people who have grown up playing Zimbabwean music, and who have the energy and talent to play six nights a week during their summer tours. The nine-piece ensemble includes Peter and Karyna, Jesse Larson and David Onstott from Santa Fe, Adam Halpin of Spokane, DeeDee and Tessa Wells of Joplin, Missouri, Branson Seamons from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Conrad Rice from Eugene, Oregon.

Polyphony Marimba is devoted to being authentic to its Zimbabwean roots, presenting beloved traditional songs with passion and precision. And they add unique branches of their own, creating new songs stemming from their own powerful music backgrounds. Now embarking on their seventh national tour, this vision is carefully honed and deepened by playing every day in many different contexts, from New York City parks to Chicago farmer's markets, from St Louis clubs to busking in Washington DC and performing on the main stage at the annual Zimbabwean Music Festival.

Polyphony Marimba further polishes their sound through first-rate studio recordings. They are currently at work on their fourth album, which includes guest vocalists recorded in Zimbabwe. They have sold thousands of CDs and have many fans around the world, including Zimbabwe itself. Their debut recording was reviewed in the main newspaper there by Ignatius Mabasa, who was pleasantly surprised when, as he says, "it knocked my socks off"!

More about Polyphony Marimba at www.polyphonymarimba.com!

Open Mic at the SPRING w Annette Wasilik

Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD

Institute of Musical Traditions presents THE SPRING Open Mic at Sandy Spring Museum, hosted tonight by Rowan Corbett (ilyAIMY, Tinsmith, Carolina Chocolate Drops) with special guest Annette Wasilik!

Join us for a weekly celebration of one of the SOURCES of creativity and performance for any local scene, a new open mic night! Every Tuesday night we invite beginners and pros and everyone in between to come share their talents in the courtyard of the beautiful Sandy Spring Museum – or just come listen! Performances will be from 7-9:30pm with a featured artist tucked somewhere in the middle. We’ll be webcasting the night to Facebook, YouTube and Twitch if you can’t be there in person (and to spread your talents to the world)! A suggested donation of $10 goes to defray the costs of the event and can be paid at the museum, or when you register at https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/event/the-spring-open-mic-2021-09-14/ . Pay what you can – ALL ARE WELCOME.

2 pieces / 10 minutes whichever’s shorter – family-friendly content (this ain’t censorship, this is respecting our host, the Sandy Spring Museum!) – PA provided - we’ll also provide mic covers and wipe down gear regularly, but you are welcome to BYOMic! – because we’ll be webcasting, you MUST hold the copyright to any pre-recorded material!

The Spring will be held OUTDOORS unless weather makes this impossible and pre-registration at : sandyspringmuseum.org is REQUIRED. In the event of weather-related changes, attendance will be LIMITED to the first 20 registrants and any local COVID restrictions will be in force. Any changes in program due to weather or COVID-related restrictions will be publicized on our website and social media channels (links) by at least 1pm day-of as well as emailed to all registrants.

Food and drink are NOT available for sale at the museum, however you’re welcome to bring dinner and snacks and there’s plenty of local restaurants! Call in an order and bring it with you! BYOB is acceptable, but smoking on the grounds is NOT. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Institute of Musical Traditions (IMT) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which preserves and promotes American and international folk music traditions and nurtures new styles evolving from these cultural roots by presenting concerts, workshops, and educational programs.

Sandy Spring Museum is a non-profit arts organization that supports community-driven cultural arts and educational programs. The Museum gathers community to build a sense of place and belonging.

Advance registration required.

Open Mic at the SPRING w Tom Prasada-Rao

Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD

Pre-registration is required to perform and requested of all attendees at https://sandyspringmuseum.salsalabs.org/thespringopenmic/index.html?page=register

Beginning Tuesday September 7th – join us for THE SPRING open mic at Sandy Spring Museum!

Institute of Musical Traditions presents THE SPRING Open Mic at Sandy Spring Museum, hosted by rob Hinkal and Rowan Corbett! Join us for a weekly celebration of one of the SOURCES of creativity and performance for any local scene, a new open mic night! Every Tuesday night we invite beginners and pros and everyone in between to come share their talents in the courtyard of the beautiful Sandy Spring Museum – or just come listen! Performances will be from 7-9:30pm with a featured artist tucked somewhere in the middle. We’ll be webcasting the night to Facebook, YouTube and Twitch if you can’t be there in person (and to spread your talents to the world)! A suggested donation of $10 goes to defray the costs of the event and can be paid at the museum, or when you register at https://sandyspringmuseum.salsalabs.org/thespringopenmic/index.html?page=register. Pay what you can – ALL ARE WELCOME.

