Paul McCartney's 75th Birthday Tribute
Performances By: CAL EVERETT, TODD WRIGHT, MARGOT MACDONALD, NAKED BLUE, STEVE & ANNIE SIDLEY, LOOSE TIES, PARTHENON HUXLEY, SEAN CHYUN, ANDREW RATLIFF & more
Paul McCartney is one of the most respected, revered and accomplished musicians alive. As a member of The Beatles, he was also one half of rock and rolls greatest songwriting team ever. He is widely considered one of rock’s finest singers and in fact, he would be an enormously influential figure if all he did was come up with some of the greatest electric bass lines ever created. But Macca can do it all. Singer, songwriter, bassist, pianist, performer. There is nothing Paul McCartney didn’t accomplish with The Beatles. Then after leaving the worlds’ greatest band, he reinvented his music with a new sound that once again rose to the top of the charts. Hits like Jet, Band On The Run, Maybe I’m Amazed, Let Me Roll It, & Listen To What The Man Said established McCartney as a top tier artist through the 1970’s. It's a testament to the depth of McCartney's catalog that he only got around to performing of the Beatles' best-known songs after decades of solo touring. This show will cover both his solo years and some Beatles highlights.
On Saturday June 3rd, twenty of the D.C. area’s finest singers and musicians will be celebrating Paul McCartneys 75th birthday in song, with a special show at The Hamilton. The concert will feature both McCartneys many great solo hits along with some of his Beatles classics. Performers include Cal Everett, Todd Wright, Margot MacDonald, Naked Blue, Steve & Annie Sidley, Loose Ties, Dave Egelhofer, Brian Goddard, Chuck Sullivan, and more tba
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.
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.
Featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, Voice of America and TEDx; songwriter, vocalist and live looper, Margot MacDonald embodies a one-woman band. A long time guitarist and pianist, Margot’s instrumentation has expanded to include unconventional vocal accompaniments created live thru the use of a loop pedal. Haunting, powerful and indie-pop driven, Margot’s performances make you forget the technology she hones, as you lose yourself in layers of lush vocals and striking melodies.
Margot is Washington City Paper's "Best Singer" of 2014, a three-time winner of the Washington Area Music Association 'Artist of the Year' award, a recipient of DC’s Power 30 Under 30 award, and an Artist-in-Residence alumna at the Music Center at Strathmore. Now 23, her latest album, Canvas, is quickly gaining critical acclaim.
Margot began her music career with the Washington National Opera at age 10, and by 12 was releasing her first album of original material. Since then, she has put out a second, third and fourth album (funded through the gracious support of her fans, raising $15,000 via IndieGogo), opened for national acts, and played both the SXSW and CMJ Music Festivals, and such venues as the Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, Wolf Trap, The Birchmere, Strathmore, Rams Head Live, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall 2 and the United Palace Theatre in NYC. She hosted the official BMI showcase series in DC, served on the board of directors for the Songwriters’ Association of Washington, and has led GRAMMY U and other songwriting workshops.
In her spare time, Margot supports nonprofits such as Musicians on Call and More Than Me, regularly performs at charity events, and advocates for the arts in DC. She has also been known to roast individual marshmallows, anytime, anywhere.
Drawing from the Americana tradition and firmly grounded with a pleasing pop sensibility, the performing songwriter team, Jen and Scott Smith, and their band, Naked Blue, have become a mainstay on the folk/pop scene. They quit their day jobs in 1991 and have been writing, recording & performing music ever since. The strength of their songwriting has allowed them to easily transition between intimate acoustic performances and full band shows on some major stages including DAR Constitution Hall (DC), Webster Hall (NY) and The Bottom Line (London).
Scott & Jen's obvious joy & camaraderie on stage together and easy rapport with their audience are the backdrop to their trademark performance, defined by Jen's instantly recognizable voice and Scott's passionate and impeccable guitar work. Over the years they've developed a reputation for great songwriting as well and their music has been featured in film & television spots on The Young & the Restless, Brooklyn South, Jack & Jill, That's Life, America's Top Model, Mein Leben & Ich and in the films The Girl Next Door, About Sarah, June, Sex Drugs & Democracy, The Smokers and Second to Die.
With previous AAA and community radio success in the U.S., Europe and U.K. from their past 5 releases, 2013 will see them back out on the road and the airwaves. Their new CD, 'Weightless' is a toss up of authentic Americana, purely satisfying pop hooks and a some unabashedly good rock n roll guitar work supporting Jen's smoky, intimate and award winning voice.
Steve & Annie Sidley
Founded by the well-established singer/songwriter duo of Annie and Steve Sidley, The Sidleys are a high-energy, melodic, soul-influenced indie rock group from the Washington DC area. Their sound is unique but has a universal appeal that comes from the strength of their songwriting as well as their powerful and passionate vocals. The Sidleys' award-winning debut album, Bittersweet, has been well received by critics and fans alike and their new record, The Love You Make, is due to be released on June 16th.
Comprised of Aaron Hawkins Ryan Brannon,Dorian DelphBob Clemens, & with Soren Mattson & bassist extraordinaire Brian Goddard, Loose Ties was voted Annapolis’ Best Local Act in 2016, and is an up and coming force in the local music scene. Performing all over the Delmarva area and East Coast they bring high energy, melody driven Rock & Roll with harmonies to match. Loose Ties continue to stay heavy in the local scene and will be performing at several Festivals and Events this summer. With a first full length Album on the horizon slated to hit the airwaves Summer 2017, the fellas are joined by the illustrious and renowned guitar authority Soren Mattson from MR. VCR.
Parthenon Huxley’s hooky post-Beatles rock has earned the singer/guitarist three Album of the Year honors. The single “I Loved Everything" from Huxley's Purgatory Falls (Universal) reached #1 on Rolling Stone's Exclusive Download Chart. Rolling Stone magazine called Huxley’s Columbia album “a monumental debut.” Huxley was recently featured in Ken Sharp’s “Power Pop Heroes” book alongside artists such as Crowded House, Smithereens and Matthew Sweet. Huxley has written five chart hits with other artists including Foreigner and E. In 1998 ELO’s Bev Bevan asked Huxley to join ELO Part II. Now called THE ORCHESTRA (Starring Former ELO Members) Huxley and the band continue to thrill sold out crowds all over the world. When not touring with THE ORCHESTRA Huxley performs with his own band and also as a duo with violinist Ben Hoyt of Baltimore’s Peabody Institute.
Andrew Ratliff is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, appearing in his second Newymyer Flyer show. Andrew was a featured vocalist and percussionist on last year’s “John Lennon Birthday Tribute” concert, and was previously the lead singer of Apple Core, regarded as one of the best Beatles cover bands on the East Coast between 2010 and 2016. Andrew is a core member, with his brother John and former schoolmates, of Bad Hair Day Variety Band, handling both drums and vocals. Andrew has been a recurring guest performer with the Vi-Kings, a local 60s music ensemble, and also performs on drums and vocals with TRIPLEROC, a rock/variety trio. Besides past stints in both Monkees and Neil Young tribute projects, Andrew has shared the stage for special concerts with members of the Smithereens and Jefferson Starship and was a featured actor/guitarist for CityDance’s presentation of “Folksay” at the Kennedy Center.