LOVE SONGS: THE BEATLES Vol. 4
What’s better than love and The Beatles? Put them together and you have a dream date for Valentines weekend.
Now in its fourth year and featuring new performers & songs each year, Love Songs; The Beatles features some of D.C.’s most exciting vocal talents as they take on fab four’s epic catalogue of songs celebrating love in its many splendors and guises.
Performances By: Veronneau, Todd Wright, Cal Everett, Tom Lofgren, Johnny Fantastic, Kristie DiLascio, Taylor Carson, John Davis, Hayley Fahey, John Trupp & more.
From classics like ‘Something’ ‘Oh Darling’ & ‘And I Love Her’ to gems like ‘For No One’ & ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ this show will remind you why The Beatles colossal impact on popular music endures a half a century later. Love Songs: The Beatles Vol 4
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Lynn Véronneau is well-known for her gentle, compelling, warm voice and her love of powerful melodies. Her solo album, Something Cool - a collection of jazz standards, pop, and blues - attracted kudos from critics, radio stations and public alike. The French Canadian singer brings an effortless technique to her heartfelt interpretations in the jazz style. Lynn has performed throughout Canada, Europe and the US and recorded in her own right and as a session vocalist for others.Lynn met and performed with her musical soul mate and husband, guitar player, singer/songwriter Ken Avis in Switzerland, before moving to the US.
Ken Avis has devoted himself to exploring blues, jazz and roots music. Ken was the vocalist for five years with the renowned (WC Handy Award winning) Otis Grand blues band and has performed throughout the UK, Europe and the US with various bands. He is also a regular contributing writer to Capitalbop magazine and has been published in other magazines such as the UK's Jazz Journal, and has been honored to be a mentor to musicians for the prestigious Strathmore Artists-in-Residence series . Ken is a Cordoba Guitars Artist Ambassador.
Singer-songwriter Todd Wright spent the early part of this century with his band GetawayCar who's song "Superstar" was the soundtrack for the 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The band had to turn down the opening slot at the legendary HFStival in their hometown of Washington, DC when Todd landed a gig playing guitar with then-Atlantic Recording Artist Lucy Woodward. He spent most of 2003 with Lucy promoting her debut album "While You Can" in the US, Japan and New Zealand. From 2004-2006 Todd was the touring keyboardist/guitarist with the Pat McGee Band in support of their Warner Brothers release "Save Me." In addition to these artists Todd has been a fill in guitarist for Sony/Or artist Adam Richman and Better Than Ezra. In late 2006 Wright left the touring world focus on writing and producing. He has written songs for Aaron Barnhart (Bonded/Universal), Courage Call (Epitaph), Lucy Woodward (Verve), Chelsea Lee (Atlantic), Pat McGee (Rockwood) and Toby Lightman (T Killa). He also a song being recorded by the 2009 winner of X Factor Holland Lisa Hordijk for her upcoming Sony release.
Cal Everett is a triple threat singer/songwriter/ musician who was a founding member of 80's power pop sensations Four Out Of 5 Doctors. He appears with Still Surfin'a Beach Boys tribute and has been part of Zip, and One Stop.
“My heart is all over this record,” says Carson, “my fans are happy people and I finally made a record that suits that mentality.”
In 2010, Taylor released Defending The Name -- a 16 song autobiographical epic that brought his skeletons into public view and established him as an artist to watch. Defending The Name won an INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD and garnered praise from press, "a modern-day masterpiece" (Inner Ear Media), and artists alike, "it stands out from the crowd, just as Taylor always has" (Pat McGee). In its support, Taylor shared stages with Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, John Hiatt, Virginia Coalition, Edwin McCain and Eric Hutchinson. The four-year arc of that record (2.5 years in the making, 1.5 years on tour) was cathartic -- Taylor began the record in a dark place and emerged poised to put pen to paper for a new chapter in his life.