2 pieces / 10 minutes whichever’s shorter – family-friendly content (this ain’t censorship, this is respecting our host, the Sandy Spring Museum!) – PA provided – we’ll also provide mic covers and wipe down gear regularly, but you are welcome to BYOMic! – because we’ll be webcasting, you MUST hold the copyright to any pre-recorded material! – hosts rob Hinkal (rob’s Open Mics, ilyAIMY) and Rowan Corbett (ilyAIMY, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tinsmith) have kept their open mic community running for the last year and a half VIRTUALLY and are very excited to partner with Institute of Musical Traditions and Sandy Spring Museum to step back into the “real world” – but plan to do so cautiously!

The Spring will be held OUTDOORS unless weather makes this impossible and pre-registration at : sandyspringmuseum.org is REQUIRED. In the event of weather-related changes, attendance will be LIMITED to the first 25 registrants and any local COVID restrictions will be in force. Any changes in program due to weather or COVID-related restrictions will be publicized on our website and social media channels (links) by at least 1pm day-of as well as emailed to all registrants.

Food and drink are NOT available for sale at the museum, however you’re welcome to bring dinner and snacks and there’s plenty of local restaurants! Call in an order and bring it with you! BYOB is acceptable, but smoking on the grounds is NOT. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Institute of Musical Traditions (IMT) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which preserves and promotes American and international folk music traditions and nurtures new styles evolving from these cultural roots by presenting concerts, workshops, and educational programs.

Sandy Spring Museum is a non-profit arts organization that supports community-driven cultural arts and educational programs. The Museum gathers community to build a sense of place and belonging.

Pre-registration is required to perform and requested of all attendees.

Alice Howe & Freebo

Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012

This is a Live in-person event! Masks will be required for admittance.

We're so excited to be returning to Live, in-person events - and especially excited to be able to kick off with the return of artists that we'd previously featured virtually through 2020's IMT : LIVE webcasts! Please welcome Alice Howe and Freebo!

Alice Howe & Freebo :

Alice Howe and Freebo present a unique study in contrasts, bringing together a venerable music icon and a talented newcomer. Each a compelling performer in their own right, they both lead and support each other in their well-crafted songs with flawless harmonies and tasteful instrumentation.
Alice and Freebo performing John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOHHDGT0m4k

A rising voice in modern folk, Alice Howe offers a love letter to 60s and 70s folk and timeless blues. Hailing from Boston and now based in Los Angeles, Alice released her critically acclaimed full-length debut, Visions, in 2019. Produced by former long-time Bonnie Raitt bassist Freebo, Visions features new originals alongside Alice’s interpretations of iconic songs from her family’s vast record collection. She is currently at work on her sophomore record, to be produced by Freebo and recorded with an all-star band at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, with an expected release in early 2022. 

Watch the video for Alice’s new single, her version of Joni Mitchell’s classic love song, “A Case Of You”!

“Simply, this is a beautiful version of a beautiful song.” - Americana UK

www.alicehowe.com
www.youtube.com/alicehowemusic
www.instagram.com/alicehowemusic
www.patreon.com/alicehowe

Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the 'Best Folk Artist 2007' by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. His compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. A musical evening with Freebo is astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.

www.freebomusic.com
www.facebook.com/freebofanpage
www.patreon.com/freebomusic

FocusMusic & the Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society Present SONiA disappear fear and Ertugrul Erkisi

FocusMusic

“Quirky and smart, a poet with a guitar, SONiA is a master of crafting songs that make you simultaneously want to dance, sing and change the world.” Georgia Voice, USA

One of the world's most successful LGBT singer songwriters, SONiA disappear fear (born Sonia Rutstein) is loved for her beautiful voice and songs that illuminate truth passionately delivered. Born in Baltimore and cruising relentlessly across the USA in the early 90s, SONiA has grown to be loved around the world. To see her is to believe her.

SONiA disappear fear released both a career-spanning retrospective album (Love Out Loud) and the composer's cut of her first musical (Small House No Secrets) in 2020. Her previous studio album was her highly anticipated 19th CD By My Silence in January 2019. Currently, SDF has 21 award winning CDs including first round Grammy entries. "Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestations", writes Don Kening Chicago Daily Herald, "her music has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time."

Ertugrul Erkisi is a singer and composer of classical and Sufi Turkish music and is the Director of the Nirvana Music & Art School in the Greater Philadelphia Area. His albums include Safahat'tan Şarkılar and Teşekkür Ederim Allahım."

Ertuğrul Erkişi is a renowned singer, composer, instrumentalist and producer of traditional Turkish classical and Sufi music. He’s performed on the Turkish Radio and Television station and has made more than 20 guest appearances on national and international television programs. In addition, he hosted his own music show on television and radio for many years.

Ertuğrul Erkişi has given concerts in the United States, Germany, Austria, Holland, İtaly, Cyprus, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, France, Italy, Switzerland, Tatarstan, Indonesia, Egypt, Romania and Belgium. Mr. Erkişi is also a prolific composer of music. His first album was published in 1994 at the age of 22. Since then, he has successfully published a total of 14 albums over the course of more than 20 years and has sung on 13 albums. He has also composed songs and albums for other professional singers for the past 18 years.