In January 2012, Carson revitalized the age-old concept of patronism. Away from the hype and incentivized culture of Kickstarter and Pledge Music, his “ALL HANDS ON DECK TEAM” is a simple concept – for a pay-what-you-want monthly contribution, team members have access to everything from the back catalog to bootlegs, from demos to fully produced, exclusive songs as well as to Taylor himself for special requests, covers and the stories behind the songs. The Team kept Taylor writing, recording and producing content and the result was his most fruitful year since he first picked up the guitar as the age of 16.
In addition to the new relationship with his fans and a fierce commitment to making new music all the time, his personal life emerged like a butterfly from a cocoon. Physically fit, sober and married, there was an optimism bubbling up inside him that could not be contained.
During the recording process, Taylor announced a partnership with CauseTown. Taylor slashed prices in his web-store all digital and physical goods and then empowered his fans to donate 25% of their purchase price to the non-profit organization of their choosing. While Taylor feels strongly about certain causes, he also knows that his fans may champion different ones. CauseTown enables Taylor and his fans to leverage their consumer dollars for good.
TAYLOR CARSON's fifth studio album in 8 years, WITH INNOCENCE, captures the sense of wonder and hope we all knew as children. It is infused with the optimism of dreams into everyday challenges and finds, with insightful observation, the good in the world around us. This summer soundtrack cleans the muddied lens and inspires the hibernating to awake and greet a new day. On the eve of its release, Taylor shared the stage with President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen in Washington, D.C. in support of The Millennium Network.
These 12 songs feature guest appearances by Marc Roberge (O.A.R.), Andy Poliakoff (Virginia Coalition), Jon Carroll (Starland Vocal Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter), Daniel Clarke (Ryan Adams) and Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers. Stephen Kellogg and Sixer Kit Karlson produced and performed (along with their Sixer-bandmates and engineer Dave Chalfant) "Waiting For Me" -- a hopeful pop gem about reuniting with those we have lost. “Live To Love” was previously released as a single in partnership with To Write Love On Her Arms to raise awareness and funds for mental health and suicide prevention research.
The eclectic arrangements on WITH INNOCENCE are bookended by the blues-driven rocker “Until We Die” (featuring producer Mark Williams on lead guitar) and the beach-friendly finger-snapper “Home (Over And Above)”. The sole ballad on the record, “Guard Your Heart,” has the added distinction of being debuted during Taylor’s wedding ceremony on a farm in Virginia, attended only by family members, his manager and his bandmates (who have adopted the moniker, “The Catch”). Pop fans will delight in “Final Bow,” “Steady Down” and “As You See It” – all full-band jams that would not be out of place between Matt Nathanson and Eric Hutchinson on XM’s The Spectrum.
This is not a record for the kids in the club; this is not a record for Ke$ha fans (though Taylor does love to dance); this is a record for the "up to my eyeballs" people who believe the glass is half full. Taylor Carson presents WITH INNOCENCE to a world speckled with tragedy yet so full of love and kindness; WITH INNOCENCE is a reminder to embrace the journey and focus on the good.
John Davis is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and drummer whose bands include several notable DC success stories Q and not U, Georgie James, Title Tracks & Paint Branch. He lives in Silver Spring.
Hayley Fahey is a prolific singer-songwriter with a captivating voice. She released her debut album of original songs in 2016 and performs all across the DC area with her band, the Hayley Fahey Band, at Bethesda Live with the Daryl Davis Band, the National Anthem at multiple University of Maryland sports games, and more. This DC-native is just beginning her musical journey.
John Trupp is a musician-songwriter, vocalist, native of the DC music scene, and regular instigator of exuberant stage antics. He has performed with outstanding artists like New Potato Caboose, Derryberry and Alagia, The True, Radio Mosaic, Soul Gravity and many others. John has also recorded two solo albums, has performed on countless studio recordings, earned numerous awards, and has had many movie and television placements.
Julia Nixon is a rhythm and blues singer. In the mid-1980s, she began leading a musical group called Julia & Company. The band had two singles that charted on the UK Singles Chart. "Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)" reached #15, while "I'm So Happy" reached #56. Her first solo album was released in 2007. At the 2009 Wammies, Nixon won the Urban Contemporary Vocalist Award and her ensemble, Julia & Company, won the Urban Contemporary Duo/Group Award.