Mr. Erkişi has received several awards including the National Music Award, one of the most prestigious music awards in Turkey. He has sold over one million copies of his albums worldwide. He plays Turkish Picked Tambour, Oud and Bowed Tambour.

Currently, Ertuğrul Erkişi has been working on new compositions based on the poetry of Rumî.

Drumspiration with Drumlady K

Old Town Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

A FREE (donations encouraged!) live West African drumming class and jam led by Drumlady K (Kristen Arant) outdoors with live participants at the Takoma Park Gazebo from 4-5pm every Sunday. To join us, bring a drum and a chair. If you need a drum, contact Kristen through her website, www.drumlady.com.

Drumspiration with Drumlady K

Old Town Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

A FREE (donations encouraged!) live West African drumming class and jam led by Drumlady K (Kristen Arant) outdoors with live participants at the Takoma Park Gazebo from 4-5pm every Sunday. To join us, bring a drum and a chair. If you need a drum, contact Kristen through her website, www.drumlady.com.

ilyAIMY

Stage of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD

Sun, June 6, 2021, 1pm ET Live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Institute.of.Musical.Traditions and Youtube.com . Broadcasting Live from Stage of Musical Traditions | 7010 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park, MD Attend or tune in for free. Tipping and merch purchases strongly encouraged. Celebrating TWO wins from this year's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, ilyAIMY has crisscrossed the nation for almost two decades. They have played everything from bait shops to biker weeks to clothing-optional resorts. They engage audiences with humor and award-winning narrative songs that pair an unforgettably soulful and powerful female vocalist with a percussive, clawhammer-like guitarist. Their infectious energy and rapid-fire lyricism is softened with cello and lush harmony, making ilyAIMY “a welcome jolt” and “an acoustically roiling, combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare,” say reviewers.

Collectively their energetic brand of new-folk has garnered honors from the Ebb Bernard Songwriter Awards, Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Kerrville Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Washington Area Music Awards, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, National Association for Campus Activities, the Northeast & Southeast Regional Folk Alliances and more. They are three-time winners of the Washington Area Music Association Winners for Best Contemporary Folk Group and are known for combining their award-winning songwriting, tight male/female harmonies, signature intricate slap-style guitar work, ukulele, percussion and an eclectically humorous stage show into an exquisite package.

More at www.ilyaimy.com

Drumspiration with Drumlady K

Old Town Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

A FREE (donations encouraged!) live West African drumming class and jam led by Drumlady K (Kristen Arant) outdoors with live participants at the Takoma Park Gazebo from 4-5pm every Sunday. To join us, bring a drum and a chair. If you need a drum, contact Kristen through her website, www.drumlady.com.

Bob Dylan Tribute w Billy Coulter, Brian Simms, Ruthie Logsdon and Tony Denikos, rob Hinkal, McKinley Clare.

Takoma Park Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

Past event viewable here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki3a6DuTSYQ

Bob Dylan Tribute w Billy Coulter, Brian Simms, Ruthie Logsdon and Tony Denikos, rob Hinkal, McKinley Clare. watch at Facebook and YouTube | please check local requirements and recommendations re: masking and social distancing The Institute of Musical Traditions presents an 80th birthday tribute to one of world’s best-known singer/songwriters. Although Bob Dylan won't be there, his influence will... Dylan’s impact on popular culture is far-reaching and this unique lineup of performers reflects the breadth of his timeless contributions to American music.

Award-winning artist Billy Coulter, who will emcee and perform, previously collaborated with IMT to present three prior Dylan Tributes, has put together an homage that will surely be a memorable show. This concert showcases artists from the folk and Americana/roots music scenes with each playing several Dylan compositions that are among their favorites (and most likely yours too). “Washington’s music community is so diverse that Dylan’s work was the ideal platform to gather all these distinctive talents together on one stage” says Coulter.

Much like Dylan's music career, this concert will present acoustic performances in the first part, then “goes electric” for the rest of the show.

Veteran singer/songwriters Tony Denikos and rob Hinkal (ilyAIMY), along with up-and-coming artist McKinley Clare will raise their unique voices in song to bring warmth and depth to these timeless acoustic compositions.

The second set comprises three highly regarded artists from Roots-Rock community. Ruthie Logsdon of the ever-popular Ruthie & The Wranglers, brings country twang to Dylans’ brilliant lyrics, Junkyard Saints’ leader, Brian Simms, delivers a bounty of New Orleans groove and killer keyboard playing; and Billy Coulter provides the spirited “Rolling Thunder-era” energy and excitement. All backed by a rhythm section featuring Washington pros Ronnie Newmyer (bassist for Nils Lofgren, The New Keys) and Tom Fridrich (drummer for The Wranglers and The Remnants).

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We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by contributions from individual donors and by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council.

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by contributions from individual donors and by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Institute of Musical Traditions Inc. is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Institute of Musical Traditions Inc. is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.